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Product Review: Saba Social

eLearning 24-7

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 work with nearly every content provider. And for many years Saba has been investing in collaboration and social learning features.

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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 work with nearly every content provider. And for many years Saba has been investing in collaboration and social learning features.

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 work with nearly every content provider. And for many years Saba has been investing in collaboration and social learning features.

Saba CEO Steps Down

CLO Magazine

Shawn Farshchi, Saba’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named interim CEO. — March 1 Saba, a provider of people-centric enterprise services, announced a leadership transition Friday. Source: Saba. Bobby Yazdani and the board of directors have agreed he will step down as chairman, CEO and director. Redwood Shores, Calif. Bobby Yazdani and the board of directors have agreed he will step down as chairman, CEO and director. Shawn Farshchi, Saba’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named interim CEO.

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

eLearning 24-7

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. “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.”  have some real concerns on what is taking place with Saba today. Or better yet, let me provide you with some details. 2012 Lists. See above.

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Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. Saba, which pioneered the market for enterprise learning management systems, has now turned the corner in its transformation into a SaaS software company. Some of the highlights which I believe are important: Saba's total revenues grew by 14% year over year (the largest growth in several years), and this represents a significant growth in SaaS revenues and a drop in license revenues. The Saba "people systems cloud" is now becoming the company's primary new offering.

Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. Saba, which pioneered the market for enterprise learning management systems, has now turned the corner in its transformation into a SaaS software company. Some of the highlights which I believe are important: Saba's total revenues grew by 14% year over year (the largest growth in several years), and this represents a significant growth in SaaS revenues and a drop in license revenues. The Saba "people systems cloud" is now becoming the company's primary new offering.

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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Saba Player Templates and Best Practices

Learning Developments

The question is “what is the best way to create a video based training course in Saba?” Use a player template in saba that will serve as the table of contents for the course. In Saba I do not have the ability to specify the size of a SCO window that is “popped up” from the table of contents. So in Saba I am only loading the SCO, when the SCO is loaded, the video window pops up based on the code I wrote using Lectora. would prefer to let Saba handle the popup and sizing of the code to save on my development time. Lectora Video Saba LMS SCORM SCO

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 work with nearly every content provider. And for many years Saba has been investing in collaboration and social learning features.

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 work with nearly every content provider. And for many years Saba has been investing in collaboration and social learning features.

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 work with nearly every content provider. And for many years Saba has been investing in collaboration and social learning features.

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. The marketing blurb provides the following background: At first blush, this all sounds great! Thump !

Origin Learning Gets Shortlisted at the 2014 Learning In Practice Awards

Origin Learning

And it gives us immense happiness to share with you all that we have been announced as one of the finalists for the “Providers” category at the  2014 Learning In Practice Awards  by the CLO Magazine in Chicago. There are two major categories:Practitioners and Providers. There’s no greater pleasure than to reap the fruits of your hard work. IBM, Ford Motor Co., University at Yum!

New offerings provide a gateway to Learning 2.0

Clive on Learning

The first is from one of the major corporate LMS providers, Saba. According to the announcement , Saba Social will incorporate "comprehensive social networking tools - blogs, communities of practice, wikis, discussion boards and social connection capabilities will enable people to conduct informal knowledge exchange, build connected communities and extend blended learning." " The new system integrates with other tools in the Saba suites, including web conferencing, performance management and other HR processes. Although the use of Web 2.0 Neulio 2.0

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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Can PeopleCloud support learning in all its contexts?

Clive on Learning

Learning professionals have no real difficulty in supporting the formal element of their work, i.e. providing access to courses. Over the past few months I've been looking at a number of tools that might just help learning professionals to make a positive contribution in this area; tools that provide an infrastructure to support informal learning. The first I want to examine is Saba's new PeopleCloud. Here, LMS functionality is provided within the context of your principal day-to-day tool for learning, knowledge-sharing and collaboration, not the other way round.

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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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. 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. It also offered a tool to introduce the system to Kaspersky employees and provide best practices. They are also able to use the same training in multiple locations, providing consistency throughout the organization. Silver: Interactyx Ltd.

