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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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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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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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.

How to Write a Winning RFP to Hire the Best E-learning Vendor

CommLab India

Have you, as a training manager or L&D professional, shortlisted e-learning vendors to develop customized learning solutions for your organization? A training manager followed certain e-learning vendor selection criteria and received the following proposals from two different e-learning vendors. The first vendor proposed a simple e-learning solution with a set of multiple choice questions for assessments, at a cost of $20,000. If yes, specify that in the RFP.

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Trends in Learning Solutions Procurement

dVinci Interactive

Some of our most recent experiences include responding to the following: A Request for Proposal (RFP) to address the need to develop an eLearning course. Once qualified, JPL and other qualified vendors would propose solutions for individual scopes of work (SOWs). An RFP to develop eLearning content in which two companies are qualified in budget ranges based on three levels of complexity. Download JPL’s RFP Template.

9 Tips that Help You Write an Effective RFP to Hire an E-learning Vendor [Infographic]

CommLab India

Check this infographic for tips to write an RFP, to hire the e-learning right vendor. eLearning Design eLearning Outsourcing

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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. An RFI is a stripped-down version of an RFP.

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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. It is critical to have your vendor’s support in the implementation of your learning program. Make sure your they offer some assistance and training to help you implement your new program effectively. Way back when I was just a marketing minion working in development at a nonprofit, I used to attend workshops and classes that would help me learn more about my industry.

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.

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). I won and lost my fair share but was unaware of my level of effectiveness in relation to my sales peers. 1) Rather than customizing your RFP response , just reuse a boilerplate proposal.

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

Learning Management Systems (LMSs) – powerful software tools that enable you to impart training effectively. You need to follow a proven process to zero-in on the right vendor, who can meet your needs well. 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. Step 4: Request LMS Vendors for a Free Trial of Their Products.

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

Indeed, the LMS is a key pillar to an effective learning technology offering, so what should you be looking for in an ideal solution? 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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Help your in-house experts create effective virtual learning

OpenSesame

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. You might even have to issue an RFP. The post Help your in-house experts create effective virtual learning appeared first on OpenSesame.

Breakthrough eLearning: Dancing With Vendors

Breakthrough eLearning

Breakthrough eLearning Reflections on how to break through some of the barriers that prevent the achievement of excellence in eLearning.The 5-E Framework: Establish Value / Effect Change / Engage Stakeholders & Learners / Experiment / Evaluate Results Thursday, July 13, 2006 Dancing With Vendors I have written a lot lately about understanding your organizations core competencies with respect to producing eLearning, and knowing when to "contract in" needed help as necessary.

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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When your LMS BFF is no longer

eLearning 24-7

The big elephant in the room that we hear so many times and vendors love to pitch (to get you to their system), but rarely the vendors themselves will admit to – many have only themselves to blame. Sometimes, it is the client’s fault and sometimes it is the vendor’s fault. I know, I know it is never your fault (client) – its those nasty LMS vendors, but as with the failure to recognize, often more than not it is duality, at least at some level.

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How To Evaluate An LMS – Use Case Scenarios

Upside Learning

However, the success of the process depends on a critical thing – the phase where your team is audience to vendor LMS demonstrations. One may wonder what it is with vendor demonstrations. Even though you had a detailed RFP, the chances that the vendor skipped a few things are high as there are almost invariably time constraints in demos. The perception of importance could be different for a few of your requirements as you see them, and as the vendors see them.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

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. We worked with the buyer to define requirements and identify four strong vendor matches. Vendor 2 quickly emerged as the option to beat. Why needlessly put yourself at the mercy of any vendor?

Evaluation Is Not Complicated

The Performance Improvement Blog

Garg relates Brinkerhoff’s comments to the challenges of measuring the effectiveness of elearning programs. As a learning solutions vendor, I’ve been asked this question countless times and have also encountered it in many an RFP. Proving the effectiveness of training and showing ROI is no walk in the park and still keeps L&D up at night. In his blog post , “Stop Evaluating Training!”, Amit Garg summarizes a presentation that Robert O.

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. Proving the effectiveness of training and showing ROI is no walk in the park and still keeps L&D up at night. Kirkpatrick’s evaluation model has long been the holy grail of training effectiveness measurement to businesses. Why are we unable to use training effectively to achieve organizational goals?

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

Trajectory IQ

I thought it might be useful to try and break down the reasons why Ottawa keeps failing to understand how IT projects work and how to go about procuring the right Canadian vendor (tech speak for finding the right Canadian tech partner). 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. IT firm to write the definition around the RFP to save some time and effort.

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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). Ensure you have some clear evaluation criteria you want to test each system for and prepare a way to document this effectively while you are going through the demo. Implementation costs by the vendor or related third party. System integration costs by third party vendors with other systems.

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“Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

I thought it might be useful to try and break down the reasons why Ottawa keeps failing to understand how IT projects work and how to go about procuring the right Canadian vendor (tech speak for finding the right Canadian tech partner). 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. IT firm to write the definition around the RFP to save some time and effort.

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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. There are many books dedicated to the design of engaging and effective on-line training and getting into the details of good design is beyond the scope of this article. This will probably cost less than hiring an outside vendor and may give you more control over the project.

You Just Selected a Shiny New LMS. Great! Now What?

Talented Learning

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. Plus, you’ll gain an ally who can apply “good cop/bad cop” negotiating tactics with your vendor, if necessary.

LMS Q and A

eLearning 24-7

Everything from which one should I pick, to what do I think of X or Y to whether or not, they should have use a RFP. Sure, you have it customized (to a degree) of what you need – skin it, add children or sub portals, use e-commerce, and blah blah, but at the end of that contract, it either goes back to the vendor (in a sense) or you renew. Yes, but it is a challenge, because there is only a handful of vendors, who will actually sell you outright their system.

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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. And just like you, they’re trying to assess the situation, define their needs and prioritize effectively. Almost all learning solution vendors believe that a trade show presence is essential to build brand awareness and find new customers. How effective is that system?

Meet the Hero of the Technical Sale: The Sales Engineer

Cloudshare

Chris White, author of The Six Habits of Highly Effective Sales Engineers , defines the role as, “Engineers and technical experts within a software company that give product demonstrations in the context of a sales opportunity.”. Ability to contribute to the RFP process.

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

Talented Learning

Almost daily, new statistics highlight the need for effective skills training and professional development. In fact, many associations find that this kind of social learning experience is an effective membership gateway when offered to non-members on a standalone basis for free, or for a fee. This outreach strategy is commonly used to expand globally in a cost-effective manner. Vetting every vendor is impractical. When to issue an RFP (or not).

What is an LXP and why do I want one?

eLearning 24-7

These two vendors are EdCast and Degreed. Getting back to being unaware, I find the same issue with a few vendors in the learning system space who are really LXPs, but have no idea. It reminded me of the vendors in the space who scream they are not an LMS, even though they hit all the standards of an LMS. . The difference here though, is that those two vendors specifically, really had ZERO idea where they slid into.

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. Organizations are making purchasing decisions based on boldly redefined expectations, and LMS are vendors rising to those expectations. Over the past decade, as the LMS market ballooned from 12 to 700+ vendors, consolidation became inevitable.

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. Docebo could improve and streamline self-service onboarding options, tutorials and guides to make the early-stage customer experience more effective. Increasingly, I’ve noticed a trend among rapidly growing SaaS LMS vendors. It supports both formal and informal learning effectively.