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? I firmly believe that the answer is “NO” While creating a LMS RFP, one needs to provide a precise and accurate description of organization needs. Here are 10 guidelines to draft an effective LMS RFP.

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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? This is far better than them receiving a 20 page RFP or 100 page RFP. Vendors who gripe, clearly have never experienced a 10 page or more RFI/RFP (and high page RFPs are common). . I find that folks often confuse event management with classroom management. EXTRA! EXTRA!

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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. Shopping without an RFP may seem faster, easier and less complex, but your selection process will be subjective and loaded with assumptions that increase risk. Clients expect me to help them avoid RFP missteps.

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CAC, RFP and Bigfoot

Kapp Notes

The first day of the event, the corporate folks talk about what they are doing in the field and the types of projects they are creating. We had folks from Strayer University, Lynda.com, Clarabridge, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), Zerion Software, Think ID8 and our own Brian Seely present on a variety of topics from scenario-based learning to instructional design to augmented reality. After the CAC event, the next class is a debrief of the student experiences.

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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. Never send an RFP to 12 vendors or even 8 vendors.

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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. That’s because you’ve been asked to compete with other vendors in a software demo “bake-off.” How exactly does your software demo make your product shine? But after years as a software sales consultant, and now as an LMS selection advisor, I’ve learned how you can significantly improve your chances.

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. When people need a RFP, they think “Internet&#. As in, let me see if there is one on the Internet, I can use as my RFP. It is a time saver, but pulling down a RFP, especially if it comes from a vendor’s site (even if that is not the vendor you are going to submit it to), can define your approach, without you even realizing it. Your RFP is 25 pages in length.

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Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

I think that’s why so many people are uneasy about software implementation. To learning systems vendors, it suggests that you want to change the underlying software code. That’s one reason why we clarify buyer requirements in a formal RFP. The Tier 2 team is included only at key milestones such as RFP evaluation, demonstrations and proof of concept review. When to issue an RFP (or not). Welcome back to our “Ask Me Anything” column!

3 xAPI learnings from LSCon: start small, iterate, build an ecosystem

Experience API

This was a theme echoed by RISC , HT2 Labs , TorranceLearning , Watershed , xapiapps , Riptide Software and our very own Chris Tompkins in his session, “ xAPI in your RFP.” Best Practices Events xAPIAfter attending a number of xAPI-focused sessions at Learning Solutions Conference plus attending xAPI Camp before LSCon kicked off, I was astounded to see such a clear theme emerge when it comes to the spec. For xAPI practitioners, the recommendation is to “crawl, walk, run.”.

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The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

This familiar approach to software evaluation has been around for decades. 6) Request for Proposal (RFP). RSVP NOW FOR THIS LIVE ONLINE EVENT! RSVP NOW FOR THIS LIVE ONLINE EVENT! Buying LMS Cloud LMS LMS Demos LMS Implementation Selling LMS Buying an LMS free trials How to buy an LMS Learning Management Systems learning platform LMS LMS evaluation LMS Free Trial LMS Sandbox LMS Selection LMS testing saas software software evaluation

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

As soon as we finish our monthly live webinar events, we post the recordings in the Talented Learning Center – a free library of low-hype, high-value, on-demand resources. 1 The 3 Licensing Models of an LMS (or Any Enterprise Software). Why has software licensing intelligence attracted so much attention? We believe it’s important to educate the market about how to make informed technology choices, and pricing transparency is a key to software selection success.

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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. How many courses or learning events are in the course catalog? Making Sense of LMS License Models.

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. Recently, organizations have started seeing value in customer education programs – especially subscription-based software companies. We know it’s been there and we’ve talked about it for years, especially in the software industry.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Callidus Software acquired Learning Heroes and Learning Seat. The LMS – long the ugly duckling of the corporate software world – has transformed into a beautiful solution by modern standards. Since these employee-oriented learning systems are integrated into broader HR/ERP/financial software suites, change isn’t coming anytime soon. When and how to use an RFP (or not). Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post!

Your LMS criteria can make or break your buying process – here’s how to win

Docebo

Before you get all jazzed and start writing down the things you want in your LMS software , pump the breaks a little. A cloud LMS is hosted on the internet so that you’re able to access your LMS without installing software that grants accessibility.

