SaaS LMS vs. hosted LMS: Why the SaaS LMS rules e-learning

Docebo

In the past, the hosted LMS was the only way to do business, but future-forward businesses have moved into a new age. Here’s what learning powered by a SaaS LMS looks like vs. its predecessor: the hosted LMS (spoiler alert – there’s no competition between the two).

How Cloud Servers work and their Benefits?

Learnloft

Website hosting has taken huge steps and cloud hosting is a very common term looking for hosting services. Cloud hosting uses the network, storage and virtual hardware from a cloud vendor. It is a virtual server working in a cloud environment. A cloud is referred to multiple servers connected via the internet which is generally leased for application services or software. Big organizations are opting for cloud hosting for its easy interface.

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7 Overlooked Benefits Of A Self-Hosted LMS

eFront

In this article, I’ll highlight 7 surprising benefits of self-hosted Learning Management Systems. 7 Self-Hosted LMS Benefits We Tend To Overlook. Instead of relying on cloud-based servers, locally installed LMS solutions are hosted right on your company’s server. Let’s explore 7 often overlooked benefits of self-hosted learning management systems. Self-hosted LMS solutions typically offer more customization features.

SAAS (Hosted) LMS and Vendor Questions

eLearning 24-7

What is SAAS and why is hosted better than having it on your own servers. The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. Hosting does offer very tight and safe security, and access is via the internet, even if you go through your VPN (Virtual Private Network). Benefits versus having it on my servers (behind my firewall).

Hosted vs. Behind-the-firewall LMS – How To Decide?

Upside Learning

Adding to this dilemma is another level of decision making – whether to go for an OnDemand / SaaS / Hosted LMS service, or for a behind-the-firewall LMS deployment. Let me try to break this decision down into a few factors that’ll make it easier and more objective: Are you allowed to use hosted services? In case your organization’s policy is flexible, then of course OnDemand / hosted services are feasible options to start with.

Questions to ask Your Next LMS Vendor

Meridian

The eLearning industry has an abundance of LMS vendors, and it can make the task of finding the right LMS vendor for your organization an extremely challenging one. This can cause some disconnect between how you envisioned the software would function and what you thought the software was going to look like after the initial discovery calls with your vendor. Is your custom training developed in-house or by outside vendors?

SAAS LMSs and Vendor Client Lists Questions

eLearning 24-7

What is SAAS and why is hosted better than having it on your own servers. The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. Hosting does offer very tight and safe security, and access is via the internet, even if you go through your VPN (Virtual Private Network). Benefits versus having it on my servers (behind my firewall).

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.

Y R Some Vendors confused about e-learning?

eLearning 24-7

Are there vendors in the e-learning space who lack basic understanding around e-learning? Lastly, if the vendors, organizations and firms whose whole background, expertise and existence is tied to e-learning and they themselves are not fully understanding it, does this bode well for the industry as a whole? (I’ll I always tell vendors that they are supposed to be the experts and not the people inquiring about the information. .

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

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And yeah there are vendors who will taut that they are in X list or Y rankings and thus should be included. This isn’t a beauty contest, nor a pay for play (I NEVER accept that, nor play that game, nor do I accept any referral fees or whatever some vendors offer for recommending them). These are vendors who have been around a long time, build share of the market and generally speaking had early name recognition which has helped them in build business.

5 Things To Look Out For While Choosing An LMS

Origin Learning

Web Hosting. If you have a dedicated IT department that can work to provide tireless 24/7 support and backup, self-hosting is for you. If not, ask your vendor to provide cloud based support on their servers. Whichever hosting method you choose, your LMS must be easy to integrate with third party applications. Choosing the right Learning Management System is an arduous task and if not done carefully, may lead to a substantial waste of time and money.

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LMS Setup Fees: For some vendors it’s a cash cow

eLearning 24-7

Just as a seriously doubt many of the LMS vendors who feel it is their duty to charge one time setup fees that break your budget bank. At one time they are were all about implementation, since in the early years, 90%+ of implementations were on the client’s servers. Implementation, training, project management and support were common components of a client side server LMS – and huge revenue generators. For a client side hosted LMS (i.e.

SaaS vs custom eLearning solution: How to Start an Online Tutoring Business?

mysimpleshow

Determine your pre-requisites: For a basic online tutoring business, you would need the following assets to proceed with: – A domain name with your website’s address – A hosting account to store your website data and files – An online platform to sell your courses: website or mobile apps. – SaaS-based solutions: These are readymade solutions where you can simply use a hosted platform to create your own website. What are you really good at?

Self-hosted or cloud LMS? 5 questions to help you decide

LearnUpon

Choosing between a cloud LMS and self-hosted solution is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. Most of the complex technical work will already have been handled by your vendor. With a self-hosted solution, you’ll need to decide how major applications, like servers, databases and load balancers, will be resourced and budgeted. A self-hosted platform may be a better fit if every application in your organization must follow the same architecture.

What is Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM) and How Does it Work?

Use of IETMs for Navy Air Force Defence

We have empaneled vendors to supply software to DRDO, ASL, BDL, ECIL, and many other OEMs who supply systems and subsystems to various Indian Defense agencies. Where will they host them? do they have CSDB Server to host the files?

