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OnTime University

Get the most out of OnTime with OnTime University. We offer recorded courses and live training to bring your administrators, project managers, developers, support team, and other users up to speed with everything OnTime is capable of. Plus, larger teams (11 or more users) can benefit from priority support.

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UpsideLMS

Designed to grow with you and your needs, UpsideLMS ensures that high loads are easily handled. While its configurable and flexible architecture makes it an ideal system for training companies, large enterprises and SMBs. Today, some of the blue chip companies in BFSI, IT/ ITES, Retail, Education, Training Development, Manufacturing and Telecom sectors rely on UpsideLMS to manage their training effectively and easily.

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Grovo LMS

Grovo is reimagining learning for today’s teams. The workplace learning company combines beautiful technology, engaging content, and hands-on advisory support to deliver a better way to learn at work. The heart of Grovo’s approach is microlearning -- bite-sized video lessons, exercises and real-world practice delivered in the right way, at the right time. From digital skills to leadership training, Grovo teaches employees the behaviors to be extraordinary at what they do, on a platform that learners and trainers love.

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Halogen TalentSpace™ suite

Halogen Software offers an organically built cloud-based talent management suite — Halogen TalentSpace™ — that reinforces and drives higher employee performance across all talent programs — whether that is performance management, learning and development, succession and leadership, compensation or recruiting. The suite of applications are designed from the ground up to work together to drive performance, offering a consistent and user-friendly interface for every user. Halogen offers industry-specific solutions to address the unique requirements and challenges of companies in healthcare, professional services, manufacturing, the public sector and more.

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DigitalChalk

DigitalChalk is all about empowering you to take control of your training. Interactive video presentations, powerful testing capabilities, customizable certificates, an advanced API, and much more – our online training software has everything you need to build the online course you envision, not the course you settle for.

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Docebo

In the E-learning market since 2005, Docebo Learning Management System has been selected and used by more than 28.000 organizations worldwide. Docebo is an E-Learning Software “As a service”, enabling organizations of all sizes to plan, deliver and certify online and classroom training activities. The main products (Docebo SaaS and Docebo Premium) are designed for both SMBs (Small and Medium businesses), Enterprise and Non-Corporate customers (K12, Online Universities, Government agencies, Non-Profit organizations).

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BirdDogHR Talent Management System

The BirdDogHR Talent Management System is designed to centralize HR processes to manage your workforce from start to finish. With integrated modules for each stage of the employee lifecycle, the easy-to-use and mobile-friendly software helps more than 1000 companies nationwide attract and hire top talent, onboard and train employees efficiently, improve workforce productivity, reduce organizational risk and meet compliance requirements.

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GoToTraining

GoToTraining online training software lets you hold interactive training sessions with up to 200 people – right from your desk without the need for IT support. Save time and travel costs by moving your training program online. Our online training software gives you all the tools you need for a successful experience.

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Mindflash Online Training

Mindflash is an easy-to-use online training tool that allows you to create courses, invite trainees, and track the results.

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Absorb LMS

Multi-purpose learning management systemAbsorb LMS is designed for the efficient creation and delivery of self-paced online learning, mobile learning, live instructor-led events, and blended learning programs. Absorb LMS can automate the entire learning management process, from learner registration, to enrollment, tracking and reporting, communication, certification, and beyond.

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Adobe Captivate 6

Adobe® Captivate® 6 software helps you rapidly author a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML5-based mLearning content. Easily create product demos in HD, application simulations, and soft skills and compliance training. Import Microsoft® PowerPoint slides and enrich with multimedia, interactive elements and quizzes. Deliver content to virtually any device, including iPads.

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Moodle

Moodle is a free, online Learning Management system enabling educators to create their own private website filled with dynamic courses that extend learning, any time, anywhere. Whether you're a teacher, student or administrator, Moodle can meet your needs. Moodle’s extremely customisable core comes with many standard features. Take a look at a highlight of Moodle's core features below.

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Cornerstone OnDemand

Unify Your Entire Organization - With the power of Unified Talent Management, organizations can bring all phases of the employee lifecycle under one platform. Unified Talent Management delivers the single source of truth into an organization's entire workforce. Cornerstone OnDemand is the only truly unified system designed to enable comprehensive talent management, from a single, all-in-one platform. One data model. One login. One customer support team. One solution designed for success.

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Halogen Learning

Award-winning, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that lets you schedule, manage and track all your learning activities and paths, then easily measure their effectiveness — and the impact on your bottom line. With Halogen Learning, you get functionality that reaches beyond a standalone system and works seamlessly with the other modules in the Halogen TalentSpace™ suite.

