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Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List

Talented Learning

When you need solid advice about learning strategy and technology, which blogs come to mind? Are any LMS vendors on that list? Or do you dismiss them because you assume they’re too self-serving? If you’ve been ignoring LMS vendor blogs, it’s time to take a closer look. I’m not an LMS vendor. And I’m increasingly impressed by the quality of content in some LMS blogs.

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The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Hands down, our learning technology “predictions” list is our favorite post to develop each year. These aren’t  Nostradamus-style prophecies. As with all of our advice and opinions, we’re not aiming for abstract, futuristic ideals. It is not going away, folks. The LMS has evolved from a cost reduction tool to a profit-making engine for many types of organizations. This isn’t just LMSs.

The Rise of LMS Specialists: A Tour of Learning Tech Innovation

Talented Learning

Welcome to the Era of LMS Specialists. Not long ago, everyone who developed learning management systems wanted to be all things to all buyers of every size, location, industry, and training challenge. Not anymore. These days, the aim is to provide the best solution in a well-defined niche. LMS Specialists: Why Now? For learning organizations, the trade-offs are clear.  link]. Conclusion.

Five Ways to Buy an LMS You Will Hate!

Talented Learning

You hear a lot of chatter over the last decade about how everyone hates their learning management system. LMS customer satisfaction is actually more of a bell curve, ranging from extreme hate to true love. Perplexed by today’s market reality of 700 viable LMS vendors and the yin/yang of loving/hating LMS providers, I have also been thinking about who is at fault when there is a mismatch.

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2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

Talented Learning

The 2016 LMS market is not what you think. Here are our top ten 2016 trends, observations and predictions for the LMS and broader learning technology market.    . #10 Culture Shift Driving Epic Innovation in the LMS Market. Culture shifts happen slowly and then instantly.  Now individuals and not organizations are responsible for lifelong learning and continuing education. This is big news. 

LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil?  A Nice-to-Have? Or Something More? Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. Some people hate them. Others love them. Either way, it’s usually foolish to buy an LMS without one. But there’s another side to the story. What is an LMS RFP? Get our free glossary! Project Goals.

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

 . In the last two weeks as an LMS selection consultant, I have been on the receiving end of 24 hours of live LMS demos from eight different vendors.  The vendors were competing for two unique, extended enterprise LMS opportunities. Selling LMSs is very tough in 2016 because of the plenitude and parity of vendor options.  LMS Buyer Background. LMS Demo Do’s. The buyer loved that one! Be humble.

LMS Implementation Pricing — Take 2

Talented Learning

Bloggers know instantly when we’ve hit a good topic that deserves further exploration. It’s easy to see in the volume and variety of feedback from readers. Here is some of the feedback I received: “Great post, John! Shared it on LinkedIn and our team is using it with new prospects.”. Downside is that this devalues services in the eyes of the inexperienced client.”. See what I mean? 

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4 Corporate LMS Flavors: Which Do You Choose?

Talented Learning

If you’ve been following the news and analysis from Talented Learning, you know that the thriving 2016 LMS market is comprised of almost 700 vendors, whose solutions can be  grouped unequally and imperfectly into corporate, academic, association and continuing education type LMSs. The uniqueness that differentiates each LMS type is where exciting innovation is rapidly occurring. Conclusion.

LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?

Talented Learning

“How much does an LMS cost?” ”  As an LMS research analyst and vendor selection consultant, I get a version of that question often from both LMS buyers and sellers.   The true yet unsatisfying answer is that “it depends.” With ” With over 650 LMS solutions in the world there is no universal LMS license model nor commonly accepted standard price ranges.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

At Talented Learning, we help all kinds of organizations big and small  find the right LMS  for their needs. With 13 years in LMS sales and now nearly 3 years as LMS selection consultants, we’ve been directly involved in $65,000,000 worth of LMS selling and buying. People often ask me, “What exactly should I expect from your LMS selection process and services?” Step 4: Demo Drilldown.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

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Learning management systems didn’t die.  They evolved, and today we recognize them. Quick LMS History. Corporate LMSs were invented almost 30 years ago to manage and report on the training and compliance of their employees and contractors.  They were expensive to purchase, implement, maintain, host, upgrade and replace.  Every LMS tried to be all things to all types of customers in all industries. 

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Association LMS Buying Companion

Talented Learning

For most of us, August means vacation.  It’s the ideal time to get away and recharge before fall kicks in. But for association professionals, August brings another kind of opportunity.  It’s when thousands of ASAE members come together to reconnect with colleagues, learn new professional skills, and focus on the future of their respective organizations. Last Name *. Email Address *.

Top Social Learning LMS Features

Talented Learning

In 2016, most people are accustomed to social media and the conventions associated with profiles, friends, posts, liking and sharing. But how are these new social business behaviors influencing social learning features of today’s learning management systems (LMS)? To achieve a representative sample of global demand, we limited each LMS vendor to a single survey response. Here Proof of Change?

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Why So Many LMS Vendors?

Talented Learning

Nearly 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s LMS marketplace.  These LMS vendors range from global software companies to tiny cloud vendors.  Why are there so many?  How do they all survive? Who is doing all this buying? believe a combination of the cloud, SaaS and rise of extended enterprise learning can help explain the spike. The Cloud and SaaS Business Model. Conclusion. Fun times ahead!

