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LMSs that kick ass - OutStart

Janet Clarey

This week’s featured system is OutStart. By way of background, Jeff told me that OutStart has two flavors: Participate, their general social software solution and TrainingEdge.com, their SaaS solution which includes LMS, collaborative authoring, and social media specifically configured to support learning. OutStart acquired Participate Systems in November, 2005 and since then they’ve enhanced the system extensively and integrated it with their other learning solutions. Most of OutStart’s implementations are within organizations with less than 5,000 learners.

#mLearnCon: The Use of Tablets in the Future of mLearning

Aaron Silvers

John Alonso of Outstart , John Gibbs of Tata Interactive Systems and Steve Lee of Allen Interactions will chat with me on Tuesday, June 21 about how  f irst the iPad and now a plethora of other tablet devices are flooding the market. ” John Alonso, Outstart: “I think the example of tablets as pilot flight bags is great: clear, concise and justifiable. are on his tablet.

LMS Low-Cost Webinars Hosted eCommerce Subscriptions

Tony Karrer

I was talking with a startup that has an existing audience and now want to provide a monthly subscription for access to training to this audience. They will only convert a portion of the audience to the new service. The learners will get access to webinars, recorded webinars, videos, and other online content that they will author separately. They don't really have a tech team, so going with a hosted solution that would live at a subdomain would be best, i.e., subscribers would go to: learn.company.com in order to sign up, pay, and get access to webinars, content, etc. Why Do We Have an LMS?

Kenexa Acquires Outstart: Getting Serious about the Corporate Learning Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week Kenexa , one of the largest and most successful HR and talent acquisition consulting companies, announced the acquisition of Outstart, a pioneering company in the market for e-learning tools, learning management, collaboration, and mobile learning solutions. Kenexa and the Learning Market: Kenexa offers a wide range of talent management products and services, including the company's 2X end-to-end talent management software platform. History of Outstart: Outstart is a pioneering company founded by two ex-Sybase/Powersoft engineers around 1991.

OutStart and HotLava Software - mLearning is Going Mainsteam

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today’s mobile devices are now platforms for e-mail, messaging, surfing the web, multimedia entertainment, gaming, personal organization, wayfinding (GPS), and even shopping. Then yesterday Outstart , learning industry veteran and leader in the LCMS and social learning spaces, announced its merger with HotLava Software – a maker of mobile learning content development and distribution technologies. OutStart will also continue to offer Hot Lava Mobile as a stand-alone solution. This is the second major round of recent m&a activity for Outstart. David.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. These companies set in place an explosion of innovation to build e-learning platforms. Kenexa acquired Outstart (a content management and LMS vendor). Then came talent management. billion.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. These companies set in place an explosion of innovation to build e-learning platforms. Kenexa acquired Outstart (a content management and LMS vendor). Then came talent management. billion.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. These companies set in place an explosion of innovation to build e-learning platforms. Kenexa acquired Outstart (a content management and LMS vendor). Then came talent management. billion.

M-Learning: Where’s the app for that?

eLearning 24-7

Sure, it is for their specific mobile learning platform (and I’m glad they do it), but they have one.  Outstart, who purchased Hot Lava, a mobile learning company, and who advertises in large size on their web site about mobile learning, doesn’t have an app. iPad/iPad2 – 24 apps, of which 3 are companies with some form of a platform – CellCast, vMobiLearn. iPhone – 73 apps, and StudyWiz mobile elocker as the only one I saw that had a platform tied to it. As I write on my iPad, thoughts swirl abound. Simple, right? It isn’t. WebEx.

The Integration of Talent Management Systems Comes to Forefront

Learning on the Leading Edge

In the last 90 days we have seen SAP's acquisition of SuccessFactors , followed by Oracle's acquisition of Taleo , and then the smaller Kenexa acquisition of Outstart and PeopleFluent acquisition of Strategia. Buyers of talent management systems want integrated talent platforms (and data). The talent management systems market has been under quite a bit of stress lately.

The Pitfalls and Promises of Mobile Learning

Breakthrough eLearning

Mobile content must be developed in different ways to work on all of these competing mobile platforms. If you are in any way connected with the fields of training, learning and development, or eLearning, you are probably regularly inundated with messages about the wonders of mobile learning. However, all this fanfare about mobile learning - or mLearning - must be taken with a grain of salt.

SMBs and Social Learning Technologies

Janet Clarey

Jeff Whitney, Outstart (Interview, strategy). Virtual Worlds for Learning: An Analysis of Eight Immersive Learning Platforms. Here are slides from the presentation I did yesterday. The session was hosted by SumTotal Systems. SMBs & Social Media (Sum Total). View more presentations from Janet Clarey. Some notes: Polls: Most attending work in L&D with some HR, IT, and learning services providers. Most attending work in organization with 2000+ ee’s but several were SMBs (under 2K ee’s for this presentation). Nearly everyone dispersed. For knowledge management.

