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Podcast: Selecting Association Software – With Chad Stewart of SmartThoughts

Talented Learning

For example, today’s guest, Chad Stewart of SmartThoughts LLC, specializes in helping non-profit organizations navigate the software selection process for all kinds of operational needs. I invite you to join Chad and me, as we compare notes about key technology trends and their implications for association software buyers. In particular, the center-of-gravity for association software has shifted from all-in-one AMS platforms to diverse ecosystems.

3 Levels of Extended Enterprise LMS eCommerce

Talented Learning

One of the most important differences between an employee LMS and an extended enterprise LMS are the ecommerce capabilities. An extended enterprise LMS is designed from the ground up to sell content to individuals, organizations and even through reseller networks. Examples of strong extended enterprise LMS vendors that focus on ecommerce include Absorb , BenchPrep , Docebo , LearnDot and Thought Industries.

2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

Based on my work as an independent advisor to learning tech buyers and sellers , I’ve outlined 16 key extended enterprise learning trends and related predictions. Certainly, other factors are shaping the extended enterprise landscape – and we’ll dig into those as the year unfolds. But now, let’s start with the issues and opportubities at the top of my watch list… 2020 Extended Enterprise LMS Predictions. Absorb Software Acquires Torch 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. The “Extended Enterprise” Worldview. What exactly do we mean by the term “extended enterprise” ? EXTENDED ENTERPRISE LMS AUDIENCES. WEBINARS – In-depth sessions focused on key extended enterprise LMS issues and related business strategies.

Extended Enterprise Learning Systems: Shifting Into High Gear

Talented Learning

For more than five years, I’ve been talking and writing nonstop about the business value of extended enterprise learning. In fact, today I’m doubling down on my advice about investing in extended enterprise learning solutions. What Makes Extended Enterprise Learning Such a Smart Move? Other Reasons to Embrace Extended Enterprise Learning. Why Is Extended Enterprise Learning Gaining Steam Now? Key Developments in Extended Enterprise Learning.

Is Open Source Ready for Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

Six years ago I pivoted after 14 years on the front lines with two major commercial LMS vendors. Open source software is a great example. But corporations found it difficult to shoehorn open source into their infrastructure – especially for extended enterprise learning. Now, there are multiple reasons to seriously consider open source for corporate extended enterprise needs. 5 Defining Extended Enterprise Attributes. Cloud LMS Vendors.

Software Demo Tips: What Works? Ask an LMS Selection Consultant

Talented Learning

We actually earn our living by providing comprehensive learning software selection services. For nearly 5 years, our consultants have been on a mission to help extended enterprise LMS buyers make better purchasing decisions. Learning Software Selection: A Matchmaker’s View. Of the 700+ solutions that comprise today’s LMS landscape, we continuously track details about 175 vendors, including: Learning platform functionality and roadmap.

Foster Training Success By Extended Enterprise LMS

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To ensure the optimal performance of this pool of extended enterprise , it is essential to provide tailored e-learning training programs to them. Getting the Most Out of Your Extended Enterprise. The extended workforce can prove to be the face of the organization and includes Franchisees and Affiliates, Direct Selling Agents, Vendors, or any other Partner Organizations. The training content is associated with Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

Top Learning Systems Trends – A 2019 Extended Enterprise Market Guide

Talented Learning

Well, a lot is happening in extended enterprise learning and we want to touch on all the high points. As analysts, we strive to make sense of the complexity, not just because it’s fascinating but also because we want to help you make better-informed software decisions. Every day, we interview vendors to understand their product strategy, features and roadmap. 21 Vendor Expansion and Consolidation Continue at a Brisk Pace. H2H Labs acquired Riptide Software.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

LMS companies (and many software companies) were top heavy, poorly run organizations and the strong gobbled up the weak. Innovation was stagnant and most vendor effort was invested in stealing customers from one another. LMS innovation was stifled yet again and innumerable customers became lost in the bureaucracy of behemoth software companies. The LMS industry in 2015 now has hundreds and hundreds of viable vendor solutions. Saba Software. ASSOCIATION LMS.

7 Best Practices in Adopting Cloud Solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises

Hurix Digital

The last few years have seen rapid advances in cloud technology that has motivated both large enterprises and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to adopt this smarter way of computing. . This is important to determine as this software is usually sold on a per-user basis.

