Saba Announces Acquisition of Human Performance Technologies

HPT Extends Saba HCDM Leadership Position With Enhanced Performance Management

Methodologies and Strategic Services



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Saba

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Saba (Nasdaq:   SABA), the
 leading provider of human capital development and management (HCDM) solutions,
 today announced the acquisition of Human Performance Technologies (HPT) of
 Annapolis, Maryland.  HPT, under the proven leadership of Paul Elliott, Ph.D.,
 President, is the leading provider of processes and training for human
 performance management.  This acquisition is a major step forward in achieving
 the Saba vision to extend the development and functionality of Saba
 Performance, a globally scalable, pure-Internet performance management system.
     "Enterprise buyers are seeking solutions that help solve performance and
 resource management problems, in addition to e-learning and learning
 management," said Cushing Anderson, e-Learning Services Research Manager for
 IDC.  "With this announcement, Saba is focused on influencing the broader
 spectrum of human capital development and management.  In a highly fragmented
 market, Saba is helping to segment and define the areas of the market that
 comprise HCDM, and the marketplace will benefit from those efforts."
     "Saba has a number of characteristics that offer it an advantage in the
 marketplace -- most notably its size, brand reputation, technology bench
 strength, and vision," said Trace A. Urdan, Analyst with WR Hambrecht + Co.
 "We believe that the Saba acquisition of HPT will strengthen its product
 offering and serve to enhance its leadership position in the market.  Business
 momentum remains strong for Saba, despite a slowing economy."
     HPT extends Saba leadership in the HCDM market into strategic performance
 services allowing enterprises to identify exemplary performance across the
 extended enterprise of customers, partners, employees and suppliers, capture
 the transferable elements of this expertise, and optimize performance.  HPT
 offerings are designed to enhance an enterprise's competitive positioning
 through the use of superior human performance methodologies.  The HPT Peak
 Performance System will be integrated into Saba Performance for delivery in
 late 2001 to allow enterprises to promote, enable and sustain individual and
 business performance that directly supports the achievement of business
 objectives.
     The HPT performance tools, services, and workshops are currently being
 used by over 800 leading global enterprises including 3Com, BellSouth,
 Chase Manhattan Bank, Duke Power, Federal Express, Ford Motor Company,
 Motorola, Procter & Gamble, Sprint PCS, and the U.S. Coast Guard.  HPT has
 also trained over 10,000 people in its performance methodologies.
     "We are extremely pleased about the acquisition of HPT by Saba," said
 Dan Weatherly, Manager of IT Performance Solutions at Sprint PCS.  "Combining
 HPT's world-class performance methodologies with industry-leading Saba
 Performance technology offers great promise to global enterprises that are
 serious about performance management."
     HPT methodologies will be automated in Saba Performance.  Additionally,
 Saba Strategic Services will be expanded to provide offerings that address an
 organization's performance needs including the selection and assignment of
 employees; training and documentation; employee motivation and incentives; and
 the redesign of jobs, work processes, and work environments.  With
 leading-edge performance solutions, enterprises can align goals from top to
 bottom, define the competencies needed to achieve those goals and continually
 measure progress in order to help individuals and businesses produce exemplary
 results.
     "The acquisition of HPT allows us to provide world-class performance
 management solutions that enable global enterprises to manage and align goals
 and performance.  Automating HPT methodologies will increase the value-add of
 Saba Performance for our customers.  Additional education services and
 workshops will supplement our existing offerings," said Bobby Yazdani, Saba
 Founder and CEO.  "We will continue to develop functionality for
 Saba Performance to ensure that our human capital development and management
 solutions meet the evolving needs of our valued customers."
     "HPT looks forward to integrating our methodologies into Saba Performance
 and supplementing Saba Strategic Services offerings to ensure that an
 organization's employees are in the right job, performing at the 'top of their
 game,' with the right skills and resources for the assignments at hand," said
 Paul H. Elliott, Ph.D., President of Human Performance Technologies and
 Saba Fellow.
     Dr. Elliott's proven track record and vast expertise is in the analysis of
 human performance, the design of interventions that optimize human performance
 in support of business goals, and strategies for transitioning from training
 to performance models.  Prior to joining HPT, Dr. Elliott served as
 Executive-in-Residence for the American Society of Training and Development
 (ASTD) focusing on moving from training to performance and its implications
 for the ASTD, its membership, and the profession.
 
     About Saba
     Saba is the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management
 (HCDM) solutions that consist of Internet-based learning, performance, content
 and resource management systems, business-to-business exchanges, integrated
 content and related services.  Customers around the world rely on Saba for
 human capital development and management infrastructure to increase
 competitive advantage by rapidly building critical skills throughout their
 extended enterprise of customers, partners, employees and suppliers.
     Global 2000 customers include Medtronic, Anheuser-Busch, Cisco Systems,
 Ford Motor Company, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, i2 Technologies,
 Veritas Software, EMC Corp., Sun Microsystems, iPlanet, Red Hat, Hyundai,
 3Com, the Competence Network of Norwegian Business and Industry and the
 U.S. Veterans Benefits Administration.
     Founded in 1997, Saba is a global company headquartered in Redwood Shores,
 Calif.  For more information, please visit www.saba.com or call 877-SABA-101
 or 650-779-2791 in the Americas, +44-0-208-334-8043 in Europe, the Middle East
 and Africa or +61-2-9293-2538 in Asia/Pacific.
     NOTE:  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.
 
