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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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. The “Extended Enterprise” Worldview. What exactly do we mean by the term “extended enterprise” ? EXTENDED ENTERPRISE LMS AUDIENCES. WEBINARS – In-depth sessions focused on key extended enterprise LMS issues and related business strategies.

5 Must-Have LMS Features To Ensure Return On Investment

Docebo

Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 LMS features you should invest in to maximize ROI and smash your enterprise learning goals. Make sure your vendor provides a variety of out-of-the-box, easy-to-implement integrations that fit within your existing business technology ecosystem. customers or partners in extended enterprise scenarios) by assigning customized elements for each subdomain, including custom branding, from a central location.

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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.

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

Talented Learning

If you need advice about learning technology (especially for extended enterprise needs), submit your question here. 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. Also, because the extended enterprise space is so diverse, we research a broader spectrum of technologies than other LMS analysts.

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

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. In fact, we just completed two concurrent full-scale LMS selection projects — one for a corporate extended enterprise client and another for an international professional association. 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).

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.

Five Ways to Buy an LMS You Will Hate!

Talented Learning

Some people even think customer dissatisfaction is the reason there are 700 LMS vendors. I’ve spoken with hundreds of vendor references over the past few years and I have found plenty of buyers who say they love their LMS — although I also find many more who are neither thrilled nor dissatisfied. Does the vendor deserve the blame? But failure to buy wisely is not a vendor’s fault. Evaluate Unqualified Vendors.

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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. As of today, they’re also in the extended enterprise learning business.

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. As requirements for these solutions grew more sophisticated and clients increasingly served outward-facing audiences, I started specializing in how to make training available across extended enterprise environments. But as you know, extended enterprise training providers face huge content availability challenges.

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. E-Learning 24/7 Tagged: learning management system , LMS , LMS RFP , selecting a LMS.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Here was my assessment at that time: Docebo is an excellent option for your first or second internal or extended enterprise LMS. Three years ago, this vendor was happy to gobble up even the smallest LMS customers who educated and sold themselves via a free trial. Increasingly, I’ve noticed a trend among rapidly growing SaaS LMS vendors. Extended Enterprise Ready Yes. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

So as you prepare for what’s ahead, join me as I reflect on topics that mattered most to the extended enterprise learning community in 2018. Although we don’t pretend to forecast the future, we do share first-hand observations about factors that influence extended enterprise learning systems. 3 For LMS Vendors: Why It Pays to Wake Up to Extended Enterprise Learning. 1 The 3 Licensing Models of an LMS (or Any Enterprise Software).

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LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

Finally, I reordered the list to reflect the priorities of today’s extended enterprise market. 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.

LMS Identify

eLearning 24-7

Extended Enterprise – aka Multi-Tenet, Portals-Sub Portals. 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. A friend of mine, got a RFP template from a LMS vendor’s web site.

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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.

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

Talented Learning

Every day, I listen as customers react to LMS vendors before, during and after a contract is signed. And at this point, few see any financial, functional or business value in switching vendors. 3) What About Extended Enterprise? Do you see any mention of extended enterprise needs in the acquisition announcement? And without even a nod to extended enterprise market expansion, Cornerstone still doesn’t get it. 4) What About Extended Enterprise (Part II)?

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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. The vendors were competing for two unique, extended enterprise LMS opportunities. Selling LMSs is very tough in 2016 because of the plenitude and parity of vendor options. The average five-year vendor bid for all licenses and services was $725K.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

So before we move on, I invite you to join me in revisiting this year’s most popular topics in extended enterprise learning. What Topics Were Most Popular in Extended Enterprise Learning? In addition to publishing weekly blog posts , we also produce monthly webinars and regular podcast interviews with experts from across the extended enterprise learning realm. And why is open source gaining momentum as a foundation for extended enterprise learning ?

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Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

but after four years of nonstop blogging, webinars, research and reviews, we have attracted a following of tens of thousands of extended enterprise learning fans and practitioners from around the globe. 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. How can you navigate the field of 700+ LMS vendors? 1 How to Succeed at Extended Enterprise Education.