Corporate Advisory Council Starts Today

Kapp Notes

Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite events of the year. Our annual Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) event. This is an event where students of instructional technology have a conference with professionals in the field where they can learn, exchange ideas and select students for jobs and internships. It is a great win-win event. Here is a brief synopsis of the RFP the students will be answering this semester.

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Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

The system that provides this infrastructure is generically called a Learning Management System (LMS) and is a software program or web application that you will either develop or purchase. For example, some tools are good at creating training for software applications, while others are designed to convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into SCORM-compliant training modules. This inaccuracy or vagueness must be avoided in your RFP if you want good competitive bids.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)

LearnUpon

Open source software: Software for which the source code is publicly available for use and development free of charge. Moodle is an example of open source software that’s used widely in specific kinds of eLearning environments, like universities. Responsive design is essential for software and courseware intended for use on mobile devices. RFP (request for proposal ): Document prepared by organizations to help assess LMS vendors during a selection process.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

As soon as we finish our monthly live webinar events, we post the recordings in the Talented Learning Center – a free library of low-hype, high-value, on-demand resources. 1 The 3 Licensing Models of an LMS (or Any Enterprise Software). When to issue an RFP (or not).

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3 Reasons Curatr Doesn’t Have A Discussion Forum

HT2 Labs

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). We build opinionated software; ‘it’s our way, or it won’t do’ – as we say. And the live chat only really comes alive when it’s a synchronous event – and learners like Curatr because they can dip in and out at any time that suits them.

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No SaaS Platform is an Island

LearnUpon

When choosing an LMS or any other software application, it is important to ensure you can access the data it creates and hosts. If you are implementing an LMS currently you may be leafing through feature pages and reviewing answers to an RFP – “Can you integrate the system with something like our HR system or our CRM?”,“Do How to set up an integration with a software’s API?

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

As soon as we finish a live webinar event, we post the recording in the Talented Learning Center – our growing collection of low-hype, high-value, in-depth resources designed to guide business-minded learning professionals who want to make informed technology decisions. Among the 14 events we produced last year, these were the most popular attracting hundreds of global attendees: #3 Paving the Way to a Profitable Learning Business. When and how to use an RFP (or not).

eLearning platforms follow top trends in L&D

Petra Mayer

Capterra LMS Software comparison provides the following filters , a good indication of these trends: Asynchronous Learning. For example, part of the training program is an in-person seminar or event. Making the eLearning a fun event through gamification can substantially impact your learners’ engagement. The aforementioned Capterra LMS Software Overview is a great starting point for you to identify options based on your needs.

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

The first buyer is a cloud software company developing a channel partner certification program. After receiving the vendor RFP responses and confirming we were only evaluating highly qualified partner options, we invited the four vendors in each opportunity onsite to present their company and solution. The best vendors are pulling me aside a week in advance and picking my brain on their demo strategy, most important drivers, compelling events, decision making criteria, etc.

LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?

Talented Learning

We gathered LMS pricing from vendor websites, public RFP results, interviewed buyers and asked the vendors. Usage can be counted based on users logging in, registering for an event, buying a course or launching a course and can be measured and paid for monthly, quarterly or annually. The Software as a Service (SaaS) LMS license is a broad and often vendor interpreted term in the LMS industry. “How much does an LMS cost?”

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

Often paired with an LMS, this software is used to develop content for online learning and training programs. An eLearning content authoring tool is a software package which content developers use to create and package eLearning course content using SCORM or xAPI standards. This form of training is particularly popular with software providers as it improves customer onboarding, increases retention and maximizes your support resources. Open Source Software.

The potential pitfalls of a custom LMS solution

LearnUpon

I’ve seen these scenarios and sometimes when I read through a set of requirements or an RFP I am the first to say “This company needs a custom build, no LMS will do all of this off the shelf”. For example, you might need an LMS, an event management system, a member management system, and a billing system all fully integrated with lots of unique workflows and use cases. It is nearly 13 years since I started working in the LMS space.

Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

We participate in LMS demonstrations , study RFP responses and interview customer references. Integration with CRM software ensures that any customer activity (such as a course purchase, renewal, webinar participation, whitepaper download) will trigger an intelligent recommendation of appropriate/related learning events. Joe Majors , Saba Software. It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016. In fact, it is impossible to choose just one.