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Cornerstone Learning

The Cornerstone Learning Cloud optimizes your talent by delivering highly targeted, highly customizable training of any kind. This means instead of randomly assigned learning initiatives, your training will actively address identified competency and skill gaps, driving organizational productivity and efficiency. We also know that compliance risk is real. The Learning Cloud includes tools to manage any kind of one-time or recurring certification or licensing requirements.

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FinancialForce Human Capital Management

FinancialForce Human Capital Management (HCM) gives you the power to manage your entire workforce with one, comprehensive, cloud solution. The unique value of this solution is the power of the Salesforce platform which delivers native collaboration, global, social and mobile capabilities to your workforce and allows you to better communicate and engage. Now you can empower and retain your workforce while delivering valuable dashboards and reporting options to your business managers.

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Cognition Learning Management System

Cognition comes as a Base System with optional features available, allowing the system to evolve as your company evolves. Cognition has a flexible pricing structure that allows you to select and pay for the features you need, when you need them. Cognition's pricing model includes lease and purchase options, all without per user fees.

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Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Technologies. You can access a variety of training content online to assist you in becoming one of the renowned experts in the IT Pro and developer communities around the world. MVA provides its users with a virtual university experience: the students can select a course and study the material and then complete the self-assessment.

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Udutu™

Whether you are a large corporation offering constant learning and training opportunities for managers and employees or you are a small business, you will find that Udutu’s WSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) online learning software makes it easy to produce media rich, engaging online courseware at minimal cost and without having to rely on programmers or multimedia experts.

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Cornerstone OnDemand Growth Edition

Cornerstone Growth Edition simplifies performance reviews and eLearning with a mobile-friendly, easily-configurable interface that can be up and running in just a few hours. With Cornerstone Growth Edition, performance reviews are simple and intuitive. Our solution not only automates employee performance reviews, it gives managers practical tips and guidance to develop their employees and make smarter business decisions.

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PeopleFluent Learning Management

PeopleFluent LMS is a Cloud-based learning management system best suited for midsize and large organizations. It features content management, skills and compliance management, social learning, reports and e-commerce.

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ANCILE uLearn ™

uLearn is a full-featured online learning management system that enables organizations to consolidate their learning content into one seamlessly integrated library.uLearn gives organizations the ability to create and manage courseware, catalogs, eCommerce transactions, and much more, to maximize their blended learning efforts.uLearn creates an all-inclusive library of your organization’s learning content, making it simple to deploy content and track user competency.

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Blackboard HRMS

Blackboard technology helps you make learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls: Breathing life into educational content, bringing efficiency to day-to-day tasks, empowering instructors with tools to engage every learner, motivating them on the devices they rely on and promoting collaboration and streamlining processes.

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SuccessFactors Learning

SuccessFactors Learning Management System (LMS) is the industry’s most highly acclaimed LMS, enabling you to easily develop, deploy, manage, and report a comprehensive learning program. Our LMS ensures compliance, accelerates employee and business performance, decreases expenses, and stimulates collaboration.

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ExpertusONE

ExpertusONE™ is an enterprise-class, next-gen cloud LMS that learners, admins and executives love. Built with simplicity of use in mind, only ExpertusONE leverages the heuristic design principles developed by today’s most popular websites ? Google, Facebook, Amazon and more.

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SumTotal Talent Portal

The SumTotal elixHR™ Platform is the first virtual single source of truth for all of your HR data, and it stands for "extending and linking HR information and processes". Get one global view of your workforce, advanced analytics and modeling, mobile capabilities and the ability to extend HR information into the other business applications your people already use — without the need for HRMS consolidation or full scale integration.

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GnosisConnect LMS

GnosisConnect allows you to access multiple types of learning modalities from a simple and intuitive interface.Access E-Learning, Video, Simulation, Webpage, PDF, Document, Slide Deck, Podcast, and Webinar anytime and anywhere and through any device!GnosisConnect brings you the advantage of cloud technology by allowing you to host unlimited courses and distribute your learning to unlimited users!With GnosisConnect you can upload, delete, and assign courses; set pass criteria, certificates, deadline for completion and much more!With GnosisConnect, you can provide optimal coaching through our digital tools.You can evaluate learner progress and provide tips, hints, more information, references, and candid feedback using our inbuilt messaging features!Measurement and Analytics are key components of GnosisConnect.With GnosisConnect, you can not only track learner progress but also analyze and generate reports as per your needs.

