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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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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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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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.

7 Tips To Estimate The Ideal Number Of Users To Get A More Accurate LMS Consulting

eLearning Industry

Before you enlist the aid of a trained LMS consultant, you need to know how many users you must accommodate. This article features 7 top tips to estimate the ideal number of users and get a more accurate LMS consulting. Learning Management Systems LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsThis post was first published on eLearning Industry.

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? Pricing calculator – A simple wizard the vendor completes. What I can guarantee about this LMS RFP template. Speed and Efficiency – For everyone – you and the vendor. Today, as a consultant – I often am hired by consumers to find their next LMS. Well, it is here.

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The 8-Step Guide To Successful LMS Vendor Selection

eLearning Industry

LMS consulting can help you find the right system for your budget and online training needs. This article features a step-by-step look at how to choose the best LMS vendor for your online training program. 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

You can identify your requirements, then send this to vendors to have them show how they meet your needs. 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. 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.

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. Along the way, I have seen more than 100 salespeople from multiple vendors compete to win legitimate business opportunities. To win, an LMS vendor must vanquish a minimum of 4 to 20 others and be the only one left standing – with each and every new customer.

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

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. Learning systems buyers are always more successful when they invest time upfront qualifying vendors for their specific business situation). Now as a selection consultant, I have a better view than most of the best and worst sales people from all over the world. Where to find the most reliable LMS vendor intelligence, and.

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.

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. This book will at least give you a better understanding and empathy for what vendors must go through to answer RFPs. The client or consultant already has a favorite vendor (and it’s not you), but they are required to solicit other bids.

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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.

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.

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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Free Webinar: Select Your Ideal Learning Management System

Adobe Captivate

Many companies simply choose a vendor that offers a lot of features – and then hope for the best. Either process will help you identify a vendor that suits your organization’s continuing education needs. 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.

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).

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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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. His weekly blog and webinar publishes best practices, vendor reviews, education and case studies that are useful to professionals involved in channel, customer, association, academic and public sector learning.

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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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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. His weekly blog and webinar publishes best practices, vendor reviews, education and case studies that are useful to professionals involved in channel, customer, association, academic and public sector 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). It will enable the team to identify the ideal vendor based on success criteria which became clearer through the analysis. 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.

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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.

LMS implementation without frustration

Petra Mayer

Identify each vendor’s fit to these requirements and the investment for their solution. Identify which tasks will be required to implement the various solutions and how the projects would differ between the vendor solutions. Provide specific recommendations for the RFP process. In my work I analyzed the fit of the vendor solutions by calculating a match rate for each vendor and comparing it to a five-year investment. System Implementation Consultants.

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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.

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. These will give you a good roadmap for where you want to head, and help you decide whether the LMS vendors you’re considering can get you there.

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.

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. Consequently, while many of our clients do ask, not many venture into it; and requiring organizational commitment and action as it does, it’s not something only we, as vendors, can entirely influence. "So how do you evaluate the success of eLearning that you create?"

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! The template you choose should enable you to document your exact needs and specifications, in order for the vendor to clearly understand your requirements and caters to it correctly. Please contact us for demos of any of our Moodle integrations or need free consultation for your LMS project.

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. Most vendors think they are priced too high or too low and they are right. We gathered LMS pricing from vendor websites, public RFP results, interviewed buyers and asked the vendors. Many LMS vendors offer multiple license model options.

Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

If you develop it yourself, there are many issues to consider regarding the necessary skill sets, tools & technology, and outsourcing and teaming with experienced vendors. This will probably cost less than hiring an outside vendor and may give you more control over the project. The alternative option would then be to outsource the development to a vendor that specializes in e-Learning development.

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. It starts when you misunderstand a vendor’s pricing strategy.

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. 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. 11) How important is finding the right vendor culture “fit”?