When Sally met Harry – No wait, That’s IBM and Kenexa.

Learning on the Leading Edge

Kenexa’s software solutions range from cloud-based talent acquisition (the one time BrassRing), talent management, learning management (OutStart) to compensation (Salary.com). The move into application sales, if that is what this, could disenfranchise their many partners who develop competing solutions on the IBM platform. Employwise, for example, is an integrated HCM and talent management platform that runs on such a platform — will IBM now compete with companies like it directly? What happens next? Should I worry? The good news is “probably not.”

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

OutStart Evolution LMS OutStart 2 8.40 KnowledgeNet Platform LMS Thomson NETg 2 4.10 Update, Nov. You can get the abstract for the report and sign-up for a webinar on Sept. 26th on that same page. I was one of several authors who collaborated on the survey questions and wrote different sections of the report. Some notes on these numbers. That seems like a disconnect. 27 I 6.29

My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap

mLearning Trends

Finally, I really like what’s happened on the ePUB front though there’s still a lack of nice tools for creating cross-platform/device compatible eBook-style deliverables. I’d love to see some nice innovation in this area in 2013 knowing this new world content/media packaging movement represents a truly fresh and interactive way to rethink a plethora of mobile content use cases. Bullseye.

Hanukkah e-Learning Wish List

eLearning Cyclops

OutStart Trainer - I am currently using another DHTML editor in which I am not enthralled at all. Learning development tool that produces courses compatible with ALL mobile platforms. My kids are making their wish list for Hanukkah, which inspired me to make my own. I do not necessarily expect to receive any of these things, but if Hanukkah Harry reads this blog, which he may, their is a chance he will grant at least a few. Adobe CS4 eLearning Suite - I am still working with CS3. Some organizations block social media sites from their staff. wish this to end.

Low Cost LMS - Help Needed

Tony Karrer

Absorb LMS (Blatant Media e-Learning) Acadia HCS (Acadia HCS) Allen Communication Learning Portal Avilar WebMentor Course-Source (Course-Source Limited) CourseMill LMS (Trivantis) DOTS (WebRaven) ED Training Platform (Strategia) Generation 21 Enterprise InforSource (InfoSource) Inquisiq EX (ICS Learning Group Inc.) I received an inquiry about the need for a low cost LMS solution and I've not had time to help this person with answers. I'm hoping folks can chime in with suggestions and resources. I'll try to aggregate them together. Also, are the price quotes mentioned above reasonable?

Apple missing the small picture

Clark Quinn

What was needed was a cross-platform capability. Apple allows cross-platform media players, whether hyperdocs (c.f. Outstart, Hot Lava, and Hybrid Learning) and media (e.g. What they’re not is cross-platform for interactivity. What I care about is that, by not supporting cross-platform programs that output code for different operating systems (OS), Apple is hurting a significant portion of the market. Yes, the cross-platform developer might not carry the latest and greatest features of the OS forward, but they’re meeting real needs. 

When Sally met Harry – No wait, That’s IBM and Kenexa.

Learning on the Leading Edge

Kenexa’s software solutions range from cloud-based talent acquisition (the one time BrassRing), talent management, learning management (OutStart) to compensation (Salary.com). The move into application sales, if that is what this, could disenfranchise their many partners who develop competing solutions on the IBM platform. Employwise, for example, is an integrated HCM and talent management platform that runs on such a platform — will IBM now compete with companies like it directly? ( Read Josh Bersin's post on the Kenexa-IBM Deal Here.).

Sales Team Portal for Content and Expert Access

Tony Karrer

Clearly, they wanted/needed the knowledge-exchange platform to be easy to use. They looked at several different portal options and chose OutStart Participate. Part of the decision was also based on that they had good experience with Outstart products previously and they knew that it would be easier to get approval from IT and information security – which it was. learning.

A Confluence of Benefits

Learning on the Leading Edge

Why these three, and not Saba for Saba Social or OutStart for Participate ? Well, while all of those platforms have their proponents; and while it can certainly be argued that SharePoint and LotusConnections are well on their way to dominating enterprise social software, social learning is still in an experimental stage in most organizations. As followers of this blog and of our reserach well know, social learning is changing the learning industry in ways both explicit and implicit. What might raise some eyebrows, however, is the list of this year's honorees. Sorry. Thanks.

