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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. Here according to the documentation listed on the Skillsoft web site, is what they see as the real value of the SumTotal acquisition (text listed is actual wording on their document): Skillsoft and SumTotal provide highly complementary HR solutions. Combination of Skillsoft and SumTotal offers comprehensive, content-rich HR solutions. Getting back to Skillsoft and SumTotal. have no problem with Skillsoft buying SumTotal. They are not. B2B training?

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning

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Today, SumTotal announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. Founded in 1997, GeoLearning has a recognized history of innovation with comprehensive software products to address the needs across both employee development and extended enterprise. GeoLearning has been the ideal partner for organizations seeking to increase sales, accelerate time to market, raise productivity, generate new revenue streams, and reduce expenses. As of January 5, 2011, SumTotal and GeoLearning are now one integrated company with a unified strategy and vision. industry

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. Examples include helping the US-based LMS provider, Pathlore, to be acquired by SumTotal Systems and helping the UK-based learning content producer, Skillchange Systems, to be acquired by Vega (which, itself, was later acquired by an Italian company). In the near future, watch out for the growth of: Adaptive learning platforms. It depends on what products and services you’re offering in the market. 5. THE INTERVIEW: 1. Virtual classrooms.

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.  There is a wide assumption that if a product sells a lot it means that it is better than anyone else.  SumTotal. 2012 Lists. See above.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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mean besides making additional money, I would never want to have their name on the platform. On the home page the product is able to recommend courses based on what courses have been started and completed – per user. While the UI is vastly improved, on the admin side it needs a slight touch – but don’t get wrong the product is doable and nice. Platforms for higher education and K-12. video learning platform hits the rankings. Video learning platform – you might be asking what in the heck is that? Saba: See SumTotal. K-12).

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

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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?). SumTotal by Skillsoft – the 2016 re-haul is a huge plus.  SumTotal by Skillsoft. Oracle Taleo – Seriously, either overhaul this thing or dump it and torch it.   I feel bad for the folks who were, then thought Taleo would improve it, then Oracle.   And BTW, nearly every LMS can interface with Oracle products. Not everyone gets in. Not in.

When It Comes to Technology, All That Glitters Is Not Gold

CLO Magazine

Too often companies decide they need a new learning management system or invest in a new content development platform without first figuring out what business purpose it will serve — and whether learners will even use it. Yet many learning leaders struggle with outdated platforms and static learning approaches, suggesting a need for better technology-enabled learning solutions.

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. It was those statements, which based on the Cornerstone platform, created assumptions that those folks had misinterpreted as being universal, when in reality, they were not. ” 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 term implies to those who pitch it, as that their LMS is something new and out of the box, not like those traditional platforms.

Final Post Analysis of #HRTechConf 2015

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SumTotal by Skillsoft. According to a source, SumTotal is coming out with a new revamped version – including UI in 2016.  My source tells me that this new version is in production as we speak.  I have reached out to SumTotal about seeing this latest version in the next few weeks.  I’ll keep you posted. For folks who use their product, I was told by a salesperson that xAPI is not on their radar, nor is any type of on/off synch mobile app.  . Considering that the rest of their product was live on various computers, I’m a little confused. 

The Social Collaboration Party – Should Learning Gatecrash ?

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Alex Grahovac - Director, Learning Products & Strategy ANZ at SuccessFactors. Alex has worked in senior leadership positions in Jive, SumTotal, Talent2 and Saba. Jeevan has worked for EY, PWC, Boots, SumTotal and Upside. Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12-1 PM Sydney , Register. In February this year Facebook was 10 years old with 1.4 billion Facebook users. Will it work ? Panel.

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

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Growth Engineering LMS – #1 in my Top 50 and their launch of Genie, their authoring tool which comes with the system, but can also be a stand alone. A few of the Top 50 LMS vendors in attendance:  Growth Engineering, ExpertusOne, eLogic Learning, Docebo, Administrate, SumTotal, NetDimensions, Litmos, LearnUpon, iSpring Online, Totara, Shift IQ, IMC-AG, Blackboard, D2L, Biz Library. If your LMS is in the cloud (SaaS), you have a web site, what stops someone from checking out your product and buying it – regardless of where they are in the world? Well hello there! 

Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews

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Instructure Bridge (Yep those HE folks are adding a corporate system to their product line). Oh wait, this isn’t the Black Sox scandal of 1919, it is though the end of a very nice K-12 platform). 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. SumTotal. And when I say mini, I mean mini – like maximum of three paragraphs.  IMC-AG.

