Product Review: Saba Social

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I admit that in general I have been underwhelmed in the past with Saba. So, when I went and checked out Saba Social, Saba’s new social learning platform, I had very low expectations. Upon entering Saba Social you are presented with an visually solid home screen.

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Product Vendor Blogs - Where are They?

Tony Karrer

One thing that just dawned on me is how few product vendor blogs there are in eLearning. Where's a blog from Saba, SumTotal? In other industries, you see authentic conversation coming from vendors (from people inside the vendor) - where are they in eLearning 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?

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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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And yeah there are vendors who will taut that they are in X list or Y rankings and thus should be included. This isn’t a beauty contest, nor a pay for play (I NEVER accept that, nor play that game, nor do I accept any referral fees or whatever some vendors offer for recommending them). These are vendors who have been around a long time, build share of the market and generally speaking had early name recognition which has helped them in build business. Saba Learning.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

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Especially when it comes in the form of questions from readers of the blog and various followers on my social media channels. 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. My latest take on those three vendors (plus one) are: Cornerstone On Demand – I have seen the new UI and I like what I saw. There is nothing like interaction.

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

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To those from HR who are new to this blog, I give a high five. Well, not yet, but it is coming up and with that are all those wonderful vendors and that magical expo. But one of the biggest problems I see at such shows are the number of vendors who in hindsight I wished I avoided. I recall at ATD this past year, a vendor who was trying to sell people ahead of time their LMS. If you are an Oracle customer, you can interface or API with many LMS vendors in the market.

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. 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. I have some real concerns on what is taking place with Saba today.

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

Often, these posts have 287 or more responses from LMS vendors, each claiming they offer the best solution, given the overwhelming evidence provided in the original 2-sentence help request. They’ve hit a wall with features that don’t accomplish what a vendor promised.

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A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. The number of vendors who went mobile with tablets at the start of the year was extremely small compared to where it stands at the end of 2012.

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Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. Upon making your selections, a customized Top 50 report will be viewable on your screen, listing all the vendors in the Top 50 that match with that criteria.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. Upon making your selections, a customized Top 50 report will be viewable on your screen, listing all the vendors in the Top 50 that match with that criteria.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. Augmented reality style: people see in real time the brainstorming ideas, they are transformed into a visual design based on the app, people communicate with Twitter or a built in micro blog, voting is possible and final ideas are vetted.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. 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.

Answering your LMS Questions

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How many of you have seen vendors respond to your questions? A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. Congrats, you are probably looking at less than 10 (based on my LMS directory which contains 475 vendors). Custom domains – rather than have yourcompany.vendorname.com, some systems are now offering custom domains so that your learners see whatever name you create.com and remove the vendor name.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

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Big Dog (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, Cornerstone OnDemand, Learn.com). Saba. Saba does a good job as well. Please remember for TM or as some vendors like to pitch as “performance management or knowledge management&# , the modules are extra and are not part of the system (at least for now). Vendors who are my clients are aware, prior for me working with them, that there is no quid pro quo, nor any special treatment given to them on my blog.

LMSs, TMs and HCMs

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Never mind, now back to our regular scheduled blog. If you believe for one moment, that “training or as known in the e-learning community: “learning” is not going to continue to fall under HCM systems for vendors who have talent management systems that offer “compensation, benefits, recruiting” and alike, you may be interested in some swamp land in Florida. Two examples: In 2010, a person at Saba was talking about their system to me.

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. Yet, for all that do it, their are equal number of vendors who do not. 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. Full reviews of a couple of products will be posted on the blog.

Award for all awards

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Granted it does not include bloggers (I hand them out- more on that in a sec) or believe it or not – other vendors, but it is a nice list nevertheless. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, after all when a company or vendor wins such an award it makes for great advertising and marketing. There are a couple of ways that a firm, company, vendor or individual can win an award, depending on the organization that is selecting winners. Big Dog LMS – Saba.

Top 50 Learning Systems for 2019 (50 to 30)

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As in last year’s post, the rankings will be split up over multiple blog posts and weeks. . Every vendor, with the exception of Blackboard (who is coming soon) can be found on FindAnLMS.com , my learning system search engine platform, an independent and trusted source to search, compare and engage with vendors in the learning system space. Rankings are based on 1,000 vendors across the globe. Saba (2018, 2016).

Gender in the Workplace Study

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Over the past three months, we have been reaching out to learning system vendors throughout the world, seeking to find information on the number of female executives at their companies and whether or not they had a leadership development program, and if so, what are the breakdowns? As a result, vendors in those countries themselves do not collect or keep track of such data. There a couple of exceptions, and it is only noted in the study, with the vendor’s permission.

