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Why, would a system that pushes heavily around the customer education/partner training segment, acquire a vendor who does the complete opposite? Valamis to me is a work-in-progress system. My system has LXP functionality/it’s an LMS with LXP. The vendor helps out.

Recommended Learning Systems

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T his post covers a list of systems that I’d recommend on any given day, that based on nearly 20 years of experience in online learning, and witnessing the trends, the duds, the promises and disappoints. What it isn’t – is a list of systems based on a 15 point criteria that I use for my Top 50 for 2020. That said, I will say to you, that before you just buy the learning system, please, please do due diligence on the system.

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

Talented Learning

” Having participated in more than 200 learning systems evaluations , I’ve seen some monster misses. But vendors have more control over RFP outcomes than you may think. Sounds obvious – but you’d be surprised how many vendors ignore requested input. As a vendor, you can demonstrate leadership by seeking clarification. LMS buyers don’t evaluate software vendors on product features and functionality, alone.

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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.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post! As fiercely independent learning technology analysts, we think a trend isn’t just a fleeting idea that comes and goes like fashion, or a social media hashtag. A trend should matter to any buyer, seller or user of learning technology who wants to make ongoing, intelligent and informed choices. It directly affects learning technology buyers and sellers.

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. Last month, I published a mid-year learning technology trends update. In other words, I’m most interested in learning solutions designed for business customers and channel partners, association members, continuing education participants and the public-at-large. Interest in learning systems remains strong.

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LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

” That’s a lot of moving pieces, but it’s also a fair indicator of today’s complex and fluid learning technology landscape. Here’s my latest snapshot from the front lines of the learning technology space: LMS Trends Update. This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. Actually, this move toward specialization isn’t new – nor is it about learning technology, alone.

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

Talented Learning

If you subscribe to this blog , or listen to our podcasts , or attend our webinars , you probably think of Talented Learning as a free source of fiercely indeperndent information for LMS buyers and sellers – but that’s only part of our story. 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.

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

Talented Learning

So I’m not surprised when Talented Learning fans ask me when we’ll announce our annual LMS Awards. Why is this a good time to rethink the way we recognize learning systems excellence? We want to reflect those changes and provide more value to both learning systems buyers and sellers. Exactly 5 years ago, we opened the doors at Talented Learning. Introducing the 2019 Learning Systems Awards.

Top Learning Systems Trends – A 2019 Extended Enterprise Market Guide

Talented Learning

When you look at the list below you might wonder why we’re not calling this our 2019 Book of Learning Systems Trends. Well, a lot is happening in extended enterprise learning and we want to touch on all the high points. In fact, this guide is like the learning systems landscape, itself – deep, broad and multi-faceted. Our trends lists reflect how learning systems buyers are actually driving innovation with their dollars!

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

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 31 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW. To find out more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. Join us as we discuss the latest developments in open source learning systems.

Online Customer Training: Behind the Surge in Specialized Learning Systems

Talented Learning

With results like these, it’s no wonder why customer training platforms are one of the hottest segments in today’s learning systems market. Until a few years ago, customer training platforms didn’t even exist as a separate segment of the learning management system (LMS) market. They actually evolved from employee-focused learning systems that were introduced nearly 30 years ago. Choosing to Learn: The Psychology of Customer Education.

AI and Learning Systems: Is This Combo as Great and Powerful as it Seems?

Talented Learning

Yet many people still remain confused about the realities of artificial intelligence and its lesser-known subset, machine learning. As our lead analyst, John Leh, noted in a recent learning technology trends analysis, “It’s important to keep in mind that AI is hard to demonstrate and easy to exaggerate.” So I’ve compiled a collection of AI insights for learning technology decision makers. And what does it mean for your learning systems roadmap ?

Association Learning Systems: Why and How to Invest in a Specialized LMS

Talented Learning

Currently, learning programs contribute nearly 25% of average non-dues association revenue, according to a 2017 Association Adviser poll. By thoughtfully implementing modern learning tools, content and delivery methods, you can provide high-value continuing education that complements your broader mission and purpose. Exactly how can an association learning system help you make the most of this opportunity?

Podcast Episode 5: Learning Systems the Dairy Queen Way – With Chris Shanks

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 5 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! In January, we launched this podcast as a convenient way to hear directly from experts about how you can benefit more fully from modern learning systems. On a regular basis, I’m interviewing some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the field of extended enterprise learning – including vendor executives, consultants, customers and others. Follow The Talented Learning Show via RSS.

A Look Back at Learning Systems in 2020 Featuring Insights from Craig Weiss

Learning Wire

Craig Weiss is the CEO and lead analyst for the Craig Weiss Group , which provides analyst, advisory and consulting services to buyers and vendors in the e-learning industry. This is an extremely important feature because it has a major impact on what users learn.

Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

With more than 700 learning platforms on the market, how do you narrow the field down to the best learning management systems (LMS) for your association’s needs? 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.

Podcast Episode 1: How Learning Systems Advisory Services Add Value – With John Llamas

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! Do you want to learn from experts about how to achieve more with learning solutions that serve employees, customers, channel partners and others in your organization’s value chain? On a regular basis, I’ll be interviewing some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the field of extended enterprise learningvendor executives, consultants, customers and more.

Learning Pool’s revolutionary Learning Experience Platform -LXP- making waves on the 2020 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems

Learning Pool

Learning Pool is thrilled to announce that it has entered Fosway’s prestigious 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems as Potential Challenger on a forward trajectory, recognizing the company’s acceleration in growth and performance over the last 12 months. About Learning Pool.

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. Now is the time to clear your mind of negative thoughts about the selection process, your colleagues, the vendor or anything else that might stand between you and a positive mindset.

