Saba Drives Significant Momentum in EMEA With Strong Customer Wins, New Offices, and Strategic Partnership…from Saba


With 23+ Million Worldwide Users, Saba Continues to Add Key Enhancements to Its People Cloud Applications to Meet Growing Global Demand

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Saba (NASDAQ:SABA), the premier People Cloud provider, today announced continued momentum in the EMEA region during its first quarter of fiscal year 2012, which ended August 31, 2011. Milestones achieved in the quarter in EMEA included increased adoption of Saba solutions, new alliance partnerships, and the opening of two new offices. Saba also enhanced product capabilities across Saba’s suite of People Cloud applications and increased the number of worldwide users to 23 million, as organizations increasingly turn to Saba to better leverage their most important assets — their people and people networks.

According to PwC’s 14th Annual Global CEO Survey, organizations are increasingly realizing that despite high unemployment in mature markets like the United States and Western Europe, there are still major skills shortages around the world. Simultaneously, in high-growth markets like China, Brazil, and India, there is fierce competition for a limited pool of top talent. This means that organizations cannot rely on recruiting and hiring from the outside and must be much smarter about internal talent reviews, calibration, learning, knowledge sharing, and mobility.

“Retaining and nurturing the best people and focusing on people as the core strategy are critical in today’s competitive market,” said Bobby Yazdani, CEO and founder of Saba. “We are enabling our customers to cultivate a knowledge-sharing and learning culture to address global challenges of hyper-competition, workforce complexity, and shorter product life cycles. Our rapid customer adoption in EMEA is validation that our strategy is working, as we begin to realize our vision for the industry’s first, unified People Cloud offering that enables organizations to become transformative, smarter, and more adaptable to the changing world of work.”

Significant Customer and Partner Growth

Over the past six months Saba has witnessed rapid adoption of its People Cloud applications across EMEA, adding new customers and partners, as well as seeing increased adoption of its broad solution set by existing customers.


  • New customers include organizations such as Apollo-Optik (Germany’s leading optician); Axel Springer AG, Lancashire County Council, Landesamt fur Finanzen, Metro Ag,  PKO Bank Polski (Poland’s largest bank), and Springer Medicine (the leading CME-Academy provider)
  • Saba also announced an important new partnership with British Telecom to provide a fully managed people management solution as part of BT Learning Solutions.

“We chose Saba People Cloud Applications because it is on a unified platform for learning and development, performance appraisal, and talent management. In the future, we will be able to train our workforce more comprehensively and offer them more opportunities for personal development,” said Erich Ehbauer, CIO, Apollo-Optik. “We also wish to continually optimize our customer service, which will give us a strategic edge. Saba People Cloud Applications are highly scalable and internationally available. We can use the applications easily and flexibly in our franchises.”

“Saba provides us with an enterprise-scale solution based on a holistic vision around people management. They offer a solution that is organically built, providing a truly unified experience across all people processes, infused with collaboration and enterprise social networking capabilities,” said Sundar Balasubramanian, director of BT Learning Solutions. “We have implemented various Learning Management Systems previously and have in-depth knowledge of the various technologies in this space. We were looking for a modular platform that can grow with the needs of our customers without requiring significant investments in integration.”

New Offices

To meet growing demand, Saba has moved to new offices in Paris and Munich.

“As demand for our innovative People Cloud applications continues to increase, we have made significant investments in our sales and services teams to ensure we maximize our market coverage, whilst at the same time continuing to offer the highest levels of customer service,” said Phil Richardson, vice president of EMEA region, Saba.

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Matt Lafata, HRchitect

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