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PowerDMS™

PowerDMS™ organizes policies and procedures online, allowing you to write and distribute crucial documents collaboratively, message employees and capture signatures. PowerDMS™ is a fully-customizable solution to your employee training needs.

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Conductor®

Conductor® employee training tracking is the most trusted system on the market. Organize and track each aspect of an employee training program with Conductor‘s affordable, easy-to-use software package. Conductor® takes the hassle out of managing and tracking employee training information.

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LearningZen

LearningZen.com is a revolutionary, low cost, easy to use online training platform. LearningZen is a unique online training platform that allows businesses to easily set up their own online training course or program. With our effective web based training software, businesses can easily teach new employees the training, policies, and procedures they need to be successful.

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MasterControl Training™

The MasterControl Training™ software system automates training management from start to finish by automatically delivering training tasks, grading online exams, integrating with quality processes (for highly regulated companies) and by providing the analytics and reporting features that are valuable for continued improvement and compliance. MasterControl Training is a robust, easy-to-use solution designed to effectively manage the training process and integrate it with other processes critical to regulatory compliance, such as CAPA, change control, audit, and customer complaints.

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peACEq™

Designed to be utilized separately or altogether, peACEq™ is our modular suite of software applications that automates your training and evaluation needs. User-friendly and easily customizable, peACEq™ provides one portal for tracking personnel training records, Field Training and employee performance evaluations, instructor certifications, student Class activity, tracking equipment and more.

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Last updated on July 17th, 2017

Why do you need a Learning Management System (LMS)?

According to a study by Innosight the average lifespan of a company listed on the Standard and Poor’s 500 will shrink to 14 years by 2026 from 20 years in 1990 and 33 years in 1965. What do these statistics point to? And what do they say about the way businesses need to structure their organizations for future growth and longevity? Fundamentally, this means that all organizations today must operate in a fast-paced business environment where business skills can become obsolete overnight. As the business world becomes smaller due to globalization, the pressure on business to maintain and improve upon successful strategies is overwhelming.

One of the most relevant and important tools a business has at its disposal is continued learning in the workplace. Therefore, a company’s decision to invest in a robust Learning Management System (LMS) is not only important for business growth, but vital to the long term survival and success of an organization.

Learning management systems are software products designed to help organizations with the management of enterprise learning programs. Enterprise learning programs help employees acquire the knowledge and skills that enables them to adapt and stay current in this highly volatile and competitive world. That is why, the decisions your organization makes to support learning initiatives will define its long term success.

How do people learn today?

The way people learn has transformed significantly over the past decade with the widespread presence of digital technologies in the consumer market. But perhaps just as important as how people learn is why organizations must adopt and promote a strong ‘learning culture’ for all employees of the organization. Successful businesses must discard the old model of learning that supports the top-down approach. In this model, management is given the responsibility for acquiring new skills and knowledge and transferring them to the remaining workforce.

The new learning model breaks up the top-down hierarchy and replaces it with the idea that learning generates new ideas and new ideas are important at all levels and all functions of an organization. This is a greater challenge for all businesses to accomplish, but the potential benefits are also far greater.

So before you look at learning management technology options available in the market, the most important factors to keep in mind are the following:

  • Learning is an important tool for all employees in an organization. New ideas and solutions must be encouraged at all levels of a business to ensure a more comprehensive and robust success.

  • New digital technology has introduced many changes to the way we acquire information and learn new skills. The following technological advancements are some of the most critical ones to keep in mind in terms of introducing new methods of learning.

Video is a central component in technology facilitated learning - a learning strategy that has become ubiquitous in today’s digitally focused environment. Video, which facilitated the development of MOOCs and YouTube expert videos, has become a welcome tool used  by many workers to find quick solutions to routine problems.

Video has also promoted the emergent learning strategy referred to as Micro-learning (also known as small bites). Micro-learning breaks down complex topics into small scale chunks that learners can retain more easily and gradually build on more complex notions. Small bite learning also facilitates ‘just in time’ training by delivering learning content in the context where it is needed to support specific tasks or problem solving efforts.

This is an ideal instructional approach for many learning situations because as information changes quickly, it can be difficult to keep up with those changes. Small bites provides a simple answer to that challenge.

Mobile technology has made learning accessible anywhere, anytime. As a result, all those interested have greater flexibility to learn outside of fixed schedules. Mobile devices have contributed to the fundamental changes that have made the learning experience a more attractive and versatile activity. Taking learning outside of the conventional classroom and into more personalized environments has made learning adaptive to all.

