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. A typical software system RFP has multiple sections; once you complete one you like, you can use it as a template for other requests and programs. Some buyers will actually use the RFP sections to “score” vendor written responses or demo presentations.

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Hiring a Technology Consultant

Web Courseworks

Hiring a technology consultant may be the solution. I think back to when I managed a stable of consultants in the Milwaukee market. They explained that they wanted to bring in a consultant for a couple of months to get them moving—they really had no time to waste. I recently interviewed Elaine Biech, the author of a series of excellent books about consulting. The Business of Consulting: The Basics and Beyond , by Elaine Biech. Consultants provide flexibility.

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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

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. Blindly submitting an RFP response can be just as risky.

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The Benefits of a Request for Proposal (RFP)

dVinci Interactive

So, now is the time to find a partner to assist with consulting and planning, content development or eLearning technology implementation. Once you have a general idea of your needs, budget, and timeline, you should develop an eLearning Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP is your tool for qualifying and eventually selecting an eLearning partner. We recently posted a custom eLearning RFP template on our learning solutions website. eLearning Training RFP RFP template

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Debut: My LMS RFP Template – The only one you will ever need again

eLearning 24-7

Speed up the process – Who has time today to spend days putting together a RFP and on the flip side from the vendor perspective who has weeks to complete them? Frankly, I got tired of seeing LMS RFP templates that either were built by a LMS vendor and thus some of the features were targeting said vendor, or LMS RFP templates created by people who are not LMS experts, let alone have an extensive experience in e-learning. What I can guarantee about this LMS RFP template.

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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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5 Ways To Vet LMS Vendors After Employing Free LMS Consulting Services

Dan Keckan

Free consultation is a beautiful thing, because it saves you money and gives you a game plan. In this article, I discuss 5 ways to vet LMS vendors after employing free LMS consulting services. Learning Management Systems LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsNow that you have a list of recommendations, how do you find the right people to work with? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

8 Tips To Define The Scope Of Your Corporate eLearning Project Before An LMS Consult

Dan Keckan

In this article, I share 8 tips to determine the scope of your corporate eLearning project so that you can get the full benefit from an LMS consult. Learning Management Systems LMS Evaluation LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS SelectionWhich features should you look for in your next LMS? How much should you allocate for upfront costs and ongoing maintenance? To answer these questions, you need to conduct an in-depth corporate eLearning project analysis.

LMS Software Selection Process: 7 Notable Benefits Of Using LMS Consulting Services

Dan Keckan

Are you thinking about enlisting the aid of an experienced LMS consultant to guide you through the LMS selection process? This article features 7 notable benefits of using LMS consulting services to find a system that offers the best value for money. Learning Management Systems LMS Evaluation LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS SelectionThis post was first published on eLearning Industry.

I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

Experiencing eLearning

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. eLearning LMS change management learning management system LMS selection process RFP

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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.

The 8-Step Guide To Successful LMS Vendor Selection

Dan Keckan

LMS consulting can help you find the right system for your budget and online training needs. Learning Management Systems LMS Evaluation LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS SelectionThis article features a step-by-step look at how to choose the best LMS vendor for your online training program. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

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? A good consultant can make the whole process faster, easier and more successful by: Clarifying your needs. 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.

RFPs SUCK: Lessons for eLearning Managers

Web Courseworks

The new book is succinct, well organized, and full of useful tips if you are tasked with either creating or responding to an RFP. If your job is to write the RFP, hopefully you can avoid the ten dumbest RFP questions. The client or consultant already has a favorite vendor (and it’s not you), but they are required to solicit other bids. The importance of assembling a team to respond to the RFP. Great tips and techniques on organizing the RFP response.

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How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

Before you even think about creating a request for proposal (RFP), you must spend time on the LMS requirements gathering and analysis process. If you don’t get it right, you won’t create a useful RFP or select the best LMS for your association. In addition to your colleagues in the education department, you may also want to consult with staff responsible for accounting, marketing, membership, and meetings. You’re going to need at least a budget range for the RFP.

I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

Experiencing eLearning

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. The LMS RFP Template from E-Learning 24/7 is another option with a small list of features you might consider.

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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. Even if you haven’t relied on a consultant for LMS selection , it’s critical to put an independent advisor on your side now. You’ve probably spent the past 3-12 months developing LMS requirements, researching potential vendors, reading RFP responses , watching demos and testing features in a sandbox.

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. He is also an LMS selection consultant and eLearning industry blogger focused on helping organizations plan and implement technology strategies that support extended enterprise learning.

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Lessons Learned: LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Lessons for the RFP process. There were a lot of lessons that will help to develop a more detailed RFP (Request for Proposal). For example, it would be beneficial to incorporate into an RFP: Keep all criteria of your requirements separate and provide a templated response form for the vendors to complete. Involve all Subject Matter Experts prior to the RFP to ensure all their needs have been captured appropriately.

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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. He is also an LMS selection consultant and eLearning industry blogger focused on helping organizations plan and implement technology strategies that support extended enterprise learning.

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Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) Announces New Board Members

Meridian

a leading cloud RFP and sales enablement software provider. Ian MacVicar is an accomplished finance and strategic planning expert who currently serves as Managing Director of Invicar Consulting. Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) provides industry-leading management consulting, system integration, and technology deployment solutions.

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10 Ways to Lose at Selling Learning Systems: For LMS Vendors

Talented Learning

Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. With 8 total finalists, my head is still spinning from analyzing more than a thousand pages of RFP response documents, sitting through 24 hours of demos and critically (sometimes ruthlessly) evaluating a diverse cast of sales characters as they pitch their solutions. Now as a selection consultant, I have a better view than most of the best and worst sales people from all over the world.

