How to Write an RFP for LMS Vendors

Web Courseworks

An RFP, or Request for Proposal, allows you to outline what you are looking for in your ideal Learning Management System vendor and creates a standardized form or checklist for all would-be vendors to follow. A typical software system RFP has multiple sections; once you complete one you like, you can use it as a template for other requests and programs. Some buyers will actually use the RFP sections to “score” vendor written responses or demo presentations.

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

Talented Learning

Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil? A Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. Either way, it’s usually foolish to buy an LMS without one. The LMS RFP has developed a bad reputation because it is easily misunderstood. Clients expect me to help them avoid RFP missteps. What is an LMS RFP? Why should we take time to create an RFP?

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Top 10 Association LMS Features – 2020 Edition

Talented Learning

Prior to 2020, many associations relied heavily on in-person tradeshows, seminars and on-site training because they were historically popular offerings for both the association and the member. Many associations are discovering they are now behind their for-profit competitors.

LMS Planning: Is Your Learning Ecosystem Future-Proof?

Talented Learning

At least that’s what it feels like in my world as a learning systems analyst and consultant. In only 12 months, I’ve seen dozens of organizations “hit the wall” with their LMS when the pandemic suddenly forced them to go full-speed-ahead with online learning.

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? You know the answer already if you read last week’s post : an LMS RFP is not the first step of the selection process, it’s the result of the first step. The first step is gathering and prioritizing your requirements for a new LMS. Narrow down the field before sending out an RFP.

Debut: My LMS RFP Template – The only one you will ever need again

eLearning 24-7

Speed up the process – Who has time today to spend days putting together a RFP and on the flip side from the vendor perspective who has weeks to complete them? Worse, some of them clearly are written by someone who has no experience or knowledge in e-learning or the LMS industry. Streamline – Finding a LMS shouldn’t be something that makes you want to punch the walls. What I can guarantee about this LMS RFP template. Not me nor the LMS vendors.

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Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

With more than 700 learning platforms on the market, how do you narrow the field down to the best learning management systems (LMS) for your association’s needs? Or, to ensure you absolutely get the best LMS for your association, hire an LMS consultant to help you with requirements, selection, and implementation. Benefits of Working with an LMS Consultant. Their knowledge of LMS providers goes beyond a company’s reputation.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

Many associations have, at some point, considered the benefits of choosing an open source LMS for delivering their education programs. This is especially true of associations that may be considering implementing an online learning platform for the first time, or those with a limited budget. Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS. This may also impact on the availability of staff resources for other projects, resulting in delays and other costs to the association.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

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. People often ask me, “What exactly should I expect from your LMS selection process and services?” LMS Selection: The Challenge. LMS Selection: The Process.

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

The request for proposal you send to learning management system (LMS) providers is only as good as the process you use to develop your LMS requirements. If you don’t accurately and completely identify and prioritize your real needs during that process, your new LMS will fall short of expectations. Before you even think about creating a request for proposal (RFP), you must spend time on the LMS requirements gathering and analysis process.

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

John Leh runs a firm called Talented Learning and he is quite the talented guy when it comes to speaking about Extended Enterprise LMS. Talented Learning is a news, research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of extended enterprise learning technology solutions. John helps organizations define their business case, identify requirements, short list vendors, write and manage the RFP and negotiate a great deal.

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3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

When clients talk to me about their Learning Management System (LMS) project , above all, they typically ask three priority questions as part of their LMS Feasibility Study : Is what we want available? In this article I will dive into these questions and how your LMS Feasibility Study will answer them. Let us go back to your LMS Needs Assessment , which I covered in a previous article. Many LMS providers will offer a product demo.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. The Docebo LMS has come a long way since we first reviewed it in 2014. Here was my assessment at that time: Docebo is an excellent option for your first or second internal or extended enterprise LMS. Three years ago, this vendor was happy to gobble up even the smallest LMS customers who educated and sold themselves via a free trial. Docebo has built a pure cloud LMS that now supports over 1200 customers. (By

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

Today, let’s move to the next step – LMS implementation. Choosing an LMS isn’t the end. Here’s how… Ask Me Anything: About LMS Implementation. 1) How difficult is LMS implementation, really ? LMS implementation is generally much faster, cheaper and easier than it was a decade ago, thanks largely to the massive shift toward cloud-based applications. A decade ago, the LMS space was defined by a handful of well-known employee learning platforms.

