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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.

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Managed Learning Services – Time To Re-invent Your Training Function

G-Cube

Managed Learning Service enables both purchase and administration of all training activities for a client organization by an external specialist (Managed Service Provider) in an outsourced mode. MLS Managed Learning Services

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. Breadth and depth of technical and services capabilities.

Excellence in Community Service

CLO Magazine

Excellence in Community Service recognizes vendors that have provided significant investment of company resources and time in support of a community service project or initiative. CoreAxis Consulting LLC. Mark Zides of CoreAxis Consulting LLC.

Moodle Services Provider – How would you Choose the Right One?

Paradiso

Now that you’ve zeroed down on using Moodle for your training needs, next step would be to hire the right Moodle service provider. And we know it’s a daunting task, given the proliferation of Moodle service providers. Be aware of such service providers!

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. How LMS Consultants Help with Requirements Analysis.

10 Things Vendors Can Teach You About Building an Internal Learning Business

CLO Magazine

Most learning leaders use any number of vendors to carry out the design, development and delivery of their internal learning agenda. In a way, the learning department is also a vendor, just in a different context. Create a business plan and structure.

UK Government G-Cloud 11 & eThink Education: Improving the Digital Marketplace for Cloud-Based eLearning Services

eThink Education

The UK Government makes it easy for public sector organisations, including central government, local councils, NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies, to obtain LMS and other eLearning or technology services through the G-Cloud procurement framework. Why Use G-Cloud Procurement Services.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Innovation was stagnant and most vendor effort was invested in stealing customers from one another. The cloud enables new LMS vendors to create and support one product that all customers use providing economies of scale in research, customer support and required investment capital.

Vendor Spotlight: OC Tanner Company, employee recognition provider

InsiderHub

Tanner consults — they have become the world’s largest “recognition company.” It is significant to note that 25 of the other companies on this same list incorporate employee recognition initiatives created by O.C. CMT is a community-powered user ratings service designed to make it easier for individuals and businesses to purchase business solutions.

April Big Question - Content Vendor Value

Tony Karrer

Since I'm likely not going to be blogging for about a week starting Friday, I thought I'd get an early jump on this month's Big Question from LCB - ILT and Off-the-Shelf Vendors - What Should They Do? As a content vendor providing training (Instructor Led or eLearning), you are naturally having to compete with each person's ability to find information via a Google search or through access to a service like Safari (which makes all of the O'Reilly books fully searchable).

One of These Services Is Not Like the Others

CLO Magazine

To ensure learning services investments meet business requirements, the role of the purchasing agent, and the knowledge required, are evolving. While procurement organizations are getting better at understanding the world of learning services, there are still significant challenges. During the past several years, a trend to commoditize learning services has evolved. Several business models have been created by vendors to quantify training outsourcing services.

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. You’ve likely endured heated internal discussions, unwelcomed vendor surprises during demos and unforeseen contractual confusion.

What Factors Are Shaping the LMS Market? 2018 Learning Systems FAQ

Talented Learning

As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. Of course, no vendor can innovate effectively in all areas at once, so each chooses matters most in its niche.

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LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

RFPs help buyers get organized, formalize requirements, evaluate vendors logically, create a historical record and show vendors you are serious. It also includes instructions on how and when vendors should submit a response. Why should we take time to create an RFP?

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How Do We Find the Right eLearning Partner?

ThinkingKap Solutions

In case you’re just joining us, we started talking about whether you have the skills to create eLearning internally, in part 1. Then, whether creating eLearning internally is the right business strategy, was the focus of part 2. Can they provide multiple training-related services?

Podcast 31: Inside Open Source Learning Systems – With eThink CEO Brian Carlson

Talented Learning

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Open source learning platforms like Moodle have driven closed source LMS vendors to reduce their price points dramatically over the years. So about 12 years ago we founded eThink as a Moodle services provider. So you started with LMS services for the education market?

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.

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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? Only after a thorough requirements analysis process will you have the information you need to create a really good LMS RFP. Never send an RFP to 12 vendors or even 8 vendors. Narrow down the field first by: Working with an LMS consultant who narrows it down for you based on your requirements and their market knowledge. Give vendors at least four weeks to reply.

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How to be Successfull in the E-Learning Industry

Rapid eLearning

I create a Service Level Agreement that documents the project details and expectations. Create courses with measurable objectives. Create a means to pre-assess the learners and then compare how they did after the training. Successful e-learning is measured in many ways.