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

John Leh runs a firm called Talented Learning and he is quite the talented guy when it comes to speaking about Extended Enterprise LMS. Talented Learning is a news, research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of extended enterprise learning technology solutions. John helps organizations define their business case, identify requirements, short list vendors, write and manage the RFP and negotiate a great deal.

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18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Among the more than 700 vendors participating in today’s LMS marketplace, we continue to see a wave of learning solutions designed to solve “niche” business challenges. Despite competitive pressure to keep price points lower, we expect licensing levels to continue drifting upwards, as vendors attempt to demonstrate value-add that differentiates their offerings. 15 Business Turns Up the Volume On Extended Enterprise Learning.

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

John Leh runs a firm called Talented Learning and he is quite the talented guy when it comes to speaking about Extended Enterprise LMS. Talented Learning is a news, research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of extended enterprise learning technology solutions. John helps organizations define their business case, identify requirements, short list vendors, write and manage the RFP and negotiate a great deal.

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Psst. You wanna buy some features?

eLearning 24-7

LMS vendors are continuing to add some very unique features in an effort to set themselves apart from the competition. Desktop sharing (appears with a few vendors). One click SMB edition to Enterprise. Section 508 (still shocking at the lack of vendors that fail to offer this feature). more common is partnering with a web conferencing vendor). Multi-tenet, multi-portal and extended enterprise (basically it is all the same thing).

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

Previously, we explored extended enterprise learning tech trends , and talked about how organizations can choose the best learning system for their needs. However, it’s not the instant slam-dunk that some vendors may want you to believe – especially for extended enterprise learning. Many of these solutions specialize in some form of extended enterprise learning. To learning systems vendors, it suggests that you want to change the underlying software code.

Podcast 19: Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Azuqua

Talented Learning

EPISODE 19 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: On our previous episode , we talked about the increasing popularity of customer success programs among high-growth companies – especially software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors. Well, we fit into the extended enterprise learning space by focusing on the customer education segment. Right… Azuqua goes even further, with an enterprise-grade platform or iPaaS ( integration platform as a service ).

EdCast vs Degreed vs Fuse – The Analysis

eLearning 24-7

How do you explain why these three vendors were selected, how the process for analysis was conducted, and what are the results? Why these three vendors? From the vendors themselves and even in conducting my own research into vendor comparisons. Where do you start?

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.

Learning System Award Winners 2019

eLearning 24-7

Folks always ask me who is the best in gamification or extended enterprise. Because these breakouts could go longer than an Oscar speech, the majority will be the category followed by the vendor. When * is seen, this indicates that the vendor is in FindAnLMS. . Go with the “Enterprise edition”, which yeah, I agree is not a term that is used or should be used in the education market, this is the edition that the win is tied too. Enterprise.

2019 Turkey Awards

eLearning 24-7

Once a darling of vendors who used it to show their demos, now? In fact, in 2019, I did not see one demo from a vendor on Adobe Connect. Personally a vendor can call their system whatever they want, but there are a few factoids to remember about micro-learning. Mobile Learning First – Here is something that might shock you, but most of the vendors who say their are mobile learning first, do not have an on/off synch in their native apps. Welcome.

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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.

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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Essential Steps BEFORE Planning for an LMS Implementation

WBT Systems

When you have decided on your requirements, then generally the process goes something like this; first an RFP is developed and then a scan of available LMS in the market is done. Once completed the RFP is sent to those that the organization believes will meet their needs. It can take between three to six months to implement a new cloud LMS , and between six to nine months to implement an on-premise LMS for a large corporation or extended enterprise.

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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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Trials – Learning Systems

eLearning 24-7

Not every vendor offered them, but more than enough did and consumers liked that. In the good ol’ days vendors listed trials on their web sites OR if you liked what you saw in the demo, you asked them via the phone or e-mail for a trial. For the vendor, it was a potential win, way better than no one reaching out to them at all. The vendor then followed up with you, because they had your e-mail address. Why Vendors are holding back from trials.