Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List
DECEMBER 28, 2016
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.
The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions
JANUARY 9, 2017
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. Instead, we prefer to focus on practical, concrete intelligence that will support sound business decisions in the coming year. It is not going away, folks.
The Rise of LMS Specialists: A Tour of Learning Tech Innovation
AUGUST 30, 2016
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? So far, I have formally reviewed and currently track 120 of them. link]. Conclusion.
LMS Integration: The Learning Ecosystem
MAY 12, 2016
In 2016, it makes more sense to think of a LMS as part of a digital business ecosystem, rather than a standalone island destination. LMSs are integrated into many different types of applications to share data and drive business workflow. There are a variety of approaches to LMS integration. This is probably the least attractive option due to cost, but necessary with complex integrations.
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2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions
JANUARY 12, 2016
The 2016 LMS market is not what you think. We have spent the last two years interviewing hundreds of global learning technology professionals on both the vendor and practitioner sides of the fence. We ask them all about business drivers, trends, market opportunities, use cases, demand, competition and measurable successes. It’s not what we thought – it’s much better. This is big news. Conclusion.
Want to Sell More Content? Put More Lines in the Water
MARCH 21, 2017
“How can we sell more content?” ” That’s the number one question on the minds of everyone who develops and sells learning-related content. Corporations, commercial for-profit training companies, associations, academic institutions and individual subject matter experts — all are designing, producing and selling educational content at a staggering pace. Conclusion.
4 Corporate LMS Flavors: Which Do You Choose?
JULY 19, 2016
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.
Top Social Learning LMS Features
JANUARY 27, 2016
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. Proof of Change?
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LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts
AUGUST 1, 2016
. 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. Like always, good selling habits will put the winner on top. LMS Demo Do’s.
LMS Implementation Pricing — Take 2
MAY 2, 2016
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. Recently, I wrote a post entitled “ Shrinking LMS Implementation Fees Drive Market Expansion.” I didn’t intend to say that LMS vendor professional services are unneeded in all (or even most) cases. Who are you surveying?
LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?
FEBRUARY 10, 2016
“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 over 650 LMS solutions in the world there is no universal LMS license model nor commonly accepted standard price ranges. Conclusion.
LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil? A Nice-to-Have? Or Something More? A 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. The LMS RFP has developed a bad reputation because it is easily misunderstood. What is an LMS RFP?
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How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
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.
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NOVEMBER 18, 2015
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.
Online Courses Are Golden: Can an LMS Help Your Business Cash In?
MARCH 10, 2017
Do you sell learning content online ? If you don’t, chances are you will soon. And if you already offer online courses, you’re probably looking for ways to expand this line of business. Why Are Online Courses So Attractive? What’s driving new interest in digital learning? It’s not just for universities and commercial training companies anymore. Three Levels of Support.
Association LMS Buying Companion
AUGUST 15, 2016
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. It’s not easy. Last Name *.
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Why So Many LMS Vendors?
APRIL 14, 2016
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? I 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!
LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales
JULY 11, 2016
With almost 700 LMS vendors in the world, competition for every sales opportunity is fierce. I 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. You need more!
Shrinking LMS Implementation Fees Drive Market Expansion
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
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. Unprepared buyers had huge expectations and vendors inevitably under delivered.
Public LMS Pricing: Proof You Can Overpay
MARCH 14, 2016
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 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. Real Life LMS Pricing.
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Channel Learning and Business Success: Can Your LMS Connect the Dots?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
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.
Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
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. No surprise. Register now!
Mobile LMS: The Facts
DECEMBER 17, 2015
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.
Talented Learning: Greatest Hits of 2015
DECEMBER 30, 2015
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. At first in 2014, we blogged about what we knew. In the U.S.,
Introducing the LMS Almanac: Corporate Edition 2016
APRIL 26, 2016
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!
Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards
DECEMBER 7, 2016
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.
The changing skill set of the learning professional
Clive on Learning
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
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?
Microlearning: What It Is and What It Isn’t
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Last month, we published the results from our 2017 Learning and Remembering Survey. In the survey, we asked respondents to tell us what learning trends or new training delivery methods they are most excited about for 2017. The number one answer? Microlearning. 18% of respondents said they’re excited about microlearning for the year ahead. Some use short videos. Many turn to bite-sized games.
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Curated Insights: Writing Good Questions
MARCH 24, 2017
Can you write a good multiple choice question? After all, this is a foundational skill for a modern L&D pro, especially in large organizations that use a lot of online content. Unfortunately, it sounds a lot easier than it is. I’m confident that many of the questions we push to our employees every day are bad. And I mean BAD. Can you answer these 6 questions about multiple choice questions?