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. The post Is Your RFP Response On Point?

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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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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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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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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.

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

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. This year, in addition to launching “The Talented Learning Show” podcast, writing 20 in-depth articles, hosting 5 webinars and developing several commissioned industry reports, we’ve been up to our eyeballs in an endless series of comprehensive LMS selection assignments. Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process.

Seven Simple Steps to Select the Right LMS Vendor

CommLab India

These software applications allow you to host, manage, and track training programs in a hassle-free manner. 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.

Moodle Services Provider – How would you Choose the Right One?

Paradiso

Draft a good RFP (Request for Proposal). Next, download an RFP template! Yes, there is a proper format for an RFP! The template you choose should enable you to document your exact needs and specifications, in order for the vendor to clearly understand your requirements and caters to it correctly. Corporate Education Moodle corporate moodle moodle moodle customization moodle for education moodle hosting services moodle service moodle services Moodle Themes

LMS implementation without frustration

Petra Mayer

Identify each vendor’s fit to these requirements and the investment for their solution. Identify which tasks will be required to implement the various solutions and how the projects would differ between the vendor solutions. Provide specific recommendations for the RFP process. In my work I analyzed the fit of the vendor solutions by calculating a match rate for each vendor and comparing it to a five-year investment. Your vendor is your partner in this process.

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Free Webinar: Select Your Ideal Learning Management System

Adobe Captivate

The session will be hosted by eLearning Industry and sponsored by Adobe. Many companies simply choose a vendor that offers a lot of features – and then hope for the best. Either process will help you identify a vendor that suits your organization’s continuing education needs. Assemble a Request for Proposal (RFP) that you can provide to prospective vendors in order to create a functional comparison.

Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

eLearning 24-7

For whatever reason- okay to try to set themselves apart – some vendors have created the term “training management” Honestly, they could call it “online authoring system with a few reports and no frills” and it would be the same thing. The downside to training management products is the inability to upload any other 3rd party authoring tool or courses from an off the shelf vendor. Why do some vendors have trials and others do not?

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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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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). Section 508 (still shocking at the lack of vendors that fail to offer this feature). more common is partnering with a web conferencing vendor). Branding – the only difference is some vendors still charge for this – my question: why? Guess what some vendors do.

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

However, it’s not the instant slam-dunk that some vendors may want you to believe – especially for extended enterprise learning. To learning systems vendors, it suggests that you want to change the underlying software code. 6) As an LMS selection consultant, do you ensure that vendors deliver what they promise? Unfortunately, vendor amnesia happens. That’s one reason why we clarify buyer requirements in a formal RFP. When to issue an RFP (or not).

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

Docebo

These will give you a good roadmap for where you want to head, and help you decide whether the LMS vendors you’re considering can get you there. A cloud LMS is hosted on the internet so that you’re able to access your LMS without installing software that grants accessibility.

FindAnLMS – The New Learning System Search Platform from Craig Weiss

eLearning 24-7

Equally I wanted a solution, where all vendors in the learning system space would be able to connect with their audience (you) in such a way, that it offers a unique experience and more importantly, direct engagement with someone interested in the product (system). Vendors that align directly with those filters will show up in your results. . Only the vendors in the Top 10 who have deep learning will show up. What do you see when you select a vendor in the catalog?

How to Pick the WRONG Learning System

eLearning 24-7

I understand you do not want to hurt other people’s feelings or you have been notified that you have to ask all these departments for their suggestions, but no one ever says you have to take all that stuff and stick it into your RFP or documents or make it an important component of the decision making process. The future is vague, just like that roadmap the vendor tells you, their feature will be in, in the wait for it, future. Vendor cannot follow their usual script.

4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

I also had the chance to sit in on three or four demonstrations by LMS vendors per week. In fact, opinion regarding the security of cloud-based applications seems to have jumped the shark, with many tech-savvy clients believing that cloud-based applications hosted on reputable platforms such as Amazon Web Services may lessen the risk of data falling into the wrong hands or disappearing. If it does show up, the organization is likely using an RFP template from the disco era.

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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.

Can you recommend an LMS?

eLearning 24-7

Vendors saying “have you looked at XYZ” (which is their system). plus all the vendors will be found in FindAnLMS), I do have systems I can recommend based on various criteria. Yet, as I have often noted, it is rarely pushed upon in an RFP, let alone a demo. Folks seem fine with the vendor noting how awesome their support is, without extracting any metrics or verifiable data. . And I ask it often when talking to vendors.

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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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. Increasingly, I’ve noticed a trend among rapidly growing SaaS LMS vendors. When I talk with learning technology vendors, I always ask who they see as a competitor. Hosting and Deployment Options. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory.

