10 Effective LMS RFP Guidelines

Upside Learning

We received a Request For Proposal (RFP) from a leading Banking and Financial organization last week to deploy an enterprise wide Learning Management System. Would this LMS RFP process help the organization achieve its objective of finding a suitable solution? I firmly believe that the answer is “NO” While creating a LMS RFP, one needs to provide a precise and accurate description of organization needs. Here are 10 guidelines to draft an effective LMS RFP.

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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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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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The Benefits of a Request for Proposal (RFP)

dVinci Interactive

Consider capacity, budget and timeline, and if you prefer to engage a partner on a project basis or start a broader contractual relationship. Once you have a general idea of your needs, budget, and timeline, you should develop an eLearning Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP is your tool for qualifying and eventually selecting an eLearning partner. We recently posted a custom eLearning RFP template on our learning solutions website.

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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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Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

Submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) outlining your association’s goals and needs. Way back when I was just a marketing minion working in development at a nonprofit, I used to attend workshops and classes that would help me learn more about my industry. Although I didn’t join the associations that put these things on, I voraciously ate up the content they were offering, as often as my employer would allow me to attend.

Trends in Learning Solutions Procurement

dVinci Interactive

Some of our most recent experiences include responding to the following: A Request for Proposal (RFP) to address the need to develop an eLearning course. An RFP to develop eLearning content in which two companies are qualified in budget ranges based on three levels of complexity. An RFP to convert Flash-based courses into learning experiences that work across mobile devices. Download JPL’s RFP Template.

How to write a great RFP for your eLearning Platform search

Academy of Mine

One buying tool we recommend when shopping around for a new eLearning platform is the Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be utilized to streamline and simplify the purchase process. By using an RFP you can: Organize and prioritize your business needs and desired solutions. . Admittedly, there is some work that goes into preparing your RFP, distributing the RFP, collecting and then finally analyzing each submitted RFP from potential partner vendors.

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I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

Experiencing eLearning

The LMS RFP Template from E-Learning 24/7 is another option with a small list of features you might consider. Five Tips and an RFP Template : Choosing the Right LMS is another article from Learning Solutions Magazine with tips for selecting the right LMS.

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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. Only after a thorough requirements analysis process will you have the information you need to create a really good LMS RFP. What’s in an LMS RFP?

7 Things About eLearning Your CEO/Executive Director Wants to Know

Association eLearning

Make sure you’ve submitted an RFP (request for proposal) to a few LMS providers that offer the features your specific association or organization needs. You’ve decided that it’s time to move your courses online. Membership numbers seem stagnant and renewals are decreasing. As an Education Director, you see the writing on the wall, and have decided that eLearning is the answer your association’s needs.

Tips on Writing a Great RFP for eLearning Vendors

Designing Digitally

A request for proposal (RFP) is a document that lists out the requirements of a particular job or service. In the eLearning sector, RFPs basically outline the scope of the project, timeline, budget, and so on. The better written your RFP is, the more vendors it will attract Organizations request RFPs from several vendors who are bidding for the job. It explains the project requirements in detail and highlights your primary needs.

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How to Write a Winning RFP to Hire the Best E-learning Vendor

CommLab India

Before you begin formulating the e-learning vendor selection criteria for your organization, work on the all-important step of writing a request for proposal (RFP). An RFP helps you list your requirements clearly so that you elicit responses from the right e-learning solution providers who match your needs, expectations, and budget. Read on to know more about how to write an RFP that will help you partner with the best e-learning vendor.

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What Buying a Bicycle Would Look Like if We Applied a Typical LMS Selection Strategy

Absorb LMS

To begin with, the cost of purchasing a bicycle can range from a few dollars for a second-hand “beater” to tens of thousands of dollars for a beauty such as this one: Regardless of your budget, you’d likely make a decision regarding what bicycle to buy by first visiting bike shops to see what style may best fit your needs: Do you dream of standing on the winner’s podium after the final stage of the Tour de France? It’s easy to add questions like these to an RFP.

