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Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

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Moodle -  Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source.  Open Elms – The first free open source LMS, geared specifically for business. 3. If your LMS isn’t on the top twenty list, don’t fret, one of the following has occurred. a. 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). b.  It is not in the top 50. – another five systems debuted. Modern UI is showing up more and more in systems, which is a big plus for me.  Not anymore. 

Top 15 Learning Management Systems mid-year 2014

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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. The system is K-12, but ideal for K-6. For any LMS.

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Five classifications of Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Connect Thinking

There are lots and lots of Learning Management Systems (LMS) on the market. From my observation, I have categorised LMS based on the business motivation to create and offer them to the market: LMS that are part of a larger ERP system (e.g. These LMS appear almost an afterthought, an ‘add on’ to the massive database that ERP systems create. The purchase decision is often made by the people in charge of the ERP system itself. LMS that are part of a suite of HR Systems (e.g. SkillSoft SkillPort ).

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Perceptions and Factoids (LMS)

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If you have or are looking for an LMS, perhaps someone in your company or department has mentioned that this X vendor or Y vendor either isn’t known or they have never heard of them and thus it is better to go with a well-known vendor, because they must be better – I mean look at all the folks they have. Another zinger is the old some famous, everyone hates their LMS.  At a recent presentation, I gave more than 65% of the audience raised their hands when I asked who hated their LMS. SuccessFactors LMS is horrible. Game based learning mobile style.

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B2B Top Five LMSs

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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. My LMS Directory has over 600 vendors. and skins is included in the system.

Workday Unveils Workday Learning With the Goal of Redefining Learning Management Systems

WalkMe Training Station

This week Workday announced the launch of its new application – Workday Learning – a Learning Management System (LMS) that offers a more personalized, meaningful learning experience. Because of this, most of what is learned it quickly forgotten and actually stalls individual progress instead of pushing it forward. Employee Training

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LMS State of Affairs

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Learning Systems. Learning Platforms. Learning Management Systems. Caribbean –  Across the board, virtually every island is doing e-learning – not one truly stands out. Market with high revenue potential, yet has minimal competition – Content providers, B2B – unique angle – many systems do not understand the space, nor have a system that truly delivers what these markets need. Competency Management including Skills. Learning communities tied to courses, groups. Predictive Learning.

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. The cloud , mobile devices, social media, ecommerce , Google and bandwidth have changed everything especially the way we all learn

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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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. If you want to charge, charge once. #9 Absorb LMS. Remember back in my authoring tool list, I mentioned one well known LMS vendor who dropped significantly in my rankings? It isn’t. #7 eLogic Learning. No spin.

Learning Solutions Series: Top 10 Learning Management Systems

InsiderHub

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.

And in this corner: LMS and in the other corner – Learning Platform

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have spent the last year and a half, looking to see if there were any differences between a LMS and a learning platform. Was there anything or things that really set them apart, to such a degree that one could say, “that is a LMS” and another say, “that is a learning platform” Before you go, oh, yeah well the modern ones are learning platforms and the “traditional” is LMS, I’d like to remind you, with no disrespect intended, that thinking is erroneous at best.  We will discuss that in short order. Wait, you say. 

Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know

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It is that time of the year, okay, not really, but it is time or more specifically near the time for the release of my Top 50 LMS mid-rankings report.  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. Learning Features -  On/Off synch, Native app, self-contained app, responsive mobile design, capabilities in the app. Expertus.

#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

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Next week, 12-12-12, will be #10 to #1 learning management systems for 2012. They are a next gen of lite LMSs (feel free my post “When is a LMS, Not a LMS”). New features include m-learning on the iPad with native app (no on/off synch), integrates with Yammer, themes, custom URL, assessment tool, the authoring tool is the key component, help and feedback tab. year ago if you told me that they were in the top 25 systems, I would have laughed in your face. Part LMS, part social and yes a very nice part of mobile including apps for iPad.

Attention LMSs – I’m mad as…

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That’s right, Saba and their wonderful salesperson HSwidget (name withheld).  Let me tell you my story. I was looking for a system for a client. contacted Saba and dealt with some really good salespeople. I was forwarded over to HSwidget (name withheld). End result – no business for him or Saba. More systems than before are turnkey systems.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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The year kicked off with lots of potential, lots of excitement in the air and lots of customers gearing up to purchase new systems, despite global economic woes. Mobile Learning. Sadly though many still are in the dark on true mobile learning – i.e. not accessing their platform via a mobile web browser. eLogic Learning. exact learning. Sum Total Systems.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Learning management systems didn’t die.  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.  Much of the investment was upfront and only the largest companies or companies with the most compliance risk exposure could afford an LMS. eLogic Learning.

LMS Integration:  The Learning Ecosystem

Talented Learning

In 2016, it makes more sense to think of a LMS as part of a digital business ecosystem, rather than a standalone island destination.  There are a variety of approaches to LMS integration. Vendors can: Provide an open API library consisting of available scripts that a tech-savvy buyer can use to automate integration with client systems. Types of LMS Integration.

Answering your LMS Questions

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need a LMS. Q: I’m looking for a LMS that has classroom mgt, can have abc learners see only one course or a set of courses, while another group sees a different set of courses and I need to batch upload my learners. A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. 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. Task management. Learning 24/7.