Social media enables peer collaboration, free information exchange, and crowdsourced problem solving. It has united individuals from across the world into communities that share similar interests. Interactivity and collaboration are essential for successful learning. With social media, learners can have access to communities that help them acquire knowledge. Because social learning unites people of different backgrounds and from different cultures, learners benefit from diverse points of view and approaches to problems solving.

Artificial intelligence (AI) will transform learning in an unprecedented way. AI’s ability to process vast amounts of data has two major benefits: first of all, it helps the learner avoid lengthy research work by directing his/her attention to the critical data that is relevant to the problem at hand; secondly, it will be instrumental in designing personalized learning and development paths.  

Tutoring software powered by AI is able to map individual learning styles and assess the learner’s existing level of knowledge. Based on that, AI tutors are able to more effectively direct learners to the best path forward for success.

Virtual reality provides the opportunity to bring to life situations, facts or scenarios that would otherwise be very difficult for learners to experience. This is particularly important for enterprise learning, where experiential, hands on learning is the most effective type of learning. But, given the limited availability of real-life examples, learners are at a learning disadvantage.

Virtual reality allows immersive, hands on learning in all domains, from manufacturing to healthcare, to the public sector and services. Additionally, it can deliver ‘just in time’ training for workers seeking problem resolution on the job.

Experience APIs (xAPIs) is an e-learning software standard which enables communication between LMS and other platforms. The standard enables LMS systems to track all learning experiences, not just the formal ones. If learners watch a conference keynote on Facebook Live or participate in individual or team projects, xAPIs record these learning experiences and make them available in employees’ learning transcripts. This type of technology helps reassure employees that their learning efforts are recorded and accounted for. As a result, it encourages curiosity and continuous learning in the workplace.  

Smart content playlists enable users to engage with system-recommended content playlists. Playlists can also be curated manually by instructors, subject matter experts, learners, and so on. Using machine learning and crowdsourced learner behavior data, LMS can suggest what content is beneficial for an individual’s learning goals.

What functionality do you need in your LMS?

There is quite a bit of choice in the LMS market with numerous vendors offering somewhat diverse products. But, it is key to remember that what may work for one company may not necessarily work for another. Defining your own requirements is a key step to complete before you start evaluating available solutions in the market. Here below is a list of core LMS capabilities to get you started:

  • Learning administration

This set of functionality covers record management, planning, and scheduling of learning processes. By leveraging these core LMS capabilities, learning officers ensure that learning activities are coordinated to run efficiently within an organization. The goal is to track and optimize learning efforts such that they lead towards skill development and not to disrupting daily work assignments.

    • Record management - administer student and instructor information, including completed or delivered courses, exams, and hands on practice

    • Curricula - plan learning goals that lead to the attestation of competency or certification acquisition by learners

    • Scheduling -  schedule courses and learning events by taking into account and reconciling student, instructor, or any other necessary resource availability

    • Examinations - create exams, quizzes, or tests and use proctoring as required

    • Surveys - collect student feedback on completed learning events to assess learner experience and skill development

    • E-commerce - administer multi-currency, local or regional taxation, and multiple payment methods

    • Reports and analytics -  measure and track learning activities such as registrations, attendance, completion rates, or resource utilization and analyze learner behavior, instructor and course performance, or learning outcomes

    • Workflows - manage learning processes including, requests, enrollment, waitlists, budgeting and planning

    • Integration - ensure that LMS is able to integrate with other HR or productivity applications to access employee data that influences learning plans - job role, skills and competencies, or job achievements are a few examples

    • Multi-language support - offer courses in multiple languages

    • Compliance - ensure that learning applications follow regulatory requirements such as ADA, Section 508, W3C, audit trails,SCORM, AICC, ADL, and others

  • User experience

Choosing the best fit for your company is very important when it comes to selecting LMS software. Consequently, a ‘best fit’ system must be responsive to your end user’s needs. Whether the user is an administrator, a learner, an instructor, or a learning officer, the user experience must be positive. If the user does not enjoy the interaction with the LMS system, users will not be motivated to use the system to its maximum benefit and only use it for mandatory transactions.

Providing users with the relevant tools to find information anywhere and anytime is key to how much users will be incorporating learning efforts into their daily routines. Learning must become as natural as completing a task - our work environment expects that commitment from all of us to succeed.

