Learning Systems RFP and Tier4 NexGen

eLearning 24-7

I note this, because this post covers my new Learning Systems RFP Template , which includes the latest NexGen Tier 4 feature sets. Why one RFP instead of specific ones for LXP and LMS? ” If they want your business they will. This is far better than them receiving a 20 page RFP or 100 page RFP. Vendors who gripe, clearly have never experienced a 10 page or more RFI/RFP (and high page RFPs are common). . Should be free. EXTRA! EXTRA!

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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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LMS RFP

Tony Karrer

Continuing on from my earlier posts: LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process From several comments and from looking at my list of issues, I realize that writing a good LMS RFP is challenging and it's easy to make lots of mistakes. LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. But, what I see as the most common problem in LMS RFP documents are the requirements.

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I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

Experiencing eLearning

Free membership required). 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. Even if you don’t plan to do a formal RFP, this template can help you think about questions you should be asking.

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

Talented Learning

This includes business and use cases, functional and technical specifications, professional services requirements and expected usage levels. 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. 6) Can we choose the right LMS without issuing a formal RFP? How does this substandard design affect your business? REPLAY THIS FREE WEBINAR NOW!

Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

If you’re hanging out indoors these days, why not check out a free webinar or two? Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11AM – 12PM PT: The Leadership Challenge: Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (Free for ATD members) A good leader gets things done; a great leader aspires, inspires, and achieves more. Free for ATD members) Do you ever wonder what hiring managers are looking for in talent development professionals? Role of skill-based learning in business training.

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). Instant “Free Trial” LMS Buying Cycle. Invented with the birth of the cloud, the “free trial” compresses the traditional buying cycle. 2) Inside the “Free Trial” Cloud LMS Sandbox.

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

Janet Clarey

Now if you’re a small or medium sized business shopping for an LMS to administer and track training and create and serve up e-learning you can use the following tips for avoiding long sales cycles and complicated comparisons. and “ What business problem am I trying to solve? ” And remember even “free” solutions have a cost (support, documentation, add-ons, etc.). Evaluate the system against your use case(s) not just an RFP response or demo. This is a cross post.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

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? Mike Rustici , one of the chief architects behind xAPI, talks about how this emerging standard is redefining learning measurement and advancing training initiatives for businesses in all industries. #1 1 Gamification and Learning in Business – with Karl Kapp.

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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. This makes it tough for LXPs to win business if they don’t beat the SMB LMS specialists in the door.

Five Ways to Buy an LMS You Will Hate!

Talented Learning

Download one of many free LMS RFP templates, and you can quickly have 1000 “must have” requirements that you will never use – and 3 “nice to have” future requirements. Haters also forget to clearly define their implementation, ongoing support, technical and business requirements. The first year is comprised of making the business case, obtaining political alignment and officially getting the project funded.

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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. For voluntary lifelong learning enthusiasts, a diverse spectrum of free content is already available online. Some CEU providers use commercial LMSs to manage their business, with varying levels of success.

Proposals Second of the Seven Stages of Training Outsourcing

Training Industry

This is a wonderful way to have suppliers come in and present their capabilities prior to issuing an RFP. Feel free to use our supplier directory and Top 20 lists to help you find companies with the capabilities you need. An RFP (request for proposal) is the most common document used in the sourcing selection process. The RFP is designed to get suppliers to propose how they would support you, not just how much they would charge to support you.

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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 Anyone can sign-up for a 14-day Litmos free trial — no credit card required. An advanced Training Ops product for organizations that run training as a business. If buyers need these items, they will want to test them during the free trial.

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LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

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. 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?

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. Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. Learning systems buyers are always more successful when they invest time upfront qualifying vendors for their specific business situation). How deeply do they understand my client’s business needs? LMS vendors, I owe you a post.

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. That’s one reason why we clarify buyer requirements in a formal RFP. When to issue an RFP (or not).

Meet the Hero of the Technical Sale: The Sales Engineer

Cloudshare

Sales engineer” (SE) is the title you’re mostly likely to see on their business cards, however those in the business go by several titles. SEs are always on the front-lines and are great at providing a spin-free perspective on what’s working and what isn’t.”. ~

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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. FREE eBook.

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. 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. Whether you’re planning or releasing an RFP , or establishing relationships with different sales teams, you’ll set yourself up to be successful after you narrow down your most important criterion. Related: Build an air-tight business case for a learning platform.