Halloween Edition – Tricks and Treats

eLearning 24-7

On each Vendor listing – as you see in the above catalog example, if the vendor is in my Top 50 rankings for 2019, they will have an icon identifying them, Purple – Top 50, Dark Blue – Top 20, Green – Top 10. . You can now save any vendor listing as a “favorite”, by clicking on the star icon in their listing. In the area of transparency, these are vendors who have purchased additional options. Within the Vendor’s Listing.

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. Video-centered training is going mainstream and every vendor seems to be pushing new boundaries.

On The Road Again…to EDUCAUSE, Online Learning Summit, I4PL, and DevLearn 2019

eThink Education

During this session, eThink’s VP of Business Strategy & Development, Randy Jones, explored strategies and considerations for a successful LMS evaluation process, including industry research that helps with executive buy-in; how to determine what is truly important to your organization’s L&D ecosystem such as integration capabilities, service level, and type of technology your LMS is built on; and how to create an LMS RFP to ensure selection of the best possible vendor/platform.

LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Hosting and Deployment Options. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. With more than 20 years of LMS buying and selling experience, our CEO and Lead Analyst, John Leh , is an expert at defining business cases, identifying requirements, shortlisting vendors, developing and managing RFP processes, scripting vendor demonstrations and negotiating the best deal on a learning solution.

The potential pitfalls of a custom LMS solution

LearnUpon

And while there is no doubt that cloud hosted (SaaS) learning management systems are by far the most popular option for companies looking to deliver eLearning to their employees, customers, partners and resellers, from time to time we still see organizations choose a customizable solution over a cloud-based one. You need total control over your data and/or the solution must be hosted on your own servers which can often be the case with some government departments. LMS Vendor QA.

LMS Review: Litmos

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Hosting and Deployment Options. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. With more than 20 years of LMS buying and selling experience, our CEO and Lead Analyst, John Leh , is an expert at defining business cases, identifying requirements, shortlisting vendors, developing and managing RFP processes, scripting vendor demonstrations and negotiating the best deal on a learning solution.

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On The Road Again…to EDUCAUSE, Online Learning Summit, I4PL, and DevLearn 2019

eThink Education

During this session, eThink’s VP of Business Strategy & Development, Randy Jones, explored strategies and considerations for a successful LMS evaluation process, including industry research that helps with executive buy-in; how to determine what is truly important to your organization’s L&D ecosystem such as integration capabilities, service level, and type of technology your LMS is built on; and how to create an LMS RFP to ensure selection of the best possible vendor/platform.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

However, there are hidden costs when purchasing an open source LMS that may not be immediately apparent at the RFP stage, but should be carefully considered before investing the association’s time and resources into an open-source LMS implementation. In addition, some LMS vendors offer professional services to assist associations with customization, migration of content, or integration with other systems.

One of These Services Is Not Like the Others

CLO Magazine

Several business models have been created by vendors to quantify training outsourcing services. Going to the American Program Bureau’s website and typing “sales trainers” in its search engine also will bring up a host of qualified individuals. To assist purchasing and learning organizations in their quest to create a level playing field with vendors, matrices have been developed to define the end learning product.

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). Implementation costs by the vendor or related third party. System integration costs by third party vendors with other systems. Self-Hosted Pricing Models (all-inclusive).

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What about UR infrastructure? Questions 2 Ask B4 Implementing a LMS

eLearning 24-7

Is your LMS going to be on your servers or on the vendor’s servers (i.e. hosted)? If at work only, how are you going to stop them from accessing via home? Internet: If your solution is going to be hosted on the vendor’s site, and you plan to have your end users access at work or at home: you still most ask yourself the questions in #2 for the workplace and then even at home. What does your LMS vendor recommend for a computer?

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What about UR infrastructure? Questions 2 Ask B4 Implementing a LMS

eLearning 24-7

Is your LMS going to be on your servers or on the vendor’s servers (i.e. hosted)? If at work only, how are you going to stop them from accessing via home? Internet: If your solution is going to be hosted on the vendor’s site, and you plan to have your end users access at work or at home: you still most ask yourself the questions in #2 for the workplace and then even at home. What does your LMS vendor recommend for a computer?

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

LearnUpon

Companies should be wary of the value a “free” learning platform can deliver and alert to the costs quickly accrued in maintaining, updating and supporting an LMS without a vendor. One popular eLearning podcast is hosted by Connie Malamed and started in 2013. RFP (request for proposal ): Document prepared by organizations to help assess LMS vendors during a selection process. Last week, we decoded tongue-twisting eLearning terms from A-L.

Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

Simple tools and principles based on brain science that provide the 'how to' in structuring and hosting more effective conversations. 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?