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

John Leh runs a firm called Talented Learning and he is quite the talented guy when it comes to speaking about Extended Enterprise LMS. Talented Learning is a news, research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of extended enterprise learning technology solutions. John helps organizations define their business case, identify requirements, short list vendors, write and manage the RFP and negotiate a great deal.

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

Talented Learning

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. These buying organizations are working with us as LMS selection consultants to define their learning technology requirements, identify the best vendor options and then conduct a formal proposal-based buying process.

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

. 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 Buyer Background. The buyer anticipates increase in channel partner sales, new stream of revenue from sale of content and decrease in time to market for new products to “pay” for the new LMS. LMS Demo Do’s.

LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Somehow I made it through more than 3 years without reviewing Adobe Captivate Prime LMS. Immediately, I was directed to my own dedicated area of the LMS and presented with friendly “getting started” video tutorials to learn about key concepts and features before giving them a try. Although this LMS is designed for small-to-medium sized organizations, it is more powerful than I expected. See the Video LMS Review.

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

Why does everything about the LMS market seem so complex? In this environment, no one can afford to make an LMS buying decision without understanding what’s “inside” a learning platform. But I’d like to help by shining a light on the LMS sandbox — another aspect of LMS purchasing that has changed dramatically with the dawn of the cloud. The LMS Sandbox: Blessing or Curse? 6) Request for Proposal (RFP).

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

I bump into LinkedIn posts from learning professionals who are overwhelmed by LMS challenges. Often, these posts have 287 or more responses from LMS vendors, each claiming they offer the best solution, given the overwhelming evidence provided in the original 2-sentence help request. Many LMS owners are frustrated with the limitations of their current learning infrastructure. New LMS Realities. No wonder learning professionals began to hate their LMS !

Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

If you’re familiar with Talented Learning, you know we’re fiercely independent consultants focused on one goal – to help you choose the best extended enterprise LMS for your needs. EXTENDED ENTERPRISE LMS AUDIENCES. Recently, we helped association leaders answer that question with a special “LMS Buyers Companion” post, filled with free resources for continuing education providers. 3) How does a modern LMS support franchise success?

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

In January, I outlined “ 18 LMS trends to watch in 2018.” Although the list isn’t exhaustive, it is based on my experience with hundreds of LMS solutions I track and dozens of recent purchasing opportunities I’ve managed. Here’s my latest snapshot from the front lines of the learning technology space: LMS Trends Update. UPDATE: Some people say the LMS is dead. I say the LMS is not just alive but thriving.

Continuing Education: Will You Sell More CEUs With an LMS?

Talented Learning

Let’s look first at what’s happening in today’s continuing education market and then let’s talk about factors you should consider when selecting a CEU-friendly LMS. For-profit training companies, associations , academic institutions, corporations and even entrepreneurial subject-matter experts all create, sell and deliver continuing education content. CEUs Meet Employee LMS: Oil Meets Water? Should You Move to a CEU-Focused LMS?

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

Talented Learning

“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. ” With over 650 LMS solutions in the world there is no universal LMS license model nor commonly accepted standard price ranges. Every LMS buyer has an unique, often undocumented set of business, functional, technical, professional service and support requirements.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

How do associations develop profitable learner-centered online education programs? To sample our webinars, try three of this year’s most popular sessions: #3 Franchise Performance and the Modern LMS. 2 Customer Education Meets Customer Success – Understanding Salesforce.com/LMS Integration. What can associations do to develop more profitable learner-centered online education programs? You may be ready for a specialized association learning system.

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10 Ways to Lose at Selling Learning Systems: For LMS Vendors

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. But since the LMS market is on fire, you’ve probably been too busy to notice. This year, in addition to launching “The Talented Learning Show” podcast, writing 20 in-depth articles, hosting 5 webinars and developing several commissioned industry reports, we’ve been up to our eyeballs in an endless series of comprehensive LMS selection assignments. The LMS Sales Process: What Counts? Want more LMS insights?

2015 LMS Rakings for K-12, HE and Report Criteria

eLearning 24-7

LMS Report Criteria. Secondly, areas were identified by which a point total would be assigned based on them achieving all those points in that specific section (varied by each section – using my LMS RFP template – newest version, not yet posted, but will be included in the report for anyone to use). Bonus areas: Do you include any courses in your LMS for free as part of a value add for clients? NEO LMS (K-12, HE). edtech education LMS LMS Rankings

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post! Among the more than 700 vendors participating in today’s LMS marketplace, we continue to see a wave of learning solutions designed to solve “niche” business challenges. These are not the generic kitchen-sink systems that originally defined the LMS space. Now it’s common to see LMS licensing in the range of $5/user/month or $60/user/year.

Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook

WBT Systems

What are the key questions to ask when planning an LMS implementation project to ensure its success? It can take between three to six months to implement a new cloud LMS , and between six to nine months to implement an on-premise LMS for a large corporation or extended enterprise. A new LMS implementation or migration to a new system can be quite disruptive to an organization. Do you need an LMS with responsive mobile design?

The potential pitfalls of a custom LMS solution

LearnUpon

It is nearly 13 years since I started working in the LMS space. That time has been split between working on customized LMS implementations (about 8 years) and cloud-based LMS solutions during my time with LearnUpon. One of the main drivers behind Des (LearnUpon’s CTO and co-founder) and myself starting LearnUpon was our strong belief that a configurable, cloud-based LMS would be a much better proposition for most companies than a customized solution. LMS Vendor QA.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

2 Association Learning Tech Innovation: Reality vs. Hype. Take a closer look from the front lines of the association learning solutions space. #1 These are our readers’ perennial favorites: #3 Will You Sell More Continuing Education With an LMS?

The Customer Education Experts Directory

learnWorlds

Consultant Companies. The list of CE & CS consultants follows alphabetical order from A to Z and there is no preference in regards to the structure of the information presented. LMS implementation. Experienced Learning Program Consultant. Educational Consulting.

Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

Below are tips and action items from three different viewpoints: 1) Tips for Learning Systems Vendors and Consultants. 1) Tips For Learning Systems Vendors and Consultants. Every LMS customer operates at a different point along the learning content journey, from live instructor-led-training to virtual classroom delivery to self-paced online content. Are you a training specialist working for a corporation, association or continuing education provider?

Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

eLearning 24-7

Do I need an authoring tool if I have a LMS? Do I need to buy my own assessment tool or does it come with a LMS or authoring tool or both? If your LMS has one, and your authoring tool has one, whichever you feel more comfortable with – is the one I would use. You don’t have to use the assessment tool in your LMS nor do you have to use the authoring tool, if you have your own authoring tool that has the same compliance standard -whether you purchased it or not.

Podcast 19: Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Azuqua

Talented Learning

They needed to streamline their RFP response process. In this case, by the time I engage with a vendor, I’ve got everything laid out, so we can replicate it in an LMS and take it to the next level. What accounts are they associated with? Watch our on-demand webinar: The Competitive Advantage of an Externally Facing LMS. And when customer education is a top priority, it pays for organizations to choose an LMS designed specifically for that purpose.

Stop Evaluating Training!

Upside Learning

" As a learning solutions vendor, I’ve been asked this question countless times and have also encountered it in many an RFP. Clearly communicate strategic goals and associated linkages throughout the organization. Look at training as a business driver rather than a staff benefit, and L&D as a consultant who truly wants to help you improve your department’s performance. "So how do you evaluate the success of eLearning that you create?"

Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

The purpose of this article is to assist you in understanding what the pieces of the solution are, along with the associated choices that you will have to make. The system that provides this infrastructure is generically called a Learning Management System (LMS) and is a software program or web application that you will either develop or purchase. So, we have these two pieces – the instructional content (or “courseware”) and the LMS.

Comparing Off-the-Shelf vs. Custom eLearning Solutions: Which Is Best?

SweetRush

Most of us associate “off-the-shelf” training with eLearning that’s purchased and loaded into an LMS. Many content providers and professional associations allow you to stream content directly from their proprietary platforms.

How B2B SaaS Companies Create Powerful Profitable Certified Agency Partner Programs with LifterLMS

LifterLMS

Adrian Tobey: We have an RFP process. We have a Certified Partner who does a lot of work in the LMS and healthcare industry, and I get a lot of customers who come to me and says, “Hey listen. For example, I mentioned this guy who does healthcare LMS, right?

Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

You’ll discover best practices and lessons learned, gaining insights into how Adventist: Integrated its LMS platform with both a legacy and future-state HRIS. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:00AM – 11:00AM PT: How to Leverage Your LMS Data to Make Better Business Decisions Research from Bersin by Deloitte shows that while the demand for data analytics among corporate organizations is growing, only 4 per cent worldwide are actually using it.