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.

Kicking the RFP Habit

Breakthrough eLearning

Two weeks ago, in a moment of weakness, I almost submitted a response to a request for proposals (RFP). However, I remembered an earlier vow that I had made to myself never to put myself and my colleagues through "RFP hell" again, was resolute, and I ignored the invitation. I have won and lost my fair share of RFP competitions in the past. a favourite vendor was already selected and the RFP process was a bureaucratic necessity to prove "due process").

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Nine tips for writing excellent RFPs

Good To Great

I’m not suggesting that this is an RFP rulebook; it’s not even a list of recommendations. Although I did get positive feedback from the suppliers I sent my first RFP to, and likewise was very pleased with the standard of proposals I received back.) When preparing an RFP… First of all, be fair with the deadline. When asking for information… Obviously, the questions in your RFP will depend on the specifics of your project.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Sales Enablement Vendor


>> Download your All-in-One Sales Enablement RFP Kit to learn how to create a comprehensive RFP and keep the evaluation process on track. Create a Request for Proposal (RFP) and send it to qualified vendors.

Traps To Avoid When Hiring An Instructional Designer

Spark Your Interest

Engaging A Firm Through A Request for Proposal (RFP) Process. The norm of past decades, especially for bureaucratic entities, was to put out an RFP to engage a company on a project. Conversely, today’s reality is that successful companies don’t respond to RFP’s because they don’t need to. The RFP process is mostly an outdated purchasing practice. Those who spend the time to respond to a formal RFP often do so because that can’t secure enough work.

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Considerations for a Request for Proposal

Training Industry

As noted in last month’s blog, this edition will focus on the key ingredients for developing a request for proposal (RFP). First, when do you utilize a RFP or a request for information (RFI)? A RFP is exactly that, a formal proposal submission by a seller(s) to a buyer which includes the cost considerations, as well as the commercial terms of the offer. The lynchpin of any RFP is a well-defined scope of work (SOW).

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Learning technology lessons from the front lines

CLO Magazine

The importance of building trust, having one-on-one conversations and just doing the work of bringing leaders along on the journey cannot be overstated. Do your research and be judicious with who you engage in the RFP process.

When should you outsource your training or eLearning development?


Create a Request for Proposals (RFP). Evaluate responses to your RFP from qualified training outsourcing companies. And some in-house training teams of multi-jurisdictional organizations may not be fully conversant with regulatory requirements across the company.

Meet the Hero of the Technical Sale: The Sales Engineer


It indicates the SE is likely to be active in a series of stages including pitch, demo, architect/customize, proof of concept ( PoC ), and RFP. Ability to contribute to the RFP process. If you sell technology products, an unsung hero sits nearby.

2019 Turkey Awards

eLearning 24-7

Bonus – FindAnLMS now has a mini-RFP component. That’s right, if you are interested in a learning system, and wish to submit a scaled down RFP, now you can. Add a use case, provide some basics, and start the conversation. Mini-RFP within FindAnLMS, changes that.

The Customer Education Experts Directory


Feature fatigue and the risk of overcomplicating RFP technology with features. Churn Conversion. Since the outbreak of the global pandemic, customer education has become a hot topic of discussion, and for a good reason.

Hiring a Technology Consultant

Web Courseworks

Finding the Right Hired Gun: A Conversation with Elaine Biech. What’s in an effective request for proposals (RFP) for a consulting project? In a good response to your RFP you should expect to see the following things: A clear understanding of your situation. 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.

CAC: Fall 2007 Corporate Advisory Council Event ReCap

Kapp Notes

Certification: Greg Sapnar and Steven Just Teaching Instructional Design to a Subject Matter Expert:Nathan Eckel Fully Using Adobe Products:Cliff Sobel and Rhonda Dorsett Virtual Worlds: Bart Pursel Creating Simulations that Deal with Failure: Phil Charron Panel Discussion: Contracting/Consulting Teaching Conversational Modeling: Louis Biggie Mobile Learning:Tom Kruezberger On the second day, students presented.

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Numbers Don’t Lie: 5 Sales Enablement Myths Debunked


The features and capabilities that make it to the top of the RFP list depend on who owns your sales enablement strategy. Growing companies are nearly 2x more likely than stagnant companies to have a process for capturing institutional knowledge from asynchronous conversations.

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

eLearning 24-7

There are still vendors who will show you everything, rather than asking up front what you want to see OR tailor it based on a previous conversation. 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. RFP reality – And no, Jeff Probst is not your host.

Can you recommend an LMS?

eLearning 24-7

Yet, as I have often noted, it is rarely pushed upon in an RFP, let alone a demo. You the consumer can use the support card as part of your RFP process, which I strongly recommend. . I was debating with myself (totally one-sided conversation), how to go about it. And many you can schedule a demo, send RFP, etc. Perhaps you have to someone you know. Or maybe you have posted this same question on various social media platforms such as Linkedin.

If Only I Could Live Tweet Faster: My ASAE 2013 Session Standouts

Association eLearning

Conversation that Matters: Relationships that Work at the Board Level: Coming from the nonprofit sector I loved hearing this discussion about some of the issues association professionals face with their Board. I found the conversation to be a great reminder on why we have a Board. Committees draft the RFP and select the options, but the CEO and staff are responsible for selection and follow through.”. This was my first year at ASAE Annual but it certainly won’t be my last.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

We also produce monthly webinars and podcasts featuring conversations with leading practitioners and innovators. 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. When and how to use an RFP (or not). Another year is drawing to a close – already? Hard to believe, but the calendar doesn’t lie.

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3 Reasons Curatr Doesn’t Have A Discussion Forum

HT2 Labs

Using content curated from around your organisation or the wider web, Curatr allows course designers to challenge learners to take part in conversations and contribute back to the learning environment with content of their own devising. As more organisations click on to the idea of taking a more social approach to digital learning, so we get more requests from potential users of our software to fill out feature check-lists that come alongside a Request For Proposal (RFP).

