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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. The LMS RFP has developed a bad reputation because it is easily misunderstood. Shopping without an RFP may seem faster, easier and less complex, but your selection process will be subjective and loaded with assumptions that increase risk. Clients expect me to help them avoid RFP missteps.

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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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Tips for Developing an LMS RFP

Association eLearning

So, you’re ready to take the initial plunge into eLearning, and you’re thinking of issuing a request for proposal (RFP). Distributing an RFP is a wonderful way to “set the stage” for your ideal learning management system (LMS). An RFP is especially beneficial if you have a lot of requirements, because it gives you a simple way to evaluate and compare numerous LMS systems. When the going gets tough, it may be tempting to copy another organization’s RFP requirements.

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How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

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. Only after a thorough requirements analysis process will you have the information you need to create a really good LMS RFP. Narrow down the field before sending out an RFP. Never send an RFP to 12 vendors or even 8 vendors.

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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. Over the last decade many associations slowly started to transform their offering to include some of their education, but rarely all their education, certifications and test prep online via an LMS. Many associations are discovering they are now behind their for-profit competitors.

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?

Hiring a Technology Consultant

Web Courseworks

CIOs, CTOs, and other technology executives are often saddled with problems that their staff hasn’t demonstrated an ability to solve, either due to a lack of knowledge, resources, or drive. These problems usually have a direct and measurable effect on the business value being delivered by the technology group, and certainly can cause angst amongst the rest of the business leadership. Hiring a technology consultant may be the solution.

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

Before you even think about creating a request for proposal (RFP), you must spend time on the LMS requirements gathering and analysis process. This process—the discussions and decisions—is the most important part of any technology selection. If you don’t get it right, you won’t create a useful RFP or select the best LMS for your association. Many organizations hire an association LMS consultant to help them with the LMS requirements and selection process.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

Regular readers know that this blog isn’t the only way we share advice with learning technology buyers and sellers. This year we launched our new podcast series, “ The Talented Learning Show “ to showcase one-on-one conversations with experts from across the learning technology community. How do associations develop profitable learner-centered online education programs? 2 The Business Benefits of xAPI – with Mike Rustici of Watershed.

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How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

Associations , universities and commercial training companies are offering courses that help professionals of all types advance their work-related knowledge and skills. Recently, I completed an LMS selection project for a national association with this objective. The association is dedicated to enabling and encouraging community service at the state and local level. During the last decade, the association has accumulated a wealth of learning-related content in its LMS.

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

The second buyer is a non-profit healthcare association providing continuing education to members and non-members. Increase of revenue from the sale of accredited content to healthcare organizations and individuals and global expansion of the association are the key drivers of the new LMS purchase. Don’t depend on client technology.

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

Talented Learning

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. Determine viable models for their business and usage intent.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

” That’s a lot of moving pieces, but it’s also a fair indicator of today’s complex and fluid learning technology landscape. Here’s my latest snapshot from the front lines of the learning technology space: LMS Trends Update. This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. Actually, this move toward specialization isn’t new – nor is it about learning technology, alone.

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. LMS consultants have helped dozens, if not hundreds, of associations choose the best LMS for their needs. Consultants are business analysts.

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

Talented Learning is a news, research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of extended enterprise learning technology solutions. His weekly blog and webinar publishes best practices, vendor reviews, education and case studies that are useful to professionals involved in channel, customer, association, academic and public sector learning. John then explains his business model and what he plans on doing to continue to enhance the term extended LMS.

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The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

Talented Learning is a news, research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of extended enterprise learning technology solutions. His weekly blog and webinar publishes best practices, vendor reviews, education and case studies that are useful to professionals involved in channel, customer, association, academic and public sector learning. John then explains his business model and what he plans on doing to continue to enhance the term extended LMS.

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

Talented Learning

Continuing education is a big business. Thanks to a surge in learning technology innovation and greater demand for a workforce with proven professional skills , the business of selling continuing education units ( CEUs ) is growing bigger each day. What is Technology’s Role in Continuing Education? Some CEU providers use commercial LMSs to manage their business, with varying levels of success. 6) Business-Critical Priority.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

As fiercely independent learning technology analysts, we think a trend isn’t just a fleeting idea that comes and goes like fashion, or a social media hashtag. A trend should matter to any buyer, seller or user of learning technology who wants to make ongoing, intelligent and informed choices. It is real – backed by evidence from business scenarios. It directly affects learning technology buyers and sellers. 6 Associations Prioritize Professional Development.

4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

Apart from a two-year stint selling tropical fish at a local pet shop when I was 16, my entire career has been in learning technology. As an analyst a decade later, I wrote industry reports about learning management systems, authoring tools, and other technologies. In my current role with Absorb, I help organizations reduce the effort associated with managing learning by demystifying LMS technology. Make sure your team is buying an LMS for the year you’re in.