Below are a list of some of the most important LMS features and functions:

    • Smart search - browse and search for a course and other learning content from multiple sources such as internal course catalog or external crowdsourced sites

    • Smart profiles - personalize a learning path and recommendations, including both mandatory and optional learning assignments, that take into account job roles, interests, performance scores, location, and other user defined factors

    • Embedded learning - deliver just in time training to employees in the systems that they use the most such as sales force automation for sales teams, or project management for consultants

    • Self-driven learning - learners have the option to assess their learning needs, define learning plans, and find the necessary resources to fulfill these plans

    • Mobile - allows learners access to virtual courses, learning communities and to  take quizzes on mobile devices while instructors monitor class activity and scheduled tasks

    • Dashboards - permits access to key functions, reports, and analytics from within a single user personalized view to facilitate user navigation through the system

  • Learning format options

Learning can be delivered in various formats. What is important is that you provide employees with choice so they have the flexibility to engage with learning activities at their own pace and within the environment or context that suits them best.

    • Formal instructor led training - whether in an online or actual classroom setting, learning is facilitated by instructors or subject matter experts allowing learners to utilize the instructor as the primary source of knowledge on a given topic

    • Virtual classroom -  instructors can deliver and manage live classes, keep track of student attendance, provide real time feedback to learners, assign real time online group work, and share resources

    • Blended learning - combines classroom learning with virtual learning so that learners can audit lectures at their own pace in their own environments and then apply what they have learned and ask questions during face to face classroom sessions   

    • Social learning - create the necessary social environment to encourage learners to learn, collaborate with peers to solve problems, or complete assignments

    • Informal learning - learners can engage in spontaneous or unscheduled learning activities such as discussions or story telling that center on their own experiences

    • On the job training - learners have the ability to acquire knowledge in the workplace by shadowing co-workers and hands on practice

How to assess LMS vendor viability?

Your buying decision should strive to be as comprehensive as possible. We have discussed the importance of features and functions for user adaptability, and looked at core functionalities that are most appropriate for your company.  An equally important factor for choosing your LMS software should be vendor viability. In other words, is the vendor a good fit with your organization and your organization’s learning strategy?  As with the features and functions of the LMS system, deciding what you need in terms of services, adaptability and maintenance are of equal importance. For instance, for some organizations having 24/7 multi-language support is essential, while others may only need day time, single language support. Of equal importance -  is the LMS easy to maintain? Does it need to be updated on a regular basis? How adaptable is your LMS to the future needs of your organization? A year from now, will it suit your company’s learning and development goals? Here are some important aspects to help you evaluate the overall viability of vendors:

Services - Understanding the long and short term vendor service offerings

  • What implementation options and strategies have been developed by the vendor for LMS applications?

  • Does the LMS vendor offer 24/7 multi-language support during and after implementation and go live?

  • What training options are made available by the vendor to onboard your users to the platform? These can range from classroom, to continuous, to embedded throughout the application. But it’s also important to inquire about vendor services beyond the  implementation process. Very importantly, vendors may offer additional services to ensure the successful adoption and ongoing utilization of LMS applications. These include change management, analytics as a service, learning strategy development, and so on. Such services can be offered by vendors or third party partnering organizations that vendors recommend.

Price - Getting the most system for your money

  • The budget you have to work with for the acquisition or upgrade of an LMS system has probably been the result of a tough round of negotiations with executives. It is critical now to negotiate the best possible deal with the vendor of your choice.

  • Before you begin negotiations with the vendor, do a bit of research on the LMS solution itself; for example, most LMS solutions today are delivered in the cloud and, typically, are priced modularly.

  • Make sure you understand the structure of the ‘price per user per module’ and how each vendor applies discounts per number of users.

Industry Experience - Vendor industry experience matters

  • Inquiring about the vendor’s level of experience with the industry you are in is clearly very important. This information can come from many sources, including and especially from organizations within your industry.

  • Industry specific configurations may very likely be necessary for the optimal operation of your LMS solution in order to meet  sector specific compliance and best practices.

  • Some vendors have dedicated services and support teams for various industries. Such teams include subject matter experts with experience in your field who can guide you appropriately through product and process configuration.

Best-of-breed versus best-of-suite - Assessing whether to go with best-of-suite or best of breed

  • What does that mean exactly? In the case of best-of-suite, the system boasts a consistent data model, common user interface, and process integration. IT staff like the simplicity of dealing with one major application provider and having consistency.  For some companies, dealing with a well-established software vendor is important.

  • In the case of best-of-breed, this approach can provide greater functionality as well as flexibility. Also, the implementation is faster and easier resulting in greater user satisfaction with adaptation. IT departments benefit from lower costs and time efficiency.  Best-of-breed offers more tailored applications and better functional fit, along with the ability to make modifications based on the needs and priorities of the business.