How to Pick the WRONG Learning System

eLearning 24-7

Before diving into the post, I’d like to present to you, two situations that I believe everyone who has worked at some place of business, school, government office and so forth can totally relate. You can always say afterwards when they wonder why their amazing idea (it isn’t) was not in the system (and to be frank, the majority forget or are too busy to care), you can retort back that it was a “great idea” and will be added in the future.

LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

Talented Learning

Along the way, I have seen more than 100 salespeople from multiple vendors compete to win legitimate business opportunities. It’s critical for you understand and articulate your unique specialization, and how it is going to benefit potential customers in their business mission. Be Logistically Easy – There are often many stakeholders in an LMS selection process, commonly from different business units, departments and leadership levels.

2019 Turkey Awards

eLearning 24-7

They have clients and they do some solid things, but saying you are not in the content business (a few other learning systems say the same mantra), is befuddling. If your client has content – and they do, then you are in the content business. . Bonus – FindAnLMS now has a mini-RFP component. That’s right, if you are interested in a learning system, and wish to submit a scaled down RFP, now you can. Mini-RFP within FindAnLMS, changes that.

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Seven Stages of LMS Process

Stratbeans

So here is a list of seven stages that will help you in determining the right choice for your business. In this phase, you need to find out your business requirements. You can take free demos or hire an expert Industry Analysts or organize conferences highlighting your LMS requirements. Stage 5: RFP. Next, you need to Request for Proposal (RFP) from the vendors whose ‘Service Profile’ blends with your expectations.

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

Talented Learning

Look for an external resource who knows your vendor, understands your requirements and is willing to advocate for your business needs and priorities. If you don’t already have an account with one of these services, you may want to use their free version to set-up a dedicated project account.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

But I’m more interested in top takeaways from business-minded learning professionals. Author, professor and perpetual fan favorite, Dr. Karl Kapp , makes it easy to understand in this free-wheeling Q&A session. When to issue an RFP (or not).

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

Talented Learning

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. 3) Increased Cash Flow : By eliminating duplication, Cornerstone expects to free-up enough funds to pay-off the acquisition debt, with plenty of extra cash available for additional investments to grow the business. You’ll learn: How to develop a relevant business case and success metrics.

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LMS Selection Process

Tony Karrer

Difference between an RFI and an RFP. What requirements to put in an RFP. How to balance making an RFP response useful to you and not too hard for a vendor. How much should you lead a vendor in the RFP requirments. Anything you think would be a good resource, feel free to send me or tag in del.icio.us I'm preparing for my part of an upcoming session at DevLearn on LMS selection as part of The Learning Management Systems Symposium.

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Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

Are you in the learning technology or content business ? 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. Do business units or other groups in your organization currently develop and deliver their own external training? When to issue an RFP (or not).

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

Talented Learning

Having business, content or reseller partners is a great way to expand reach but it does come with some administrative and managerial overhead. In fact, many associations find that this kind of social learning experience is an effective membership gateway when offered to non-members on a standalone basis for free, or for a fee. It’s our business to stay ahead of the curve. You’ll learn: How to develop a relevant business case and success metrics.

LMS Q and A

eLearning 24-7

Everything from which one should I pick, to what do I think of X or Y to whether or not, they should have use a RFP. Sometimes in education, the LMS is free, but again its misleading. Yes, its free- but again, you are renting/leasing it. The only spin on this of course, is a LMS that you build 100% yourself – either through open source or something else; or you download a 100% free open source system (files included). When should I use a RFP?

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3 Reasons Curatr Doesn’t Have A Discussion Forum

HT2 Labs

As more organisations click on to the idea of taking a more social approach to digital learning, so we get more requests from potential users of our software to fill out feature check-lists that come alongside a Request For Proposal (RFP).

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

Talented Learning

These broader business ecosystems naturally bring opportunities to offer extended online training. In today’s economy, businesses must depend on partners, resellers, contractors and other external constituents to create value. Business and HR leaders want to offer their learners a simple, streamlined training experience. But we really need to track specific data for training and business purposes. Okay… REPLAY THIS FREE WEBINAR.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

Three years ago, this vendor was happy to gobble up even the smallest LMS customers who educated and sold themselves via a free trial. 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. This connector marketplace emulates the Apple or Android store, where you can shop for free or paid apps, download, install and use immediately. Channel/business partners.

LMS Demo: How to Make it Painless and Productive

Avilar

If you want a more advanced demo with additional parties, would like to experience the system on a free trial basis, or have a specific RFP process, let the vendor know – they will be happy to help. Related Article: 5 Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Invest in an LMS.