The latest Saba @Work Global Summit had a ‘happy’ theme, with Pharrel Williams smash hit song providing an uplifting refrain. With more than 200 new customers in the last year for Saba Cloud, it’s easy to see why. Already 88% of Saba’s revenue comes from cloud-based services (as opposed to licensed based operations). That will, of course, increase as more organisations understand how the cloud can simplify their IT operations and reduce costs accordingly.
But for Learning and development systems, there is a good deal more to the cloud than just lower costs. Saba Cloud’s TIM, The Intelligent Mentor, is a good example. Based on the same concepts such as Netflix’s recommendations and Google’s predictive search capabilities, TIM is a patent-pending implementation of machine Learning algorithms. TIM tracks all activity in the network and always knows which content and people have the biggest impact. He learns about each person, knows their goals, Learning plan, role models, skills, and contributions. With this information, TIM makes personal and relevant recommendations about content, classes, and mentors that can help you to be more productive and accelerate your development. TIM’s talents and capabilities to draw ever more and better data together is dramatically enhanced by the cloud access.
Saba is now reaching into the cloud in other ways to get you more Learning and development resources. With no more than a couple of clicks, Saba Cloud can drive the benefits of LinkedIn, TalentBin, HireRight and Monster Recruiting directly into your recruitment operations. It can pull content from online libraries such as OpenSesame and Skillsoft. This flexibility and openness lets you use the tool of your choice in a way that is manageable and measurable by your organisation.
In the long run it will be these kind of developments that will really affect the organisation, by actually understanding what we do and changing the way we work. And all the while reducing costs. Not such a bad deal really.