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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10 Effective LMS RFP Guidelines

Upside Learning

We received a Request For Proposal (RFP) from a leading Banking and Financial organization last week to deploy an enterprise wide Learning Management System. Would this LMS RFP process help the organization achieve its objective of finding a suitable solution? Would this document allow a vendor to map their solution as per the organization’s true requirement? The more explicit one can be, the more assistance the vendor can offer.

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Boost Your ROI with a Better eLearning RFP

dVinci Interactive

Establishing a new eLearning vendor relationship is a complicated process. A carefully thought out Request for Proposal (RFP) addresses each question specifically, and provides the information your learning partner needs to deliver the results you want. Partner – A well-crafted RFP helps you evaluate potential partners and find the one that’s best for you… the one with the right combination of expertise, technology, management and creative skills. Using an RFP template.

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Learning Systems RFP and Tier4 NexGen

eLearning 24-7

I note this, because this post covers my new Learning Systems RFP Template , which includes the latest NexGen Tier 4 feature sets. Why one RFP instead of specific ones for LXP and LMS? When see the template you are going to be like “this is a lot of features and categories, no vendor will complete all of this.” This is far better than them receiving a 20 page RFP or 100 page RFP. The features contained within, not every vendor will have.

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LEP/LXP RFP Template

eLearning 24-7

Yeah it is a peeve of mine, which is why, I decided that LEPs needed their own RFP template. Anyway, after studying the market in-depth – the LEP market that is, I felt an RFP specifically for that market made sense. . This is why when you see the RFP, the LE and Admin functionality is nearly identical, but with some changes (more on that in a sec.). LEP RFP Template. First off, here is the LEP RFP Template – everything you need in one document.

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Creating A Winning Virtual Meeting Software RFP

Dan Keckan

In this article, I share 7 tips to create a winning virtual meeting software RFP. Web Conferencing Software eLearning eBooks Remote Working Video Conferencing Solutions Web Conferencing Software VendorsHow do you get proposals from top virtual conferencing providers? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

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8 Tips To Remember When Creating An RFP For Audio Conferencing Providers

Dan Keckan

An RFP for audio conferencing providers is a crucial part of vendor qualification. Web Conferencing Software Audio Conferencing Tools eLearning eBooks Web Conferencing Software Vendors Web Conferencing Tools

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The Dos and Don’ts of Approaching Learning Solution Vendors

Schoox

Is your organization ready to start looking for a learning solution vendor? If you decide to take things externally, shopping around for a vendor is not an easy task. You need to find a vendor who can provide exactly what you need, a solution tailored to your specifications.

Tips for Developing an LMS RFP

Association eLearning

So, you’re ready to take the initial plunge into eLearning, and you’re thinking of issuing a request for proposal (RFP). Distributing an RFP is a wonderful way to “set the stage” for your ideal learning management system (LMS). An RFP is especially beneficial if you have a lot of requirements, because it gives you a simple way to evaluate and compare numerous LMS systems. When the going gets tough, it may be tempting to copy another organization’s RFP requirements.

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How to write a great RFP for your eLearning Platform search

Academy of Mine

One buying tool we recommend when shopping around for a new eLearning platform is the Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be utilized to streamline and simplify the purchase process. By using an RFP you can: Organize and prioritize your business needs and desired solutions. . Create a comprehensive list of required features you can easily compare across all potential platforms. Prepare a master list of relevant questions to be answered by potential vendors.

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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. What’s in an LMS RFP?

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Tips on Writing a Great RFP for eLearning Vendors

Designing Digitally

A request for proposal (RFP) is a document that lists out the requirements of a particular job or service. Organizations request RFPs from several vendors who are bidding for the job. It is not necessary to create RFPs for every project. The better written your RFP is, the more vendors it will attract In the eLearning sector, RFPs basically outline the scope of the project, timeline, budget, and so on.

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The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP)

Absorb LMS

They copied most of these features into a RFP and sent it to vendors. If the organization that issued the RFP gets ten similar responses from other providers, they’ll need to wade through about 1500 pages of material… just to create a short list of systems to evaluate further. Here’s the number one question you should remove from your RFP: “Describe the procedure to [INSERT NAME OF TASK YOU WANT TO COMPLETE] using your learning management system.”

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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? 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. I believe that this LMS RFP Template will become your new BFF (Best Friend Forever). Well, it is here.

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LMS RFP

Tony Karrer

Continuing on from my earlier posts: LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process From several comments and from looking at my list of issues, I realize that writing a good LMS RFP is challenging and it's easy to make lots of mistakes. LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. But, what I see as the most common problem in LMS RFP documents are the requirements.

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Working with E-Learning Vendors: The RFP

E-learning Uncovered

Last month I gave some tips on how to create a Request for Information (RFI). This week let’s look at the Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFI and RFP are the two primary tools you can use to select which vendor from a group is the best one to meet your needs. RFPs are formal documents written to vendors that specifically list what you want and help the vendor provide a specific, binding proposal.

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I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

Experiencing eLearning

David Glow created a fantastic Excel template for evaluating LMSs several years ago. You can identify your requirements, then send this to vendors to have them show how they meet your needs. eLearning LMS change management learning management system LMS selection process RFP

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Working With E-Learning Vendors: Evaluating Responses to Your RFP

E-learning Uncovered

In my last post , I gave some tips on what to include in the Request for Proposal (RFP). Now, let’s look at some tips on how to sift through all of the information you will get back from the vendors. The best time to think about how you want to evaluate vendors is when you are creating the RFP, so you don’t forget to ask the vendors for something you need. It can seem overwhelming to decide which vendor best meets your needs. Vendor A.

