Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings
JULY 16, 2013
the system itself has a lot to offer. The system has come a long way – and that is a good thing, with a nice UI and components including mobile learning. If you are not looking or focusing on the B2B channel, but rather seeking a system for your employees, then this is not a system for you to explore. Regardless, this is a very good system. My advice?
Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
Moodle - Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source. It is in the top 50 (Names were posted in the E-Learning 24/7 Linkedin group and will be re-posted later this week). With over 580 systems on the market, identifying the top systems are no easy task. The market is continuing to grow – with more systems – in the first two weeks of Feb. – another five systems debuted. Modern UI is showing up more and more in systems, which is a big plus for me. For corporate, the system misses the mark.
Top 15 Learning Management Systems mid-year 2014
AUGUST 8, 2014
I especially love it when I get the opportunity to present all over the world on a variety of e-learning topics. I love meeting new folks who have either been big fans and supporters of e-learning or are totally new to e-learning and seeking out information and knowledge. They forget to realize that a learning system, learning platform are just semantics – as noted before. You can have a modern learning system that is really crummy, just as you can have with a LMS. 14 MediaCore - A pure video learning platform.
Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take
AUGUST 23, 2014
Like many of you, I was surprised to find out that Skillsoft is in the process of acquiring SumTotal. The reason for the acquisition at least from a press release and information on the purchase (and available for viewing on the Skillsoft site), screams of HCM (Human Capital Management). HCM, among other things is all about HR (human resources), HRIS (human resources information systems) and the wherewithal of all that is part of it. Combination of Skillsoft and SumTotal offers comprehensive, content-rich HR solutions. Heck, I have even seen workforce management.
Learning Solutions Series: Top 10 Learning Management Systems
JUNE 24, 2014
About half (51.9%) of the organizations surveyed in the 2014 Learning Technology Solutions Forecast Study (report available here ) own a learning management system , most often referred to as an “LMS.” A learning management system is the most popular online learning tool, and the one with which people are most familiar. Solutions Series
Presidential Politics, LMSs – The Cycle
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
If you have any doubt, go do a google search of percentages and e-learning, let alone LMSs and see what pops up. I can guess, and often see that it is the case, that when a vendor says this or a consumer does they are looking at the Cornerstone or SumTotal or similar. . I mean, they are more to me a HCM, which includes modules such as learning. . eLogic Learning were the first ones to have a extensive learner centric capability (and still do). E-Learning 24/7. Tagged: learning management systems , learning platform , LMS , presidential politics.
Perceptions and Factoids (LMS)
JUNE 13, 2016
It might come off as an indicator that they need a new system, however, I’d argue that the reason you see the hands is because whoever made the final decision, selected the wrong system. Afterwards, some mentioned the names to me and I wasn’t surprised, nor was I surprised to learn that the usual factors came into play, “the vendor is well-known”, “someone outside the department said we should go with one”, “our corporate office has X and told us we have to use it, even though we wanted a different one”, and so on. Dated UI.
B2B Top Five LMSs
JULY 17, 2014
Resellers who are part of your business learning network – maybe you provide them courses on how to sell your product. Content Providers – the fastest growing B2B right now in e-learning; best or most amazingly of all – it can be just one person who has created a course (content) and then has their own clients who purchase the course or courses to provide to their own employees; the days of large content providers as the only option is gone. Well the system should have. 5 – SumTotal Learn. Go SumTotal. 2 eLogic Learning.
Top 10 LMSs for 2013
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Back again to bring this first in a series of rankings for the top ten learning management systems for 2013. Still listed as a social learning management system, they have made some new strides that really work for me. Support of the iPad, thus mobile learning. Charging to remove their name of the system. The system is still very strong and they have updated their UI. Ideal for folks who want a multi-tenant system or also known as an extended enterprise. A very inexpensive system that continues to pack some nice features.
#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012
DECEMBER 12, 2012
10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. Compliance management, certification management. Immediate language per end user, this means that each end user can select their own language and the entire system changes to that. What makes it different than say other systems that offer multilingual, is that all the languages are already in the system at no additional charge.
Top 13 LMS (and Learning Technology) Blogs
APRIL 15, 2010
To keep up with the happenings, trends, innovations, and other information on LMS and to ensure our teams at Upside involved in core LMS development, client implementations, client support and Innovation team are in tune with the industry we follow a host of blogs that focus specifically on LMS, learning technology, and related topics. Bersin & Associates – Learning on the Leading Edge.
2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions
JANUARY 12, 2016
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 incorporate what we learn from each conversation into our analysis and understanding of the learning technology market. Extended enterprise learning projects don’t have to be big though. This is big news.
