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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 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").

Numbers Don’t Lie: ROI of Corporate Training

LearnDash

Elearning is a great way to positively impact the bottom line of the company, and there are many options available when it comes to formal training. From a business department standpoint, a company can implement training in a variety of areas. Even focusing on creating a training program in just one of these areas can have dramatic impact on the company. elearning training

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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. Nothing against HR but it is not the same as a pure training/learning department.

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

4 Key Elements for a Successful Leadership Program

ej4 eLearning

According to a Retention and Leadership Survey study done by Harris Poll (commissioned by Saba), 39 percent of companies surveyed offered leadership development programs, but only 15 percent of employees at those firms felt that the training they were receiving in any way prepared them for leadership positions. eLearning Leadership Leadership Training

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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. Complete your training anywhere, anytime, regardless of network connectivity. Thump !

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").

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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Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

A bang just went off in the corporate training and HR market. One of the largest training content company (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest and most pioneering learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). 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. So the new combined company has a very large customer base, enormous technology portfolio, and vast amounts of corporate training content.

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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Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

A bang just went off in the corporate training and HR market. One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). 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. So the new combined company has a very large customer base, enormous technology portfolio, and vast amounts of corporate training content. "). Synergies.

LMSCommit and Timeouts

Learning Developments

With the way my organization's LMS is setup inside a single sign on portal, the web based training will continue even after the LMS and portal system has timed out. JavaScript WBT Saba LMS SCORMSystems and courses timeout. We all know that. logged in session with a computer only has so long with inactivity before the user is considered to have abandoned their session and the system logs them out. While this is well understood to those in the e-learning industry, it can be confusing for some learner so e-learning developers need to handle this time out gracefully. NOT SAVED!

5 Insights into Workplace Social Learning Technologies

Lambda Solutions

Saba and the Human Capital Media (HCM) Advisory Group surveyed over 500 senior leaders from a wide range of industries and company sizes to better understand how organizations are adopting social learning technologies to achieve their learning and talent development goals.

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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. Using the Saba Cloud system, Kaspersky managers now have a centralized place where they can organize, manage and track learning, as well as easily visualize the learning program, objectives and the progress employees are making. Silver: Interactyx Ltd.

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

eLearning 24-7

And to those who are constant readers from all over the world and training, L&D and other professions, I give two high fives, four low fives and a bucket of joy. 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. . digress.

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

WalkMe Training Station

The training process for these is impersonal and usually lacks a connection to the employee’s needs. Workday launches Workday Learning, eyes Cornerstone, Saba. The post Workday Unveils Workday Learning With the Goal of Redefining Learning Management Systems appeared first on Training Station. Employee TrainingIt’s expected to launch in the second half of 2016.

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Research Shows Companies Should Encourage Social Learning

TOPYX LMS

Training programs – 8%. Obviously, the percentage of learning that takes place informally through experience on the job, networking, and mentoring and coaching is far greater than that of learning that results from training programs, workshops, special assignments, and manuals and instructions. Formal learning methods (instructor-led trainings, for example) can be quite expensive.

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. SkillsServe by Unicorn Training. Not everyone gets in. Sorry, that’s marketing.  Everyone is considered.  Not in.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. LMS systems were originally developed as back office applications used to schedule and manage formal training. Now the system became useful for HR managers, not just training organizations.

Perceptions and Factoids (LMS)

eLearning 24-7

Well, for one thing, the folks in the room were L&D, Training and HR people who are working behind the scenes. . While I do not know who WD will focus on in the market, my belief is that it will be SuccessFactors (an easy win),  Cornerstone (mixed results), Oracle (victory!),  SAP (if they can’t win this one, they shouldn’t be in the game), SumTotal Learn (mixed results – and how important – unknown) and to a very lesser degree Saba. It is a common misconception and one that can have and often does have negative results. Yeah, yeah, I know. Dated UI.

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The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. LMS systems were originally developed as back office applications used to schedule and manage formal training. Now the system became useful for HR managers, not just training organizations.

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

eLearning 24-7

Then, the administrator could include the video as part of the training/learning in the course catalog or assigned courses to individual or multiple learners.  Another aspect would be adding this “training piece” to a file repository or sharing it with the learners as a whole. I see some vendors including a note or comment capability to the content curation, especially with the mobile video. 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. vendor)? Forecast #1. Curating Content.

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The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. LMS systems were originally developed as back office applications used to schedule and manage formal training. Now the system became useful for HR managers, not just training organizations.

Elements of a Virtual World/Metaverse

Kapp Notes

Using a virtual world or metaverse for training is not as science-fiction as it sounds. 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. metaverse or virtual world is simply the natural extension and convergence of several technologies currently used for online learning.

Enhancing our Reporting and Analytics

Mindflash

We’ve always had a reporting functionality here at Mindflash.  It worked for most of our customers; but the further our customers took their training courses, the deeper the reporting they needed. Total training hours and the average time in a course give the trainer a view of how much time trainees have spent in Mindflash training. What questions are they trying to answer?