Why Your Business Needs an Extended Enterprise LMS

eThink Education

Strategies for an Extended Enterprise LMS. Extended enterprise learning is an excellent way to improve brand interaction between your business and your customers, distribution partners, sales representatives, or franchisees while potentially creating an additional stream of revenue.

LMS Awards Just Got Better: A New Way to Celebrate Learning Systems Excellence

Talented Learning

But before I share details about what’s ahead, let’s take a quick look back: Setting the Stage for Extended Enterprise LMS Recognition. We wanted to be the most trusted independent source for insight and advice about extended enterprise learning systems. (“Extended enterprise” involves solutions for non-employee audiences such as customers, channel partners, association members and individuals seeking continuing education from commercial training companies.).

Should You Use an Employee LMS for Extended Enterprise Learning in 2019?

Talented Learning

Primarily because employee educational goals, interests and motivations don’t apply to extended enterprise learners. The reverse is true also – there are many employee LMS features that are unneeded in extended enterprise applications. Extended enterprise learning initiatives are usually owned by different business groups than the employee LMS and thus are funded and deployed at different times. Say you’re a corporate extended enterprise buyer.

LMS Vendor (what you have) vs. LMS Partner (what you want)

EthosCE

Perhaps you assumed that your LMS vendor knew that you needed less, not more, administrative tasks on your plate and that your LMS platform would have all of the features that you needed from day one. There’s a simple explanation for your predicament: you have an LMS vendor, not a CME management platform. Many CME Directors are unaware that an LMS vendor—an LMS provider focused on add-on product sales—will be anything but a partner in their CME program’s success.

2019 Talented Learning Awards: Continuing Education Systems

Talented Learning

Last week we kicked-off the 2019 Talented Learning Awards by honoring the best learning systems in our first category – corporate extended enterprise systems. Specifically, today we focus on top learning and certification solutions used by trade and professional associations , mission-driven non-profits, commercial training providers, trade schools and subject matter experts. Of course, other kinds of learning software also deserve recognition.

Choosing the Right Enterprise Learning Management System for Your AMS

EthosCE

While you might be hesitant to look for an enterprise learning management system (LMS) in such a crowded market, you are also probably well aware that your association management system would benefit from an efficiency boost (and the curriculum components an enterprise-grade LMS would provide). If you choose wisely, there is no need to worry about the on-boarding process when integrating a new platform with your existing association management software.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

So as you prepare for what’s ahead, join me as I reflect on topics that mattered most to the extended enterprise learning community in 2018. How do associations develop profitable learner-centered online education programs? What can associations do to develop more profitable learner-centered online education programs? These topics attracted the strongest interest this year: #3 Association Learning Systems: Why and How to Invest in a Specialized LMS.

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Enterprise mLearning Predictions for 2012

mLearning Trends

Here on the last day of the year, I offer my predications for the big and shaping trends we’ll see in the enterprise mobile learning space for 2012. Whatever it is, this one is music to my ears after many years of toiling away to make mLearning a reality for the enterprise. Is enterprise mobile learning best delivered via native mobile apps or using mobile web apps?

CornerstoneOnDemand: Momentum Rising

Josh Bersin on Enterprise Learning

CornerstoneOnDemand is one of the most successful cloud vendors in the market for integrated talent and learning management software. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Enterprise Learning HR Technology LMS, LCMS Talent Management CornerstoneOnDemand Oracle SAP successfactors workday

2019 Talented Learning Awards: Corporate Extended Enterprise Systems

Talented Learning

Today is a banner day for extended enterprise education , because today we’re unveiling the new face of learning systems excellence – The 2019 Talented Learning Awards! As outlined last month , we’re simplifying the way we honor the best learning systems by focusing on two key extended enterprise categories: CORPORATE EXTENDED ENTERPRISE: Business-oriented solutions targeting external audiences such as customers, channel partners, suppliers and contractors.

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Market demand has grown, along with the number of vendors, business uses, integration points and related feature sets — and with good reason. The problem with the global employee learning solutions market is that the big, boring talent management LMSs we just mentioned are the standard for managing enterprise-wide learning complexity. If you have a named user license model, but are an extended enterprise, association or commercial training company, you are paying too much.

How Much Does LMS Software Cost? An Overview of Pricing Structures

ProProfs

Cost is a primary consideration for most organizations, which need to adopt any software tool. This is especially true for startups and small enterprises with limited resources. LMS software tools may not be that cheap but then they are worth every penny, considering all the benefits they bring to the table. Whichever option you choose, it is important to get a clear picture beforehand of the different price models in place across vendors.