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Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

Submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) outlining your association’s goals and needs. In terms of content, your association will need to create a curriculum and use training goals and competencies to decide what courses to offer. It is critical to have your vendor’s support in the implementation of your learning program.

The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP). The longer you make your RFI, the lower the response rate from vendors.

The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP). The longer you make your RFI, the lower the response rate from vendors.

LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right?

eLearning 24-7

Out of the Gate – Vendor Experience and Expectancy. Feel confident that any LMS vendor who was won an award from E-Learning 24/7, was selected based upon a multi-set of criteria without any sway by one vendor versus another. A vendor who wins an award from E-Learning 24/7 is rated high and recognized as a top tier system. A vendor never pays a fee. With some exceptions, vendors will customize the skin of your LMS without additional fee.

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How do I get the most out of an RFP?

eLearning Blender

Writing an RFP - What a Conundrum! All the articles say that a crucial part of the LMS selection process is writing a quality RFP, but nobody goes on to tell you how. In my own interest, I am going to attempt to answer the question of how to write a quality RFP. Oh yeah, it took me a while to figure it out and you may be wondering the same thing; RFP means "request for proposal." What is an RFP?: Why write an RFP?: How to write an RFP?:

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Seven Simple Steps to Select the Right LMS Vendor

CommLab India

You need to follow a proven process to zero-in on the right vendor, who can meet your needs well. Check out the useful post How To Create an LMS RFI Based On Your Company’s Needs to know more about what should go into the RFI. After you create the RFI, send it with a due date to chosen firms, for their response. Select the vendors who score high, and contact them for the next step — a demonstration of their product. Step 3: Ask Vendors to Demonstrate Their LMSs.

LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

eLearning 24-7

LMS Vendors. 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. Dozens of LMS vendors, had typos on their web pages, zero screens of the system, links that went nowhere and two kicked up my Firewall warning of possible privacy collection and one had a Trojan Horse (I use a hardcore firewall and A/V). Over 90% of LMS vendors had their sites available only in English; so the potential customer could not view it in any other language.

The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP). The longer you make your RFI, the lower the response rate from vendors.

5 Must-Have LMS Features To Ensure Return On Investment

Docebo

Without understanding how the LMS works with existing software solutions, you won’t be able to maximize its full potential, and you’ll create unnecessary logistical headaches. . Make sure your vendor provides a variety of out-of-the-box, easy-to-implement integrations that fit within your existing business technology ecosystem. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for – your learning technology solution is no different. .

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How to Choose the Right LMS? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

Although 2000 years have passed since that sign was created, the advice is still relevant – especially if you’re trying to choose the right LMS. In fact, nearly 1000 vendors are on our radar! The clock runs out before they can determine which vendors are truly relevant. Helping you pick the best fit from that shortlist of vendors. In addition, vendors submit a comprehensive capabilities survey and anecdotal success stories.

RFPs: Eliminate the Agony, Embrace the Success

eLearning 24-7

For some people, creating a RFP can be an exciting experience unmatched in the annuals of time. For the rest of us though, just the thought of having to create one, instantly screams, “Tums&#. It is a necessity to identify the vendor that is going to provide you with the best system for your solution. So, with that said, why do people create or use ones that do just the opposite? When people need a RFP, they think “Internet&#. 28 vendors.

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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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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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Help your in-house experts create effective virtual learning

OpenSesame

They can work with your internal experts to create exactly what you need and get it into your learners’ hands in just the right format. One of the big disadvantages is how long it takes to get internal approval to use an outside vendor if you don’t already have a partnership in place.

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. A consultant will narrow down the field or help you develop a request for information (RFI), create the RFP, communicate with vendors, coordinate demonstrations, and negotiate the contract.

Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

eLearning 24-7

Act 2 – Select only a vendor who is well known (name recognized). What it does mean, is that the vendor is strong in marketing and getting their name out to the general public. If you are interested in seeing the basics, then check out my LMS RFP template. If your LMS vendor does not offer it and you want it, go API. If you don’t have it as a vendor, you should. A difference that can create your own carnival. . Hello, hello, hello!

LMS Identify

eLearning 24-7

What about a payment gateway – does the LMS vendor assist you with this or do you have to find your own? Drilling down, will provide you with additional information you need to ask and know, and as a result, even when looking at a potential vendor’s site, you will be able to see what they offer in this area. These are reports that are created by you, based on filters that you set, and are different than canned reports (come pre-set in the system).

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How to Get the Most out of Your LMS Demo

Association eLearning

If you’re in the beginning stages of selecting a learning management system (LMS) for your association, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the choices and information from various vendors. If you and the vendor can spare an additional half an hour or more, great! Create scenarios to help guide the demo. Before your demo, provide your LMS vendor with this scenario (and any others you and your team come up with) and ask them to demonstrate these steps within the system.

How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

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). E-Commerce model – It is rare, but there are vendors who offer it. Some RCAT vendors have the Tin Can API as well as some LMS vendors. I never did a RFP nor spent more time than necessary to find a system.