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. Rather, they are educated guesses about learning technology trends, based on our continuous market research, our consulting interactions with countless LMS buyers and sellers and more than 20 years of experience we’ve accumulated in the learning industry. Want to Learn More?
Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators
JULY 20, 2015
Bob Little is a writer , commentator and publicist who works globally, specializing in the corporate online learning industry. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. Join us on this exciting journey as we engage with thought leaders and learning innovators to see what the future of our industry looks like. LCMSs.
Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews
MARCH 24, 2015
In future posts, three random systems will land a “quick take” mini review. . Instructure Bridge (Yep those HE folks are adding a corporate system to their product line). Instructure like so many other HE systems can’t help themselves. My take is that Bridge is going the way of some LMS/Learning Platforms that pitch either the “non-traditional” angle or “focus on features” people only need angle or “simple, easy to use angle” with simple as the key word. . SumTotal. If I was to list the systems for B2B/B2C.
Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know
JUNE 2, 2014
Breakdowns of each system including latest new features and quick take. Listing of top three systems in the following verticals – Banking/Finance, Manufacturing, Association, Education K-12, Higher Education, B2B. Listing of top five systems that I see as NextGen systems. Insight and Info that you will want to know before you buy any system – Each system in the rankings includes this section – at a minimum it will save you time and help narrow down the field. Q: How many systems were considered? eLogic Learning. SumTotal.
The Cornerstone Effect
OCTOBER 13, 2014
Nor is it about the company itself, rather it is about the effect the system has on the entire LMS industry. Several months ago I picked up on a few items other vendors would mention about other systems. Focuses on TM/PM with learning as secondary OR learning is a part of it, but contains other HR oriented components. Does not have a modern look nor has any modern/latest features (It should also be noted that systems who pitch traditional vs non-traditional, many do not have the latest features, let alone most of the standard features). Traditional.
Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?
JUNE 21, 2016
First off, there are vendors out there who pitch they are an LMS when in reality they are a courseware provider that has some type of learning platform. Before diving into the courseware LMS angle of right now and moving forward (as I see it), learning about the courses (the content) is important. They do have e-learning courses, besides their ILT. I still believe you can do more with e-learning than ILT. I once recall a conversation I had with Skillsoft, before they purchased SumTotal. . Y o u may be sitting right now with third party content in your LMS.
Best of the Best – Extended Enterprise or multi-tenant LMSs
MAY 5, 2013
Just because a system lists itself as an extended enterprise does not mean it comes with multiple domains (which with some vendors includes customized) nor with multiple portals or my preferable term – “multi-tenant” You may see an “extended enterprise” which not only refers to the company’s employees, but also their customers and channel partners. There are some systems who target only channel partners. The system works at all levels: across the global enterprise, B2B, B2C, Channel Partners, mid size, mid to large and definitely large.
LMS Integration: The Learning Ecosystem
MAY 12, 2016
Vendors can: Provide an open API library consisting of available scripts that a tech-savvy buyer can use to automate integration with client systems. Pre-built API connectors can be turned on by checking a box and entering the appropriate API “code” to link the two systems. eCommerce Management. Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Global Taxation Management.
Make Your LMS Mobile Compatible in 4 Easy Ways
DECEMBER 14, 2016
When learning goes mobile, the Learning Management System (LMS) that manages all Learning and Development (L&D) activities should also be available on mobile devices. This will help your organization provide learners uninterrupted access to learning and training; moreover, you can track learners’ progress without obligating them to sit at their desks.
Special Post – Why the Big Four are not on my latest Top 10 LMS List
MAY 7, 2013
Since my Top 10 list of LMS vendors has been posted online, I have received quite a bit of e-mail wondering why the biggest names: Cornerstone On Demand, Saba, SumTotal and SuccessFactors are not on the list. When I talk about a LMS, I am saying specifically a learning management system and the vendors themselves should see their own product first and foremost as a LMS, not as a TM/PM or whatever. I have always seen then as talent/performance management platform which was becoming more of a HCM and this only re-confirmed it. SumTotal. E-Learning 24/7.
Psst. You wanna buy some features?
JULY 30, 2012
While UI on the front and back end of a system continues to be all over the place – from generally awful to very nice – regardless of the price point, its the features that stand out (or in some cases -you should stand clear off) in the space. You don’t have to go to funkytown to see some feature sets that put the “WoW” back into learning. System that offers 300 APIs that the client can pick and choose from. Integrates and works with Google Apps (education systems). Help desk integration (a few systems). Event management inc.
