The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2004-08-09T15:34:00Z Australian financial services leader Perpetual selects Saba to support comprehensive Human Capital Development and Management strategy 2004-08-09T15:34:00Z australian-financial-services-leader-perpetual-selects-saba-to-support-comprehensive-human-capital-development-and-management-strategy Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), the leading provider of human capital development and management (HCDM) solutions, today announced that Perpetual, one of Australias leading financial services institutions, has licensed Saba Enterprise Performance and Saba Enterprise Learning. The Saba technology provides a management system that will enable Perpetual to align, develop and measure organisational performance against the goals and objectives of both individuals and the company, as well as provide ongoing visibility to ensure that learning and development initiatives are aligned to those objectives. Perpetuals strategic imperative of continuing to develop a high-performance organisation is critical to the success of our business, said Paul McAuley, Group Executive of Human Resources, Perpetual. We expect this initiative will be a key element enabling us to manage our corporate and individual performance initiatives within the organisation, to ensure we are meeting individual objectives and that those successes drive improvement for Perpetual as a whole. Perpetual will use Saba to give managers the ability to set and manage goals and objectives and maintain visibility into progress against those objectives. Using the Saba solution, Perpetual will be able to identify the skills and competencies of the staff, determine the gaps that need to be filled and define a learning and development plan to fill those gaps, all within a single integrated solution. Leading financial services organisations like Perpetual are at the forefront of companies that view the integration of enterprise performance and learning management as a key component of a solution that supports the goal of improving organisational performance, said Bobby Yazdani, Saba Chairman and CEO. We are excited to have been selected as a partner in such a significant initiative for the company. The Saba solution is expected to help Perpetuals leadership team gain greater visibility into the ongoing performance of the organisation, enabling the company to make operational adjustments more quickly. Perpetual also expects to be able to improve the performance assessment process, all the way down to the individual employee. Saba Enterprise Learning will empower Perpetual to address gaps in skills and competencies in the companys employee base and subsequently improve individuals abilities to meet both personal and organisational goals. Saba Enterprise Performance is part of Saba 5, the industrys first fully-integrated, J2EE-compliant learning and performance solution. Perpetual sees Saba as an important competitive advantage in the human capital-intensive financial services industry. The most important objective for leading companies like Perpetual is to improve overall corporate performance. In order to achieve meet this goal, it is critical that there is a link between the performance of their people and overall business goals, said Richard Boggon, Vice President, Saba Asia Pacific. We are delighted that Perpetual chose to partner with Saba on its strategic performance initiative designed to accelerate productivity, reinforce organisational alignment and produce considerable cost savings to the company. About Saba Saba (NASDAQ: SABA) is the leading provider of human capital development and management (HCDM) solutions, which increase organisational performance through the implementation of a management system for aligning, developing, and managing people. Among the Global 2000, Saba customers include Alcatel, Cisco Systems, DaimlerChrysler, EMC Corp., Kaiser Permanente, Medtronic, Procter & Gamble and VERITAS Software. In Australia, customers include Flight Centre, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Promina, Queensland Rail, Caterpillar, Deloitte Consulting and Cisco Systems. Saba has received industry recognition for its solutions, and recently was named again to the leader quadrant position in the Gartner 2004 e-Learning Suite and LMS "Magic Quadrants and was ranked in March by IT industry analyst firm META Group as a market leader in learning management technology for the third consecutive year. Saba is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, with offices worldwide. The company opened Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, Australia, in 1999. For more information, visit www.saba.com or call (02) 8221 8820. Saba, the Saba logo, and the marks relating to other Saba products and services referenced herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Saba Software, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. About Perpetual Perpetual Trustees Australia Limited (Perpetual) is an independent, diversified financial services group established in Australia 118 years ago. Our origin as a trust company has created our unique status as one of the most trusted providers of financial services in Australia. Perpetual is an ASX Top 100 company (ASX: PPT) with a market capitalisation of A$1.7 billion and offices located in all mainland state capitals in Australia. Perpetuals purpose is to build shareholder wealth over the long term by creating value for our clients and partners through the provision of outstanding financial products and services in our chosen markets. Saba and JRS Group partner to offer Managed Learning Service 2004-07-27T20:50:00Z saba-and-jrs-group-partner-to-offer-managed-learning-service Saba, the leading provider of human capital development and management (HCDM) solutions, and Australian-owned multinational human capital management consultancy, JRS Global, today announced the two companies have signed a channel agreement to offer Australian businesses an integrated, self-service managed learning service (MLS). The partnership will enable JRS Global to offer small and medium businesses a hosted learning solution, based on Saba Enterprise Learning, through its training company, Dot Educate (.educate). The JRS Groups service, built on Saba Enterprise Learning, is an improvement on existing available services because it gives businesses self-service access to career planning, competency profiling and advanced learning management capabilities that extend well beyond the traditional offerings that have been available in the market. "The training and learning landscape in Australia is changing dramatically," said Richard Boggon, Vice President, Saba Asia Pacific. Businesses are recognising the strategic importance of giving their staff appropriate education at the right time - and of managing that learning process to meet business objectives - rather than training people in an ad hoc manner. Our new channel arrangement with JRS Global gives small and medium businesses access to the same advanced functionality of the Saba system as our corporate customers, but without the need to outlay significant capital, Boggon said. With JRS, Saba is delivering a one-stop-shop for training that will give Australian SMEs the competitive edge of a workforce aligned with business objectives. Jacques de Villiers, CEO, Dot Educate, agrees that the joint offering with Saba will take the guesswork out of who has done what training or certification in SMEs. In our experience, tracking training to make sure that the right people are trained to meet the demands of particular