Saba Recognized as a Leader in Leading Analyst Firm’s Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing

Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration Leverages the Advent of Social Media and Mobile to Enable Organizations to Meet the Challenges of a New World of Work.
Dec. 13, 2011 - PRLog -- Bracknell, UK – Saba , the premier People Cloud provider, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Saba as a “Leader” in the 2011 “Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing” report. The report provides guidance for organizations that are looking to implement Web conferencing solutions for benefits such as increased collaboration, cost savings and reduced business travel. It positions vendors based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Gartner Comments (1):
“The growth of Web conferencing has continued, driven by cost-saving initiatives and improvements in the technology’s ease of use and performance.”

“The worlds of social media, collaboration and enterprise applications are starting to merge, bringing real-time capabilities to business process and personal productivity applications.”

“Real-time and conferencing functions are appearing as components of larger collaboration platforms and portfolios. The market is shifting so that real-time and conferencing functions are becoming embeddable capabilities.”

“Bandwidth concerns are increasing as companies look to add video and expand the scale of conferencing sessions.”

Supporting Quotes
“With Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration, we can connect visually with our students to reap the benefits of face-to-face communications. Additionally, with a highly dispersed and mobile student body, it is critical for us to have the most forward-looking technology that works on mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad,” said Becky Vasquez, chief technology officer, Embry-Riddle. “Since our launch of EagleVision, our virtual classroom using Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration, the reviews from both faculty and students have been very positive and student participation has increased nearly 100 percent in the past year alone.”

“Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration allows us to easily connect with a large, dispersed audience of sales, management and technical training professionals. We conduct meetings, training sessions, virtual trade shows, sales events, and coaching for new hires, all of which are stored in a content library of recordings that employees can access anytime, anywhere from any device,” said Rick Vlahos, executive director, Hearth Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation. “We have employees scattered all over the US and Canada, including in rural areas with marginal Internet connections. Accessibility to content and the ability to collaborate are key requirements for our organization; employees have found Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration to be the most convenient and user-friendly solution.”

“With an increasingly global and dispersed workforce, real-time collaboration in a visual format is becoming key for enhanced engagement, collaboration and innovation,” said Emily He, vice president of product marketing, Saba. “Additionally, as the market evolves, we continue to leverage integration with Saba’s award-winning learning management, talent management and enterprise social networking solutions to provide customers with a unified platform that enables organizations to be better prepared for the new world of work.”

Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration Highlights
Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration is an industry-leading Web conferencing, online meeting, virtual classroom, and webinar solution that enables an organizations extended enterprise, including employees, customers, and partners, to interact, communicate, share, and exchange knowledge in real-time. By making it easy to capture and share knowledge as it happens, Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration increases the value of session content and improves collaboration among globally dispersed workforces and ecosystems.

Combining real-time collaboration capabilities (like video conferencing, VoIP audio conferencing, text chat, and application sharing) with enterprise social networking capabilities (including the ability to create collaborative groups, publish content to YouTube-like video channels, and access information through interactive mobile Apps on iPhone or iPad), Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration is transforming how work gets done beyond meetings in a next-generation collaboration platform. In addition, Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration provides seamless integration with Saba Learning Management, Talent Management, and Enterprise Social Networking.

Its dynamic, interactive environment provides the experience of in-person sessions without incurring the costs of travel. Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration provides options to use VoIP, teleconference, or a mix of both in any session. Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration is available in the Cloud and on-premise. The solution is also available on PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone and iPad.

About the Saba People Cloud
Saba People Cloud Applications, including Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration, help organizations transform their business by enabling them to:
-Accelerate innovation by tapping into social and mobile capabilities to engage and connect employees to the right people, information, and ideas throughout the people network to drive new innovation and faster time to market.
-Mobilize their people network for speed and agility to seize new opportunities through complete talent visibility and mobility. The Saba People Cloud provides organizations with visibility into all of the skills, experience, competencies, and connections of the people in their people network, as well as the ability to quickly align them to new business initiatives.
-Cultivate a development culture inside and outside their organization to arm their people network with the knowledge they need, when they need it, to excel at their jobs, develop in their careers, and drive higher performance.
-Leverage the Cloud with a completely unified, multi-tenant SaaS solution architecture and infrastructure that reduces costs, speeds time to benefit, and provides the flexibility to scale globally and adapt locally to fit your operational and financial needs.

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About the Magic Quadrant
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

(1)    Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing”, David Mario Smith, 5 December 2011

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