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

Paradiso

Draft a good RFP (Request for Proposal). Next, download an RFP template! Yes, there is a proper format for an RFP! Please contact us for demos of any of our Moodle integrations or need free consultation for your LMS project. Moodle, one of the leading open source platforms used worldwide by numerous schools, colleges, universities, government organizations, charities and corporates alike, is an eLearning platform that has endless possibilities.

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

6) As an LMS selection consultant, do you ensure that vendors deliver what they promise? But a good LMS selection consultant can restore foggy memories with thorough documentation. That’s one reason why we clarify buyer requirements in a formal RFP. Success leads to new sales opportunities – especially when working with consultants like us, who recommend vendors on a continuous basis. When to issue an RFP (or not).

LMS implementation without frustration

Petra Mayer

Provide specific recommendations for the RFP process. As this was an RFI process, this exercise will need to be repeated during the RFP stage. System Implementation Consultants. On the other end of the spectrum, you may receive a response to your RFI or RFP (Request for Proposal) from a consultancy, who specializes in the implementation of a system such as SAP. Be sure to get a good understanding of this during the RFP phase to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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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. The top question we hear as LMS selection consultants: “Should we use our employee LMS for external learning programs?”

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

Docebo

Depending on your use case, you may also want to consult your people in Partner Enablement , Customer Enablement , and Sales Enablement. Finding a learning management system (LMS) requires a lot of brainstorming and prioritizing to nail down your final system requirements.

Responding to Requests for Proposals for Learning Projects

Bottom-Line Performance

I often wonder how many hours a client might save himself or herself if their RFP had been put together a bit more carefully. If you are someone who outsources work to vendors, you can make your job easier - and your vendors’ job easier by assembling a solid RFP - or request for proposal. The information that follows is straight from a document we created titled, “Creating a Good RFP.&# Clients who have a rock-solid RFP help themselves.

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. Look at training as a business driver rather than a staff benefit, and L&D as a consultant who truly wants to help you improve your department’s performance. "So how do you evaluate the success of eLearning that you create?"

LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

Talented Learning

years, I have leveraged that software sales experience as an independent LMS selection consultant. Minimize “Boiler Plate” Errors – You wouldn’t believe the boiler plate copy-and-paste mistakes I see in formal RFP responses. It is silly to spend dozens of hours on a RFP response, only to let this kind of careless, sloppy oversight define you and your company. It also leads to irritated LMS selection consultants with elephant-like memories.).

Free Webinar: Select Your Ideal Learning Management System

Adobe Captivate

You don’t need a fancy LMS consultant or an expensive report to find your learning technology platform. Assemble a Request for Proposal (RFP) that you can provide to prospective vendors in order to create a functional comparison. In May, I partnered with a continuing education organization to offer a class on how to select a learning technology platform. The session was great in the sense that attendees received continuing education credits – but you had to pay for the class.

Benay: “Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

They’ll insist that they are under the same rigid procurement or Request For Proposal (RFP) process as any small/medium IT company in Canada. They have an army of consultants that lobby procurement. Unfortunately when it comes to proposals and RFP’s, most small Canadian IT companies like mine might have one or two people responding to RFP’s. IT firm to write the definition around the RFP to save some time and effort.

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Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

These skills are primarily related to project management, the most important of which is the knowledge and skill necessary to prepare a good request for proposal (RFP). This inaccuracy or vagueness must be avoided in your RFP if you want good competitive bids. One approach: if you do not have the experience to prepare an accurate RFP, hire a consultant or a development vendor specifically to help you prepare the RFP.

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. After verbally confirming requirements with each of the vendor candidates, we invited them to participate in our exclusive request for proposal ( RFP ) process. Submit the form below to schedule a complimentary consultation with me!

“Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

They’ll insist that they are under the same rigid procurement or Request For Proposal (RFP) process as any small/medium IT company in Canada. They have an army of consultants that lobby procurement. Unfortunately when it comes to proposals and RFP’s, most small Canadian IT companies like mine might have one or two people responding to RFP’s. IT firm to write the definition around the RFP to save some time and effort.

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Eclectic Happenings

Kapp Notes

It is a fun and clever way of investigating issues involved in instructional design from a couple of consultants in the field. you'll have to take RFP all over again.:>{ __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content GuideThis post is a collection of a number of interesting things happening in the blogosphere which don't all fit under one nice, neat category.

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Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

As consultants, we’ve seen far too many situations where buyers neglected this step, with disastrous results. Learn more in this webinar replay: Choosing Your Next LMS: How to Kickstart the Process with an Independent Consultant. When and how to use an RFP (or not). Submit the form below to schedule a free preliminary consultation at your convenience. Another year is drawing to a close – already? Hard to believe, but the calendar doesn’t lie.

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

eLearning 24-7

Actually, I do blame: Vendors who still post RFP templates on their site – which by the way tend to be geared towards themselves. Organizations who recommend the value of RFPs and either have a link to an RFP template or how to do a RFP. Some Linkedin groups who retort to folks asking about RFPs, that they should do a RFP – stop telling them that! RFP reality – And no, Jeff Probst is not your host. During the past 14.5

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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. For example, at Talented Learning, we have over 30 active discussion “channels” that reflect our work priorities – everything from industry news to blog content development workflow to consulting project information. When to issue an RFP (or not).