Taleo Firmly Establishes itself in the Learning Management Systems Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

The ever-changing market for Learning Management Systems (LMS) continues to evolve. Last year, Taleo , the largest provider of recruiting software, spent $100 million acquiring mid-market LMS vendor Learn.com. The company's strategy, which we supported in earlier blog posts, is to expand across all elements of the talent management domain and develop an offering which gives customers a "one stop shopping" solution. Read our LMS 2011 industry study for all the details.) In Q4 of 2010 Taleo booked $8.2 It is not to be missed

Taleo Firmly Establishes itself in the Learning Management Systems Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

The ever-changing market for Learning Management Systems (LMS) continues to evolve. Last year, Taleo , the largest provider of recruiting software, spent $100 million acquiring mid-market LMS vendor Learn.com. The company's strategy, which we supported in earlier blog posts, is to expand across all elements of the talent management domain and develop an offering which gives customers a "one stop shopping" solution. Read our LMS 2011 industry study for all the details.) In Q4 of 2010 Taleo booked $8.2 It is not to be missed

Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training?

Clive on Learning

I must confess it is now four months since I received an in-depth demonstration from the people at Saba of their People Systems Suites. First off, it’s worth noting that Saba does not seem to have been suffering like so many of its competitors through the downturn: It gained 113 new customers in 2010, which was a record year. For many of us who have been involved in e-learning for quite some time, the ‘big LMS’ has disappeared off the radar to some extent, particularly with the increased focus on informal and collaborative learning.

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Special Post – Why the Big Four are not on my latest Top 10 LMS List

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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. A LMS should first be a LMS. 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.  have some real concerns on what is taking place with Saba today. Learning 24/7. 2012 Lists.

Is Saba Coming Back?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. The company's compliance and certification system is among the most sophisticated (and complex) in the industry.

Is Saba Coming Back?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Saba Software, the pioneer of the enterprise LMS business (yes, they really did define this market), seems to be coming back. I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 user conference and things feel different. I've been following Saba for more than 14 years now (I used client/server version - Saba 3.0), and the company has been through a lot. Saba pioneered the enterprise, multi-domain learning management system. The company's compliance and certification system is among the most sophisticated (and complex) in the industry.

The Cornerstone Effect

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First off let me be clear, this post is not about the  Cornerstone OnDemand LMS in the sense of whether it is a good or bad platform. 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.  I also picked up on statements made by consumers. ” In the LMS space, it has become the one term that if cast upon your platform is the sign of death, at least to many other vendors. The statements were eerily similar.

Saba CEO Steps Down

CLO Magazine

Shawn Farshchi, Saba’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named interim CEO. — March 1 Saba, a provider of people-centric enterprise services, announced a leadership transition Friday. Source: Saba. To see what Bobby Yazdani told editor Deanna Hartley about the evolution of the LMS and how it needs to adapt to the changing business environment back in September, click here. Bobby Yazdani and the board of directors have agreed he will step down as chairman, CEO and director. Redwood Shores, Calif. Read the story here

Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

Clive on Learning

Last week I asked Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training? - I wanted to know whether Saba, one of the most successful of the big LMSs, could reinvent itself to accommodate informal learning. This time I’m exploring whether it is possible for one of the world’s most popular academic virtual learning environments, Moodle, to be adapted to suit the needs of corporates. There is some overlap: both types of platforms can deliver resources and both can support certain types of learning activities. learning management systems

Articulate Quizmaker and Saba

Learning Developments

I'm working with the Saba LMS for this project. As most developers know, each LMS has a different "attitude" and behavior. Quizmaker is not alone, I've had this issue with other content I've used in Saba. Open up the file in your favorite editor and look for the following line: var EXIT_BEHAVIOR = "SCORM_RECOMMENDED"; To make the Quizmaker window close correctly and completely in Saba, I had to change it to: var EXIT_BEHAVIOR = "ALWAYS_CLOSE_TOP"; Once you make this change in the Articulate folder, the next time you publish to SCORM 1.2, the new configuration.js

LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy

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If you are like me, you have probably seen dozens of posts or articles out there telling you here is “how to pick an LMS”, “criteria for selecting an LMS”, “best practices for buying an LMS” and so forth. When I hear people say they hate their system, my retort is always the same.  “You picked the wrong system.”

Latest Trends in E-Learning

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Twice a year I will be providing some trends that I am seeing in the e-learning market. This one trend really is an irritation to me, because the term “training” is showing up rather than “learning”, which is the standard term as it relates to online learning (see it already?). We call online learning, e-learning, not e-training, but some vendors will have you believe that “training” is the appropriate term, rather than learning. Custom Development and LMS vendors. LMS vendors – read below.

Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. Saba, which pioneered the market for enterprise learning management systems, has now turned the corner in its transformation into a SaaS software company. Some of the highlights which I believe are important: Saba's total revenues grew by 14% year over year (the largest growth in several years), and this represents a significant growth in SaaS revenues and a drop in license revenues. Wipro, a large global technology solutions provider, signed up as a Saba partner.

Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. Saba, which pioneered the market for enterprise learning management systems, has now turned the corner in its transformation into a SaaS software company. Some of the highlights which I believe are important: Saba's total revenues grew by 14% year over year (the largest growth in several years), and this represents a significant growth in SaaS revenues and a drop in license revenues. Wipro, a large global technology solutions provider, signed up as a Saba partner.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

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have done a segment like this in the past and it was very popular.  So, back for another installment. 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.  Am I missing something? A:   Great question. 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.  That said, they are in my top 40 for learning/extended enterprise cloud. Thankfully, it isn’t. 

How to choose an LMS

eFront

So, you are looking to buy an LMS. You might already have stumbled-upon Moodle, Dokeos, Blackboard, Saba or Sumtotal. include here a few of the blog posts I found most interesting: One week to select an LMS – No way: [link]. Learning Management Systems (LMS) Gotchas: [link]. Five things not to do while selecting an LMS: [link].