Cornerstone-Saba Acquisition: What Does it Mean for LMS Customers?

Talented Learning

Cornerstone plans to acquire Saba for a hefty $1.395 billion. But here’s the rub: Although an acquisition may be good for companies and investors on both sides of the deal, it’s rarely a treat for customers of the acquired business. 3) Increased Cash Flow : By eliminating duplication, Cornerstone expects to free-up enough funds to pay-off the acquisition debt, with plenty of extra cash available for additional investments to grow the business.

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Saba Insight 2018 Insights

Bluewater Learning

Now that we are all back in the office on the Monday after Saba Insight 2018 , I thought it’s a good time to reflect on the Saba Insight 2018 event. There were about 500 attendees at the conference, which is little smaller than other user conferences we attend for similar size companies in the Learning and Talent space, but perhaps that’s not surprising giving the transformation Saba has been through in the past few years.

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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. So, when I went and checked out Saba Social, Saba’s new social learning platform, I had very low expectations. Saba Social is a very solid product, that despite a few hiccups and “huh&# moments, achieves what it sets out to do, provide a user friendly social experience. Over 25 different social media types and Saba Social sticks with the ones everyone always sees – WHY?

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The Business of Learning

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Welcome to the Business of Learning. I’m not referring to the dollar amounts of the buys, rather the number of vendors acquiring other vendors, the number of PEs buying a vendor and/or the number of companies outside of the space jumping in by buying a learning system vendor. Already in 2020, we have seen Cornerstone acquire Saba, and a few other smaller buys (other vendors). . Let’s say Vendor A has 50 current clients for 2018.

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.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Innovation was stagnant and most vendor effort was invested in stealing customers from one another. The cloud enables new LMS vendors to create and support one product that all customers use providing economies of scale in research, customer support and required investment capital. Over the last five years, new LMS companies have poured into the marketplace filling an obvious need of customer service and targeted business solutions. Saba Software.

Latest Takeaways from Craig Weiss

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It has been a wild week from the acquisition of Saba by Cornerstone to the ability to compare systems in detail on FindAnLMS, to the Coronavirus and the usage of Microsoft Teams as part of the L&D experience. With more and more corporate entities telling their employees not to come into the office and/or do not do any business related travel, I am calling on Learning Solutions and ATD to cancel their trade shows for 2020. Cornerstone Acquires Saba.

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The Latest LMS Insight

eLearning 24-7

Every E-Learning vendor should want your business and treat you as they would want to be treated. Every LMS vendor should have a standard regarding response times, when they receive an inquiry via the internet. I know of one vendor who responds within 30 minutes of receiving an inquiry. Whether you see that as good or bad, is up to you, but the point is – that the vast majority of vendors are not like them. I should mention I found one vendor who did.

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2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

But the industry’s unbridled expansion started to lose steam a couple of years ago, when vendors began seeking growth through acquisition. And as vendors focus more heavily on gaining market share dominance, buyers should prepare for further M&A confusion, uncertainty and disruption. You know the names – Cornerstone , Oracle , Saba Software , SAP SuccessFactors , SumTotal Systems and Workday. 3) Specialists and Cloud LMS Vendors Win the Extended Enterprise Race.

What I want 2 see in your #LMS

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I’ve heard vendors rave how awesome they are, how much their clients love them, how they understand what the market needs and wants, how their support is number one and so on and so on. Grab a set of records and rather than smash them everywhere, tell you, the LMS vendor, what I’d want to see in your system, that will take you to number one (on the charts). Sadly to many vendors this is not feasible. Benefit: People are busy.

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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. Previously, before a multitude of specialized solutions burst onto the landscape, LMS choices were limited to a handful of “one-size-fits-all” vendors. It happens at least once a week.

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Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

eLearning 24-7

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

eLearning 24-7

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.

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. Sure there were exceptions on the desktop side – most notably Articulate Storyline, but overall until desktop vendors see the advantages of SaaS, especially with real time collaboration and peer review, tablets will be slow going. Avatars, Image characters, backgrounds that are business or work oriented.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

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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. Saba - A solid system, but IMO (in my opinion) better suited for talent/performance management. Here is my list (both from a business and system standpoint).

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. Especially when people are in the field whether it is with consumers, at a job location, meeting with business clients, whatever. . Expect a few commercial vendors to jump into the augmented reality space for e-learning.

Attention LMSs – I’m mad as…

eLearning 24-7

I’m tired of telling people that it is better to buy 3rd party courses through you even though they can get a better deal by going straight to the 3rd party vendor. #5 I’m calling out Saba. That’s right, Saba and their wonderful salesperson HSwidget (name withheld). I contacted Saba and dealt with some really good salespeople. End result – no business for him or Saba.

#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

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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. 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. The system was created specifically for business, which in of itself makes it unique.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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I mean ever&# , from a senior executive at a mid to large size vendor that has been in the market for several years. Across the board, a large number of vendors (from small to large) saw increases in their quarter numbers. Especially, when vendors released their 2010 final numbers and saw big increases from the previous year. One vendor is months behind their release schedule. Another vendor is suffering Q/A issues. Identify the problem, the vendor too.

