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.

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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.

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How Can Associations Improve Member Education? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

In this environment, you’d think associations would be bursting at the seams with participants in member education programs. Not surprisingly, a 2018 survey of more than 1000 association members confirmed that career development is now the primary reason why most people join associations. However, only 53% relied on their association for those educational experiences. How can associations reverse this trend? What does this mean for associations?

How to Choose an LMS That’s Right for Your Association

Abila

However, implementing a learning program with a corresponding learning management system (LMS) is easier said than done. Associations may struggle to find the technology that’s right for them, in part because they’re unsure about what they need in an LMS. This will help you avoid focusing your energy on what an LMS could do, instead of what it has to do. . Develop and issue a request for proposal (RFP). Review and score responses to the RFP.

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.

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.

New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

Back at the office, this process is paralleled as the new year kick-starts strategic planning sessions to set goals for association management, covering everything from membership growth and retention to updating education and certification programs. Whether your association is planning to launch new education or certification programs, or revitalize and restructure existing programs, our suggestion for your new year resolution is to invest in association learning technology.

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. Since LMS can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and can range in cost from free to millions of dollars, let me quickly frame out the size and scope of each sales opportunity for context.

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 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.

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. 9) Good Sales Help Wanted!

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 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 !

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?

Wait. What? I can buy an LMS with a credit card?

Janet Clarey

Original at Bersin & Associates. We know from our LMS 2011 research that the LMS market is experiencing more fragmentation, specialization, and globalization. My briefing was on its Rollbook LMS with a sneak peak at something call GroupDock. Here are some of my rough notes from the Rollbook LMS briefing: Add users (or have them self register). Our LMS report includes cost considerations. Now I can buy an LMS that way. This is a cross post.

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). Or maybe it is your own sales rep, because they have nothing better to do. 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. 1 Good Sales Help Wanted!

Learning System Award Winners 2019

eLearning 24-7

The third market are learning platforms – these are folks who have many of the standards, include training/learning components, but are not an LMS (and often are more streamlined). Sales Enablement Platforms which have a training and/or learning component – now slide into this category. In no particular order, but for folks wondering what type of learning system they are, the first group are in the LMS market. Simply, the best K-6 LMS on the market.

How to Pick the WRONG Learning System

eLearning 24-7

This post covers what you SHOULD NOT DO when buying any type of learning system, regardless if it is an LXP, LMS, Learning Platform, SEP, DLP or even any type of talent or performance management system (for the folks who are not looking at learning, but are looking at PM or TM). That said when it involves your employees (and retaining them) and your customers (and increasing sales), you may wish to think of another way to solve the problem, rather than just acquiescing.

2019 Turkey Awards

eLearning 24-7

Perhaps toss in workforce management, that for sure, will get an professional association running – away. . It only happens in the learning system space, and specifically in the LMS market in the corporate space no less. They are definitely not an LMS. Welcome.

Forecasts for 2020

eLearning 24-7

It should be noted that for many of these HCMs, learning is the driver and the one that sales the most, compared to all the other modules if someone was to buy just one module. I mention this because there are vendors who continue to push towards adding performance management functionality to their learning system, with many people assuming these vendors to be, LMS vendors when it just isn’t universally true. Sales Enablement Platforms – Watch this space!!!

Halloween Edition – Tricks and Treats

eLearning 24-7

Audience Type – Employees, B2B (Customer training/education, association, etc.), From my monthly Podcast, to Latest Insights – covering the latest information across the web on topics of relevance to e-learning, to Reviews (including LMS, LXP) and Explore where you can view a variety of articles on various topics that I have written about. What is an LMS? LMS by Committee. LMS vendor calls. To RFP or not RFP. LMS Forecasts for 2019.

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

Talented Learning

They needed to streamline their RFP response process. After using Azuqua to connect multiple apps, including Dropbox , Salesforce and Smartsheet , they sped up their sales process and are saving 40 hours a week of manual processing. 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? Need Proven LMS Selection Guidance?

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

A predecessor to SCORM, AICC was difficult to work with and many steps were required to get content in the format running in a learning management system (LMS). Similar to a username and password pair, the key allows developers to access the API and interact with data in an LMS. It also describes the association of new information with pre-existing knowledge. Often paired with an LMS, this software is used to develop content for online learning and training programs.

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

eLearning 24-7

In this riveting issue we will be covering the international e-learning scene, my State of the Industry LMS Report – specifically the Top 50, LMS ROI, e-learning costs and web conferencing. Before we can purchase a LMS, my boss wants to know what is the ROI? Quite true, but if training itself doesn’t have a quantitative number you can point to to validate its usage, then e-learning and as to this question, a LMS follows suit. Sales drive business.

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Digital Learning Platforms In, LXP out

eLearning 24-7

If after a few years, nobody can recall your name, or remember your name or even associate your name with the type of product you are, then you need to change your name. There are quite a number of learning system vendors who say on their web site or in their marketing literature, “learning experiences”, when they are not an LXP, rather they are a learning platform or an LMS. Learning Platform not to be confused with an LMS, because they argue they are different.

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

LifterLMS

So we did the highest volume in terms of implementation, as well as sales in the region. One of them is the implementation partner, one of them is the sales partner, and some agencies choose to do both. Chris Badgett: How do you differentiate a sales partner from an affiliate partner?

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 8:30AM – 9:30AM PT: Experience a Superior LMS with Adobe Captivate Prime! Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 9AM – 10AM PT: 7 for 7: Increase Channel Sales 7x with Modern Learning Channel managers are optimistic about 2017. Channel Insight polls indicate that 55 percent of channel managers expect double-digit growth through their partners, and 62 percent expect their channel sales to grow faster than their direct business. How to use sales certifications.

EdCast vs Degreed vs Fuse – The Analysis

eLearning 24-7

Video Assessment – A video assessment is based on speech patterns/words used when practicing a scenario, sales training techniques, customer service techniques to the coach/mentor/manager. Where do you start?

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.

Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016. LMS specialists of every size, shape and focus continue to enter the space with impressive new capabilities. In years past, the same dozen or so vendors competed for all the LMS market share. Now, more than 700 solutions claim at least some piece of the LMS pie — and for most of them, employee training is not a mainstay. Finding the Best LMS in a Complex World. BEST ALL-PURPOSE EXTENDED ENTERPRISE LMS.

RF, Please…Why an RFP Isn’t the Best Method For Choosing an LMS Vendor

Association eLearning

Analyst John Leh says there are 700 LMS vendors in the industry. That means there are a lot of options, with a lot of features, a lot of variations, and a lot of sales teams fighting for your sale. They wouldn’t twist yes or no questions on an RFP to try to find a way to interpret that question so they can say yes, right? Except that their service, once you have their shiny new LMS, stinks. Shopping for an LMS, why not check out Knowledge Direct ?

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