projects makes a huge difference to business outcomes, no matter what the scale of the enterprise, de Villiers said. By offering the Saba-based MLS through Dot Educate, we will eliminate the training for trainings sake attitude that is the norm in Australian small business. The Saba Enterprise Learning solutions web-based architecture enables businesses to better manage and develop the training and career paths of their employees, as well as ensure that the right person is in the right job at the right time. Saba Enterprise Learning helps customers maintain a skilled and motivated workforce that can adapt quickly to respond to market changes, improve employee performance and retention, and dramatically reduce the cost of deploying human capital assets. -more- About JRS Global: JRS Global is a management consultancy specialising in developing the value of human capital for enterprises around the world. Based in Sydney, Australia, JRS Global encompasses four learning- and human resources-focused organisations: .educate, which provides managed learning services and specialised training; Mind Resources, delivering pre-packaged multimedia training programs to corporate, industrial, government and educational customers; Powerhouse, human resources and organisational development specialists; and Prime, which provides permanent and temporary recruitment services for executive, support, hospitality and industrial staff. For more information, visit www.jrsglobal.com About Saba: Saba (NASDAQ: SABA) is the leading provider of human capital development and management (HCDM) solutions, which increase organisational performance through the implementation of a management system for aligning, developing and managing people. Among the Global 2000, Saba customers include Alcatel, Cisco Systems, DaimlerChrysler, EMC Corp., Kaiser Permanente, Medtronic, Procter & Gamble and VERITAS Software. In Australia, customers include Flight Centre, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Promina, Queensland Rail, Caterpillar, Deloitte Consulting, Perpetual Trustees and Cisco Systems. Saba has received industry recognition for its solutions, and was recently named again to the leader quadrant position in the Gartner 2004 e-Learning Suite and Learning Management Systems (LMS) 'Magic Quadrants'. Saba was ranked in March by IT industry analyst META Group as a market leader in learning management technology for the third consecutive year. Saba is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, with offices worldwide. In 1999, the company opened Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, Australia. For more information, please visit www.saba.com Flight Centre staff ready for career take-off with Saba Enterprise Learning 2004-05-25T15:19:00Z flight-centre-staff-ready-for-career-take-off-with-saba-enterprise-learning Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management (HCDM) solutions, today announced that Flight Centre Limited, Australasias largest retail travel agency group, has deployed Saba Enterprise Learning to its staff throughout Australia. Flight Centre selected the Saba Enterprise Learning to efficiently track, measure and guide the career paths of its employees. The Saba solution allows staff to create profiles of their competencies and directs them to vocational training that will help them achieve their career goals at Flight Centre. "The adoption of Saba's web-based enterprise learning system is in keeping with our approach to providing exemplary professional development for our employees," said Darryl Blake, National Leader Learning and Development, Flight Centre. Recognised for the second year running as Australias Best Employer in the most recent study conducted by consulting firm Hewitt Associates, Flight Centre is well known for cultivating employees' abilities and leadership skills. Saba Enterprise Learning is designed to provide the right information to the right person through the most effective medium. -more- "Saba Enterprise Learning will ultimately contribute to our ability to retain staff, because it helps provide them a clear picture of where they can go, and some control of how to get there," said Blake. "It also greatly assists management with succession planning. "The implementation of Saba's automated, web-based enterprise learning solution is also expected to improve customer service for Flight Centre customers, because staff who feel supported in their career development tend to reflect more commitment in their attitude and performance," he said. Saba Enterprise Learning is now available to Flight Centres retail staff throughout Australia, and will gradually be deployed for all of the companys worldwide staff. According to Blake, Saba's experience and track record were key differentiators against its competitors for the Flight Centre contract. Saba is a world leader in enterprise learning and performance management solutions, he said. After considerable research, we were attracted by Sabas reputation for technology and service, as well as its ability to configure a solution to our specific needs. We didnt want to risk higher costs by partnering with a supplier with less experience." The Saba solution is fundamentally aligned with Flight Centres employer philosophy. Like Flight Centre, Saba systems empower people, and provide them with a way to manage and develop their career path through a simple, integrated web-based application, said Richard Boggon, Vice President, Saba Asia Pacific. "We are focused on helping organisations develop a management system to improve the performance of their people, Boggon said. Leading companies such as Flight Centre understand the strategic importance of enterprise learning and how these solutions can help them maintain a competitive advantage through a skilled and motivated workforce. About Flight Centre Limited Flight Centre Limited is Australasias largest and most successful retail travel agency group and now boasts in excess of 6500 people and more than 1000 stores in seven countries. The company, through its stable of retail and corporate brands, provides a complete travel service for leisure and business travellers in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Hong Kong. Its brands include Escape Travel, Corporate Traveller, ITG, AIT, Britannic Travel, Travel Associates, Student Flights, quickbeds.com, Stage and Screen, SBT, Kistend Travel, Campus Travel, CI Events and Overseas Working Holidays. After starting out with just one store 23 years ago, Flight Centre Limited has enjoyed remarkable ongoing success and has a proud growth record that has made it one of the star performers on the Australian corporate landscape. About Saba Saba (NASDAQ: SABA) is the leading provider of human capital development and management (HCDM) solutions, which increase organisational performance through the implementation of a management system for aligning, developing, and managing people. Among the Global 2000, Saba customers include Alcatel, Cisco Systems, DaimlerChrysler, EMC Corp., Kaiser Permanente, Medtronic, Procter & Gamble, and VERITAS Software. In Australia, customers include Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Promina, Queensland Rail, Caterpillar, Deloitte Consulting and Cisco Systems. Saba has received industry recognition for its solutions. The company was recently named again to the leader quadrant position in the Gartner 2004 e-Learning Suite and Learning Management Systems (LMS) 'Magic Quadrants' and this year was ranked by IT industry analyst META Group as a market leader in learning management technology this year for the third year in a row.