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How do I get the most out of an RFP?

eLearning Blender

Writing an RFP - What a Conundrum! All the articles say that a crucial part of the LMS selection process is writing a quality RFP, but nobody goes on to tell you how. In my own interest, I am going to attempt to answer the question of how to write a quality RFP. Oh yeah, it took me a while to figure it out and you may be wondering the same thing; RFP means "request for proposal." What is an RFP?: Why write an RFP?: How to write an RFP?:

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5 Must-Have LMS Features To Ensure Return On Investment

Docebo

Download our whitepaper on how to build a better eLearning budget. With such advances in technology at your fingertips, make sure to take the time to match your budget with your business needs, and be prepared to get what you pay for. . Digital Learning Trends Agile Learning build or buy buy LMS buy-in Cloud LMS docebo Docebo LMS Enterprise Learning Technoloy Extended Enterprise LMS L&D Learning Management Software Cost Learning Management System LMS buy-in LMS ROI RFP ROI Saa

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Kicking the RFP Habit

Breakthrough eLearning

Two weeks ago, in a moment of weakness, I almost submitted a response to a request for proposals (RFP). However, I remembered an earlier vow that I had made to myself never to put myself and my colleagues through "RFP hell" again, was resolute, and I ignored the invitation. I have won and lost my fair share of RFP competitions in the past. a favourite vendor was already selected and the RFP process was a bureaucratic necessity to prove "due process").

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The 8-Step Guide To Successful LMS Vendor Selection

Dan Keckan

LMS consulting can help you find the right system for your budget and online training needs. Learning Management Systems LMS Evaluation LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS SelectionThis article features a step-by-step look at how to choose the best LMS vendor for your online training program. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How to Choose the Right LMS? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

That’s why we communicate requirements in a structured request for proposal (RFP). If qualified vendors want to be considered, they must reply to the RFP in full. Typically, it takes 90-120 days to define requirements and use cases, develop an RFP and gather responses, organize product presentations with finalists, select a solution and negotiate a contract. 6) Can we choose the right LMS without issuing a formal RFP? 12) How should I budget for growth?

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. If you don’t get it right, you won’t create a useful RFP or select the best LMS for your association. A consultant will narrow down the field or help you develop a request for information (RFI), create the RFP, communicate with vendors, coordinate demonstrations, and negotiate the contract.

Lessons Learned: LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Lessons for the RFP process. There were a lot of lessons that will help to develop a more detailed RFP (Request for Proposal). For example, it would be beneficial to incorporate into an RFP: Keep all criteria of your requirements separate and provide a templated response form for the vendors to complete. Involve all Subject Matter Experts prior to the RFP to ensure all their needs have been captured appropriately. Lessons about budgeting impact.

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Nine tips for writing excellent RFPs

Good To Great

I’m not suggesting that this is an RFP rulebook; it’s not even a list of recommendations. Although I did get positive feedback from the suppliers I sent my first RFP to, and likewise was very pleased with the standard of proposals I received back.) When preparing an RFP… First of all, be fair with the deadline. When asking for information… Obviously, the questions in your RFP will depend on the specifics of your project.

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RFPs: Eliminate the Agony, Embrace the Success

eLearning 24-7

For some people, creating a RFP can be an exciting experience unmatched in the annuals of time. When people need a RFP, they think “Internet&#. As in, let me see if there is one on the Internet, I can use as my RFP. It is a time saver, but pulling down a RFP, especially if it comes from a vendor’s site (even if that is not the vendor you are going to submit it to), can define your approach, without you even realizing it. Your RFP is 25 pages in length.

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How to Get the Most out of Your LMS Demo

Association eLearning

A dirty little secret in the LMS space is: vendors often check off boxes on an RFP or requirements document indicating their system has the functionality or can meet the need, even when it’s not necessarily true or not a standard feature. If you’re in the beginning stages of selecting a learning management system (LMS) for your association, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the choices and information from various vendors.