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Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. Saba, which pioneered the market for enterprise learning management systems, has now turned the corner in its transformation into a SaaS software company. Some of the highlights which I believe are important: Saba's total revenues grew by 14% year over year (the largest growth in several years), and this represents a significant growth in SaaS revenues and a drop in license revenues. The Saba "people systems cloud" is now becoming the company's primary new offering.

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

eLearning 24-7

While I place Saba in the average spot, I do think Learning@Work is heading in the right direction (cloud based platform). . The UI has been vastly improved – it still has some work to do, and the feature set is strong.  I love the deep learning component where courses are recommended based on a set of variables – which for Saba is courses/content taken or completed, skills and profiles. . mean it wasn’t the other way around, which was a plus, but on the other hand, you have a course provider buying an LMS vendor.  Welcome, welcome all! Good to Excellent.

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

eLearning 24-7

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. This year’s report still provides you with the details, data and info that crushes any other report out there. Not in.

Research Shows Companies Should Encourage Social Learning

TOPYX LMS

The question is will company leaders provide their employees with outlets for it, or will they ignore workers’ needs by forbidding informal learning activities? Knowledge is attained very differently today than it was in the past. Modern students sit in classrooms for hours at a time as information is fed to them through lectures and PowerPoint presentations. Read an informational blog post.

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. Saba extended its technology into social and collaboration systems and continued to grow in the high end of the market. Then came talent management. billion. The $1.8

#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Hopefully this will change. . #20 Saba Learning Suite. 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 . It is the holiday season and for those who see me as the grinch (okay a few vendors do, but I digress) here is a special post. 

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

eLearning 24-7

While systems going back from the dawn of LMSs have provided the opportunity for a learner to select their own courses, the factor of course is the administrator has to allow that; with deep learning obviously that changes things.  Remember – courses are the priority – the main reason for purchase and the LMS is an added benefit (that is the best way to think of this model).   The vendors who follow this route are course providers who have or include an LMS. . vendor)? Forecast #1. Curating Content. Not just capturing links and content on the internet.  Forecast #2.

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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. Saba extended its technology into social and collaboration systems and continued to grow in the high end of the market. Then came talent management. billion. The $1.8

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

However those that followed this approach provided groups – with group chat, file repositories, discussion boards, forums, blogs, wikis and so on. iCal – enabling integration of Outlook, Gmail and other internet e-mail providers tied to calendars within the LMS, thus webinars, seminars, etc. I love the end of the year. Many people look back and are amazed. On Fire. Steag.

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B2B Top Five LMSs

eLearning 24-7

Resellers who are part of your business learning network – maybe you provide them courses on how to sell your product. Content Providers – the fastest growing B2B right now in e-learning; best or most amazingly of all – it can be just one person who has created a course (content) and then has their own clients who purchase the course or courses to provide to their own employees;  the days of large content providers as the only option is gone. must read it.  I just like lists.  It seems to me that there are others who also love lists. Warehouses.

Elements of a Virtual World/Metaverse

Kapp Notes

The first software element that makes up a virtual world is a synchronous learning tool similar to WebEx or Adobe Connect or Saba’s Centra. Using a virtual world or metaverse for training is not as science-fiction as it sounds. metaverse or virtual world is simply the natural extension and convergence of several technologies currently used for online learning. This is similar to the Web 2.0

LMS State of Affairs

eLearning 24-7

Fastest growing verticals – Healthcare/Medical care, Content Providers, Technology, Education (K-12, first and foremost, then HE). Market with high revenue potential, yet has minimal competition – Content providers, B2B – unique angle – many systems do not understand the space, nor have a system that truly delivers what these markets need. Active vs inactive users (ideal for B2B, associations/non-profits, content providers, e-commerce focused buyers including trainers/facilitators/consultants). 620 and counting. . Learning Systems. Maturity stage?

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

WalkMe Training Station

Workday launches Workday Learning, eyes Cornerstone, Saba. This week Workday announced the launch of its new application – Workday Learning – a Learning Management System (LMS) that offers a more personalized, meaningful learning experience. It’s expected to launch in the second half of 2016. They’re disconnected, impersonal, and not easy or fun to use. Employee Training

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. Leveraging their integrated solution architecture, SilkRoad has taken the promise of social collaboration, learning, recognition, management and delivered something we’ve yet to see accomplished by any other solution provider. Today that has radically changed.

