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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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Is Your RFP Response On Point? Tips for Learning Systems Vendors

Talented Learning

” A qualified business opportunity is knocking at your door! But preparing RFP responses can be brutal – especially if you blow it with unforced errors. What’s Wrong With This RFP Response? Let’s briefly return to your business opportunity. You rally your team and spend many hours developing an RFP response. So why are you losing at the RFP stage? But vendors have more control over RFP outcomes than you may think.

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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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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. RSVP FOR OUR MARCH WEBINAR! Time flies when you’re moving through change.

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Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

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. LMS consultants have helped dozens, if not hundreds, of associations choose the best LMS for their needs. Consultants draw on their deep experience to ensure you get the right technology for your existing and future needs. How LMS Consultants Help with Requirements Analysis.

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

Talented Learning

As an independent learning tech consultant, I hear questions like that all the time. 1) When does it make sense to hire a software selection consultant? RSVP FOR OUR JULY WEBINAR NOW! A good consultant can make the whole process faster, easier and more successful by: Clarifying your needs. This includes business and use cases, functional and technical specifications, professional services requirements and expected usage levels. REPLAY THIS WEBINAR NOW!

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

We also produce monthly webinars and podcasts featuring conversations with leading practitioners and innovators. RSVP FOR THIS JANUARY WEBINAR NOW! 2 The Business Benefits of xAPI – with Mike Rustici of Watershed. And what business benefits should you expect when educating customers or others outside of your organization? 1 Gamification and Learning in Business – with Karl Kapp. Top 3 Webinars of 2018. REPLAY THE WEBINAR NOW!

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You Just Selected a Shiny New LMS. Great! Now What?

Talented Learning

As learning systems consultants , we’ve seen our share of organizations abandon LMS platforms that once seemed like ideal solutions. REPLAY THE WEBINAR NOW! Even if you haven’t relied on a consultant for LMS selection , it’s critical to put an independent advisor on your side now. Look for an external resource who knows your vendor, understands your requirements and is willing to advocate for your business needs and priorities.

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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LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

In fact, for nearly a decade, LMS trends have been shaped by market demand for robust business solutions that extend beyond traditional talent management functions. REPLAY THE WEBINAR NOW. This makes it tough for LXPs to win business if they don’t beat the SMB LMS specialists in the door. WATCH THE ON-DEMAND WEBINAR NOW! UPDATE: In a world where customer success increasingly determines overall business success, customer education has become an imperative.

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. Some CEU providers use commercial LMSs to manage their business, with varying levels of success. 6) Business-Critical Priority. Has technology caught up with your business model? Join our next LIVE webinar!

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. 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. REPLAY THE WEBINAR NOW!

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

REPLAY THIS ON-DEMAND WEBINAR NOW. REPLAY THE WEBINAR NOW! 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. REPLAY THE ON-DEMAND WEBINAR NOW!

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. After receiving the vendor RFP responses and confirming we were only evaluating highly qualified partner options, we invited the four vendors in each opportunity onsite to present their company and solution. Free Consult?

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. But if you need direct guidance at any point, feel free to contact me to request a preliminary phone consultation at your convenience. WEBINARS – In-depth sessions focused on key extended enterprise LMS issues and related business strategies. Business data is vital.

Your LMS criteria can make or break your buying process – here’s how to win

Docebo

Before you start writing your wish list, you have to ask yourself and your organization the right questions to land on the LMS that makes the most sense for your business’s goals, struggles, and desired future. Related: Build an air-tight business case for a learning platform.

LMS Review: Litmos

Talented Learning

This LMS can support large businesses with tens of thousands of learners, however, it may be too limiting for complex, large-scale implementations that serve vastly different audiences. (For An advanced Training Ops product for organizations that run training as a business. This is a great option for small and medium-sized businesses or larger organizations with homogeneous user populations and straightforward learning management needs. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory.

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Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

So let’s start with the elephant in the room… RSVP FOR OUR APRIL WEBINAR! 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. Are you in the learning technology or content business ? As of today, they’re also in the extended enterprise learning business. REPLAY THIS ON-DEMAND WEBINAR. REPLAY THIS WEBINAR NOW.

Cornerstone-Saba Acquisition: What Does it Mean for LMS Customers?

Talented Learning

RSVP FOR OUR MARCH WEBINAR NOW. But here’s the rub: Although an acquisition may be good for companies and investors on both sides of the deal, it’s rarely a treat for customers of the acquired business. REPLAY THIS WEBINAR NOW! JOIN THIS ON-DEMAND WEBINAR!

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Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

But I’m more interested in top takeaways from business-minded learning professionals. In addition to publishing weekly blog posts , we also produce monthly webinars and regular podcast interviews with experts from across the extended enterprise learning realm.

