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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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Is Saba Coming Back?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. They have always had strong support for customer education (the original Saba data model called a course a "product").

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Is Saba Coming Back?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. They have always had strong support for customer education (the original Saba data model called a course a "product").

Is Saba Coming Back?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. They have always had strong support for customer education (the original Saba data model called a course a "product").

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.

Saba Announces PeopleCloud and Acquisition of Human Concepts

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Saba made two major announcements. First, the company introduced a bold new product offering, Saba PeopleCloud, an integrated new "work environment" which pulls together corporate social networking, knowledge sharing, real-time collaboration, web conferencing, and all of Saba's formal learning technology in a brand new platform. Saba PeopleCloud.

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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.

Is Saba Coming Back?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. They have always had strong support for customer education (the original Saba data model called a course a "product").

Is Saba Coming Back?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. They have always had strong support for customer education (the original Saba data model called a course a "product").

Is Saba Coming Back?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. They have always had strong support for customer education (the original Saba data model called a course a "product").

E-Learning Trade Shows + Product Reviews 4 #TK11

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What I like about conferences is the ability to see the latest products and hear the pitches from the vendors. Regardless, you need to have your product out and showing. Demonstrations or Live Product – The majority show you the actual product and let you test drive it. their own sales folks) and type of product they are pitching. Vendors who do not have anyone in their booth, during expo times – I see this at all shows, regardless of the product or market; but at e-learning/training shows you see it a lot OR you see them eating in their booth.

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.

Saba Announces PeopleCloud and Acquisition of Human Concepts

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Saba made two major announcements. First, the company introduced a bold new product offering, Saba PeopleCloud, an integrated new "work environment" which pulls together corporate social networking, knowledge sharing, real-time collaboration, web conferencing, and all of Saba's formal learning technology in a brand new platform. Human Concepts.

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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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LMSs that kick ass: Saba

Janet Clarey

The sixth LMS in the LMSs that kick ass Friday series is Saba. Saba’s primary market is corporate learning with just more than half of all implementations installed behind-the-firewall (largest implementation 2,000,000 learners). Saba is a major player among corporate LMSs -you can say it’s a benchmark system. and the Social Social software phenomena, Saba has long held the point of view that these are meaningful technologies and philosophies that can and do drive real productivity. interviewed Ben Willis, Sr. generation of the suite). suite.

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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Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training?

Clive on Learning

I must confess it is now four months since I received an in-depth demonstration from the people at Saba of their People Systems Suites. First off, it’s worth noting that Saba does not seem to have been suffering like so many of its competitors through the downturn: It gained 113 new customers in 2010, which was a record year. What interested me was the extent to which Saba has been remodelling its applications to reflect a very different view of what ‘people systems’ could consist of in the years to come. So what are Saba up to with their latest software?

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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. 

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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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.

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.

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 Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

In the late 1980s a few pioneering companies (Saba, Docent, and Pathlore) set out to build a new generation of systems to manage not only formal training, but also e-learning and other forms of digital content. Many were underfunded, but still built great products focused on addressing this rapidly growing market. How can we improve new hire onboarding and productivity? The $1.8

#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 .

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

In the late 1980s a few pioneering companies (Saba, Docent, and Pathlore) set out to build a new generation of systems to manage not only formal training, but also e-learning and other forms of digital content. Many were underfunded, but still built great products focused on addressing this rapidly growing market. How can we improve new hire onboarding and productivity? The $1.8

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 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.

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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 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.

Workday Unveils Workday Learning With the Goal of Redefining Learning Management Systems

WalkMe Training Station

According to Amy Wilson, vice president of HCM products at Workday, the new app is needed because “today’s learning management systems are broken. Workday launches Workday Learning, eyes Cornerstone, Saba. It’s expected to launch in the second half of 2016. The training process for these is impersonal and usually lacks a connection to the employee’s needs.

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Social Tools Collide with Talent Management Software

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba introduced its PeopleCloud offering. Point, like Saba PeopleCloud, is automatically enabled when you login. If this was all SilkRoad had accomplished with their product release, we’d raise our Soy Latte in a toast and say good job. Existing clients will have the base product made available to them at no extra charge. Today that has radically changed. billion.

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. 

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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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.

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.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

In the late 1980s a few pioneering companies (Saba, Docent, and Pathlore) set out to build a new generation of systems to manage not only formal training, but also e-learning and other forms of digital content. Many were underfunded, but still built great products focused on addressing this rapidly growing market. How can we improve new hire onboarding and productivity? The $1.8

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. .

B2B Top Five LMSs

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Resellers who are part of your business learning network – maybe you provide them courses on how to sell your product. But if you can and you want to decide between CoD, SF, Saba or SumTotal.  Go SumTotal.  If you want uber e-commerce and can deal with the subpar UI and some other challenges, then explore Cornerstone OnDemand. #4 LearnUpon. I admit I love lists.  I’m one of those people who sees a book of lists about anything and then I must have it. must read it.  I just like lists.  It seems to me that there are others who also love lists. Yep, people love lists.

Top 10 LMS Forecasts for 2015

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To get a sense of what is doable, check out Zapier (just to see examples of what various integrations can do).  I’m a big fan of them and I use the product. These vendors include ExpertusOne and Saba (and there are other vendors out there too).  In the case of Saba for example, their predictive includes the ability for the learner to add their own skills, which in theory would make that predictive better attuned for that specific learner.  This is going to be an awesome new year for e-learning.” Calculations. The Forecasts. On/Off synch works this way. 

Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know

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Volatile -  in that people change systems more than say some other e-learning products (ex: authoring tools, web conferencing products). They see themselves as awesome and everyone else as less than that, forgetting that not everyone stays stagnant and that it is human nature to see your product, offering, etc. All it tells me is that you are masters of marketing, it does not necessarily mean you have an awesome product. The report available for acquisition arrives on June 16th.  Let’s first jump into what you get, besides my candid humor and independent take.

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.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

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have done a segment like this in the past and it was very popular.  So, back for another installment. Q :  I am curious on why Cornerstone On Demand, Saba and SumTotal do not appear in your top twenty lists even though they appear on other sites as the best products in the market.  Am I missing something? A:   Great question. It depends on what features you need, what is your budget, how often you plan to use the product and how are people going to access – i.e There is nothing like interaction. If this was a popularity contest, then sure they deserve it.