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Surgient Virtual Labs Integrated with Saba Real-Time Learning Platform
Nov 06, 2007 (08:11 AM EST)


SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Saba-Centra Global Summit 2007 -- Surgient, the leader in Virtual Lab Management Applications for software testing, training and evaluation, today announced that Saba Centra 7.6 will be fully integrated with the Surgient Virtual Training Lab Management System (VTMS), enabling Saba Centra training administrators to schedule, create, launch and tear-down virtual labs for hands-on application training and exercises. The combined solution is designed to reduce training costs by minimizing travel to physical training locations and increase operational efficiency by accelerating time-to-delivery of new courses.

Saba Centra is a complete online learning and collaboration solution that provides a highly interactive, real-time learning environment. The integration with Surgient VTMS will empower Saba Centra users with the ability to automate the set-up, deployment, configuration and tear-down of complex software environments used to provide real-world software training labs. Students will benefit from dynamic, real-time collaborative learning as well as access to a private hands-on application environment in which to practice and ultimately demonstrate proficiency in application skills. Instructors will benefit from increased productivity, as VTMS functions -- now all accessible directly from Saba Centra -- streamline the complex tasks of building and configuring the labs, allowing users to focus both time and effort on training and not IT.

"Combined with the virtual lab automation provided in Surgient VTMS, Saba Centra will offer the most comprehensive online, on-demand training solution in the market," said A.G. Lambert, vice president of product marketing for Saba Software, Inc. "Surgient virtual labs integrated in Saba Centra will provide customers with access to live enterprise applications for hands-on learning from anywhere in the world, all without costly installs and deployments."

"Online, real-time learning is an efficient and cost-effective way to deliver complex and hands-on application training to users worldwide," said Erik Josowitz, vice president of product strategy for Surgient. "The combined Surgient VTMS and Saba Centra solution will provide high-impact and secure real-time learning environments, promoting increased retention and enabling instructors to focus their time on teaching, rather than configuring systems."

About Surgient Virtual Training Lab Management System (VTMS)

Surgient VTMS eliminates the high costs and inflexibility of fixed computing resources as well as time-consuming, manual processes involved in setting up hands-on labs in both the classroom and online, enabling training organizations to improve productivity and reach by automating the deployment of hands-on lab environments to support classroom and online software training. Surgient VTMS is the first lab automation solution that enables training organizations to deliver hands-on learning in conjunction with any instructor-led or self-paced course regardless of software complexity, the number of students or delivery method (classroom or online).

About Surgient

Surgient puts virtualization technology to work for the world's largest companies. The first company to provide on-demand applications that automate the deployment, configuration and tear-down of complex enterprise software environments or "virtual labs," Surgient's award-winning virtual lab management solutions enable end users to rapidly provision computing resources for business-critical initiatives such as software QA/test, training, sales and marketing. Over 1,000,000 applications have been delivered to-date through Surgient virtual labs, enabling companies such as Business Objects, BMC, CA, EMC, Dell, HP, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft and Target Corporation to dramatically accelerate software delivery, reduce operating costs, increase productivity and enable IT to better align with business priorities. Surgient partners with leading technology companies including VMware, Microsoft, HP, PlateSpin, Saba/Centra, ViewCentral and WebEx Communications. Surgient is a private, venture-backed company based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.surgient.com .

Contacts: Keith Giannini Schwartz Communications 781-684-0770 surgient@schwartz-pr.com

CONTACT: Keith Giannini of Schwartz Communications, +1-781-684-0770, surgient@schwartz-pr.com, for Surgient

Web site: http://www.surgient.com/