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August 17, 2011

Saba Paves the Way for Transformation at Work

By Carrie Schmelkin, TMCnet Web Editor

For over a decade, Saba (News - Alert) – the premier people cloud provider – has been in the business of equipping companies with solutions and applications that enable today’s people-driven enterprises. Through its learning, people management and collaboration technologies, Saba has been able to deliver solutions that help mobilize and engage people to drive new strategies and initiatives, align and connect people, and cultivate individual and collective know how to achieve exceptional results, according to company officials.

“We really enable all the people in your extended people network, whether it’s your employees, customers, or partners, to really be engaged and motivated and cultivate their know how,” Milind Pansare (News - Alert), senior director of Social Cloud Applications at Saba, told TMCnet.

One of Saba’s leading platforms, the Saba People Cloud, has helped organizations all around the world drive better business performance by helping them accelerate innovation by tapping into social and mobile capabilities to engage and connect employees to the right people, information, and ideas throughout the people network to drive new innovation and faster time to market.

The Saba People Cloud affords companies many opportunities such as accelerated innovation and speed; increased sales by 20 to 30 percent; improved customer satisfaction by two to three percent; improved retention of key employees by 50 to 60 percent; saved millions of dollars; and significantly reduced compliance risk.

Those benefits are clearly appealing as Saba has quickly grown its customer base to more than 1,400. It also boasts other impressive statistics such as the fact that there are currently over 20 million users of Saba software; that Saba is in 190 plus countries; that the company offers software in 30 plus languages; that its software is in more than half of Fortune 100 companies; and that Saba was named last year by Forbes as one of the 100 most trusted companies, according to Pansare.

“Saba has consistently grown since the time it went public,” he said.

Saba works with everyone from large organizations like BMW to other brands like KFC and Pizza Hut. One of the most recent companies to team with Saba is leading European consumer electronics retailer Media-Saturn who is leveraging Saba People Cloud Applications to support and enable people performance with the right training, improve succession planning, and increase employee retention.

Saba’s multilingual capabilities have helped Media-Saturn to deploy the system in European and Asian markets. And, with the application, Media-Saturn has been able to collect 70,000 people profiles and roll the system out to 13 countries and 800 store locations.

So what’s next for Saba?

“We are growing very rapidly as a software as a service, or a cloud provider,” Pansare said. “What’s next is that large organizations are starting to move to a cloud model where even a few years ago they were probably not ready to do that. We are here to grow with those organizations.”

Most recently, Saba announced that four of its People Cloud Applications Saba Performance, Saba Learning, Saba Online Collaboration and Saba Social (formerly Saba Live) were named finalists in the Best of Elearning! 2011 Awards. e Best of E-Learning! Awards are established as the primary source of recognition for best practice in e-learning.

To hear more about Saba, click below to listen to an interview between Pansare and TMC’s (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani.

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein
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