Customer Education Systems – Best of Best

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I’m referring to every analyst/consulting site that uses “Grids” in whatever format – design wise to identify top systems is this or that category. In the 16 above – Thought Industries, Intellum, Eurekos, and Learndot are those vendors. Grids.

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

Previously, we explored extended enterprise learning tech trends , and talked about how organizations can choose the best learning system for their needs. With realistic expectations and the right approach, implementation can make your new learning system the success it deserves to be. However, it’s not the instant slam-dunk that some vendors may want you to believe – especially for extended enterprise learning. WANT TO LEARN MORE?

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

Talented Learning

Last week – less than two months into 2020 – one of the biggest acquisitions in learning systems history was announced. 2) Broader Reach : The combined customer base will drive stronger content, support, systems integration and technology partnerships around the globe.

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Open Source LMSs Facts and Insight

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One of the areas that always gain interest and usage are open source systems, that is to say, free open source code (some are not), to which any organization, company, educational setting, government and so forth can build their own system (often noted as home-grown) and do what they wish with it.

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. And this week the celebration continues, as we recognize excellence in our second category – continuing education systems. Of course, other kinds of learning software also deserve recognition. Why Are Continuing Education Systems Special? WBT Systems. eLogic Learning.

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

Talented Learning

Early in 2014, I set-out to answer a question I constantly hear as a learning systems selection consultant : “Should we use our employee LMS to educate external audiences?” They are “known” by the system and they must comply with mandated training assignments. On the other hand, customers and business partners can’t be forced to engage in learning activities. So Many Learning Systems – So Little Time.

Microsoft Viva – The Answers you are Seeking

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That is something called Viva Learning, which uh, is the main piece to the entire platform. I have not yet seen Viva Learning intertwined with all the other modules, Connections, Topics, and Insights. I will not see Viva Learning until it is close to launch date.

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

Talented Learning

And today’s learning systems market definitely gives us plenty to consider. 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. Fulfillment systems.

Association LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

How Learning Tech Buyers Can Prepare for ASAE. ASAE is also the place to be if you’re interested in new association learning technology. Each year, the variety of tools displayed in the vendor expo grows deeper and more expansive. So why not take an independent learning systems advisor along for the ride? AWARDS – Our choices for the Top 25 Continuing Education Systems in 2019. 2) How can you build a great online destination for learning?

Is Open Source Ready for Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

You may know me as an independent learning systems consultant. Six years ago I pivoted after 14 years on the front lines with two major commercial LMS vendors. I learned a lot during those years. Vendors: Read that market size statistic again and let it sink in.).

Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

Throw out your learning technology playbook. How Will the Coronavirus Shape Virtual Learning and Work? Below are tips and action items from three different viewpoints: 1) Tips for Learning Systems Vendors and Consultants. 2) Tips for Learning Practitioners. 1) Tips For Learning Systems Vendors and Consultants. Are you in the learning technology or content business ? 2) Tips for Learning Practitioners.

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

Talented Learning

How exactly can you avoid missteps when selecting a learning system ? As an independent learning tech consultant, I hear questions like that all the time. If you need advice about learning technology (especially for extended enterprise needs), submit your question here. 1) When does it make sense to hire a software selection consultant? The learning systems market has become remarkably broad and diverse. Will vendors guarantee satisfaction?

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

As fiercely independent learning systems analysts, we’re not rock stars in the traditional sense, but we are rocking out some hits of a certain kind. 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. And how can you minimize growing pains when demand for learning content increases?

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

Talented Learning

1) What can associations learn about member education from other sources of professional development? Talk with consultants who’ve helped other organizations retool their learning programs. But associations are uniquely compelling because community-driven social learning is part of the association experience. However, they can digest learning content in short bursts. Will we be able to find a high-quality learning system? WANT TO LEARN MORE?

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. If I could choose a keyword to describe this year’s learning systems landscape, it would be “dynamic.” Regular readers know that this blog isn’t the only way we share advice with learning technology buyers and sellers. How does it improve learning analytics?

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An Analyst’s Perspective

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You may have read or seen such statements on various web sites or information on profiles in Linkedin, but not everyone knows what an analyst is, what role they play in the industry, how vendors see them (for the most part) and how as an analyst and/or analyst firm can provide information to enable consumers to make an informed decision. That is a line from Les Miserables but as an analyst it can be an important foundation when dealing with vendors. . E-Learning 24/7.

CRM-LMS Integration: A Smarter Choice for Customer Education

Talented Learning

Over the past decade, businesses large and small have widely embraced customer relationship management systems (CRM) , thanks largely to the remarkable rise of the world’s most popular cloud-based CRM, Salesforce.com. However, in recent years, many of these organizations have also integrated Salesforce with their learning management system (LMS) of record. I could count on one hand the systems focused on some form of extended enterprise education.

Grids are gone, Welcome2 T-Quad

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And on this Grid he has some vendors, e-i-e-i-o. He had vendors in this quad, he had vendors in that quad and didn’t have your vendor, e–i-e-i-o.” He stayed true to what many of us are used to when it came to grids and learning systems or grids with anything in the consumer markets. But, after consulting my horse – a long day on the Pony Express will do that, I said to Igor, we need to change this up.

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

Talented Learning

As I discussed in last week’s post , organizations everywhere are suddenly taking a crash course in virtual learning. So we’ve compiled a list of free tools and resources in 7 categories: 1) Learning Technology Offers. 3) Learning and Business Services.

Podcast 23: Open Source LMS Advantages – With Lars Hyland of Totara

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 23 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. But when should organizations choose an open source LMS platform as the backbone for extended enterprise learning ? Tune in now as I explore this topic with Lars Hyland , Chief Learning Officer of Totara Learning , a market-leading open source LMS pioneer. WANT TO LEARN MORE?