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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Is Your RFP Response On Point? Tips for Learning Systems Vendors

Talented Learning

But preparing RFP responses can be brutal – especially if you blow it with unforced errors. What’s Wrong With This RFP Response? You rally your team and spend many hours developing an RFP response. So why are you losing at the RFP stage? But vendors have more control over RFP outcomes than you may think. Let’s look at some basic factors… 9 Ways to Build a Winning RFP Response. Blindly submitting an RFP response can be just as risky.

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Ready to make the switch to an LMS? Here’s a ready-to-use RFP

Learning Pool

Reaching out to suppliers with a Request For Proposal (RFP) can help ensure you get the right information to make an informed decision about which LMS suits your organization’s needs. Use the RFP as a guide. So, what would one include in an RFP? Learning Pool’s downloadable, editable functionality checklist can be used as a guide and key component in an RFP for making the switch to an LMS. Download the LMS RFP here ].

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Wait. What? I can buy an LMS with a credit card?

Janet Clarey

We know from our LMS 2011 research that the LMS market is experiencing more fragmentation, specialization, and globalization. Evaluate the system against your use case(s) not just an RFP response or demo. Yes, Intellum can crank out an RFP response if that’s what you require (and you’ll find a wealth of info in that link). Uncategorized Intellum LMS RFPThis is a cross post. Original at Bersin & Associates.

50 Best eLearning Posts Of 2012

Upside Learning

10 Effective LMS RFP Guidelines. Learner Driven Learning Management System in a Global Environment. We hope you have had a good start to 2013. We are going to make it even better! We have compiled the 50 best eLearning posts of 2012 from our blog. It’s a chance for you to catch up on some interesting stuff you might have missed the last year. And for us, it’s a time to relook at the posts that trended on twitter and other social channels, and were loved by our readers.

In Pursuit of The RIGHT Learning Management System (LMS) for Today’s Workplaces


How one learning function sees the future of L&D : In this interview from Corporate Learning Network, Chris Rosso, Global Manager for learning platforms at Nike shares his inspiring insights on managing learning in the future (without constraining ourselves to the concept of a learning management system)! Here is a brief note on the benefits of using this vendor-independent RFP template over templates available from LMS vendors.

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Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

The Inside Scoop on Global Franchise Training – With Chris Shanks of Dairy Queen. Digital transformation consultant Daniel Newman weighs in… 11) Should you use an RFP when choosing an LMS? But here’s why you’ll probably want to use an RFP the next time you select a learning system… 12) Define your LMS requirements like a pro. When to issue an RFP (or not).

Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

You’re also part of the “suddenly remote” global training solution. All this may have started with an abrupt shock to global health. When to issue an RFP (or not). Throw out your learning technology playbook. It’s time to write a new one. The Coronavirus is here and we’re all witnessing a plot twist of epic proportions. Isolation is the new norm and rapid change is everywhere. Naturally, we all feel uneasy (or worse) about the future.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Of the 15 episodes we produced this year, these three sessions attracted the most listeners: #3 Interpreting Global eLearning Trends – with Donald H. When to issue an RFP (or not). It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, let alone another decade!

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Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

Arleen Thomas shares her experience as Managing Directory of Chartered Global Management Accountant certification at AICPA. #2 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. 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.

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In Challenging Times: Make Lemonade in eLearning


At this time, owing to a global pandemic, many institutions and organizations are shifting learning to online delivery. Again, these should be work-product focused, but it could be a joint response to an RFP, or a presentation, or a spreadsheet representing a business model.

Learning Ecosystems: How to add data sources & iterate [Guide]


In Visa’s case, they were in the process of implementing Pathgather as a new system, so they were able to require that Pathgather implement xAPI as part of the RFP. We recommend adding the following requirement to your RFP: Sends detailed data about learner interactions via xAPI to an external Learning Record Store (LRS) that passes the ADL conformance test suite. Last week, Tim Dickinson explained how to create a strategy for your modern learning ecosystem.

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

Talented Learning

This outreach strategy is commonly used to expand globally in a cost-effective manner. 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 this environment, you’d think associations would be bursting at the seams with participants in member education programs.

LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

Captivate Prime also provides several helpful capabilities for serving global learning audiences. Content can be presented in up to 10 languages, and administrators can conveniently manage localized versions of a single content item — which is a huge time-saver for global content management. Global content management. It’s a great choice if you are getting started with an employee LMS and previously managed skills or compliance manually on a local or global level.

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.

EdCast vs Degreed vs Fuse – The Analysis

eLearning 24-7

Very few systems in the entire industry (globally, learning systems) offer it, but that will change by the end of 2021, where I am projecting at least 15% offering it. Where do you start?

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

The self-service capability is still in place, but the business model and pricing are now geared towards disrupting the highly competitive mid/large global market. Globalization Features. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. The Docebo LMS has come a long way since we first reviewed it in 2014. Here was my assessment at that time: Docebo is an excellent option for your first or second internal or extended enterprise LMS.

Forecasts for 2020

eLearning 24-7

Curtailing the accept every RFP that comes to them. I stopped using an RFP, in 2001 when I would buy systems. I love forecasts. Forecasts that always pick the weather wrong or forecasts for the future that either hit partially or never, but you dream, that maybe, just maybe that LaserDisc you bought for $10 might be finally hitting its stride, 30 years later. In late 2009, I did my first forecast on this blog. Then others followed thereafter.