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Learning and the Flexible Workforce

CLO Magazine

Instead, jobs are defined by “a patchwork of temporary projects and assignments, with the help of apps and platforms with perky names,” according to “Goodbye Jobs, Hello ‘Gigs’: How One Word Sums Up A New Economic Reality,” an NPR article by Geoff Nunberg. Worse, the learning leaders’ job appears to be getting more difficult, or a bit more unclear. CLOs have a challenge on their hands.

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+. Back for another installment of the rankings. So, why aren’t they higher? Minor tweaks still needed.

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

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Trying to proactively dislodge Cornerstone, SumTotal, Saba, SuccessFactors or Oracle as a business model is a fool’s errand.  The disadvantage is the same as always — lack of content portability if you leave your LMS platform. #6 LMS Gamification Levels Up. How can you make sense of this complex world where more than 700 learning platforms already compete for your business?

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

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Therefore, I am going to provide the following: $-$$$$:  Price point based on 500 users.  In some cases it will be noted if it is based on a higher set of users, since there are platforms that prefer a minimum or focus on larger size businesses including associations, etc. xpertus One   ($$$-$$$$)- Still the best multi-tenant platform in the market. Each update takes the platform up on notch on its competitors.  If you are someone who is considering some of the bigger dogs like Cornerstone or SumTotal, I would seriously look at these guys.  who are children.

Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

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Overall, LMS vendors are updating features more frequently than in any previous time.  A factor clearly is an increase in platforms and capabilities. Numerous vendors posted a full demo of their product on my site.  If you (i.e. Now on to the Rankings (Yeah, cheer, cheer, clap, clap). # 20 SumTotal - Love the new UI, but the system still needs a few tweaks here and there.  Multi-tenant, very configurable platform. In an earlier post, I presented the top ten LMSs of 2013-14, but held back on announcing the top 20.  Not anymore.  Moodle ranks #46. 2. 

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. There is no doubt that they are popular platforms – but as noted above – popularity doesn’t mean best. Nowadays, it isn’t – although I’m sure SumTotal would disagree. There is nothing like interaction.

E-Learning Jargon: What you might think it is.well…

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Gamification as of right now, does not truly include gaming elements -0h sure some might say that to be the case, but in reality, well: If a platform says they have gamification it means that they have at least one of the following items. It comes from YouTube or Vivemo or similar, and then embedded in a course or directly into your learning platform or maybe just right within the sites themselves; in the EDTECH space – YouTube rules. For the masses of the e-learning audience, people do not shoot video at a production facility or have one in house; but some do. Video.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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Their product is more geared towards a human capital management system, especially with the BizX Suite. If this is something you are looking for – i.e. a HCM, then they are the ones to go with – over Cornerstone, Oracle-Taleo, SumTotal and alike. Back in the days, the Plateau platform was ghastly awful.  What can you say, this is a phenomenal product. Alerts.

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

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One vendor already has a record button as part of their LMS, for folks who have a mobile device and wish to record the video in real time right into the LMS.  A few VLPs (Video learning platforms) have had the ability for zooming in/out and quite a few feature sets; now it comes to the general LMS market.  Yes it will be a splash, it’s Workday after all, but their product IMO is targeting some certain folks i.e. Cornerstone, SuccessFactors, SumTotal by Skillsoft and to a lesser degree Saba. vendor)? Forecast #1. Curating Content. files, images, etc.) Forecast #2.

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ATD ICE 2016 – Post Review

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One person was literally eating while I was asking about a product. SumTotal. I ran into the issue myself with a few vendors who seemed as though they were too busy to talk to me (even if a bunch were just standing around), too busy to show me a demo (even when they had it on the screen), assessing/verifying you as a prospect,  talking to you as though you were an imbecile or treating you poorly in their booth – as in nasty. Their retort, “We do not have the ability to make an instance of our product”    At the show, I got the cold shoulder from one person. 

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. Product training becomes real – they interact, engage and see it in real time, rather than a static experience. However, at the minimum you should be offering (regardless of your product line). In 2011, I saw quite a few items that resonated. Boring.

ASTD Webcast On New Mobile Learning Research

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The speakers at the webinar were Kevin Oakes (founder & CEO of i4CP, earlier founder of Click2Learn which was merged with Docent to form SumTotal) and John Polaschek (Sr. Gimbal – John introduced Qualcomm’s new product Gimbal , which they describe as a social awareness platform. ASTD conducted a free webinar on that research report this week.

