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Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

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Oh, here is my latest directory of LMSs. #10 – Meridian - Despite a web site that should be kicked into outer space (hello, update?), the system itself has a lot to offer. I see it as a platform that could easily be for 1,500 and up users, although it may sit better at 5,000+. Still this is a very nice system and one that I had fun in playing around. Learning 24/7.

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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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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Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take

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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

eFront as a SumTotal alternative

eFront

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. SumTotal is an expensive product with recurring annual fees. Flexibility.

Top 13 LMS (and Learning Technology) Blogs

Upside Learning

The LMS market is heating up by the day for past many months now and it looks like it is going, more or less, as predicted by Bersin & Associates about 6 months back – The LMS market: hotter than ever. list below a list of top 13 blogs (in alphabetical order) that we follow for LMS (and learning technology): ALearning. Educause – Learning Technologies. Cheers!

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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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.

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning

Kapp Notes

Today, SumTotal announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. The combined company represents the largest and most complete talent management provider in the industry supporting every industry and every market segment. GeoLearning is the leading provider of managed services and on-demand learning management software. This acquisition combines SumTotal’s proven leadership in Talent Management with GeoLearning’s comprehensive learning solutions specifically in the Mid-market, Government, and Extended Enterprise market segments. industry

Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews

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This is a new every other month segment, where some LMSs are listed and insight into a variety of items is presented.  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.  The whole “non-traditional” push or more importantly, when a vendor says “traditional” implies that their system is not like Cornerstone, SumTotal, and alike.  IMC-AG.

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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.

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#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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Your friends days before your big 30-40-50-60, heck even your wedding – again, is this really necessary? #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. fine system with strong features.

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.

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. SumTotal.

Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?

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Y o u may be sitting right now with third party content in your LMS.  Maybe you scored it via Wiley, but in many possibilities you purchased the content thru your LMS vendor.  It’s much easier than say going directly to the content provider, buying it from them and then having them talk to your LMS vendor to put it in for you (which, honestly you should do, because it will save you money). recall going directly to Rosetta Stone, buying some an entire Latin American course unit from them and having them place it into my LMS for me.  How good is the LMS?

Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

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This show isn’t for the faint of heart or for those who realize they overspent on their LMS, no siree. Best of all, its free.  So, come on in, and find a seat, plenty of room for the show is about to begin. A ct 1 -  A good LMS is one that costs a lot of money. I am passing around my hat, feel free to drop tens and twenties in.  Because I’m ripping you off, just like those systems that tell you it will cost 750 thousand dollars for 1000 users. The reality is that having a name that is recognized by everyone doesn’t mean it is the best system on the market. 

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.

Best of the Best – Extended Enterprise or multi-tenant LMSs

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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.  Or you may see an extended enterprise which focuses on the B2B, B2C or both. There are some systems who target only channel partners. Nice classroom management. Epignosis – Talent LMS $. 

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.  SumTotal. Nothing against HR but it is not the same as a pure training/learning department.

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.

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems).

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems).

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

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

One of the largest training content company (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest and most pioneering learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). While much of this deal was about growth, this acquisition represents the beginning of deeper integration between corporate learning and the LMS or learning technology market. Earlier this year Wiley acquired CrossKnowledge with this same goal: providing a more integrated, embedded, and engaging learning experience for corporate employees. Another is embedded learning.

2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

eLearning 24-7

Initially I was going to provide a list of all my award winners including web conferening, stand alone mobile learning, etc., but after much consideration, decided this week to focus only on the LMS sector. 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. that you could not access via a LMS nor were available on a desktop or SaaS based solution. K-12 Commercial System of the Year.

EL247?s Vendors 2 View Guide @ #ASTD2014

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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). 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? LMS Vendors. Docebo - Top 10 state of the LMS Industry 2014, will be in my Top 10 for the same report.  That said, a solid system.

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Psst. You wanna buy some features?

eLearning 24-7

LMS vendors are continuing to add some very unique features in an effort to set themselves apart from the competition. This is to say that 90% of features most folks seek are nearly universal in a LMS – low cost or otherwise. 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. Built in E-mail that blocks viruses, spam plus you can send out of the LMS. Wizards.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). While much of this deal was about growth, this acquisition represents the beginning of deeper integration between corporate learning and the LMS or learning technology market. Earlier this year Wiley acquired CrossKnowledge with this same goal: providing a more integrated, embedded, and engaging learning experience for corporate employees. Expanded sales force for SumTotal. ").

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 Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. started in learning technology developing and then managing a product called Ingenium (Jim and I first met back then) at a company called Meliora Systems. Jim is a Sr.

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. started in learning technology developing and then managing a product called Ingenium (Jim and I first met back then) at a company called Meliora Systems. Jim is a Sr.

LMSs, TMs and HCMs

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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. 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? They purchased Outstart, a LMS.

What is in store for the LMS Space: My Forecasts for 2016

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Lately there have been quite a few articles relating to where the LMS is heading, what is the future of the LMS market and so forth. Everything points to a big year for the curation aspect of the LMS market.  from other folks in the system. . Thus, it is not just uploading the video and sharing it with other learners, posting it within the system (most likely a social angle), but the ability for any learner to add more content to the initial content uploaded or added by the learner. . Personalized Learning Experience (PLE). Deep learning. . b.

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Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

eLearning 24-7

It’s nearly here.  In a little over two months, my 2016 Top 50 LMS Report will be available for purchase.   Even open source systems.   identify the Big Dogs as SumTotal by Skillsoft (yes, that is the actual name),  Cornerstone OnDemand, Saba, SucessFactors and Oracle Taleo (although, I ask myself who is using this and if you still are why?). But, they do use modules (so you can buy learning for example, and then down the road or at the same time performance and so forth). . SumTotal by Skillsoft – the 2016 re-haul is a huge plus.  Saba Learning.

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].

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

eLearning 24-7

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. Let’s jump right in. Q: Hi. I’m curious to know what you are seeing in other countries regarding e-learning? A:   Well, quite a bit actually. In just the past several months, numerous countries are really embracing not just e-learning but also mobile.  could learn something from VA or even the online university in the U.K. eLogic Learning.

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SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems).

Top 10 LMS Forecasts for 2015

eLearning 24-7

This is going to be an awesome new year for e-learning.” But on the other side, so were (and currently are) many vendors in the entire e-learning industry, and they have the right to do so. That said, everything is showing an increase into the usage of xAPI among LMS vendors, especially those with mobile that goes beyond just viewing via the net through your mobile web browser. #2 On/Off Synch and Responsive. Both of these tie directly to m-learning.  In order to have on/off synch, you really need a self-contained native or HTML5 app. Learning 24/7.

GeoLearning Acquired by SumTotal: The mLearning Impact?

mLearning Trends

The enterprise learning market witnessed another big consolidation event today as SumTotal Systems announced it acquired GeoLearning thus further positioning SumTotal as the largest platform provider for LMS and talent management solutions in the industry. So, what does this move mean to the enterprise mobile learning market? Interesting news indeed.

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

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.

eFront as a SumTotal alternative

eFront

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. SumTotal is an expensive product with recurring annual fees. Flexibility.

Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

Challenge to Learn

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.

Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

Challenge to Learn

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.