A Confluence of Benefits

Learning on the Leading Edge

Why these three, and not Saba for Saba Social or OutStart for Participate ? Well, while all of those platforms have their proponents; and while it can certainly be argued that SharePoint and LotusConnections are well on their way to dominating enterprise social software, social learning is still in an experimental stage in most organizations. As followers of this blog and of our reserach well know, social learning is changing the learning industry in ways both explicit and implicit. What might raise some eyebrows, however, is the list of this year's honorees. Sorry. Thanks.

A Confluence of Benefits

Learning on the Leading Edge

Why these three, and not Saba for Saba Social or OutStart for Participate ? Well, while all of those platforms have their proponents; and while it can certainly be argued that SharePoint and LotusConnections are well on their way to dominating enterprise social software, social learning is still in an experimental stage in most organizations. As followers of this blog and of our reserach well know, social learning is changing the learning industry in ways both explicit and implicit. What might raise some eyebrows, however, is the list of this year's honorees. Sorry. Thanks.

mLearning Content Types - Level 5: Courseware

mLearning Trends

As with elearning, HTML provides a platform to create content from the simplest of page-turners to a highly interactive learning experience. Hot Lava Mobile ® from OutStart or ToolBook from SumTotal), great care must be taken to optimize all content to reduce file size, thus reducing the time and expense needed to deploy these modules. access, encryption, security) services

The LCMS at a Crossroads

Learning on the Leading Edge

Our research has shown that content management needs vary widely from company to company, and some organizations are well served by some combination of social and collaboration platforms, portals, and the lightweight content management functionalities now common to rapid development tools. OutStart - an LCMS pioneer and industry leader grew its customer base 20% last year, and has been profitable the last three. GeoLearning, Learn.com, Saba, and SumTotal all have broad and widespread adoption of their LCMSs, even though it is embedded into their platforms. link].

The LCMS at a Crossroads

Learning on the Leading Edge

Our research has shown that content management needs vary widely from company to company, and some organizations are well served by some combination of social and collaboration platforms, portals, and the lightweight content management functionalities now common to rapid development tools. OutStart - an LCMS pioneer and industry leader grew its customer base 20% last year, and has been profitable the last three. GeoLearning, Learn.com, Saba, and SumTotal all have broad and widespread adoption of their LCMSs, even though it is embedded into their platforms. link].

The LCMS at a Crossroads

Learning on the Leading Edge

Our research has shown that content management needs vary widely from company to company, and some organizations are well served by some combination of social and collaboration platforms, portals, and the lightweight content management functionalities now common to rapid development tools. OutStart - an LCMS pioneer and industry leader grew its customer base 20% last year, and has been profitable the last three. GeoLearning, Learn.com, Saba, and SumTotal all have broad and widespread adoption of their LCMSs, even though it is embedded into their platforms.

The LCMS at a Crossroads

Learning on the Leading Edge

Our research has shown that content management needs vary widely from company to company, and some organizations are well served by some combination of social and collaboration platforms, portals, and the lightweight content management functionalities now common to rapid development tools. OutStart - an LCMS pioneer and industry leader grew its customer base 20% last year, and has been profitable the last three. GeoLearning, Learn.com, Saba, and SumTotal all have broad and widespread adoption of their LCMSs, even though it is embedded into their platforms.

The Problem of Content - Part 2 - I Want it Now!

Learning on the Leading Edge

Finally, and perhaps of most interest to L&D departments, there are a growing number of providers of purpose-built platforms for leveraging the natural social learning behaviors of employees as a corporate learning strategy. Look for a research report from us later this month on how to select such a platform. The Problem: Expectations of Speed and Accessibility. Social Learning.

The Problem of Content - Part 2 - I Want it Now!

Learning on the Leading Edge

Finally, and perhaps of most interest to L&D departments, there are a growing number of providers of purpose-built platforms for leveraging the natural social learning behaviors of employees as a corporate learning strategy. Look for a research report from us later this month on how to select such a platform. The Challenge: Expectations of Speed and Accessibility. Social Learning.

The Problem of Content - Part 2 - I Want it Now!

Learning on the Leading Edge

Finally, and perhaps of most interest to L&D departments, there are a growing number of providers of purpose-built platforms for leveraging the natural social learning behaviors of employees as a corporate learning strategy. Look for a research report from us later this month on how to select such a platform. The Challenge: Expectations of Speed and Accessibility. Social Learning.

My "Top Ten List" for Mobile Learning News in 2009

mLearning Trends

This certainly helped establish a strong market value for platform-based mobile learning solutions and generated market interest/demand for all mlearning vendors. In addition, longtime mobile learning tool provider Hot Lava Software was purchased by LCMS platform provider Outstart and interest in their combined offerings was well received. IMO, the price and focus paid by an established LMS platform vendor are significant. 3. Real customers prove there's finally a market for mlearning platforms and tools, custom content development and related value added services.