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Profile of a learning architect: Tiina Paju-Pomfret

Clive on Learning

Rethinking formal ICT training Working alongside colleague Kerry Baker, Tiina has transformed ICT training at Bupa. Tiina, together with her team of experienced trainers, established a new blended training model combining instructor-led training with self-study e-learning and support by telephone and email. These stories then form the basis for the modules of the course.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

This really could be seen at the ASTD International show which has always been known as a true ILT (instructor led training) angle, with materials.  . 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. like that because it tells a story. On Fire. Mobile Learning. You would be wrong.

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Top 15 Learning Management Systems mid-year 2014

eLearning 24-7

This makes no sense in my book, because you could have 500 users and have a high budget for training and equally you could have 5,000 users and your budget is slightly higher than 35 candy bars. Video demo on lmsdemos.com. #8 Unicorn Training – SkillsServe is its name, the LMS that is and financial is its game. Curious to know where SumTotal, Cornerstone, Saba and SuccessFactors ended up? I love to travel. Equally you have can an awesome LMS all modern and feature rich, just as you can with some learning systems. Yeah, they forget that part. scoff at this idea.

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The Cornerstone Effect

eLearning 24-7

Geared towards the HR, OD professional – in other words, the system is not focused on Training Directors/Managers and others in training, but more on the L&D side of the house, including HR individuals (I would concur that the platform IMO is aligned in such a way, only because the system itself is geared more towards a soft HCM – Human Capital Management – system, rather than a flat out LMS). 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. Traditional.

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.  This means that even if the person selecting the system is from HR, the platforms are being used first and foremost for learning/training. 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.  Responding to Consumers.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

eLearning 24-7

As a former training director I had enough problems with users buzzing me about whatever, but having the name of the vendor too would not be good. Video library access broken down by videos, so let’s say a group of people can only see “sales training”, well the other videos are blocked from viewing and the sales training is only available. Lists the most popular training courses, highly rated training courses, new training courses, most active users on the home page (you can turn that off if you want). Saba: See SumTotal. K-12).

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B2B Top Five LMSs

eLearning 24-7

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. Slick UI with a price point that is perfect for training/content providers or anyone who is entering B2B and doesn’t have a lot of cash sitting around to pay up front.  . 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. Yep, people love lists. Channel Partners. Distribution partners.

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.

LMS State of Affairs

eLearning 24-7

Training communities – not actually part of the system, but provides a wealth of information including how to videos for administrators. Many people are only aware of the bigger names such as Cornerstone, Saba, SuccessFactors, Oracle Learn, Infor and Sum Total. Training often comes in the form of webinars whereas there could be many clients on it, rather than just you; videos, guides, FAQ, Knowledge bases. 620 and counting. . Learning Systems. Learning Platforms. Learning Management Systems. Maturity stage? Not close. Global markets. Asia –  China, India. Video.

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5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

Thus, if you are training people, you are no longer limited to using a mobile device with a camera, nor having to rely on geolocation – a big win. Product training becomes real – they interact, engage and see it in real time, rather than a static experience. Thus, your competition expands: Large size vendors such as Saba, Cornerstone On Demand, SumTotal, Taleo, SuccessFactors – recently acquired by SAP. Every year, I identify five trends that I am seeing in the industry as a whole, and forecast on where they will be heading throughout the year. Boring.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

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. There is nothing like interaction. Especially when it comes in the form of questions from readers of the blog and various followers on my social media channels. If this was a popularity contest, then sure they deserve it. Thankfully, it isn’t.  Waste of money.

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. This time I’m exploring whether it is possible for one of the world’s most popular academic virtual learning environments, Moodle, to be adapted to suit the needs of corporates. There is some overlap: both types of platforms can deliver resources and both can support certain types of learning activities. But the nature of those resources and activities is typically very different.

And in this corner: LMS and in the other corner – Learning Platform

eLearning 24-7

Training their customers. Training is not a strong suite by any stretch. Unicorn Training. It’s time. Two equal fighters. One the former son of the reigning champ. The other, well, uh, the reigning champ.  Both hungry for the title.  Can there be only one? Of course, not, but this fight analogy is fun. They can both be successful and in fact, they already are. Before this battle begins, let’s take a look at each fighter. Wait, you say.  There is a difference? You might be scratching your head or staring at this screen mumbling to yourself, go ahead, we can stop.

Learning Technologies UK 2015 Review

eLearning 24-7

One vendor put it so eloquently when describing the two (learning tech area, learning skill area): “The decision makers (CLOs, Training Directors, etc.) In my top 50 LMS vendors for example, the list of vendors at the show were: SkillsServe, LearnUpon, Tessello-Brightwave, Saba, Growth Engineering, Docebo, Administrate, Digits-Glo, Cornerstone OnDemand, Cm-Group, Kallidus, Totara (biz partners of wow, a lot of them), Litmos, Net Dimensions, SumTotal, and G-Cube (who didn’t show up). I’m back.  Well, back from being sick that is (hence the one week delay).  Lands. 

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