Absorb LMS vs. Saba Cloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Absorb LMS
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Absorb LMS aims to empower organizations to train employees with the skills needed to stay modern and relevant in today's fast-paced world. The LMS software focuses on aligning learning needs with business demands.N/A
Saba Cloud
Score 7.4 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Saba Cloud is a talent management suite which includes performance management, succession planning, learning management, planning, and recruiting. The vendor intends the cloud-based platform to be highly scalable to enable continuous corporate employee development.N/A
Pricing
Absorb LMSSaba Cloud
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Absorb LMSSaba Cloud
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Absorb LMSSaba Cloud
Considered Both Products
Absorb LMS
Chose Absorb LMS
I think Absorb LMS is, by far, the most clean and visually appealing platform, while being easy to use and still providing powerful functionality.
Saba Cloud
Chose Saba Cloud
For what we receive from Saba LMS, compared to the cost of others that we evaluated, it is the best value for the needs that we have. The ease of use of the system, once implemented, is by far better than the other LMS systems we evaluated. Each year we look at other …
Top Pros
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Features
Absorb LMSSaba Cloud
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
8.5
65 Ratings
3% above category average
Saba Cloud
8.9
31 Ratings
23% above category average
Course authoring9.152 Ratings9.024 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.259 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Player/Portal9.258 Ratings8.528 Ratings
Learning content8.046 Ratings9.029 Ratings
Mobile friendly7.945 Ratings8.025 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.260 Ratings9.530 Ratings
Assignments8.452 Ratings9.529 Ratings
Compliance management9.249 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Learning administration9.663 Ratings8.930 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics9.160 Ratings8.930 Ratings
Social learning7.128 Ratings8.021 Ratings
Gamification6.327 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.443 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Saba Cloud
7.9
24 Ratings
7% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings7.511 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings8.219 Ratings
Compliance tracking and reporting00 Ratings8.223 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Saba Cloud
7.8
26 Ratings
7% above category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.424 Ratings
Subordinate goal setting00 Ratings7.025 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings8.026 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings8.625 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings7.025 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Saba Cloud
7.3
28 Ratings
7% above category average
Performance plans00 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Plan weighting00 Ratings6.514 Ratings
Manager note taking00 Ratings7.016 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings7.418 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings8.119 Ratings
Rater nomination workflow00 Ratings7.415 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings8.218 Ratings
Workflow restrictions00 Ratings6.414 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings7.116 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings7.027 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Saba Cloud
7.6
14 Ratings
6% above category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings7.312 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings7.412 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings7.413 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Saba Cloud
8.6
8 Ratings
16% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings7.75 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings8.35 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Customized Application Form00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Resume Management00 Ratings7.64 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Candidate Search00 Ratings8.55 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings9.25 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Email Templates00 Ratings9.26 Ratings
User Permissions00 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings9.17 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings9.28 Ratings
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User Ratings
Absorb LMSSaba Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(67 ratings)
9.0
(50 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(5 ratings)
4.5
(5 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
7.8
(11 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(53 ratings)
8.3
(16 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
4.5
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Absorb LMSSaba Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
Absorb Software Inc.
Absorb LMS is appropriate for any continuing education organization or company that wants a reliable platform to host enduring educational content. It has been a great experience in terms of building and designing courses, monitoring learner progress, and as another touch point for learners to access other resources our organization offers.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Our organization uses Saba Cloud primarily to manage all types of learning systems or staff training empirically. In addition, it provides us with a quick test-based follow-up to the trainees. We use Saba Cloud to train our clientele in a professional manner with respect to our worldwide online service. With this tool we are able to enhance the customer experience with the organization. Similarly, our organization uses Saba Cloud to monitor the performance and effectiveness of our employees and customers after having access to all the information provided by the application to subsequently make learning and development reports.
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Pros
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Usability - Both the User and Admin Experience is so simple and intuitive. The admin tools are clearly defined and laid out, yet the functionality makes it still powerful.
  • Integration - We used the Scheduled Data Imports and Exports to connect with our HRIS tool. After the initial configuration, it has worked reliably and gives me all the custom data I need to make assignments and reporting a breeze.
  • Design - I know it's covered a little bit in the Usability above, but the site just looks fantastic. There are a lot of options to customize and fit your branding requirements and all of the thumbnails/posters/billboards/etc give a very visual and appealing look to the LMS. Much better than I've seen in other products.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Skills Management - Saba has allowed us to set specific expectations for employees based upon their role, and this has clarified the skill requirements for employees.