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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.

How B2B SaaS Companies Create Powerful Profitable Certified Agency Partner Programs with LifterLMS


Adrian Tobey: We have an RFP process. Their roadblocks, getting more customers, dealing with snotty clients, dealing with I’m not charging enough, how can I charge more and not feel terrible about it, those kinds of conversations we have a lot.

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

Talented Learning

If you already produce video or podcasts , you can go a step further with integrated pop-up questions or comment tools that encourage ongoing conversations with instructors and participants. When to issue an RFP (or not). We’ve all heard about today’s rapidly changing workforce dynamics and the critical shortage of qualified labor. Almost daily, new statistics highlight the need for effective skills training and professional development.

In Challenging Times: Make Lemonade in eLearning


You can have learners navigate challenging conversations, or operate complex machinery, and make decisions about many different types of activities that are the focus of training.

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. When to issue an RFP (or not).

LMS Ghost stories – The truth will scare you

eLearning 24-7

Seek additional resources before just either blasting a RFP out to everyone or picking up the phone, because you saw their name. And let’s go back to that RFP for a second. How many times have you sent a RFP out to someone only to realize afterwards, upon checking, that they are not in your vertical, your employee or business size, etc.? Everyone has hobbies. Fun things they like to do. For me, one of my hobbies is staying in allegedly haunted hotels and inns.

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

Talented Learning

Your sales team recently crafted a strong proposal in response to an LMS RFP , and the buyer has given your company a thumbs up. For example: Update discovery findings – One of the biggest mistakes you can make is assuming that research from the RFP phase is still accurate in the demo phase. Include external voices in the conversation – Adding third-party participants can be a highly persuasive tactic.

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

Join this webcast for a conversation on engagement tactics and how you can adjust your approach and create a true learning culture where the workforce has a learning habit! Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 10AM – 11AM PT: 7 Best Practices for Your Moodle RFP The request-for-proposal (RFP) process can be time-consuming, but can also yield meaningful results. " Very early. " by Dinesh Valke is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

We’re thrilled to be part of this rapidly evolving conversation. In this post, I revisit a conversation I had with Lars Hyland, Chief Commercial Officer of Totara. We also just launched our new podcast series, “The Talented Learning Show” to showcase one-on-one conversations with leading experts in the learning technology community. When and how to use an RFP (or not).

The Relationship Equation: How Sellers Can Cultivate and Leverage Strategic Relationships

Training Industry

I began to establish myself as a resource for her via online and social outlets, and over time that led to in-person conversations. My company was asked to participate in the RFP process. It came to fruition this spring: the largest opportunity and sale in my company’s history. A true game changer. As you might imagine, that sale did not happen overnight. In fact, it was years in the making.

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

Introducing The Conversation Prism eLearning Trends 2007 and 2008 TechCrunch White Label Social Networking Platforms Chart How to Insert YouTube Videos in PowerPoint Presentations LinkedIn Tips and Tweaks: Do More with your LinkedIn Account Introduction to Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking and RSS Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 Using eLearning Learning , I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time.

Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 10AM – 11AM PT: How Neuroscience Drives Performance Every conversation is an opportunity to impact performance. This webinar will show you how to ensure every conversation is more productive, fosters greater commitment, and gets better results. One conversation at a time. Learning outcomes: Identifying the difference between 'performance conversations' and conversations that actually drive performance.

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

When and how to use an RFP (or not). Join the conversation — Register now! It happens at least once a week. I bump into LinkedIn posts from learning professionals who are overwhelmed by LMS challenges. 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.

eLearning Portal Integration

Tony Karrer

These discussions center on what requirements should go into an LMS RFP and more broadly how the LMS should really be integrated into the organization. Initially, the conversation was about having learning content appear on the enterprise portal. I've had a similar discussion several times over the past few months. Many LMS vendors provide portlets, gadgets or widgets that allow for access of learning content (most often meaning courses and courseware) through the corporate portal.

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Psst. You wanna buy some features?

eLearning 24-7

DVD to video conversion for creating courses. If you are going to do a RFP, remember the five golden rules: Should be no longer than 8 pages. LMS vendors are continuing to add some very unique features in an effort to set themselves apart from the competition. These expand past the standard feature sets, which I call 90/10. This is to say that 90% of features most folks seek are nearly universal in a LMS – low cost or otherwise.

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

eLearning 24-7

The date has been pushed out due to numerous conversations I had with consumers like yourself, who felt that publishing it January 5th (its initial date) would be too soon after the holidays. . along with my new updated LMS RFP for you to use and share. Back from Australia and boy are my arms tired (Yes, the worst joke ever!).

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2008 2009

Tony Karrer

for Learning Professionals Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 Test SCORM Courses with an LMS Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples Training Method Trends Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis SCORM Test Web 2.0 Lots of really interesting conversations. I likely can create very interesting conversations and can help advertise these.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Foucault, Control and the LMS

Mark Oehlert

This keyed in with another article I had been reading about Jonathan Lethem and copyright and even a conversation via post&comments that I had been following on Will Richardson and Dave Cormiers blogs respectively about a new degree being offered by the University of Michigan in Social Computing.

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RF, Please…Why an RFP Isn’t the Best Method For Choosing an LMS Vendor

Association eLearning

They wouldn’t twist yes or no questions on an RFP to try to find a way to interpret that question so they can say yes, right? Understand that an RFP, for this example, is used to select a system, a piece of technology. It is arguably more important that the vendor you choose be responsive to your organization’s needs not just today but into the future, than it is that the LMS have every feature you listed in an RFP. Want to continue the conversation?