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Saba, Now Part of Cornerstone, Ranks as Learning Management Systems Value Index Leader

Posted by Steve Goldberg on Jul 24, 2020 7:29:32 AM

Here are some insights on Saba drawn from our latest Value Index research, which provides a balanced perspective of Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendors and products that’s rooted in an understanding of business drivers and needs. Our continuous research and analysis of the market for business applications and technologies guide our comprehensive approach to this Value Index on Learning Management Systems 2020. Organizations can use it to evaluate existing suppliers and potential new technology partners; applying it can shorten the cycle time for an RFP. This approach not only reduces cost and time but also minimizes the risk of making a decision that is bad for the business. Using the Value Index will enable your organizationVentana_Research_Value_Index_LMS_logo_2020 to achieve the levels of efficiency and effectiveness needed to optimize learning management.

We evaluated Saba and 11 other vendors in seven categories, five product-related (adaptability, capability, manageability, reliability and usability) and two concerning the vendor (TCO/ROI and vendor validation). To arrive at the Value Index rating for a given vendor, we weighted each of the seven categories to reflect its relative importance in an RFP process, with the weightings based on data derived from our benchmark research on LMS.

Saba has been a leading provider in the LMS market for over 20 years and ranks second overall in this Value Index on LMS. The vendor is a Value Index Leader (top three) in the TCO/ROI and Capability categories as well as in the Customer Assurance category. The first (Cornerstone OnDemand) and second place (Saba) vendors became one company in April 2020, when Cornerstone OnDemand’s acquisition of Saba was finalized. Due to our Value Index publication process and schedule, however, these vendors were evaluated separately.

Saba leads the field in TCO/ROI because it offers among the best tools and support Ventana_Research_Value_Index_LMS_2020_Saba_200501for potential customers evaluating vendors in the learning management space. Saba also scores very well in the Capability category due to the product’s integrated real-time collaboration tools and a robust recommendations engine that leverages data from Saba Cloud and applies algorithms to offer personalized recommendations. The product also supports virtual reality content and integrates learning paths with career goals. In addition, a check-in tool enables managers to have meaningful coaching conversations with employees about performance, skill development and career plans. The vendor would have performed better in the Validation category with clearer evidence of market momentum.

This research-based index is the most comprehensive assessment of the value of learning management systems (LMS) software in the industry. You can learn more about our Value Index as an effective vendor selection and RFI/RFP tool here and participating vendors can learn more about how to use the Value Index here.

Steve Goldberg

Topics: Human Capital Management, Learning Management, Workforce Management

Steve Goldberg

Written by Steve Goldberg

Steve is responsible for the Human Capital Management (HCM) research and advisory services practice. He guides HR and business leaders in leveraging their workforce for competitive advantage. He guides HCM technology vendors on the market of buyers and where their applications and technology can have maximum impact. Steve's uniquely diverse HCM experience spans over 30 years, including HR process and HCM systems practitioner leadership roles, heading up product strategy for one of the most respected HCM application vendors, and operating his own global advisory practice. His expertise areas of coverage include HRMS, Talent Management and Workforce Management, with specialized focus on recruiting, learning, performance, compensation and payroll. Prior to joining Ventana Research, Steve worked as a corporate VP in HR at UBS/Swiss Bank Corporation and Huizenga Holdings, product strategy leader at PeopleSoft and Unicru, and was also VP and Research Director at Bersin & Associates. Over 35,000 HR professionals and business executives have been informed by one of Steve's presentations on HCM, or have read his published work. Steve holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from University of Buffalo School of Management and a BBA in Industrial Psychology from The City University of New York.