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

Talented Learning

Cornerstone plans to acquire Saba for a hefty $1.395 billion. An acquisition may mean instant access to a massive new customer base or lucrative distribution channels. 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. The very brief press release says that the combined company will serve 7000 customers and 75 million users around the globe.

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Cornerstone Acquisition of Saba ? What you need 2 know

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There has been a lot of talk recently of the acquisition of Saba by Cornerstone. Question: I am a current Saba Cloud customer, will I have to switch over to Cornerstone? If you are an existing customer of Saba Cloud, including folks who are using the on-premise version, you can stay on the system(s). Cornerstone will continue to update and enhance Saba Cloud, and support all Saba Cloud product lines. See the product list under each Category.

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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. After the Saba/Halogen acquisition, we stepped back for a while to let the dust settle and to see where the company was headed.

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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. 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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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.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Every LMS tried to be all things to all types of customers in all industries. A steady flurry of acquisitions disrupted customers’ lives but never the market as a whole. Innovation was stagnant and most vendor effort was invested in stealing customers from one another. LMS innovation was stifled yet again and innumerable customers became lost in the bureaucracy of behemoth software companies. The 2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Winners .

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

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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. And, because many of the other vendors who are here at HR Tech, really are just average to poor (but not everyone). Anyway, the product is dated.

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. Besomebody Acquires Pixelbug to Add AI, AR and VR to Its Skills Training Products. 4) Customer Education Remains a Golden Ticket.

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). Saba. 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).

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. Demonstrations are crucial, whether it is a 30 minute one, with an audience or one on one, with a potential customer. Regardless, you need to have your product out and showing. Yet, for all that do it, their are equal number of vendors who do not. Demonstrations or Live Product – The majority show you the actual product and let you test drive it.

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. Do you own a product that isn’t well known to your friends?

The Latest LMS Insight

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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. That every e-learning vendor who receives an internet inquiry, responds in a personal nature – rather than responding with a canned message, a pre-sales pitch or a pre-something pitch.

Attention LMSs – I’m mad as…

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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. I’m the customer here and not you.

Is Open Source Ready for Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

Six years ago I pivoted after 14 years on the front lines with two major commercial LMS vendors. That can include any combination of: Customers and prospects. Vendors: Read that market size statistic again and let it sink in.). Custom Needs. Cloud LMS Vendors.

Latest Trends in E-Learning

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We call online learning, e-learning, not e-training, but some vendors will have you believe that “training” is the appropriate term, rather than learning. It can be seen in systems that dub themselves “training management” systems, HCMs that state “training” as a component, authoring tools that describe their product geared towards “training lessons or courses”, etc. Custom Development and LMS vendors.

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. Vendors who have a booth would need to have disinfectant, hand sanitizers and wipes with them at all time, and rub down anyplace that someone put their hand on, on a regular basis, and not say once a day. Cornerstone Acquires Saba. A year ago, Saba went buying.

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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. By offering a customized version of the Top 50 report based on a selection of criteria you choose including “range estimate of pricing” .

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. By offering a customized version of the Top 50 report based on a selection of criteria you choose including “range estimate of pricing” .

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. Some items stood out, others continued in an everlasting awful experience (customer and support service – as a whole). Product training becomes real – they interact, engage and see it in real time, rather than a static experience.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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The year kicked off with lots of potential, lots of excitement in the air and lots of customers gearing up to purchase new systems, despite global economic woes. 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.

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. But, I do not look at the number of users, number of clients (in terms of ranking as the best of the best), I look at the platform as a whole – including those extra variables people tend to leave out - user interface, customer service, support, training and a few other items. .

#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. New features include m-learning on the iPad with native app (no on/off synch), integrates with Yammer, themes, custom URL, assessment tool, the authoring tool is the key component, help and feedback tab. 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.

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.

The Augmented LMS: New Life for Talent Management Learning?

Talented Learning

At that time, interest in training customers, channel partners and others “outside the firewall” was on the rise, but many organizations either could not or would not use their internal employee-focused LMS to support external learning programs. From the outset, we understood why learning technology decision makers often sought a separate LMS for channel partner and customer-focused education.

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. Unhappy current customers. How long do you think your current customers whom you initially targeted are going to be happy.

LMS Integration:  The Learning Ecosystem

Talented Learning

Vendors can: Provide an open API library consisting of available scripts that a tech-savvy buyer can use to automate integration with client systems. Have a private API library or web services that require the LMS vendor to build and configure the integration. The chart below shows the most popular LMS integrations according to 72 LMS vendors we surveyed. Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

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. 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. After some trial period the free trial customer can optionally convert to a paying customer. 75 LMS Vendor Profiles.

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. This means Workday Learning needs to be included in broader HR and financial systems opportunities, or focus on selling into its existing customer base. Which vendors are leading in each LMS category.

Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

For instance, in the corporate world , that could include customers, prospects, channel partners, franchisees, contractors, suppliers and perhaps employees, too. 1) Why is customer education gaining momentum? Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Outreach. 6) How do subscription businesses help customers succeed? SaaS Customer Success – With Samma Hafeez of Thought Industries. What does effective customer training look like?

LMSs, TMs and HCMs

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SumTotal is calling their product a Human Capital Management system. 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.

The Business of Learning

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Then you will need content, regardless if it is off-the shelf or someone you hired to create the custom content or even yourself or your team building the content via a 3rd party authoring tool. Plan to continue to market the system to your employees or customers. At least with customer training, you can offset the costs of everything, thru fee-based content, with employees it is a lot different. Want to make a million dollars in your first year with customer training?

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. To serve this large customer base, it’s essential for the company to keep its workforce up to date with learning and development. The company turned to Saba and its Saba Cloud system, which provides social collaboration, training and crowd-sourcing.

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Award for all awards

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They are great to announce to your fellow competitors, general public and potential customers. 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. In the LMS market alone, there are over 395 vendors. Big Dog LMS – Saba.

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). Welcome. Welcome. .

Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews

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What is happening with some better known vendors or those on my radar of up and coming will be equally presented. Issue #1, Vol 1, Vendors 5. 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. This was not surprising, since Saba told me the same thing (i.e.

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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. You can always negotiate with your new vendor to migrate the data (and content if need be) from your old vendor and they work together to get it done – leaving you to concentrate on everything else. .

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).