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Product Review: Saba Social

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I admit that in general I have been underwhelmed in the past with Saba. A LMS whose UI is poor, ease of use not there and questionable feature sets and service.  So, when I went and checked out Saba Social, Saba’s new social learning platform, I had very low expectations. I was surprised. Upon entering Saba Social you are presented with an visually solid home screen.

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Special Post – Why the Big Four are not on my latest Top 10 LMS List

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Since my Top 10 list of LMS vendors has been posted online, I have received quite a bit of e-mail wondering why the biggest names: Cornerstone On Demand, Saba, SumTotal and SuccessFactors are not on the list. A LMS should first be a LMS. When I talk about a LMS, I am saying specifically a learning management system and the vendors themselves should see their own product first and foremost as a LMS, not as a TM/PM or whatever.  There is a wide assumption that if a product sells a lot it means that it is better than anyone else.  Best Selling doesn’t mean the Best.

Dissecting Saba's New "Anywhere" Product for Mobile Learning

mLearning Trends

I happened upon a tweet last week while trolling my Twitter in-box that heralded a product announcement from Saba for their new " Saba Anywhere " offering designed to make training delivery to mobile workers easy, practical and secure. They can even re-purpose their adopted product tag line too when that time comes (". Thump !

2010 LMS Products of the Year

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LMS Products of the Year 2010. A lot of great products out there this year, new updates and latest versions; new companies, new services and just some real innovation. Big Dog (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, Cornerstone OnDemand, Learn.com). Otherwise, you get bleech, IMO.   If you are seeking TM as your focus and you want one of the big dogs – I found Plateau’s system to offer appropriate functionality for it, but found some real concern in other areas (see my product review).  Saba does a good job as well.  – especially if your product is SAAS.

Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews

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Instructure Bridge (Yep those HE folks are adding a corporate system to their product line). Saba Cloud (Legacy is finished – at least in my opinion – and the cloud is the way to go, but is it for Saba customers?). Saba Cloud (but they do have some serious issues to resolve  – get them solved and they could move up – however their predictive analysis is sweet) – I’d put them in a tie with IMC-AG for internal employees. Saba Cloud. This was not surprising, since Saba told me the same thing (i.e. Let’s begin.

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Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

Challenge to Learn

have to know about e-Learning, finance, management, marketing, sales, product development and more in order to manage all these developments in our company. You can buy a big system that does all (like Blackboard, Sumtotal, Saba, Cornerstone on demand, et cetera) or you can go for a bunch of specialized tools that will beat that big solution on every specialty. My Results.

Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

Challenge to Learn

have to know about e-Learning, finance, management, marketing, sales, product development and more in order to manage all these developments in our company. You can buy a big system that does all (like Blackboard, Sumtotal, Saba, Cornerstone on demand, et cetera) or you can go for a bunch of specialized tools that will beat that big solution on every specialty. My Results.

2013 Excellence in Social Learning

CLO Magazine

Gold: Saba Software Security vendor Kaspersky Labs has more than 2,700 employees operating in almost 200 countries. It serves 300 million people worldwide, including 20 million product activations per year. The company turned to Saba and its Saba Cloud system, which provides social collaboration, training and crowd-sourcing. Saba implemented and deployed the system within 45 days. To serve this large customer base, it’s essential for the company to keep its workforce up to date with learning and development. Silver: Interactyx Ltd.

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Numbers Don’t Lie: ROI of Corporate Training

LearnDash

American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and Saba. Effects of Leadership Training on Manufacturing Productivity. Every company makes the majority of their decisions based on how it will impact their bottom line. If it can bring in more money, or perhaps save money, then it is considered good for business. For example: Personal development. Sales & marketing.

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#HRTECH Learning Vendors Preview – Who to see and who to avoid

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Between the two systems, I am leaning more towards LMS365, just because I honestly believe it has a future in the SharePoint space much more so than their other product (nothing against it, but…).   I mean ELF SharePoint LMS isn’t going anywhere,  but again, this is just my opinion, LMS365 is a new take with the integration of Office 365. Oh, strategic learning, extended enterprise and compliance are all included in their LMS.  I’m not sure why they “appear” as separate products on their site. HCM product all the way, but learning is offered. 

Attention LMSs – I’m mad as…

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That’s right, Saba and their wonderful salesperson HSwidget (name withheld).  contacted Saba and dealt with some really good salespeople. I was forwarded over to HSwidget (name withheld). End result – no business for him or Saba. even buy the extra bing-zings you tell me I need, because I love your product. Guess what happened? He called me. Bottom Line.

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

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identify the Big Dogs as SumTotal by Skillsoft (yes, that is the actual name),  Cornerstone OnDemand, Saba, SucessFactors and Oracle Taleo (although, I ask myself who is using this and if you still are why?). However, I will say this: I like what Saba is doing.  The system still – equally as Saba – needs some work.  I think Skillsoft has the power to turn it around – ST that is, when it comes to learning. Saba Learning. The previous, Growth Engineering is still a phenomenal product, much more than just gamification.  Not everyone gets in.