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

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. In your search for the Moodle LMS, a targeted RFP can identify the candidates that best address your organization’s exact needs and wants—if the questions and structure are correctly tailored to solicit the right information. " Very early. " by Dinesh Valke is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Who really wins?

eLearning 24-7

You are willing to spend a lot of time, completing this RFI/RFP, responding to – in some cases – more than 25 pages of this and that; willing to answer perhaps a litany of questions and the pricing – oh that price. . Fortune 500, even Global 2000 customers – Even worse, big and well known name – they will want a low price. Again, this is where the customer goes/sends an RFP directly to the vendor. .

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Preparing high-potential leaders for fluid, high-stakes global decisions. Many large and global organization remain stuck with their established LMS of record. When and how to use an RFP (or not). Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post! What is a trend, anyway? And how much do trends matter?

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

Increase of revenue from the sale of accredited content to healthcare organizations and individuals and global expansion of the association are the key drivers of the new LMS purchase. 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.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

We don’t perform on a live stage to sell-out crowds, but we do produce thought leadership webinars that attract hundreds of global attendees. 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).

LMS Review: Litmos

Talented Learning

For the premium “ Training Ops ” application (meant for hardcore, global training-as-a-business scenarios) pricing starts at $2500/month. And for heavy-duty training-as-a-business applications, such as global channel and ecommerce learning, Litmos offers a premium product called Training Ops that is outside the scope of this review. Globalization. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory.

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When your LMS BFF is no longer

eLearning 24-7

If you are a vendor you are likely to see it too often and it appears when the “potential customer” sends you a RFP without ever talking to you prior to. . Or they send the RFP after a discussion, but before seeing the product. Nowadays it is easy to just send off that RFP without doing any due diligence. I recall a large, global healthcare insurance company who griped that their LMS did not support the company’s computers. I’ve been there.

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Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 9AM – 11AM PT: The Top 10 Questions to Ask in a 'Corporate YouTube' RFP As video becomes more integral to how businesses train, communicate, and share expertise and information, now is the right time to consider how your organization manages its video. So what are the right questions to ask in a video platform RFP? ATD 2017 is the premier global event for talent development professionals. " Lily, Flowers, Macro " by aniasi is Public Domain.

New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

The article noted that associations can re-envision their role in employment for members by saying , “ If you haven’t noticed, the global economy is changing, and our education system is struggling to keep up. We are all making personal and professional new year’s resolutions for 2017, setting goals and making promises to ourselves to keep them this year.

Reader Mail (Support, Rankings, etc.)

eLearning 24-7

While from a global standpoint the percentage of acquisitions is still below.1%, the pr you see, seems to indicate a massive upheaval in the M&A angle, especially in the learning system space. . Unless otherwise indicated, all can be found on Findanlms.com, where you can search by filters, contact them, send them an RFP and schedule a demo.

K-12 and LMSs are Broken, Who’s to Blame?

eLearning 24-7

One vendor I saw in Saudi Arabia (they are global and based in Dallas), have a yearly competiton where students from all over the world (or in the country) compete for a chance to win prizes – with gamification as the cornerstone – think an academic bowl across the world – now that is cool. One vendor showed me a RFP form a large metropolitan school district that was 25 pages long, had lots of text on one side with comments and questions.

Trials – Learning Systems

eLearning 24-7

Especially in the 2008-12 time frame, when the economy on a global scale was in tatters. And yet, I will hear from vendors who gripe that someone gave them only seven days to respond to their RFP. After a multi-week business trip, I’m now back and ready to begin anew (i.e. weekly posts), so first off, thanks for your patience. We are all aware of trials. Not the ones where you sit in a court room. Nor the ones, where a med could improve your life. Nope, not those.

One of These Services Is Not Like the Others

CLO Magazine

In addition to insufficiently authored requests for proposals (RFPs), another barrier to understanding a service provider’s value is the morphing of the RFP into an electronic procurement tool. •What about scalability, global capability and personal communication? Sheri Winter is director of business development at GP Strategies, a global performance improvement company.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms


CDN is a global network of proxy servers deployed in multiple data centers to enable the high availability and high performance of content being viewed by the learner. iCalendar is a globally adopted format for sharing meeting requests. The primary purpose of the LTI standard, created by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, is to connect learning systems, such as an LMS, with external service tools. RFP (Request for Proposal).

LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

eLearning 24-7

We live in a global marketplace. Global. Global Landscape. It is worldwide – global. Rather, you are expected to see their “demo&# and then based on paper based literature, maybe your RFP (if you did one), make your selection and purchase. We are global yet, a great majority of LMS vendors’ web sites are in English. We seek to enrich our end users with engaging course content, solid LMSs that are easy to use, navigate and meet our needs.

The A to Z of eLearning Acronyms Part 2


iCALENDER Is a global adopted format for sharing meeting requests. Learning Tools Interoperability is a standard created by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. In part 1 of this list, we worked through the most important eLearning related acronyms that you are likely to come across. We finished up at the letter H in the previous post so let’s pick up at I and work our way through to Z. Yes, we did include an entry for the Z thanks to our CTO Des!

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

Mark Oehlert

Again its late Sunday and I am medicated but when I read these passages from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) , which describe Foucaults "modern disciplinary society" and its techniques for control, I am struck by how they almost seem to be taken from an RFP for an LMS acquisition: Hierarchical observation : "A perfect system of observation would allow one "guard"to see everything (a situation approximated, as we shall see, in JeremyBenthams Panopticon).

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Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

We participate in LMS demonstrations , study RFP responses and interview customer references. Mandatory features include simple-but-powerful administrative configuration, domain and audience segmentation, localization/globalization, ecommerce, dynamic user grouping, multi-device online/offline content delivery, sophisticated reporting, and API-based systems integration. It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016. In fact, it is impossible to choose just one.