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. Saba extended its technology into social and collaboration systems and continued to grow in the high end of the market. Then came talent management. billion. The $1.8

The Latest LMS Insight

eLearning 24-7

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.  One of the hottest markets, starting in 2013 and expanding in 2014, are content providers who need a LMS to sell their own content, whether it is for their clients B2B or in some cases B2C direct.  And when I say content providers, I mean businesses that might be only one person who has created content – courses and then wants to sell the courses.

Top 10 LMS Forecasts for 2015

eLearning 24-7

The options that exist from a user side is via your own user name and password or via a webhook (allows the app (API) to provide other apps/applications with real time information and data). At this point I cannot state which I see as more of one versus another.  If it was me, I would go with the user name/password of the app, and then whalla you are done and live, because the LMS provider would have it all set to run and you do not have to deal with locating the webhook URL.  These vendors include ExpertusOne and Saba (and there are other vendors out there too). 

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

eLearning 24-7

Rankings are based on my directories which are updated monthly; I also keep a separate directory which will contain more vendors than listed within the visible directories – reason being it offers clients (those who hire me – buyers to have an added bonus, of course it contains much more info); that said the monthly directories provide key info and in future updates have new columns added. Marketplace now included courses you can buy from other content providers – how is this different from some vendors of today who can add content from 3rd party vendors, when you call them?

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Going for a Global Reach

Learning on the Leading Edge

And how might these questions influence your choice of a software application provider? The “reach” of a provider with its talent management solutions is informative if you are seeking solutions across geographies. You need to know where the providers you may choose do business – not only what countries their product supports, but where they actively sell. •Providers with 20 percent or more of their 2012 revenues from Asia/Pacific include Oracle (again across all ERP product lines), SAP, and SuccessFactors. How far-flung is your company today?

Going for a Global Reach

Learning on the Leading Edge

And how might these questions influence your choice of a software application provider? The “reach” of a provider with its talent management solutions is informative if you are seeking solutions across geographies. You need to know where the providers you may choose do business – not only what countries their product supports, but where they actively sell. •Providers with 20 percent or more of their 2012 revenues from Asia/Pacific include Oracle (again across all ERP product lines), SAP, and SuccessFactors. How far-flung is your company today?

Profile of a learning architect: Tiina Paju-Pomfret

Clive on Learning

In this next profile, extracted from The New Learning Architect , we see another fine example of how a learning and development department has been able to break free from the confines of the face-to-face course to provide support for learning across multiple contexts. This was accomplished using Bupa’s Saba Centra virtual classroom platform. learning architects

Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

Clive on Learning

Last week I asked Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training? - I wanted to know whether Saba, one of the most successful of the big LMSs, could reinvent itself to accommodate informal learning. It provides a place for course materials to be shared, for students to collaborate and for assignments to be uploaded and graded. The LMS catalogues all the learning opportunities that an organisation provides, mainly classroom courses (including virtual ones) and self-study e-learning, and makes them available for booking by employees or their managers.

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.

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

eLearning 24-7

User interface and user experience -  This to me is extremely important – if people can’t figure it out and it does not provide a user friendly experience, then it doesn’t matter about the feature sets. Now, they will. Q: Can you at least provide who is in the report? Absolutely, but I cannot provide their rankings or any of that other stuff.   The vendors listed below are in no order, no ranking, no nothing – it is just from my wonderful brain (and it is wonderful, just like your kid or dog, in my case). No.  As a benefit to buying the Jan. Docebo.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Earlier this year Wiley acquired CrossKnowledge with this same goal: providing a more integrated, embedded, and engaging learning experience for corporate employees. The combined company now has nearly 10,000 customers, more than 60 million users, and more than 2,400 employees around the world, making it among the largest corporate training providers. Skillsoft acquired Smartforce, NetG, ElementK, Mindleaders, Books24x7 and other smaller content providers. Saba and SAP are moving this direction (creating the "Netflix recommendations for learning"). ").