Research Shows Companies Should Encourage Social Learning

TOPYX LMS

As employees and learning leaders become more comfortable with social learning and the value it can add to an organization, the challenges with adoption will ease, allowing for even more creative and productive use.” Knowledge is attained very differently today than it was in the past. It seems that, as time progresses, education is becoming increasingly less hands-on. Networking – 30%.

Product Vendor Blogs - Where are They?

Tony Karrer

and asked about innovation in eLearning, especially innovation that leads to products. One thing that just dawned on me is how few product vendor blogs there are in eLearning. Where's a blog from Saba, SumTotal? Another thought just occurred to me based on my last post Innovation Geography Based and Innovation in eLearning. Ben Werdmuller posted his comments on this Does location matter for web startups? If you look on my link roll, there's one from Articulate, elgg, ummm. I'm already running out. Do they not have anything interesting to say about where things are going?

The World of Employee Training – Monthly Article Roundup

WalkMe Training Station

These articles will be beneficial and informative as they provide background as to what is happening in the world of training, as well as helpful tips to boost productivity and efficiency, which are somethings we are always looking to improve. 10 Steps to Help Your Employees Be More Productive. Read more on how Walmart is increasing productivity with their own training academy.

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#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

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Hopefully this will change. . #20 Saba Learning Suite. With its m-learning capability including on/off synch and rather solid UI, the product continues to be an effective solution. While the pricing is outrageous and the Saba as a whole seems better suited as a HCM, their learning suite is a better alternative than those who want Cornerstone OnDemand. Personally, I feel you shouldn’t have to spend the $$$ to find a system that is comparable and even better than Saba, but if you want to go with the big dogs, this is the one to go with it.  . #19 WBT Top Class .

A Conversation with Steven Just

Kapp Notes

He was previously the founder and CEO of Pedagogue Solutions which he sold to Saba and he is now working on an launching new venture called Intela. Just: I’m very excited about our new company and its product, Intela® (www.intelalearning.com). Kapp: Can you provide us some insights into the science behind your product? So, as Intela evolved during design and development we realized that by unifying a learning system with an assessment system we were creating a product that didn’t really fit into any single existing product category. Gamification. Assessments.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

The cloud enables new LMS vendors to create and support one product that all customers use providing economies of scale in research, customer support and required investment capital.  All LMS vendors on this list actively promote channel learning on their website with product offerings, case studies, webinars, and client testimonials. Saba Software. Travis Hudelson , Saba.

Profile of a learning architect: Tiina Paju-Pomfret

Clive on Learning

This was accomplished using Bupa’s Saba Centra virtual classroom platform. Bupa Live acts as a valuable repository for more informal learning resources, but direct links can easily be made to Bupa Learn, the Saba-based LMS. Production values play second fiddle to simplicity and effectiveness. good example would be Bupa’s course on time management using Outlook.

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Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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Docebo, Axonify, Administrate, SumTotal, Cornerstone on Demand, Spoke by Unboxed Technology, Service Rocket, Saba, LearnUpon. Product Roadmap for 2017. It’s that time of the year, when research firms, industry firms, Fred your mailman and Judy the person who nags you each day you come into your office, announces their best of the best awards. And I’m along with them. Well, sort of for authoring tools.  For the whole whammy of LMSs, the list has been out for nearly 12 months (for 2016). You can still buy the 2016 Top 50 LMS Report (BTW). 30, 2017. . is in the report.

2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

Talented Learning

There is really only a handful of LMS vendors that specialize in the complexities of continuing education including Abila ,   eLogic Learning , WBT Systems , Digitec Interactive , WebCourseworks , EthosCE , Cornerstone , SumTotal , Saba and YM Learning.   #4 – Vacuum of Professional Service LMS Vendors. The 2016 LMS market is not what you think. This is big news.  Conclusion.

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Trying to proactively dislodge Cornerstone, SumTotal, Saba, SuccessFactors or Oracle as a business model is a fool’s errand.  One of the best business application example comes from channel learning:  When partners achieve a certification, they automatically receive an increased commission percentage for related products and services they sell from that instant forward. Free Webinar.

LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy

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People either love or hate Cornerstone OnDemand, SumTotal Learn, Saba, SuccessFactors. If you are seeking an HCM or a system and plan to buy two or more modules, then Cornerstone, SumTotal, Saba are definite routes to consider. Did they sound interested and passionate about their product? And if yes, what verticals? What challenges did they face? Been there.  The LMS itself. 

The Social Collaboration Party – Should Learning Gatecrash ?

