Hiring a Technology Consultant

Web Courseworks

CIOs, CTOs, and other technology executives are often saddled with problems that their staff hasn’t demonstrated an ability to solve, either due to a lack of knowledge, resources, or drive. These problems usually have a direct and measurable effect on the business value being delivered by the technology group, and certainly can cause angst amongst the rest of the business leadership. Hiring a technology consultant may be the solution. Consultants provide flexibility.

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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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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The Benefits of a Request for Proposal (RFP)

dVinci Interactive

As the economy has improved, more organizations have invested in learning technologies to gain a competitive advantage or accomplish strategic goals. 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). eLearning Training RFP RFP template

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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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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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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. They stay on top of online learning trends and are familiar with learning systems and other association technology. How LMS Consultants Help with Requirements Analysis.

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. 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? 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).

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. This process—the discussions and decisions—is the most important part of any technology selection. If you don’t get it right, you won’t create a useful RFP or select the best LMS for your association. Many organizations hire an association LMS consultant to help them with the LMS requirements and selection process.

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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Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

Regular readers know that this blog isn’t the only way we share advice with learning technology buyers and sellers. This year we launched our new podcast series, “ The Talented Learning Show “ to showcase one-on-one conversations with experts from across the learning technology community. What role does learning technology innovation play in franchise business success? Hands-down, year after year, our most popular posts focus on learning technology trends.

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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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Free Webinar: Select Your Ideal Learning Management System

Adobe Captivate

In May, I partnered with a continuing education organization to offer a class on how to select a learning technology platform. The description is below: Has your organization asked you to select a new learning technology platform or learning management system? Many learning professionals are asked to evaluate and purchase learning technology, and few of us have the background necessary to handle those tasks.

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

Trajectory IQ

Let’s get started… Canada’s home-grown tech companies have long complained that Ottawa keeps turning to giant American firms like IBM for its information-technology needs — and an internal federal report suggests they’re right. 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.

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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. 9) Let’s talk about technology. Associations of every size want to make the most of their investment in learning technology. Bottom-line – technology costs are no longer a deal-breaker for low-budget continuing education providers. As independent LMS selection consultants , we continuously evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of all vendors in the association market.

“Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

Let’s get started… Canada’s home-grown tech companies have long complained that Ottawa keeps turning to giant American firms like IBM for its information-technology needs — and an internal federal report suggests they’re right. 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.

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18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

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. Almost daily, new learning technology developers contact us to introduce themselves.

Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) Announces New Board Members

Meridian

Tim Hill has extensive business and technology industry experience and currently serves as President and General Manager of the Higher Education Business Unit at Blackbaud Inc. 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.

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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.

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.

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

Regardless, a learning system must fit into your unique technology infrastructure. 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. The Tier 2 team is included only at key milestones such as RFP evaluation, demonstrations and proof of concept review.

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. And here’s Professor Brinkerhoff speaking at the Learning Technologies Show in London in 2013. "So how do you evaluate the success of eLearning that you create?"

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. Which technology and business factors are shaping the extended enterprise LMS market? When to issue an RFP (or not).

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.

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.).

Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

While many larger companies have already transitioned into e-Learning and embrace it as a vital component of their overall training efforts, many mid-size and smaller companies have been waiting on the sidelines observing how the technology, methods, and costs evolve. Many new products and technologies are available and, in general, the industry has matured. This inaccuracy or vagueness must be avoided in your RFP if you want good competitive bids.

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. They must easily integrate with association management systems (AMS), ecommerce systems, single sign-on (SSO) technology, virtual classrooms, marketing automation tools, CRMs and event production systems. For developers of learning management technology, this is bad news.

CAC: Fall 2007 Corporate Advisory Council Event ReCap

Kapp Notes

Twice a year corporate professionals from the fields of instructional technology, e-learning, and instructional design arrive in tiny Bloomsburg Pennsylvania to evaluate students in a our instructional technology graduate program. Their presentations are part of a class I teach called Managing Multimedia Projects in Bloomsburg University's Instructional Technology Program.

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Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

Throw out your learning technology playbook. 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. Are you in the learning technology or content business ? How can learning technology help them resolve immediate issues? When to issue an RFP (or not). Submit the form below to schedule a free preliminary consultation at your convenience.

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?

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

Talented Learning

For instance: Sometimes a buyer seeks technology that is complementary or superior to its own. 2) Broader Reach : The combined customer base will drive stronger content, support, systems integration and technology partnerships around the globe. When to issue an RFP (or not).

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Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Two years ago, we launched our podcast series, “ The Talented Learning Show “ for convenient access to one-on-one conversations with leading learning technology innovators and practitioners. Hands-down, every year our most popular posts focus on top learning technology trends.

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. Let’s say you offer an “LMS Consulting 101” course that exists in your LMS at TalentedLearning.com. When to issue an RFP (or not). Submit the form below to schedule a free preliminary consultation at your convenience. WELCOME TO EPISODE 26 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW!

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

When we started Talented Learning, there was no independent source of extended enterprise learning technology research, but we knew from experience that the need was real. Since then, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of modern LMS vendors, and in enthusiasm for strategies and technologies that help organizations educate customers, channel partners and other external audiences. As an LMS analyst and consultant, I hear that question all the time.

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. After receiving the vendor RFP responses and confirming we were only evaluating highly qualified partner options, we invited the four vendors in each opportunity onsite to present their company and solution. Don’t depend on client technology. Free Consult?

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. 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. Making Sense of LMS License Models.

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

Talented Learning

Thanks to a surge in learning technology innovation and greater demand for a workforce with proven professional skills , the business of selling continuing education units ( CEUs ) is growing bigger each day. What is Technology’s Role in Continuing Education? To understand why this segment of the training technology market is so interested in custom design, let’s take a look at the challenges CE businesses face. Has technology caught up with your business model?

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

sales team to handle more sophisticated learning technology buying opportunities and RFPs, and has expanded implementation and support services staff to provide a higher level of help, guidance, expertise and ongoing support. When I talk with learning technology vendors, I always ask who they see as a competitor. High-Technology/Software. Fill out the form below to contact us for a free preliminary consultation. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory.

Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook

WBT Systems

Your requirements list will help you to list the metrics by which you will measure the success of the technologies and resources you will use to deliver your program, and the suitability of different LMS platforms. You may choose to work with an analyst, use an RFP template, or keep the planning in-house, relying on the experience of your project team and input from your learners.