  • Goal Management - With Saba, managers can easily create goals aligned up to senior leadership, and then work with their direct reports to create supporting goals.
  • Learning Management - Using Saba's built-in Smart Lists, assigning compliance training is a simple process that used to be a challenge in our former LMS.
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Cons
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Uploading documents is perceived as hard for employees, especially with video uploads.
  • Sometimes the program lacks and then an employee has to start all over.
  • Spacing courses is possible but not with a certain amount of time, which would be useful if the next course could open after a week/month instead of when the employee finishes the previous course.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Saba continues to improve their reporting and analytics. While it is much improved over previous versions, it can be improved.
  • Release Notes for system updates need to be delivered to admins farther in advance of the update in order to prepare properly.
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Likelihood to Renew
Absorb Software Inc.
We have no plans to move away from Absorb at this time. It has all of the functionality we are looking for in a learning management system and we have a lot of info stored in our LMS system for trainings including all of our current and past employee transcripts. It is also getting easier to manager with being able to connect the LMS to ADP to update employee reporting/department/location/etc. We don't have a need or reason to move away from Absorb at this time.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Typically customers that acquire a Saba solution rarely move away. There are reasons and "legends" behind this. The investment is significant. Time and money are required to make the engine go smoothly. But once it runs at full capacity, it doesn't stop! Professional Services are extremely competent and able to close implementation gaps quickly.
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Usability
Absorb Software Inc.
It's a great place to house our trainings and keep things interesting for our associates.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
As someone who creates classes and is also a learning administrator in the system, I have run into some issues with the system's capabilities for my needs. I am not a fan of having to use Adobe Captivate to download a PowerPoint presentation into the system, as my training sessions are much more than a glorified PowerPoint. Our organization has yet to turn on Saba Meetings, which may help with these limitations.
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Support Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
I know the support team is hard at work! We are currently dealing with a confusing issue where our buttons don't connect to the pages we assign them, and they have been looking into this for a number of weeks. I hope they will unravel the issue soon so we can role out our modules!
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Cornerstone OnDemand
For the times that we have used the support provided by Saba, it has been a very pleasurable experience for our department. Part of our package with Saba includes a specified number of hours of "training" time with Saba. During these meetings, we have shared our desires of the product and the support personnel have either shown us how to accomplish our task or they have taken our requests to their developers to look at future enhancements. Overall, very pleased with the support.
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Online Training
Absorb Software Inc.
I meet and do training with my absorb support every week. and I have all my questions answered! it's great
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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Implementation Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
Was not involved with integration.
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Alternatives Considered
Absorb Software Inc.
Our organization previously used LMS365, which did not support eCommerce and had difficulties supporting external users. (My understanding is the issues with external users may have been directly related to our Microsoft implementation and not directly LMS365's fault, but it was nonetheless a deal breaker for us.) Docebo was the runner up in our LMS selection process and I spent significant time chatting with the team at Docebo. It seemed like a strong competitor to Aborb. Ultimately, Absorb was both slightly more cost-efficient for our scenario.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
We had extensive reviews with a plan of what we needed and must have out of the system, including custom learning paths and tracking inside our HRIS system to grant permissions and positions based on completed learning certifications and courses. We weighed each option and chose based on the one that met the most of the must-haves.
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Return on Investment
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Course enrollments and completions have increased by 500% since implementation
  • Employee visits to our learning centre have increased by 300% since implementation
  • Cost saving from a time perspective as we can automate a lot of the admin work we used to do.
  • Pre Absorb we had about 3 or 4 e-learnings that were available. We now have over 100 that are accessible to all employees
  • Ability to seamlessly integrate with Workday and Udemy allowing all learning to be in one place, people data to be imported from WD, and very comprehensive reporting
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • This may seem small but with 90% of our workforce not at our main facility just the fact that since July 1, 2021, we have had over 18,956 compliance-related training completed by our staff. Do the math the ROI is wonderful.
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ScreenShots

Absorb LMS Screenshots

Screenshot of a company's unique identity with a training interface that is custom-designed for the brand.Screenshot of a company's image and values with a training interface that is tailored to the brand's specific needs.Screenshot of the course creation workflow, that offer a diverse set of formats, including instructional videos, quizzes, and assessments.Screenshot of Absorb's course details page, accessible from the course catalog dashboard, used to give learners an understanding of the course material.Screenshot of learners' progress insights, used to make data-driven decisions with the reporting capabilities of Absorb LMS.Screenshot of course creation with Create AI Beta.

Saba Cloud Screenshots

Screenshot of The Intelligent Mentor in Action - RecommendationsScreenshot of Learning PlanScreenshot of Informal LearningScreenshot of Performance Check-insScreenshot of Succession Talent DashboardScreenshot of Organizational Planning