  • Deciding upon the best choice requires a thorough evaluation of your existing software infrastructure. Does it make sense to integrate a new product into what you already have in place? Or should you  buy an extension from a vendor that you are already working with?

  • Important to keep in mind: in the end, the solution you select and buy has more to do with the appropriateness of the system to your learning strategy and vision. While it may seem convenient to buy from a vendor that you already have a relationship with, the LMS solution must meet the requirements you are aiming for.

Partner ecosystem - Investigate the partner ecosystem of each vendor

  • A partner ecosystem is a network of partners, including third party vendors, product extension partners and service partners.   Vendors build ecosystems to augment their software and service offerings. As you initiate your implementation strategy, you are likely to have multiple expectations from the LMS system. No vendor will be able to fulfill all your requirements, but, if vendors have developed a robust ecosystem you will have a much greater chance to get most of the answers you are looking for.

References - Don’t forget the references

  • Prepare to reach out to companies that are similar to yours, but don’t rely exclusively on vendors referrals as they are likely to connect you with clients who are generally satisfied.

  • Consult online reviews and ask your contacts if they know anything about the vendors and products that you are evaluating. When checking references make sure you are asking about the entire relationship that clients have had with the vendor - from buying the product to implementation and continuous services and support.

What kind of choices do you have in the LMS market?

The LMS market is literally growing in leaps and bounds. This is no surprise for a market segment that is estimated to be worth $7.83 Billion by 2018. However, the growth in this market has also been characterized by the expanded number of new, accessible options available, and for multiple different software platforms. This reflects the heightened importance of the expectations of the ‘consumer’ in this marketplace, whether in business settings or for personal development.

However, in this environment of too much choice, the buyer decision becomes more complicated and drawn out. This emphasizes the need for increased research before you begin your selection and the importance of forming a clear list of priorities that supports your learning strategy.

The LMS market is informally divided into two camps - traditional LMS vendors and the ‘market disruptor’ vendors. Traditional LMS focuses on instructor led training, compliance and certification management and provides the foundational basis for an LMS. The innovative or ‘market disruptor’ vendors build on the traditional foundation with products like AI tutors and  learning content recommendations. There is a strong probability that your company would benefit from an intelligent mix of both types.  

Let’s take a look at a few examples for each category:

Traditional LMS vendors whose applications focus on formal learning management include Cornerstone OnDemand, Saba, SumTotal, Oracle, and SuccessFactors.

Market disruptors who focus on tracking all forms of learning, delivering smart content curation, and engaging learning experiences include Degreed, Pathgather, NovaEd, and others.

However, it’s equally important to keep the following in mind - traditional LMS products are moving towards becoming part of larger ecosystems as a way of catching up to the market disruptors. Their efforts are being directed to moving their products in a direction that more closely matches how people learn today.  

How do you compare LMS vendor offerings?

As we have been discussing, the list of LMS vendors and products available in the market is very long and potentially confusing. Above, we have given you just a small sampling.

Our advice to simplify and optimize your search is to compare those vendors best equipped to meet most of your strategic requirements. You may have to compare various combinations of products, possibly making your task even more challenging. This reinforces the importance of maintaining the focus on your own priorities and ultimately basing your decision on those same priorities.

Use SelectHub to track the level of importance of your priorities. Make sure you are inviting all stakeholders into the decision process. Learning touches many more areas of a company’s operations than is originally thought. It is critical that the voices of all stakeholders are heard and included in this process to ensure the more common areas of concern, like enterprise integration and ease of use.

When your priorities have been set, you can start inviting vendors into the conversation and asking them to respond with their level of support to all your requirements. This will help you gain a better overview of all the products to then be better equipped to decide what product and vendor match your LMS strategy and budget.

Next, organize demo sessions with vendors ensuring that you provide them with a clear script to follow otherwise you run the risk of seeing only features and functions that they are comfortable with. Use SelectHub to score vendor performance throughout the process. Don’t hesitate to bring a subjective perspective into your scoring process. After all, this system must be optimized for your company’s unique needs and priorities.  

At this point in your decision-making process, the choice becomes easier and clearer. Once you review all the information you have collected about vendors as well as the scores that you and your team awarded to the vendors and their products, your priorities will guide you to the best choice for you and your organization.

A thorough selection process run with the help of SelectHub will lead the way to selecting the best possible solution or mix of solutions. In the end, the winner or winners will stand out from the rest.