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Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List

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When you need solid advice about learning strategy and technology, which blogs come to mind? Are any LMS vendors on that list? Or do you dismiss them because you assume they’re too self-serving? If you’ve been ignoring LMS vendor blogs, it’s time to take a closer look.

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

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Hands down, our learning technology “predictions” list is our favorite post to develop each year. These aren’t Nostradamus-style prophecies.

The Rise of LMS Specialists: A Tour of Learning Tech Innovation

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Welcome to the Era of LMS Specialists. Not long ago, everyone who developed learning management systems wanted to be all things to all buyers of every size, location, industry, and training challenge. Not anymore. These days, the aim is to provide the best solution in a well-defined niche.

LMS Integration:  The Learning Ecosystem

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In 2016, it makes more sense to think of a LMS as part of a digital business ecosystem, rather than a standalone island destination. LMSs are integrated into many different types of applications to share data and drive business workflow. There are a variety of approaches to LMS integration.

Building a Business Case for Customer Training

Looking to expand your customer training program? Your executive team will likely have some concerns. Download this guide to learn how to prove the value of training and tackle objections head-on.

How Associations Bridge the Skills Gap With Digital Badges

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Co-authored by Linda Bowers, CTO, WBT Systems. Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. Success depends on the ability to create value for their brand.

LMS Gamification: Are We Having Fun Yet?

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What is LMS gamification ? It’s not about playing games in a learning management system. But it is about leveraging game-oriented mechanics to drive interest and involvement in online training content.

LMS Technology Trends: Why Focus Is The Next Big Thing

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I have now formally reviewed 125 of the potential 700 learning management solutions available in the world. As I get deeper and deeper into the industry, I’m more convinced than ever that “focus” is the key LMS technology trend of today’s winning vendors.

2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

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The 2016 LMS market is not what you think. We have spent the last two years interviewing hundreds of global learning technology professionals on both the vendor and practitioner sides of the fence.

Take Charge of your eLearning environment

Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.

Want to Sell More Content? Put More Lines in the Water

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“How can we sell more content?” ” That’s the number one question on the minds of everyone who develops and sells learning-related content.

4 Corporate LMS Flavors: Which Do You Choose?

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If you’ve been following the news and analysis from Talented Learning, you know that the thriving 2016 LMS market is comprised of almost 700 vendors, whose solutions can be grouped unequally and imperfectly into corporate, academic, association and continuing education type LMSs.

LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

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Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil? A Nice-to-Have? Or Something More? A Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. Some people hate them. Others love them. Either way, it’s usually foolish to buy an LMS without one.

Top Social Learning LMS Features

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In 2016, most people are accustomed to social media and the conventions associated with profiles, friends, posts, liking and sharing. But how are these new social business behaviors influencing social learning features of today’s learning management systems (LMS)?

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Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

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. In the last two weeks as an LMS selection consultant, I have been on the receiving end of 24 hours of live LMS demos from eight different vendors. The vendors were competing for two unique, extended enterprise LMS opportunities.

LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?

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“How much does an LMS cost?” ” As an LMS research analyst and vendor selection consultant, I get a version of that question often from both LMS buyers and sellers. The true yet unsatisfying answer is that “it depends.”

LMS Implementation Pricing — Take 2

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Bloggers know instantly when we’ve hit a good topic that deserves further exploration. It’s easy to see in the volume and variety of feedback from readers. Recently, I wrote a post entitled “ Shrinking LMS Implementation Fees Drive Market Expansion.”

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

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Learning management systems didn’t die. They evolved, and today we recognize them. 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.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

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At Talented Learning, we help all kinds of organizations big and small find the right LMS for their needs. With 13 years in LMS sales and now nearly 3 years as LMS selection consultants, we’ve been directly involved in $65,000,000 worth of LMS selling and buying.

Why So Many LMS Vendors?

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Nearly 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s LMS marketplace. These LMS vendors range from global software companies to tiny cloud vendors. Why are there so many? How do they all survive? Who is doing all this buying?

Association LMS Buying Companion

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For most of us, August means vacation. It’s the ideal time to get away and recharge before fall kicks in. But for association professionals, August brings another kind of opportunity.

LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

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With almost 700 LMS vendors in the world, competition for every sales opportunity is fierce. I know because I spent 13 years selling learning management solutions. For the last 2.5 years, I have leveraged that software sales experience as an independent LMS selection consultant.

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[New eBook] The 3 Stages of Customer Training Development

Want to expand your training efforts? You’ll often see success by starting small and growing your program in a sustainable way. Download the eBook to learn more.

Shrinking LMS Implementation Fees Drive Market Expansion

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As little as five years ago, it was common for an average LMS implementation to exceed $100,000. An LMS needed to be installed and then configured in either the vendor’s data center or at a client location.

Online Courses Are Golden: Can an LMS Help Your Business Cash In?

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Do you sell learning content online ? If you don’t, chances are you will soon. And if you already offer online courses, you’re probably looking for ways to expand this line of business. Why Are Online Courses So Attractive? What’s driving new interest in digital learning?

Public LMS Pricing: Proof You Can Overpay

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It is too easy to overpay for an LMS in 2016. In recent posts, I’ve described how cloud LMSs are disrupting and expanding the market with their customer friendly license models and shrinking implementation fees. They are at it again with a novel trend — public LMS pricing.

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Channel Learning and Business Success: Can Your LMS Connect the Dots?

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One of the best things about being a learning technology analyst is that I get to meet so many smart, passionate people who are pushing the boundaries of the LMS and business success as we know it.

The complete eLearning journey

As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?

Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

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Making Sense of LMS License Models. Throughout the last month, I’ve reviewed 12 RFP responses for 3 different LMS business scenarios: association learning, commercial training and corporate channel/customer education.

Mobile LMS: The Facts

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At Talented Learning, an independent learning tech market research and consulting firm, we recently compiled an obnoxious 85 question survey detailing over 450 points of LMS business, market and functional data.

Talented Learning: Greatest Hits of 2015

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As 2015 draws to a close, it makes sense to look back and reflect on highlights from the past year. It’s especially appropriate for our team at Talented Learning, because the New Year also marks our second anniversary and a chance to reflect on how far we have come and how far we have to go.

Introducing the LMS Almanac: Corporate Edition 2016

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After more than two years of intense research, 111 LMS reviews, 90 learning technology blog posts, dozens of LMS selections and 25 original webinars, we are proud and finally ready to introduce our first paid publication – The Talented Learning LMS Almanac: Corporate Edition 2016.

4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]

Wanted: A better way to develop front-line managers! It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to gain key insights into why so many programs fall short and learn 4 key principles for designing an effective solution.

Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

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It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016. In fact, it is impossible to choose just one. That’s because the learning management systems market has never been stronger or more diverse.