Traps To Avoid When Hiring An Instructional Designer

Spark Your Interest

Engaging A Firm Through A Request for Proposal (RFP) Process. The norm of past decades, especially for bureaucratic entities, was to put out an RFP to engage a company on a project. Conversely, today’s reality is that successful companies don’t respond to RFP’s because they don’t need to. The RFP process is mostly an outdated purchasing practice. Those who spend the time to respond to a formal RFP often do so because that can’t secure enough work.

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I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

Experiencing eLearning

Five Tips and an RFP Template : Choosing the Right LMS is another article from Learning Solutions Magazine with tips for selecting the right LMS. Even if you don’t plan to do a formal RFP, this template can help you think about questions you should be asking. The LMS RFP Template from E-Learning 24/7 is another option with a small list of features you might consider.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Approaching Learning Solution Vendors

Schoox

They may have a training platform that ticks all the generic boxes outlined in an RFP template. One mistake we see organizations make is when they use a “requests for proposal” (RFP) template. Is your organization ready to start looking for a learning solution vendor?

4 PROVEN SELLING STRATEGIES IN THE FACE OF A RECESSION

PDG

Budgets are more scrutinized, and every dollar spent is put under a microscope. Before chasing every RFP that lands in your inbox, develop a scorecard that evaluates the likelihood of winning a potential piece of business. 4 Proven Selling Strategies in the Face of a Recession.

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Are You Unhappy with Your LMS?

Inquisiq

Whether selecting your first LMS or a replacement for the LMS provider that’s not meeting your requirements, consider this brief outline: A ssess your internal requirements, what you need and/or are not satisfied with in your current implementation, as well as your budget and training/support expectations. D evelop your RFP and the relationships. While peer recommendations are great, don’t hesitate to send your RFP to any LMS vendor you think may suit your needs.

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Agile principles

AMVONET

Clients issue an RFP. The client inserts detailed service descriptions, performance indicators, penalties and other tools designed to keep the supplier on time and under budget.

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Buying a learning system? 5 top things to consider

Learning Pool

Your budget. The first consideration is your available budget. If you only have the budget for one system and are referring to, or gaining inspiration from, the Fosway 9-Grid for Learning Systems , you will need a learning suite , not a specialist.

Learning technology lessons from the front lines

CLO Magazine

Do your research and be judicious with who you engage in the RFP process. Spend time vetting the vendor before you invite them to the RFP party. The RFP process is so complex and time-consuming that having too many mediocre vendors exhausts the situation.

When should you outsource your training or eLearning development?

eLearningMind

Create a Request for Proposals (RFP). Evaluate responses to your RFP from qualified training outsourcing companies. Budget. It delivers high-quality training—on time and within budget. Not every business performs all its processes in-house.

Why did you buy your learning system?

eLearning 24-7

Not seeing the system beforehand, leads many times to this idea of an extensive RFP submission. A lot of people continue to just send out a lot of RFPs, without looking at the system first, then make their decision on the RFP. I use only one RFP.

The troubles of RFI writing and how to overcome them

eFront

If we feel we are suitable to the client, we will work towards submitting an RFP. The intrinsic nature of the RFP varies with each client. Of primary importance is fulfilling the requirements and complying with the RFP. You must overcome the obstacle course that is the RFP document in order to reveal what exactly the customer is asking for. This is obviously a sensitive yet vital component of the RFP, and therefore must be thought out carefully.

How to get the most out of your instructional designer

Spark Your Interest

Actually the whole RFP process is often a waste of time for all parties. An RFP shouldn’t be a list of specifications, it should be an open invitation to help you solve a problem. And, everyone has budget constraints, so be up front with these. Include time/budget for up-front analysis, which includes: defining the audience(s) and identifying the barriers to behaviour change, among many other factors. (or how to be a good “client”).

Custom Elearning: How To Get Started

Learning Pool

This is also a good time to confirm deadlines, budgets and who needs to sign off on the project. . A short, high-impact course is better for the learner and better for the budget, and you can always add later. . Creating bespoke courses need not be expensive or difficult.

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