Shrinking LMS Implementation Fees Drive Market Expansion

Talented Learning

As little as five years ago, it was common for an average LMS implementation to exceed $100,000.  An LMS needed to be installed and then configured in either the vendor’s data center or at a client location.   IT played a time-intensive, authoritarian role in the selection, deployment and maintenance of the LMS.  Divorce was fiscally and politically out of the question. Adoption marketing services?

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LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

Talented Learning

With almost 700 LMS vendors in the world, competition for every sales opportunity is fierce. know because I spent 13 years selling learning management solutions. For the last 2.5 years, I have leveraged that software sales experience as an independent LMS selection consultant. In this capacity, I’ve helped dozens of buyers purchase the right LMS for their organization. LMS Vendor Sales Tips.

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Public LMS Pricing: Proof You Can Overpay

Talented Learning

It is too easy to overpay for an LMS in 2016.  In recent posts, I’ve described how  cloud LMSs  are disrupting and expanding the market with their customer friendly  license models and shrinking  implementation fees. They They are at it again with a novel trend — public LMS pricing. Cloud LMS vendors advertise their fees clearly.  If buyers think it is too high, so be it. Conclusion.

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Channel Learning and Business Success: Can Your LMS Connect the Dots?

Talented Learning

One of the best things about being a learning technology analyst is that I get to meet so many smart, passionate people who are pushing the boundaries of the LMS and business success as we know it. Everyday I speak with founders and senior executives, sales and marketing teams, as well as customers and prospects from all over the learning solutions sphere. They’ll blame your company. Company.

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Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

Making Sense of LMS License Models. Throughout the last month, I’ve reviewed 12 RFP responses for 3 different LMS business scenarios: association learning, commercial training and corporate channel/customer education. In each case, we asked vendors for pricing tailored to the client’s unique usage patterns. Our goal was to compare bids on an apples-to-apples basis. But what can LMS buyers do?

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

Mobile LMS: The Facts

Talented Learning

At Talented Learning, an independent learning tech market research and consulting firm, we recently compiled an obnoxious 85 question survey detailing over 450 points of LMS business, market and functional data.  We collected statistically significant hard data about the global LMS market providing us unparalleled and unique insight into what LMS buyers are buying today. The 2015 Mobile LMS.

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Talented Learning: Greatest Hits of 2015

Talented Learning

As 2015 draws to a close, it makes sense to look back and reflect on highlights from the past year. It’s especially appropriate for our team at Talented Learning, because the New Year also marks our second anniversary and a chance to reflect on how far we have come and how far we have to go.  . Our Content Starts with Conversations. Now, we blog about what we learn from conversations.

Introducing the LMS Almanac: Corporate Edition 2016

Talented Learning

After more than two years of intense research,  111 LMS reviews, 90 learning technology blog posts, dozens of LMS selections and 25 original webinars, we are proud and finally ready to introduce our first paid publication – The Talented Learning LMS Almanac:  Corporate Edition 2016. In the last 10 years, an approximate 650 new vendors have entered the global LMS market.  Thanks for reading!

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Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016.  In fact, it is impossible to choose just one. That’s because the learning management systems market has never been stronger or more diverse. LMS specialists of every size, shape and focus continue to enter the space with impressive new capabilities. But it wasn’t always this way. Finding the Best LMS in a Complex World. Docebo. Expertus.

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

4 Writing Principles Every eLearning Designer Should Know

Allen Interactions

By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer. In my time as a university teaching assistant (TA), I saw a lot of bad writing. Clauses hanging all over the place, dangling participles, comma splices…a veritable side-show horror of prose. Let’s go through my writing steps guaranteed to make you sound better. We’ll start with the following passage.

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3 Free Apps for Supporting Learning After Training Events

InSync Training

The most important part of training is what happens AFTER the training. Reality (aka science) dictates that people can only ingest and retain so much information, regardless of how well-designed a learning activity may be. Therefore, L&D strategy cannot stop at delivery. Mobile Learning 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

The changing skill set of the learning professional

Clive on Learning

Skills define us. They are what make us useful and productive. They are the foundation of our achievements. On our death bed, it is our skills that we will reflect on with pride. These could be physical skills – our ability to knit jumpers, drive vehicles, perform gymnastics, play the violin, cook tasty food, swim or make beautiful furniture. Yes, skills are what make us what we are. Not convinced?

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7 eLearning Design Trends for 2017

eLearning Brothers

Working as a designer for eLearning courses and templates at eLearning Brothers means that I need to constantly stay on top of the latest trends in both web development and graphic design. There are lots of places to get inspiration out there, and after some research, I’ve come up with seven trends that will see a lot of use in 2017. Modern-Retro Design. Minimalism. Failure Mapping.

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How to Create a Customer Training Strategy

Seven 2017 Learning Trends: Novel or Norm?

Bottom-Line Performance

At the start of a new year – or the end of an old one – we love to read about trends. Articles on trends can be fun reads, but do they really help us see the future? Do trends really matter? I’ll let you decide. went back and found a 1998 ATD (then ASTD) State of the Industry report. Electronic Performance Support Systems (Interesting fact: Google was founded in September 1998.). Intranets. Mobile.

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