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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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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

Top 13 LMS (and Learning Technology) Blogs

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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!

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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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

Presidential Politics, LMSs – The Cycle

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note this because in the LMS and its subsets field, the same type of repeat, wash and repeat cycle exists.  Cycle A – LMS Polling data. If you have any doubt, go do a google search of percentages and e-learning, let alone LMSs and see what pops up. Some quick data wise from my Top 50 2016 LMS Report.  52% said that their close ratio was four to six months. Cycle B- LMS Transparency. have several gripes when it comes to the LMS and its subset space.  “Everyone hates their LMS” –  Depends on whom you talk to.  Learning 24/7.

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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.

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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Avoid Confusion: Hide the SumTotal LMS Player Controls Using Articulate Storyline 2

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What if your LMS provides navigation options too? recenly worked on a e-learning course developed using the rapid authoring tool, Articulate Storyline and published it to SumTotal LMS. By default, the SumTotal LMS provides navigational elements on top of the screen to every course published to it. Learning Technology Articulate Storyline

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.

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

Learning Solutions Series: Top 10 Learning Management Systems

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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.

#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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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 $. 

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.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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You can still buy the 2016 Top 50 LMS Report (BTW). The same could be said for the LMS (and all its subsets) industry.  I track 1,225 systems around the world.  . Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system.  Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000.   Includes subsets of the LMS space.  Learning Cards for each vendor. 

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.

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. ").

Psst. You wanna buy some features?

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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.

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.