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.

M-Learning: Where’s the app for that?

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With all these vendors talking about their solution and its capabilities on mobile devices, it should be easy to find an app for that. Regardless if the vendor is m-learning specific, content authoring tool, LMS, web conferencing or a hybrid. Nowadays more and more vendors (thankfully) are seeing the benefit of mobile devices. There is actually a vendor who has a mobile app available on iTunes, Upside Learning. iPad/iPad 2 Vendors. Saba Centra. Business?

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LMSs, TMs and HCMs

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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. Right now, they are separate LOBs (lines of business) but will they eventually fall under the spell of integrating the two?

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). Made specifically for business. When a vendor I am reviewing or identifying is a client of mine, it will always be noted, as such. LMS Products of the Year 2010.

Should You Use an Employee LMS for Extended Enterprise Learning in 2019?

Talented Learning

On the other hand, customers and business partners can’t be forced to engage in learning activities. Extended enterprise learning initiatives are usually owned by different business groups than the employee LMS and thus are funded and deployed at different times. With the resulting increased executive exposure, business impact, not cost, is the key factor in vendor selection. We’re currently tracking more than 800 business-oriented learning systems.

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. Meridan KSI and Meridan Anywhere – LMS vendor.

Origin Learning Gets Shortlisted at the 2014 Learning In Practice Awards

Origin Learning

Provider awards recognize qualified service providers, vendors and consultants for their work on behalf of a client organization. The sub-categories under the Practitioner Awards include Business Impact, Collaboration, Global Learning, Innovation, Strategy, Technology and Trailblazer wherein executives from globally renowned organizations like Hewlett Packard, The Boeing Co., There’s no greater pleasure than to reap the fruits of your hard work.

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NexGen Learning System Grid 2018-19

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To the 2018-19 Learning System Grid,identifying the Leaders, Risers, Steady and Slow vendors for NexGen functionality. . For this year’s grid, an additional vendor was added per group (last year it was five per grid). NexGen Functionality Tier 2 (Not every vendor has all of these items, just an fyi). Thus there are vendors who I would buy on the grid, just as there are those I wouldn’t buy, for a variety of reasons, that are not tied to NexGen functionality.

Top 85 Learning Systems for 2020

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People always inquire why I like one system over the next, and how their system (if they are a vendor) is not on the list or if a customer, how the system they purchased is not on the list. And is one that is often overlooked when folks are considering a vendor. I hear the “they never called us back,” “they promised and never delivered,” and the “they ignore us”, and yet, I equally have heard folks say that, then renew with the same vendor.

LMS or LXP – Confused?

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Sure a vendor can say we are an LXP, but a LMS too or vice versa. LMS vendors on the other hand are adding LXP features, to counter, and in some marketing may note, learning experience blah blah. . Trending or Most Popular – This is based on all other end-users in the system for that company/business/etc. One vendor Linkedin Learning bases it on everyone in the system, regardless if they work at your place or not.

NexGen Learning Systems T-Grid 2019-20

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Nowadays every learning system vendor out there will tell you their system is Next Generation or some nuanced spin that goes towards NexGen. Breakdown of each Grid – Leaders, Risers, Steady – and each vendor that is in that grid. The only vendor that fits this bill is Hub360, which is in Steady. The biggest surprise to me is Saba. Again, this is in reference to the learning portion of Saba and not the entire platform of talent, etc.

Top 50 Learning Systems for 2019 (50 to 30)

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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. This includes vendors who have a content marketplace over those who don’t, thus they received more points on that feature, for example. Saba (2018, 2016).

The New Corporate Learning Ecosystem: Coexistence at Work

Talented Learning

Imagine that your organization is informed in real-time about individual and program progress, as well as relevant business impact. Originally, many LMS specialists tried to compete head-to-head with the established giants of the talent management LMS world like Cornerstone , Saba , SumTotal , SAP/SuccessFactors , Oracle. Their position in the business gives them some leeway to “go rogue” if needed, to support their learning programs.

Gender in the Workplace Study

eLearning 24-7

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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2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

Talented Learning

We have spent the last two years interviewing hundreds of global learning technology professionals on both the vendor and practitioner sides of the fence. We ask them all about business drivers, trends, market opportunities, use cases, demand, competition and measurable successes. Today, based on our recent survey of 75 LMS vendors, 37% of LMS vendors offer an instant free trial of their LMS directly from their website without speaking to a sales professional.

The Augmented LMS: New Life for Talent Management Learning?

Talented Learning

Other well-known independent players like Cornerstone , Saba and Workday opted to compete by building their own talent suites. In fact, talent management suite vendors were so consumed with unifying their disparate brands, interfaces and databases that they didn’t see disruption coming from outside of their sphere. With that kind of captive customer, why would a talent management LMS vendor even bother to improve its product?