Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Talent Management Innovator Taps Big Data to Pinpoint at Risk Employees and Show Cost of Retaining vs. Replacing Your Most Valuable People

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- HR TECH CONFERENCE -- Saba (OTCPink: SABA), a leader in cloud-based intelligent talent management, announced [email protected]?, a predictive solution for simplifying and personalizing the increasingly complex employee salary and incentive pay process. The solution is being demonstrated this week at the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas at Saba's booth, 2157.

Compensation is simultaneously a company's biggest lever and its biggest challenge to use strategically. The Saba solution, developed with a cross section of large and mid-size enterprise design partners, uses machine learning to surface many otherwise hidden indicators, or "signals" of the value, engagement and cost of your team members.

"[email protected] sifts through dozens of signals in your business to net out the intersection between pay, value and risk and then recommends pay and incentives for the people driving your business. Strategic compensation doesn't have to be complex, but it needs to be right," said Saba Chief Technology Officer, Hemanth Puttaswamy. "[email protected] is both simple and sophisticated; it is to incentive pay what TurboTax is for expediting tax filing."

More than half of employers report difficulty retaining high-potential employees and top performers according to a Towers Watson 2014 Global Talent Management and Rewards Study. One huge disconnect is the inefficient and ineffective method by which businesses attempt to reward their most valuable people. Typically, by the time annual merit increases get meted out, many of the best people in pivotal positions -- like actuaries in insurance businesses and data scientists in tech companies -- are in jeopardy of leaving.

[email protected], built with patent-pending machine-learning algorithms is a next generation reward management system which is:

  • Simple, Yet Sophisticated: A comp plan-building wizard makes the very complex plan creation process super straightforward for administers at various levels of expertise. Built-in "What if?" budget creation tools, analytics and best-practice worksheets inform budget strategies.
  • Smart: Patent pending algorithms identify high risk/high value individuals and then provide concrete and personalized recommendations, comparing the real cost to retain vs. replace them. Having this data up front, makes it possible to be proactive and thoughtful about retention strategies. Salary and incentive recommendations can be compared at individual, departmental and company-wide cost levels.
  • Flexible: User friendly worksheet configuration includes a built-in advanced rules and formulas builder. Access external data, rules and formula from multiple sources for big data-based audience segmentation and worksheet configurations.

Industry Response

"After hating the merit-pay-increase matrix for 25 years, imagine my delight in seeing that Saba plans to debut a Big Data and machine-learning product that encourages you not to treat every employee the same, tells you who needs to be treated differently and even indicates how much the good ones may cost to keep them from leaving!" said Bill Kutik, HR technology pundit, columnist and host of The Bill Kutik Radio Show.

"Saba's risk identification and retention analysis is very powerful - just like the analytics behind it. This is an exciting innovation that can help many organizations like ours," said Barbara Lewis, Director of Talent Management at AdvantEdge.

"Saba's [email protected] provides a very clean, user-friendly interface; it's machine-learning smarts and wizards make it a powerful and flexible tool for managers and admins alike," said Lisa Chan, Manager, HR Operations and Application Support, OMERS.

"A compensation tool needs to be powerful, but also flexible and easy to use. I'm impressed with Saba's active engagement of customers in the design process to provide such a solution. Saba's [email protected] design covers these elements and offers much more than the standard compensation components for deeper insight to power the best decisions." said Michelle Graves, Senior HR Business Consultant, RapidLD.

About [email protected]

Saba's [email protected] rounds out Saba's full talent management offering, all built on Saba's intelligent cloud platform, which taps powerful machine learning to deliver more predictive, personal insights on the skills, aspirations, network impact and potential value of all members of a company's team. Named by Gartner as a leading talent management innovator, Saba is widely regarded for its irresistible, intelligent set of solutions for better finding, developing, engaging and inspiring people in their jobs.

[email protected] is in limited release now with large, mid-size and small customer and partner design partners. General availability is currently scheduled to be in the Saba Cloud fall release at the end of November. More information is available here.

About Saba
Saba (OTCPink: SABA)
delivers a cloud-based intelligent talent management solution used by leading organizations worldwide to hire, develop, engage and inspire their people. With machine learning at its core, Saba Cloud offers proactive, personalized recommendations on candidates, connections and content to help employees and businesses lead and succeed. It is purpose-built on a highly scalable platform that exceeds industry security and reliability standards. Saba has more than 31 million users and 2,200 customers across 195 countries and 37 languages. Learn more about intelligent talent management at

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements regarding the availability, features and benefits [email protected] Risks and uncertainties Saba faces that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: Saba's development efforts, dependence on growth of the markets for Saba's products, dependence on acceptance of Saba's products by customers and channel partners, fluctuation in customer spending, length of Saba's sales cycle, competition, rapid technological change, dependence on new product introductions and enhancements, and potential software defects. Readers should also refer to the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The forward-looking statements and risks stated in this press release are based on information available to Saba today. Saba assumes no obligation to update them.

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Didi D'Errico 
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