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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. RFPs help buyers get organized, formalize requirements, evaluate vendors logically, create a historical record and show vendors you are serious. Clients expect me to help them avoid RFP missteps. What is an LMS RFP?

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

Talented Learning

But preparing RFP responses can be brutal – especially if you blow it with unforced errors. What’s Wrong With This RFP Response? 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. Let’s look at some basic factors… 9 Ways to Build a Winning RFP Response. The post Is Your RFP Response On Point?

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Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

Making Sense of LMS License Models. 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. Don’t be shy with vendors.

LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?

Talented Learning

” As an LMS research analyst and vendor selection consultant, I get a version of that question often from both LMS buyers and sellers. ” With over 650 LMS solutions in the world there is no universal LMS license model nor commonly accepted standard price ranges. Licenses fees can be based on usage, learner records, location, concurrency or revenue share. Many vendors require three year contract s and many more are monthly. LMS License Models.

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. An RFI is a stripped-down version of an RFP.

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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? In fact, nearly 1000 vendors are on our radar! The clock runs out before they can determine which vendors are truly relevant. A good consultant can make the whole process faster, easier and more successful by: Clarifying your needs. Helping you pick the best fit from that shortlist of vendors.

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. But sending learners to a different vendor LMS for each course makes no sense. Let’s say you offer an “LMS Consulting 101” course that exists in your LMS at TalentedLearning.com. It doesn’t address updates, reporting or licensing. This is when you specify licensing parameters.

Continuing Education: Will You Sell More CEUs With an LMS?

Talented Learning

People often seek continuing education to earn or maintain a professional license. On the other hand, those seeking professional licenses expect to pay for continuing education. Ultimately, professionals are responsible for maintaining their own license or certification. Workforce-oriented LMS vendors are built and supported by HR and training experts who understand a “compliance” mindset. 5) License and Cost Misalignment.

LMS Review: Litmos

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. License Model/Cost. Licensing: “active user” or “unique login” where any trainer or trainee who signs in at least once during a billing period is counted as “active” for the 30 day period. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Fill out the form below to contact us for a free preliminary consultation. Talented Learning LMS Reviews provide initial screening of vendors for extended enterprise suitability.

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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. Previously, before a multitude of specialized solutions burst onto the landscape, LMS choices were limited to a handful of “one-size-fits-all” vendors. It happens at least once a week.

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3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Typically, this is done through a “Request-for-Information” (RFI) process or through a “Request-for-Proposal” (RFP). There are many factors that impact the cost of your Learning Management System : System licensing costs. Implementation costs by the vendor or related third party. System integration costs by third party vendors with other systems. Licensing costs for additional systems acquired related to the project. Undisclosed licensing fees.

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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. 6) As an LMS selection consultant, do you ensure that vendors deliver what they promise? Unfortunately, vendor amnesia happens. But a good LMS selection consultant can restore foggy memories with thorough documentation.

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. Through practical, front-line experience, we’ve identified the information and steps that are most effective in defining requirements and formulating a short list of highly qualified vendors for any type of learning management scenario. Vendor 2 quickly emerged as the option to beat.

Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

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. The market clearly needs vendors who specialize in helping organizations efficiently move from one stage to the next – or through the entire migration cycle. • Offer a Path to Extended Enterprise Learning. When to issue an RFP (or not). Throw out your learning technology playbook.

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

Talented Learning

Talk with consultants who’ve helped other organizations retool their learning programs. Some systems offer a licensing structure that lets you start small at a very reasonable cost. If you have the time and budget to research all these options, you can study industry publications, read analyst websites, comb through product reviews, watch hours of pre-recorded demos, attend tradeshows and speaking directly with vendors of interest. Vetting every vendor is impractical.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

3 For LMS Vendors: Why It Pays to Wake Up to Extended Enterprise Learning. We hope that helping learning systems vendors elevate their game will improve their solutions, as well as the relationships they develop with prospects and customers. As consultants, we’ve seen far too many situations where buyers neglected this step, with disastrous results. 1 The 3 Licensing Models of an LMS (or Any Enterprise Software). When and how to use an RFP (or not).

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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. The vendors were competing for two unique, extended enterprise LMS opportunities. Selling LMSs is very tough in 2016 because of the plenitude and parity of vendor options. The average five-year vendor bid for all licenses and services was $725K. Free Consult?

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

To find the best learning technology fit , we must sort through various learning platform types, license models , functionality, integration capacity , implementation services (or lack of) and overall costs. 2) Vendor Identification. 5) Vendor Qualification. 6) Request for Proposal (RFP). Why Sandboxes Keep Traditional LMS Vendors Up at Night. If the vendor complies and the evaluation goes poorly, the vendor pays the price.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. It is easy to start, use, integrate, manage and license. Three years ago, this vendor was happy to gobble up even the smallest LMS customers who educated and sold themselves via a free trial. Increasingly, I’ve noticed a trend among rapidly growing SaaS LMS vendors. When I talk with learning technology vendors, I always ask who they see as a competitor. License Model/Cost.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. LMS vendors aren’t just talking about what’s possible – they’re delivering. Organizations are making purchasing decisions based on boldly redefined expectations, and LMS are vendors rising to those expectations. Over the past decade, as the LMS market ballooned from 12 to 700+ vendors, consolidation became inevitable.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

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. 16 Licensing Levels Rise. Now it’s common to see LMS licensing in the range of $5/user/month or $60/user/year. We’ve analyzed results from LMS vendors who publish outcomes of their customers’ extended enterprise learning initiatives. When and how to use an RFP (or not).

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. Member Friendly License Models.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

As consultants, we’ve seen far too many situations where buyers neglected this step, with disastrous results. 1 The 3 Licensing Models of an LMS (or Any Enterprise Software). Why has software licensing intelligence attracted so much attention?

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LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. License Model/Cost. No true domain separation, but ability to create “external” user groups, designate # of seat licenses, delegate administrator/manager and set expiration dates. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Fill out the form below to contact us for a free preliminary consultation. Talented Learning LMS Reviews provide initial screening of vendors for extended enterprise suitability.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

At first glance, open source LMS may seem to have certain advantages over a commercial, purpose-built association LMS – no upfront licensing costs, full control over how the system can be customized, etc. However, there are hidden costs when purchasing an open source LMS that may not be immediately apparent at the RFP stage, but should be carefully considered before investing the association’s time and resources into an open-source LMS implementation.

The potential pitfalls of a custom LMS solution

LearnUpon

I’ve seen these scenarios and sometimes when I read through a set of requirements or an RFP I am the first to say “This company needs a custom build, no LMS will do all of this off the shelf”. LMS Vendor QA. There are other risks that come with a long implementation timeframe such as hardware going out of date, new browsers getting released that now need to be supported, key people might leave on the vendor side or from your company, etc.