Saba Expands Support for Open E-Learning Platform

May 2, 2002

REDWOOD SHORES, CALIF., May 1, 2002 – Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management (HCDM) solutions, today announced the expansion of its support for learning technology standards, growth in the Saba ecosystem of partners, and compatibility with a wide range of platform components. With this broad support, Saba offers the most comprehensive, open, and extensible learning platform available in the industry, and meets the needs of organizations requiring e-learning solutions that avoid proprietary technology and extend IT and learning investments.

Joanne Cuddihee, Program Manager for the College of Sales & Marketing at Anheuser-Busch, said: “Our core values include building a high-performing, diverse workforce and creating a safe, productive and rewarding work environment. The open Saba platform helps us support these values, while extending our current IT investments.”

The open Saba platform enables a wide range of learning components to work together or interoperate, ensures that customers are not locked in to a proprietary solution, and guarantees long-term investment protection for Saba customers. Saba has expanded support for its open platform through learning technology standards, a growing worldwide ecosystem of partners, and support for a wide range of platform components.

Support for Learning Technology Standards

In Saba3 Release4, the first integrated platform for learning, content, and collaboration management, Saba supports standards such as IMS (Instructional Management System), AICC (Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee), and ADL SCORM (Advanced Distributed Learning Sharable Content Object Reference Model).

Unlike other systems that are proprietary or offer incomplete support, Saba3 Release4 together with Saba Publisher provides a fully integrated, standards-based solution for producing, delivering, and tracking SCORM- and AICC-compliant content. This includes the ability to track extended SCORM and AICC data such as interactions, which provide detailed information about learner progress and status.

Growing Worldwide Ecosystem of Partners

The Saba partner program is expanding globally with new suppliers of learning content and tools that provide customers with more choices to support their learning solutions. New Saba Content Alliance partners include AdVal Group plc, CE EduSoft, Indeliq, Integracao Consultaria e Treinamento, ITpreneurs BV, Learn2, Mentor Tecnologia, Presedia, Inc., PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning, QANTM Australia CMC Pty Ltd, Tegrity, and VitesseLearning.

Widest Support of Platform Components:

With a wide range of platform components, Saba solves a significant IT challenge for organizations of all sizes: leveraging existing investments to support enterprise-wide e-learning and business initiatives. Support for multiple platform components offers customers a high degree of flexibility to extend their current investments and rapidly deploy e-learning solutions throughout customers, partners, and employees.

Saba solutions are compatible with the following platform components:

Databases – Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2

Operating Systems – Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Sun Solaris, RedHat Linux, and AIX

Application Servers – BEA Weblogic, IBM WebSphere, and Macromedia JRun

Web Servers – Microsoft IIS, iPlanet Web Server, and Apache

Saba Founder and Chairman, Bobby Yazdani, stated: “We are committed to providing a truly open and extensible platform environment designed to meet the requirements of our valued customers. With support for standards, partners, and platform components, our customers can leverage their existing resource investments and decide for themselves which learning solution is right to assure their business performance.”

Saba support for IBM DB2 and IBM WebSphere will be available this summer. All other platform components are available immediately. For more information on Saba platform support and availability, please call (877) SABA-101.

About Saba

Saba (Nasdaq: SABA) is the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management (HCDM) solutions. Saba offerings include an integrated Internet-based platform to manage learning, content, performance, talent, and collaboration; and related professional services. Organizations around the world rely on the Saba platform to ensure that their customers, partners, and employees have the knowledge and skills required to successfully execute business initiatives.

Among the Global 2000, Saba customers include Alcatel, Telecom Italia, DaimlerChrysler, EDS, Procter & Gamble, Medtronic, Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor Company, Continental Airlines, General Electric, Cisco Systems, EMC Corp., i2 Technologies, and VERITAS Software. The Saba ecosystem of partners includes Allos, Cisco, Deloitte Consulting, Mellon/Buck Consultants formerly Unifi Network, and SchlumbergerSema.

Saba recently earned the coveted position as the vision and execution leader in a leading analyst firm’s 2002 LMS “Magic Quadrant”. Founded in 1997, Saba is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, please visit or call (877) SABA-101 or (650) 779-2791.

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