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Enterprise Mobile Learning 2011 - Year in Review

mLearning Trends

It’s time once again to take stock of what happened in enterprise mobile learning and see if any of my 2011 predictions hit their intended targets. One year ago today, I offered nine predictions running the gamut of hardware, software, industry players and general market movements based on trends we were experiencing in the commercial mobile learning marketplace; here’s my analysis of where these predictions landed twelve months later. a.k.a. How On Target Were My 2011 Predictions?

My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap

mLearning Trends

As 2012 draws to a close, its time to evaluate how in focus my lens on the future of enterprise mobile learning proved to be this past year and how many of my year ago predictions hit their targets. Whatever it is, this one is music to my ears after many years of toiling away to make mLearning a reality for the enterprise. The first part of this prediction was “spot on” – enterprise workers are better equipped on the mobile front at the end of 2012 than they’ve ever been.

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. It starts when you misunderstand a vendor’s pricing strategy.

Starting a Customer Education Program: What You Should Know

Talented Learning

For example, many SaaS ( Software as a Service ) businesses focus on CAC/LTV ratio — ( Customer Acquisition Cost vs. Customer Lifetime Value ). In contrast to selling on-premise software or other types of products in an upfront purchase transaction, SaaS models are usually based on subscription payments that accrue over time. This means vendors spend more on marketing and sales to acquire a customer than they actually receive at the start of a relationship.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. 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. Among Docebo’s third-party connectors, I didn’t see any productized Association Management System (AMS) integrations. Extended Enterprise Ready Yes.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

Finally, I reordered the list to reflect the priorities of today’s extended enterprise market. This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. LMS vendors aren’t just talking about what’s possible – they’re delivering. Organizations are making purchasing decisions based on boldly redefined expectations, and LMS are vendors rising to those expectations.

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

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. They’ve hit a wall with features that don’t accomplish what a vendor promised. Previously, before a multitude of specialized solutions burst onto the landscape, LMS choices were limited to a handful of “one-size-fits-all” vendors. It happens at least once a week.

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LMS Pricing: Avoiding Hidden Costs When Selecting eLearning Software

Melon Learning

If you, however, decide to dig deeper into the vast variety of feature sets, functionalities and supporting services LMS vendors offer, the task of comparing them all in order to choose the one that best suits your unique needs will be an arduous endeavour. ” Skip them and you run the risk of spending days on end trying to compare every little feature each vendor offers, to no avail. A quick list might include: Who will be using the software?

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. Selling LMSs is very tough in 2016 because of the plenitude and parity of vendor options. The first buyer is a cloud software company developing a channel partner certification program.

Meridian Unveils Latest Edition of Leading Learning Management System

Meridian

New features utilize machine learning and extend functionality beyond enterprise employees. Meridian LMS Fall 2019 also includes improvements to certification management that will greatly benefit associations and other organizations whose learners extend beyond the enterprise to partners, clients and resellers. Learning Technology Press Release elearning platform elearning software LMS Company LMS Features LMS technology lms vendor LRS Meridian News xapi compliant lms

4 Corporate LMS Flavors: Which Do You Choose?

Talented Learning

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. Now hundreds and hundreds of LMS vendors compete in the corporate market. These vendors range from global software conglomerates to tiny, regional cloud startups.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Callidus Software acquired Learning Heroes and Learning Seat. 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. Despite competitive pressure to keep price points lower, we expect licensing levels to continue drifting upwards, as vendors attempt to demonstrate value-add that differentiates their offerings.

Covid-19 Aid: Free Tools and Resources for Virtual Learning and Remote Work

Talented Learning

Enterprise Mobile Learning App. The enterprise version of this innovative mobile course, coach and cheat-sheet app is available at no cost through June 2020. The enterprise version is available free for 90 days to any business, academic institution or school that requests a trial during the Covid-19 crisis. This platform vendor is offering educators free access to its Course Learning Center LMS through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

LMS Innovation: Where’s the Value?

Talented Learning

The need for mandatory academic and employee compliance training is real, but organizations everywhere are also looking for better ways to educate their extended enterprise of customers , sales channel partners or member communities. It’s still early, but perhaps one of the most interesting opportunities is coming from the association space, where gamification and digital badges are being used to help bridge the skills gap.