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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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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?

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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. What is an LMS RFP?

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

eLearning Industry

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.

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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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!

LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

Talented Learning

With almost 700 LMS vendors in the world, competition for every sales opportunity is fierce. years, I have leveraged that software sales experience as an independent LMS selection consultant. LMS Vendor Sales Tips.

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.

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.

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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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). It will enable the team to identify the ideal vendor based on success criteria which became clearer through the analysis.

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LMS Ghost stories – The truth will scare you

eLearning 24-7

But what you rarely hear, is something I have often been hearing, which isn’t going from any spirit, rather it is coming from some LMS vendors. A good vendor will take that information and apply it to your demo (you want one), inquire for additional questions if needed – after they have had time to review it – post-call; and most importantly as a cornerstone to your pricing. And let’s go back to that RFP for a second. And where to vendors stick it?

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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).

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 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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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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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. Many vendors require three year contract s and many more are monthly. Many LMS vendors offer multiple license model options.

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. Vetting every vendor is impractical. As independent LMS selection consultants , we continuously evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of all vendors in the association market.

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

Talented Learning

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. In each case, we asked vendors for pricing tailored to the client’s unique usage patterns.

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. It comes difficult to discern what’s obvious -and what needs to be explicitly explained for a vendor to understand your needs. 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.

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. Free Consult?

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

Talented Learning

Every day, I listen as customers react to LMS vendors before, during and after a contract is signed. That’s when the sting of a rough implementation , a weak rollout and so-so customer service is sometimes the only thing that remains. 5) What About Migration Services?

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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.

Software Demo Success: How to Present Your LMS In Its Best Light

Talented Learning

If you’re a learning systems vendor , this scenario should sound familiar. Your sales team recently crafted a strong proposal in response to an LMS RFP , and the buyer has given your company a thumbs up. In a matter of minutes, that vendor lost the bid.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. 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.

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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. I’m sure some LMS vendors are getting caught in the crossfire.

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. Video-centered training is going mainstream and every vendor seems to be pushing new boundaries.

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Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook

WBT Systems

To ensure clarity of communication, it is a good idea to nominate one person to be the main contact for the LMS vendor, such as a project manager. To ensure clarity of communication, it is a good idea to nominate one or two people to be the main contacts for the LMS and other vendors.

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. Need a One-on-One Consultation About your LMS Plans?

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Learn how a guided services approach is making a measurable difference. What kind of model works best with your particular product or service? As consultants, we’ve seen far too many situations where buyers neglected this step, with disastrous results.

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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. It is nearly 13 years since I started working in the LMS space.

LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. I am already a limited member of the Adobe community — I rely on the Adobe Sign service to digitally sign PDFs and use Adobe Stock for my photos and graphics. Plenty of clear self-service tutorials and free support.

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). Implementation costs by the vendor or related third party. System integration costs by third party vendors with other systems.

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