Our History

Saba means "knowing" in many languages. Bobby Yazdani, Saba's Founder, chose this name when he started the company in 1997 to represent the new frontier of human capital management.

Saba means knowing and knowledge and dawn and new beginning

Saba has always been about transformation. It began with transforming learning and talent management. Now Saba is helping customers transform the way they work.


History _timeline


  • 1997 – Saba Pioneered Learning Management Systems
  • 2000 – Saba became a public company (NASDAQ: SABA).
  • 2005 – Saba began expanding into integrated talent management with the development of performance review and goals capabilities.
  • 2006 – Saba acquired Centra to combine with learning to create the industry’s first virtual classroom.
  • 2006 – Saba was the first vendor to introduce the concept of “communities” into the LMS to create communities of practice/development to supplement formal learning capabilities.
  • 2007 – Saba added succession and workforce planning to extend learning into leadership development.
  • 2009 – Saba began to develop a cloud infrastructure and develop the next generation of communities based on new social networking concepts and technologies.
  • 2011 – Saba introduced social learning and also acquired Comartis and Pedagogue to provide complete testing and assessment capability across enterprise learning and talent.
  • 2012 – Saba acquired HumanConcepts to enhance workforce planning with workforce visualization capabilities. Most importantly, Saba launched the first and only fully unified people-centric system that combines unified, learning and talent management with social and real-time collaboration capabilities.

Saba will continue to transform its own technology and business in order to achieve the single most important mission: enabling customers around the world to transform the way they work!