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

Talented Learning

RSVP FOR THE LIVE NOVEMBER WEBINAR! Talk with consultants who’ve helped other organizations retool their learning programs. Having business, content or reseller partners is a great way to expand reach but it does come with some administrative and managerial overhead. REPLAY THIS WEBINAR NOW! As independent LMS selection consultants , we continuously evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of all vendors in the association market. REPLAY THE WEBINAR NOW!

Top 10 Association LMS Features – 2020 Edition

Talented Learning

The realities of 2020 have accelerated their transformation at every stage of the learning systems life cycle from business case, requirements definition, RFP, contracting, deployment, content development, improvement – everything. REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR NOW.

Podcast 26: How to Extend Learning Content Availability – With Troy Gorostiza

Talented Learning

Troy is a “triple threat” learning innovator with deep expertise as a content development practitioner, solutions consultant and technology vendor. These broader business ecosystems naturally bring opportunities to offer extended online training. REPLAY THIS WEBINAR NOW! In today’s economy, businesses must depend on partners, resellers, contractors and other external constituents to create value. Okay… REPLAY THIS FREE WEBINAR.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

We don’t perform on a live stage to sell-out crowds, but we do produce thought leadership webinars that attract hundreds of global attendees. but after four years of nonstop blogging, webinars, research and reviews, we have attracted a following of tens of thousands of extended enterprise learning fans and practitioners from around the globe. We published 33 in-depth blog posts and produced 14 original webinars. Top 3 Webinars of 2017. REPLAY THE WEBINAR NOW!

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

LifterLMS

Throughout the ‘90s Microsoft heavily invested in training agencies around the world, which small businesses would go to in order to implement their IT infrastructure. Not only did we help the small business implement Infusionsoft. Adrian Tobey: We have an RFP process.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

It is real – backed by evidence from business scenarios. But we do have a ton of data from learning technology buyers and sellers and we have decades of experience in evaluating, recommending, marketing and implementing business learning platforms. 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. RVSP NOW FOR THIS LIVE WEBINAR!

Software Demo Success: How to Present Your LMS In Its Best Light

Talented Learning

Your sales team recently crafted a strong proposal in response to an LMS RFP , and the buyer has given your company a thumbs up. But after years as a software sales consultant, and now as an LMS selection advisor, I’ve learned how you can significantly improve your chances. Others are easy to implement and entirely within your reach, including these basics: RSVP FOR THE SEPTEMBER WEBINAR! Introduce a central business issue and illustrate how your solution adds value.

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 Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

If you read our blog or attend our webinars , you know the LMS world is vastly different now than it was 10 years ago. What if your organization had a unique business use case? RSVP FOR OUR AUGUST 22nd WEBINAR! What’s more, most of these solutions are designed and developed for specific business uses and learner audiences. Join our live webinar on August 22nd! Choosing Your Next LMS: How to Kickstart the Process with an Independent Consultant.

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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. Although this only affects small businesses, it may turn off prospects who could otherwise become strong, vocal brand advocates. Docebo offers an enterprise solution for midsize to large organizations so they can cost-effectively implement a scalable LMS solution that adapts to their unique business needs.

How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

Before you jump into purchasing a LMS it makes sense to cover the basics, understand the jargon, decide if you want to go it alone or hire a consultant and last but not least realize you are not alone in the process. businesses would allow their employees’ learning move from their solution into another, without their consent? Do it yourself or Hire a consultant. What are the advantages of hiring a consultant. Assist with business processes.

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. REPLAY THE WEBINAR NOW! REPLAY THIS WEBINAR NOW! They needed to streamline their RFP response process. REPLAY THIS FREE WEBINAR NOW!

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

” 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). This enables potential buyers to start a free trial, create a unique domain (sandbox) and determine if the solution is appropriate for their business needs. Join our next live webinar!

LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

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. Since it is part of the much broader Adobe suite of learning and digital business applications, there are certainly performance and integration advantages from tying together authoring, LMS, virtual delivery tools and much more in a holistic solution. Small-to-medium businesses with basic employee compliance and skills training.

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

You can get the abstract for the report and sign-up for a webinar on Sept. Barriers Importance of Features Some notes on Barriers and Feature Importance: Good news for me - problem with 3rd party consultant scores low as a barrier. :) A lot of the other factors are pretty significant barriers, e.g., cost, customization, flexibility. Update, Nov.

Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

That’s why we founded Talented Learning, an independent research and consulting firm for learning technology buyers and sellers. Then we’ve boiled-off the marketing fluff and scientifically compared solutions by tracking and evaluating hundreds of LMS product, service and business characteristics. We participate in LMS demonstrations , study RFP responses and interview customer references. We watch their videos and attend their webinars.