Learning Technologies UK 2015 Review

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For example, the 122 list included dominKnow (rapid content authoring tool vendor), Assima (which looked like some type of consulting firm), Adobe Connect (web conferencing), BrightCarbon, (custom shop that makes presentations and courses).   So, you get the idea. I did see a few vendors I have never seen before, and there were some debuts there too (which to me is defined by someone who is either brand new to the market or been out 6 months or less and debuting product). The product (Onboard ) itself according to Junction-18, won’t go live until April.  I’m back. 

2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

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There is really only a handful of LMS vendors that specialize in the complexities of continuing education including Abila ,   eLogic Learning , WBT Systems , Digitec Interactive , WebCourseworks , EthosCE , Cornerstone , SumTotal , Saba and YM Learning.   #4 – Vacuum of Professional Service LMS Vendors. The 2016 LMS market is not what you think. This is big news.  Conclusion.

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

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My personal directory contains 610 LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors.   Volatile -  in that people change systems more than say some other e-learning products (ex: authoring tools, web conferencing products). They see themselves as awesome and everyone else as less than that, forgetting that not everyone stays stagnant and that it is human nature to see your product, offering, etc. All it tells me is that you are masters of marketing, it does not necessarily mean you have an awesome product. SumTotal. Hence a mid year report. Q: If I bought the Jan.

‘Best of Elearning! ’ Awards Honor 100 Top Solutions


Research indicated 85 percent of readers had recommended an e-learning solution to a peer over the most recent 12-month period, and 61 percent claimed that award recognition “impacts their decision” to consider a product or service. Editors verified product types and categories before counting. Those with a 10 percent lead over all other products in a category earned category winner status. 2015 winners: Learning Platforms. PRODUCT INFORMATION. PRODUCT INFORMATION. PRODUCT INFORMATION. Winner: SumTotal Learn. PRODUCT INFORMATION.

Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

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From the hijinks of no continental breakfast (who hoo!) to the expo vendors who forgot to bring any type of product example to the show – this event will go down in history!  Best booth – Gamelearn, very modern and hip – but no demos; so Mindmarker wins out – nice hip booth and mobile devices with their product on it to play around on. Products that rocked. Each year this is always a few products that wow me and this year’s show continued the trend.  . Mindmarker – another mobile product with on/off synch, has real potential.

ASTD International Conference Day 1 Wrap-Up

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First day cool product of the show. SumTotal – Get ready for a new UI for the learning module. Speaking of SumTotal, as you may or may not be aware any of their modules can be purchased as a standalone or any combination. One huge thing I am really hating about SumTotal is their pricing model for their mobile app. This on top of whatever number of seats I am paying for in the platform. Gamelearn – Last year’s cool product of the show is back with a new game on negotiation. I’ll be blunt – it’s fun. Leapfactor.

Top 10 LMS Forecasts for 2015

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To get a sense of what is doable, check out Zapier (just to see examples of what various integrations can do).  I’m a big fan of them and I use the product. There are already some vendors doing this – eLogic Learning includes close to 130 courses, when you buy their system, Docebo includes some courses with their platform, SumTotal does too (since being acquired by Skillsoft), and there are others as well. Welcome to the new year, which means a lot of people telling you, “Happy New Year”, so rather, I will say, “Greetings and salutations.

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M-Learning: Where’s the app for that?

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Sure, it is for their specific mobile learning platform (and I’m glad they do it), but they have one.  SumTotal? We are talking 338 LMSs in the worldwide marketplace (commercial systems) and 4 have an app you can download on the iTunes store to use with their product – sorry emTrain yours doesn’t count. They are happy to tell you however, that their product works with over 500 different devices. iPad/iPad2 – 24 apps, of which 3 are companies with some form of a platform – CellCast, vMobiLearn. Productivity? Simple, right?

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Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

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This idea that unless you have heard of them, they are not a good product or rather they are a lesser product just isn’t true.  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. Perhaps I am a purist, but I believe that in order to have a “LMS” or “learning platform” you must be able to do the following (without exception): Add courses via a 3rd party authoring tool. Hello, hello, hello!  Come over and see the show.  Why do you ask?

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

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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. Mobile learning is not just seeing the LMS (or LCMS or platform) via a mobile browser. Standalone mobile platform – it has its own reporting, analytical information, etc. – I would even be willing to accept a platform that can either be standalone or integrated into your LMS. To see the modules, select “products” Ideal for higher education and academia, it packs a whallop.