LMS 201

eLearning 24-7

” With this question invariably you will receive a lot of responses from vendors touting their own product. Charging you for a custom domain (thankfully the vendors who are offering domains are slowly pulling away from charging). Vendors pay to be included in this directory.

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Starting a Customer Education Program: What You Should Know

Talented Learning

” Everyone provides their own version of training – from account managers and project leads to customer service managers and support reps. ” Everyone is so busy creating custom training for each customer, no one takes the time to develop standard materials.

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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. Some vendors (and it is gaining steam) offer “active users” Active users – People who are taking at least one course during the month. There are a few vendors who will charge only when the end user completes a course (but this is rare).

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

Each person who is working on the software, has no knowledge of the vendor’s software prior to. They will need to create the best course possible and a 10 question quiz. The premise of these tools is that anyone regardless of their tech skill set can create a course. We both agree that they will have no knowledge of the software they will use to create their course. Email me with the subject “shootout&# and in the email write the name of the vendor.

Let Go Through BPO for eLearning

Web Courseworks

BPO: Managing Services & Association eLearning. As such, associations are beginning to look outside their own organization for help with service management , or outsourcing the business process (BPO). So, the association hires experts to provide the services to fill that need.

The 4 Cs to Designing Meaningful Scenarios, Part 3: Connections

eLearning Brothers

The learner chose this response because you carefully engineered it to appeal to those segments of the customer service population who think that by remaining professional at all times, they are doing a good job. We offer full-service instructional design services, consulting, and more.

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

Talented Learning

EPISODE 19 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: On our previous episode , we talked about the increasing popularity of customer success programs among high-growth companies – especially software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors. WELCOME TO EPISODE 19 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW!

State of the Authoring Tool Industry

eLearning 24-7

Bewildered on what is happening, why what is needed isn’t appearing as it should, and how is it possible that something so obvious based on where e-learning is heading, mobile is pushing and future tech is inspiring is lost among so many vendors? Confusion leads to flushed in terms of causation that some vendors in their infinite wisdom have decided it is better to jump one way than stay the course. I know of one vendor who has a review checker and it works quite well.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Every e-learning consulting/research firm, etc. But, I do not look at the number of users, number of clients (in terms of ranking as the best of the best), I look at the platform as a whole – including those extra variables people tend to leave out - user interface, customer service, support, training and a few other items. . My latest take on those three vendors (plus one) are: Cornerstone On Demand – I have seen the new UI and I like what I saw.

Dispelling the LMS Myth

eLearning 24-7

Customized skinning – albeit in today’s market there are some vendors who charge for skins – disgusting! Excluding the above, there are vendors out there who charge extra for. More robust talent management – for some clients succession planning, 360 feedback and learning development will not do – they need more -it is interesting to note that rarely do you see extensive HRIS or OD analytics as part of that additional services.

Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

eLearning 24-7

For whatever reason- okay to try to set themselves apart – some vendors have created the term “training management” Honestly, they could call it “online authoring system with a few reports and no frills” and it would be the same thing. The downside to training management products is the inability to upload any other 3rd party authoring tool or courses from an off the shelf vendor. Why do some vendors have trials and others do not?

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Lessons Learned: LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

It will enable the team to identify the ideal vendor based on success criteria which became clearer through the analysis. Include specific scenarios that the vendor solution needs to accommodate and request the vendor to outline how they satisfy this.

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Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

However, it’s not the instant slam-dunk that some vendors may want you to believe – especially for extended enterprise learning. To learning systems vendors, it suggests that you want to change the underlying software code. Unfortunately, vendor amnesia happens.

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

Talented Learning

Although 2000 years have passed since that sign was created, the advice is still relevant – especially if you’re trying to choose the right LMS. As an independent learning tech consultant, I hear questions like that all the time. In fact, nearly 1000 vendors are on our radar!

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

With 13 years in LMS sales and now nearly 3 years as LMS selection consultants, we’ve been directly involved in $65,000,000 worth of LMS selling and buying. People often ask me, “What exactly should I expect from your LMS selection process and services?”

LMS implementation without frustration

Petra Mayer

I was tasked with the following activities: Review the RFI (Request for Information/Interest) responses they had already obtained prior to hiring my services. Identify each vendor’s fit to these requirements and the investment for their solution. System Implementation Consultants.

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7 Tips to Avoid the Hidden Costs of LMS Implementation

Docebo

Your eLearning materials also dictate which support services and additional resources you’ll require. For example, you may already have everything you need to create a PDF-based eLearning course. Schedule A Meeting With Your LMS Vendor.

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