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Grids are gone, Welcome2 T-Quad

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And on this Grid he has some vendors, e-i-e-i-o. He had vendors in this quad, he had vendors in that quad and didn’t have your vendor, e–i-e-i-o.” This will be a group of six vendors who once were on the rise, but something has happened. You could find vendors that are in the other quads at the top level, equally here and the same applies to the second category of Admin UI/UX/data one too. . Mid T – Vendors to Watch.

Forecasts for 2020

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In late 2009, I did my first forecast on this blog. Since that blog, my forecasts have been over 90% accurate. Cornerstone and SumTotal already note they have a content-first strategy, and just in the past few weeks, even more, vendors are adding this to their repertoire.

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

These are being reported out of the larger eLearningGuild population and I would claim that they are likely more accurate than survey research that goes through the vendors themselves. Several of the LMS vendors appear more than once, such as Oracle. Saba Learning Suite Saba 9 •::: 6.37

Recommended Learning Systems

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If a vendor heavily pushes talent management, be aware that is not the same thing as skills management, and to me, makes me question what is the end game, because it hard to say TM first, and then push you are customer training B2B too. Saba Cloud – Saba is such a wild card here. Saba was once a kingpin in the industry, then dropped down, now, I think they are on the upswing again, so it is a system to keep on an eye on.

Early Look – Top 50 Learning Systems 4 2018

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The Top 20 will be covered in this blog in a span of two weeks, i.e. 20-11 in week one, 10 to 1 in week two. and a link to the vendor’s web site (you can see the site in the page and then bounce for more info). 15th, albeit, I will be working on adding vendors, etc.

E-Learning Tricks and Treats

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Built-in authoring tools – More vendors are including them into their systems. There are plenty of vendors who could be part of this tasty err trick, but I’m not one to call out folks, when they are doing what I see as not ideal in their techniques. . This is Voodoo.

Innovators' Dilemma in Learning/eLearning

Tony Karrer

I blogged about this before on LCB - The Innovator's Dilemma of Learning , but the recent discussion in Product Vendor Blogs - Where are They? The fact that the discussion around Product Vendor Blogs and Innovation came back that it may be there but is hidden suggests that they aren't going to be the source. Does anyone from Saba, SumTotal, Adobe/Macromedia/eHelp, Lectora, etc.

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Market demand has grown, along with the number of vendors, business uses, integration points and related feature sets — and with good reason. Trying to proactively dislodge Cornerstone, SumTotal, Saba, SuccessFactors or Oracle as a business model is a fool’s errand.

2019 Turkey Awards

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Once a darling of vendors who used it to show their demos, now? In fact, in 2019, I did not see one demo from a vendor on Adobe Connect. Personally a vendor can call their system whatever they want, but there are a few factoids to remember about micro-learning. Welcome.

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Learning Technologies UK 2015 Review

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Lots of vendor booths. One vendor told me it was 296, another said, 260. I did see one vendor who bought a booth and never showed up (G-Cube). Vendors who were in certain sections (I counted Seven sections), seemed to have more humans than say others. One vendor put it so eloquently when describing the two (learning tech area, learning skill area): “The decision makers (CLOs, Training Directors, etc.) Vendors. Vendors of Intrigue.

Learning Systems for 2018 (#25 to #16)

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I removed any vendor built 100% on free open source or open source whereas it is always 100% customized so that one could build a mega monster or build a 1995 version. If the vendor did HE and Corporate, I looked only at corporate. Welcome back – Saba and Absorb LMS.

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

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vendor)? So, P2P hits mainstream, okay, quite a few vendors. I see some vendors including a note or comment capability to the content curation, especially with the mobile video. I’ve yet to see this extensive set of options, but I do believe that some vendor (at least a few) will offer some type of capabilities, although not as robust. Uploading video from a mobile device is going to happen (it already has with many vendors). Next blog is Dec.

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Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?

Xyleme

While there are countless articles about the future of the LMS, it was arguably George’s blog post titled Future of learning: LMS or SNS ? However, those vendors who rely solely on this argument are very likely to find themselves quickly marginalized.

Who’s The Best: Learning System Tourney

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While there are plenty of vendors who cross over into all sections, I placed them into one specific segment of the learning system space. If you are a vendor and post yourselves, it won’t be considered. But I surmise, that as a whole, the reader will click the link to the vendor to see where it takes them. Sure, there are a lot of LMS vendors and other learning platforms that can slide here, but I went with systems that heavily push towards talent suites.

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

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Changes have been made from the previous report, including vendors who are now out and new ones that are now “in” . Q: What is the criteria for vendors being listed in the report? The 10% – Cool features that do not fit in any of the below sections, for example, a couple of vendors have a built-in CRM, that’s cool, another two supported Office 365 – very nice. App store – You have one.you get points — a few vendors do.

LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy

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This isn’t the same as a user case study you see on vendors websites (which btw are nothing more than marketing materials wrapped up in a “research” like angle. What is the roadmap of the vendor and track record of meeting the new functionality/capability?