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SOURCE Saba
    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Saba (Nasdaq:   SABA), the
 leading provider of human capital development and management (HCDM) solutions,
 today announced the acquisition of Human Performance Technologies (HPT) of
 Annapolis, Maryland.  HPT, under the proven leadership of Paul Elliott, Ph.D.,
 President, is the leading provider of processes and training for human
 performance management.  This acquisition is a major step forward in achieving
 the Saba vision to extend the development and functionality of Saba
 Performance, a globally scalable, pure-Internet performance management system.
     "Enterprise buyers are seeking solutions that help solve performance and
 resource management problems, in addition to e-learning and learning
 management," said Cushing Anderson, e-Learning Services Research Manager for
 IDC.  "With this announcement, Saba is focused on influencing the broader
 spectrum of human capital development and management.  In a highly fragmented
 market, Saba is helping to segment and define the areas of the market that
 comprise HCDM, and the marketplace will benefit from those efforts."
     "Saba has a number of characteristics that offer it an advantage in the
 marketplace -- most notably its size, brand reputation, technology bench
 strength, and vision," said Trace A. Urdan, Analyst with WR Hambrecht + Co.
 "We believe that the Saba acquisition of HPT will strengthen its product
 offering and serve to enhance its leadership position in the market.  Business
 momentum remains strong for Saba, despite a slowing economy."
     HPT extends Saba leadership in the HCDM market into strategic performance
 services allowing enterprises to identify exemplary performance across the
 extended enterprise of customers, partners, employees and suppliers, capture
 the transferable elements of this expertise, and optimize performance.  HPT
 offerings are designed to enhance an enterprise's competitive positioning
 through the use of superior human performance methodologies.  The HPT Peak
 Performance System will be integrated into Saba Performance for delivery in
 late 2001 to allow enterprises to promote, enable and sustain individual and
 business performance that directly supports the achievement of business
 objectives.
     The HPT performance tools, services, and workshops are currently being
 used by over 800 leading global enterprises including 3Com, BellSouth,
 Chase Manhattan Bank, Duke Power, Federal Express, Ford Motor Company,
 Motorola, Procter & Gamble, Sprint PCS, and the U.S. Coast Guard.  HPT has
 also trained over 10,000 people in its performance methodologies.
     "We are extremely pleased about the acquisition of HPT by Saba," said
 Dan Weatherly, Manager of IT Performance Solutions at Sprint PCS.  "Combining
 HPT's world-class performance methodologies with industry-leading Saba
 Performance technology offers great promise to global enterprises that are
 serious about performance management."
     HPT methodologies will be automated in Saba Performance.  Additionally,
 Saba Strategic Services will be expanded to provide offerings that address an
 organization's performance needs including the selection and assignment of
 employees; training and documentation; employee motivation and incentives; and
 the redesign of jobs, work processes, and work environments.  With
 leading-edge performance solutions, enterprises can align goals from top to
 bottom, define the competencies needed to achieve those goals and continually
 measure progress in order to help individuals and businesses produce exemplary
 results.
     "The acquisition of HPT allows us to provide world-class performance
 management solutions that enable global enterprises to manage and align goals
 and performance.  Automating HPT methodologies will increase the value-add of
 Saba Performance for our customers.  Additional education services and
 workshops will supplement our existing offerings," said Bobby Yazdani, Saba
 Founder and CEO.  "We will continue to develop functionality for
 Saba Performance to ensure that our human capital development and management
 solutions meet the evolving needs of our valued customers."
     "HPT looks forward to integrating our methodologies into Saba Performance
 and supplementing Saba Strategic Services offerings to ensure that an
 organization's employees are in the right job, performing at the 'top of their
 game,' with the right skills and resources for the assignments at hand," said
 Paul H. Elliott, Ph.D., President of Human Performance Technologies and
 Saba Fellow.
     Dr. Elliott's proven track record and vast expertise is in the analysis of
 human performance, the design of interventions that optimize human performance
 in support of business goals, and strategies for transitioning from training
 to performance models.  Prior to joining HPT, Dr. Elliott served as
 Executive-in-Residence for the American Society of Training and Development
 (ASTD) focusing on moving from training to performance and its implications
 for the ASTD, its membership, and the profession.
 
     About Saba
     Saba is the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management
 (HCDM) solutions that consist of Internet-based learning, performance, content
 and resource management systems, business-to-business exchanges, integrated
 content and related services.  Customers around the world rely on Saba for
 human capital development and management infrastructure to increase
 competitive advantage by rapidly building critical skills throughout their
 extended enterprise of customers, partners, employees and suppliers.
     Global 2000 customers include Medtronic, Anheuser-Busch, Cisco Systems,
 Ford Motor Company, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, i2 Technologies,
 Veritas Software, EMC Corp., Sun Microsystems, iPlanet, Red Hat, Hyundai,
 3Com, the Competence Network of Norwegian Business and Industry and the
 U.S. Veterans Benefits Administration.
     Founded in 1997, Saba is a global company headquartered in Redwood Shores,
 Calif.  For more information, please visit www.saba.com or call 877-SABA-101
 or 650-779-2791 in the Americas, +44-0-208-334-8043 in Europe, the Middle East
 and Africa or +61-2-9293-2538 in Asia/Pacific.
     NOTE:  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.
 
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