Learning Cafe

Alex Grahovac - Director, Learning Products & Strategy ANZ at SuccessFactors. Alex has worked in senior leadership positions in Jive, SumTotal, Talent2 and Saba. Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12-1 PM Sydney , Register. In February this year Facebook was 10 years old with 1.4 billion Facebook users. Twitter signs up 135,000 new users every day. billion hours of YouTube is watched every month.

The Cornerstone Effect

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Similar thoughts are often associated with SumTotal (although they have vastly improved their UI, but they do see themselves at least from my take, and even through a Google search as a HCM, especially after the acquisition by Skillsoft), SuccessFactors, Oracle Learn, Saba, Kenexa and a few others. mean sure I hear we got folks from SumTotal or Saba (heard quite frequently of late),  but by a hug margin, Cornerstone comes up way more. Perception can go a long way in any industry.  It can make or break any product. buyers or those just following the space. Traditional.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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On the home page the product is able to recommend courses based on what courses have been started and completed – per user. While the UI is vastly improved, on the admin side it needs a slight touch – but don’t get wrong the product is doable and nice. Can zero in with a mobile device in recording, even with a DV camera – so it is not just a wide shot when recording – which is awesome function for product demonstrations, heck even when showing someone how to do whatever. Feature wise this product is fantastic. Saba: See SumTotal.

What is in store for the LMS Space: My Forecasts for 2016

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Yes it will be a splash, it’s Workday after all, but their product IMO is targeting some certain folks i.e. Cornerstone, SuccessFactors, SumTotal by Skillsoft and to a lesser degree Saba. Lately there have been quite a few articles relating to where the LMS is heading, what is the future of the LMS market and so forth. All interesting reads, but do they really get to the heart of the matter, which is how will it affect you the buyer and what advantages are available for the supplier (i.e. vendor)? Forecast #1. Curating Content. files, images, etc.) Forecast #2. Mobile Video.

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Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

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Numerous vendors posted a full demo of their product on my lmsdemos.com site.  If you (i.e. Cornerstone OnDemand (#24),  Saba (#50). In an earlier post, I presented the top ten LMSs of 2013-14, but held back on announcing the top 20.  Not anymore.  Below are my top 20 rankings for 2013-14. Before the Top 20, here are the. Top Three Open Source LMSs of 2013-14.  One of these vendors is listed in my top 50. Their name begins with a M and sounds like Noodle. 1. Moodle -  Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source.  Moodle ranks #46. 2.  Notables.

Hello from Our New VP of Partnerships and Distribution Strategy

OpenSesame

Innovative companies such as SuccessFactors / SAP , Taleo / Oracle , Saba , SilkRoad are enabling companies to deeply integrate employee learning and skill development with other aspects of Human Resource Management (and generating billions of dollars of value in the process). believe that enterprise elearning (particularly the content side) is one such market. Breadth of Content.

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

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If your LMS is in the cloud (SaaS), you have a web site, what stops someone from checking out your product and buying it – regardless of where they are in the world? Can’t afford it – again, you have to spend, to make it.  I often hear vendors say “we focus first on the product, then will market it” – here is an idea – do both at the same time – Yowsa, what a concept!  best product at the show”, rather those “Good Surprises” listed above hit home for me. in the form of information, insight and yeah, products.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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This year the show by my estimation was 60% pure instructor led/classroom based products and 40% e-learning. I love the end of the year. It enables you to look back and see the triumphs, the disappointments, the good and the bad. Many people look back and are amazed. Thankfully, rather than just one person looking back and seeing what happened, we can all do so. . On Fire. Mobile Learning.

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Learning Technologies UK 2015 Review

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For example, the 122 list included dominKnow (rapid content authoring tool vendor), Assima (which looked like some type of consulting firm), Adobe Connect (web conferencing), BrightCarbon, (custom shop that makes presentations and courses).   So, you get the idea. I did see a few vendors I have never seen before, and there were some debuts there too (which to me is defined by someone who is either brand new to the market or been out 6 months or less and debuting product). The product (Onboard ) itself according to Junction-18, won’t go live until April.  I’m back. 

The Latest LMS Insight

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Part of the confusion is the usage of the term “traditional”, whereas I think that people who use that term are focusing on vendors such as Cornerstone or Saba, for example, and assuming that all vendors are like them.  Another growth space that I see, going back to B2B and B2C, comes from companies who sells a product and thus provides some form of product training to their own customer base.  This week, rather than focus on one specific topic, I went wild and hit upon a few. Responding to Consumers. believe that. Tradition!  Tradition! Traditional. .

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5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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Product training becomes real – they interact, engage and see it in real time, rather than a static experience. These vendors, I believe will consist of: Vendors who offer an authoring tool or game sim and will develop additional product lines tied to Augmented Reality. For vendors creating standalone apps for the masses on a variety of offerings or new product lines, costs will need to be significantly lower, otherwise it will not be successful. However, at the minimum you should be offering (regardless of your product line). ” The Future. #1. Boring.