Answering your LMS Questions
JULY 9, 2012
The ones who may not are those who identify themselves as “Training mgt systems and alike” – because they are really focused on the course authoring tool and are not a LMS in the true sense of the word. Rather than focus on the most common features, focus on the 10% that are different and thus may not be in every system – because guess what? Mobile learning – it might surprise you to know that 75-80% of all systems in the space, currently do not offer any type of mobile learning, the number goes up even higher for online/offline synch.
2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Learning management systems didn’t die. Corporate LMSs were invented almost 30 years ago to manage and report on the training and compliance of their employees and contractors. LMS and performance management companies started merging and then the big HR/talent players acquired them. The cloud LMSs provide learning management to the masses. Docebo.
EL247?s Vendors 2 View Guide @ #ASTD2014
APRIL 28, 2014
Linkedin E-Learning 24/7 group briefings - once a night – short and right to the point – think highlights of the day’s expo event (5th and 6th). I have either seen the product before at a previous show or by seeing a demo in the past six months OR I have never seen the product – there are a lot of e-learning products out in the marketplace. Time to hit the Road to Learning – Where is my Car? Very slick UI, a lot of very nice feature sets, there is a lot to like in this system. Is this a system for everyone? E-Learning 24/7.
Step right up to the LMS Sideshow
APRIL 21, 2014
Because I’m ripping you off, just like those systems that tell you it will cost 750 thousand dollars for 1000 users. There are plenty of fantastic systems out there that will cost you anywhere from 20 thousand dollars to 65 thousand dollars for 1,000 users, minus the one time setup fee. The reality is that having a name that is recognized by everyone doesn’t mean it is the best system on the market. Right off the top of my head, after I remove my top hat, I can think of fifty systems that have an outstanding product. The first to use SumTotal.
Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning
AUGUST 13, 2013
Q : I am curious on why Cornerstone On Demand, Saba and SumTotal do not appear in your top twenty lists even though they appear on other sites as the best products in the market. Every e-learning consulting/research firm, etc. The problem though is it is not throughout the entire system, rather it is in a few areas. While the learning cloud and extended enterprise cloud are purchased by folks, I still see the platform – assuming you get all the modules as a HCM. That said, they are in my top 40 for learning/extended enterprise cloud. Lots of potential.
eFront as a SumTotal alternative
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
The client was using SumTotal as its backbone LMS and was in need of a comprehensive and efficient alternative solution. Why change from SumTotal. The decision to move away from SumTotal was not an easy one. SumTotal is one of the leaders in the LMS space for numeral reasons. This means that any customization needs to come either as plugin or through SumTotal directly.
LMSs, TMs and HCMs
MARCH 16, 2012
SumTotal is calling their product a Human Capital Management system. Sure, they offer a separate LMS called SumTotal Maestro, but their TM has surprisingly (not really) been morphed into a HCM, will others follow? If you visit the Taleo home page, you will learn the following two items. I must have been sleeping, but when did “learning” slide under Talent Management? When did “learning, which is training” become a defacto component of Talent Management? Talent management. E-Learning 24/7.
Moodle 2.9 Pre-Release Announcement
MAY 7, 2015
Moodle is the world’s leading Learning Management System. With more than 70 million users, Moodle is the clear market leader, with almost double the adoption of the two subsequent vendors, SumTotal and Blackboard, combined. boasts enhanced development in the areas of lessons, quizzes, and course management. Moodle 2.9 is officially on its way. Moodle is already far ahead of its competition, and 2.9 gives it even more edge. The update was heavily influenced by Moodle community feedback, so improvements will be found in major areas of concern. Moodle 2.9
2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning
DECEMBER 5, 2011
Initially I was going to provide a list of all my award winners including web conferening, stand alone mobile learning, etc., Before announcing the winners, I have seen a trend regarding mobile learning, that can easily mislead folks. Mobile Learning. Two years ago there were some folks who believed that mobile learning where tools, etc. What has been applying is the term mobile learning and how it it pitched to consumers in the e-learning sector, especially with LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors. K-12 Commercial System of the Year.
E-Learning Q&A November Issue
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
In this riveting issue we will be covering the international e-learning scene, my State of the Industry LMS Report – specifically the Top 50, LMS ROI, e-learning costs and web conferencing. I’m curious to know what you are seeing in other countries regarding e-learning? In just the past several months, numerous countries are really embracing not just e-learning but also mobile. The interesting thing about Africa is the deep commitment from the various governments as it relates to e-learning. Lastly, e-learning is not inexpensive. SumTotal.
Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!
Challenge to Learn
MAY 24, 2016
Making mistakes and learning from them is a good thing; learning from mistakes that others make is even better. In this post I will show you the pitfalls that e-Learning experts are falling in, so you as a e-Learning rookie do not have to make them. Here are the lessons learned. It is the same with choosing your e-Learning tooling. Courses not ion the LMS.