Embry-Riddle University’s Interactive Virtual Classrooms Powered by the Saba People Cloud Dynamically Enable Global Learning

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Feb 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), the premier People Cloud provider, today announced that leading aviation and aerospace university, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has dramatically improved student participation and enrollment since using Saba's People Cloud Applications. Saba's Real-time Collaboration, part of the Saba People Cloud, is providing the backbone for Embry-Riddle's EagleVision initiative, which brings together voice, video, data, and graphics in a structured online environment. By enabling Embry-Riddle to create a unique virtual classroom environment, Saba has helped the university increase enrollment by 7% over the past three years alone. Since the launch of Saba Centra in 2007, the EagleVision live virtual classroom has grown from 150 registrations per term to over 4,000 per term. The environment consistently experiences over 100% growth from the previous term.

Saba Real-time Collaboration combines world-class Web and video conferencing with innovative business social networking to drive real-time and social collaboration. Embry-Riddle is using its HD VoIP capabilities and multiple simultaneous video streams to hold engaging live and interactive classrooms for over 27,000 students across its extensive network of 150 campuses in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

Key Business Benefits

-- Higher enrollment, with virtual classrooms attracting record enrollment in January 2012 of 4,244 students in 316 classes

-- Increased student participation with more students, staff, and faculty collaborating and learning on the go, via iPad or iPhone

-- More interactive, aligned and engaged staff through enhanced virtual training and collaboration

-- Saved approximately $55,000.00 in faculty travel expenses

-- Captured approximately $2.4 million in tuition revenue last year by offering live virtual classroom options

Supporting Quotes

"One of Embry-Riddle's biggest challenges has been to support its extensive network of small outlying campuses. Many times, we would not receive enough students registering for courses catered to specific learning needs to justify the cost of the instructors," said Becky Vasquez, chief technology officer, Embry-Riddle University. "The Saba People Cloud has addressed this challenge and has helped our university to open more classes for students wishing to learn diverse curriculum. As a result, we have seen dramatic results that have far exceeded our expectations."

"The mind-set of the younger generations is very different in the ways that they approach learning, interact with their colleagues and management, and use technology. Being able to provide dynamic communication and collaboration tools for this next generation of the workforce is becoming a critical factor for success," Karen Steele, senior vice president, corporate marketing, Saba. "The Saba People Cloud is enabling Embry-Riddle University to create high-impact learning programs for its students on a global scale. Through its use of Saba's Real-time Collaboration, Embry-Riddle University is fostering a more connected, collaborative environment that is helping to transform the experience for learning across the university."

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About Saba

Saba NASDAQ: SABA) enables organizations to build a transformative workplace that leverages the advent of social networking in business and the ubiquity of mobile to empower an organization's most mission-critical assets — its people. The company provides a unified set of People Cloud Applications including learning management, talent management, enterprise social networking, and real-time collaboration delivered through the Saba People Cloud.Saba solutions help organizations leverage their people networks to become more competitive through innovation, speed, agility, and trust.

Saba's premier customer base includes major global organizations and industry leaders in financial services, life sciences and healthcare, high tech, automotive and manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, packaged goods, and public sector organizations. Saba's solutions are underpinned by global services capabilities and partnerships encompassing strategic consulting, comprehensive implementation services, and ongoing worldwide support. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Saba has offices on five continents. For more information, please visit www.saba.com or call +1-877-SABA-101 or +1-650-779-2791. SABA, the Saba logo, Saba Centra, and the marks relating to Saba products and services referenced herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Saba Software, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Aly Kline, 650-581-2593
PR Associate

Source: Saba