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

Talented Learning

But since the LMS market is on fire, you’ve probably been too busy to notice. I hope you’ve been too busy winning. In fact, we just completed two concurrent full-scale LMS selection projects — one for a corporate extended enterprise client and another for an international professional association. Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. How deeply do they understand my client’s business needs?

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. Kirkpatrick’s evaluation model has long been the holy grail of training effectiveness measurement to businesses. Arriving at meaningful measures of behavioral change and demonstrating tangible results needs elimination of other influences on individual & business performance.

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

But keep in mind that it’s easy to outgrow these systems as your business requirements become more sophisticated. That’s why highly configurable systems are more appealing when organizations are trading up to a second or third LMS, or are operating in a dynamic business environment. Today, even small businesses rely on expansive digital ecosystems. Regardless, a learning system must fit into your unique technology infrastructure.

LMS- Is It Still About Classroom Training Management?

Upside Learning

The good news first: the market is upbeat about LMS technology; in the recent past I have seen an increasing number of enquiries on LMS – which is good. There was a low-key section on eLearning mentioning SCORM compliance in the RFP and that was about it! Either way, its good business for LMSs that support the management of classroom training just like our LMS does. As I said earlier – it’s good for business as long as your LMS supports that well.

Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Recently, we helped association leaders answer that question with a special “LMS Buyers Companion” post, filled with free resources for continuing education providers. Inside the “Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion” This free collection of LMS selection resources includes: PODCASTS – “Hot topic” interviews with business-minded learning practitioners and innovators on The Talented Learning Show. Business data is vital.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

But I’m more interested in top takeaways from business-minded learning professionals. Two years ago, we launched our podcast series, “ The Talented Learning Show “ for convenient access to one-on-one conversations with leading learning technology innovators and practitioners. Taylor publishes an analysis of his Global L&D Sentiment Survey – a must-read for anyone who cares about the direction of corporate learning technology adoption.

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Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

Throw out your learning technology playbook. Are you in the learning technology or content business ? How can learning technology help them resolve immediate issues? As of today, they’re also in the extended enterprise learning business. Once you’ve reassessed your business strengths and identified how you can best support customers in this brave new virtual learning world, you need to get the word out. When to issue an RFP (or not).

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

The self-service capability is still in place, but the business model and pricing are now geared towards disrupting the highly competitive mid/large global market. sales team to handle more sophisticated learning technology buying opportunities and RFPs, and has expanded implementation and support services staff to provide a higher level of help, guidance, expertise and ongoing support. When I talk with learning technology vendors, I always ask who they see as a competitor.

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

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. Real-world case studies from insurance, financial services and technology firms that have robust channel businesses. You’ll learn: Why progressive learning leaders are including marketing in their technology implementations. Explore business simulations for T&D.

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

To find the best learning technology fit , we must sort through various learning platform types, license models , functionality, integration capacity , implementation services (or lack of) and overall costs. ” Meanwhile, from a seller’s perspective, an LMS sandbox is either encouraged, discouraged or endured — depending on a seller’s business model, technology approach and appetite for service. 6) Request for Proposal (RFP).

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

What if your organization had a unique business use case? What’s more, most of these solutions are designed and developed for specific business uses and learner audiences. Rather than taking their chances on a solution designed to improve engagement and business results, they remain tied financially and contractually to their historical learning infrastructure. There are 700+ learning technology vendors today, many of whom offer specialized solutions.

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LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

Not surprisingly, Adobe Captivate Prime works best with Adobe Connect (virtual classroom) and Adobe Captivate (authoring tool) but, it relies on technology standards to generally support others virtual classroom and authoring tools. Adobe Captivate Prime is a clean, modern, easy-to-use LMS that makes a lot of sense for small businesses on their first or second learning platform. Small-to-medium businesses with basic employee compliance and skills training.

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

Talented Learning

Today, we discuss these questions and more with Dave Derington , Director of User Enablement at Azuqua , a cloud integration-as-a-platform (iPaaS) provider that makes it easy for anyone to set-up automated digital workflows across business applications. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Every business can benefit from educated customers. Why should you build your own integrations when we have connectors for all the major business apps, and we’re connected to 250 others?

Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

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. How the analysis of your learning data can resolve your training challenges and empower you to make better business decisions. So what are the right questions to ask in a video platform RFP?

Forecasts for 2020

eLearning 24-7

If you target the association market, there is no reason to have PM feature sets. I know of vendors who tell me they are not in the content business. If a vendor tells you they are not in the content business, I can only assume they must be in the web server business, because without content, that is all you have – a web server. Better ones include Hub360 by Unboxed Technology and Brainshark. Curtailing the accept every RFP that comes to them.

The potential pitfalls of a custom LMS solution

LearnUpon

I’ve seen these scenarios and sometimes when I read through a set of requirements or an RFP I am the first to say “This company needs a custom build, no LMS will do all of this off the shelf”. Assuming there is a real business need for implementing an LMS in the first place and at some level the L&D department expect to show a Return on the investment, then the sooner you can start delivering online courses to your learners the better.