Rapid Content Authoring Tools Directory

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Features 102 vendors. If vendor does not listing pricing on web site, you will see “Not Available on Site&#. Vendors who offer multiple price points based on edition/version Or by sector: individual, corporate, academia, non-profit, government (when applicable), is listed in the pricing info. It is in the “Cloud&# on the vendor’s server – everything is done in the cloud. Listed below is the RCAT (Rapid Content Authoring Tools) Directory.

S1000D – Why Do We Need it and How Does it Work?

Use of IETMs for Navy Air Force Defence

When Navy/IAF/Army wants S1000d IETM, it is implied that the navy has CSDB Suit /Local CSDB Server 20- 50 OEMs or Service providers will give S1000d data Modules of various systems and the Navy CSDB Local server will host them and monitor them and does the user management.

Pricing for Up and Coming LMS Providers

eLearning 24-7

I want to stress that I selected these vendors as up and coming, not based on any revenue cycle nor any compensation from them. I AM NOT RECEIVING ANY COMPENSATION FROM THESE VENDORS. Pricing – as provided to me by the vendors (as of 3-30-2010). Hosted: Maintenance and support, either license, $1,850/year. To host on their servers $400 per month for hosting. Hosting fees are not included in this pricing, and would be separate.

Getting Started with Moodle | Planning for Success

Lambda Solutions

The good news is if you are outsourcing your Moodle hosting - which is the recommended method - the Moodle installation process will be taken care of for you. Moodle hosting vendors, like Lambda Solutions, help take away the headache of installing the site on a server, and remove stress surrounding the optimization of your Moodle site's performance. Introduction.

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Moodle Installation Guide Pt 1 | Planning for Success

Lambda Solutions

The good news is if you are outsourcing your Moodle hosting - which is the recommended method - the Moodle installation process will be taken care of for you. Moodle hosting vendors, like Lambda Solutions, help take away the headache of installing the site on a server, and remove stress surrounding the optimization of your Moodle site's performance. Introduction.

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Halftime! LMS trends though July

eLearning 24-7

All they care about is whether the system is in “the cloud” SaaS or “in the cloud” to the consumer means that is it hosted on your servers or wherever you host your LMS and they can access it via the internet regardless of where they are located as long as they have an internet connection. If you offer the SaaS option and the consumer hosts it on their own server, fine. Typically it is a faster fix than on your own servers.

Video Learning Platforms

eLearning 24-7

Other options – depends on the vendor. Typically the video content management platform consists of (please note: that some vendors call their VCMS something else). Can interface with learning management systems – including educational focused LMSs – always contact your vendor if you want to go this route — i.e. interface/integration/extension. SaaS or on your own servers – they can do both, but ideally prefer SaaS (they host it).

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

eLearning 24-7

content server. The vendor pitches it as a “partnership&# , which really means, “a split revenue opp&# , for them and the web conferencing vendor. Either give it to me free, create your own and include it free, or at least give me numerous options – i.e. multiple vendors to select from, and include it for free. What vendors fail to tell you, unless you press them, is you can actually use an API (open source) solution and integrate it yourself.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. Upon making your selections, a customized Top 50 report will be viewable on your screen, listing all the vendors in the Top 50 that match with that criteria.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

eLearning 24-7

Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. Upon making your selections, a customized Top 50 report will be viewable on your screen, listing all the vendors in the Top 50 that match with that criteria.

On Fire in 2013 – What’s going to be hot in e-learning

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One vendor already offers it in 2012, and knowing this industry – if something takes off and works, others will follow. Right now, you have to upload the course as you would with your SCORM wrapper, where you self-upload or use the course within an online mobile platform from your authoring tool vendor. One vendor told me they will incorporate it when it becomes certified – uh systems and authoring tools can be certified not a standard.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

eLearning 24-7

Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. Rankings are based on my directories which are updated monthly; I also keep a separate directory which will contain more vendors than listed within the visible directories – reason being it offers clients (those who hire me – buyers to have an added bonus, of course it contains much more info); that said the monthly directories provide key info and in future updates have new columns added.

LMS Committees – Good idea? Or painful experience?

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This might entail updating the computers to support the latest version of Flash, working with the other business units to ensure that the computers can access the net in a speed that is faster than a modem (from your company) and depending on their role – send the file containing employees data that sits on a server somewhere at the company. Hosted in the cloud? These disruptors include: IT person who will ask about the servers, bandwidth, security, etc.

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Latest E-Learning Insight and News

eLearning 24-7

There is a growing list of vendors, including small/mid size that are adding talent management components that match the Big Dog systems. A couple of vendors have added HRIS modules. It is interesting to note, that many of the vendors are targeting the SMB space, especially the small size (less than 500 employees) market. What is nice is there are still a significant number of vendors who have not added it.

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Low Cost LMSs – Yes, u can find one for under 10K

eLearning 24-7

In the cloud or on your own servers. Low cost systems are typically SaaS based (then again, the LMS industry as a whole is more SaaS based than hosted on your servers). Any vendor, who includes a set storage fee, should be able to provide you a range of number of courses – with examples and video/audio files – if you plan to use them. Many vendors’ sites do not state this information in their pricing. Available as hosted or on your own servers.

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

eLearning 24-7

If your goal is just to post the course on a server and let people access it, just for the sake of learning and you don’t care about tracking of any sort – then no, you do not need any compliance standard. 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.

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#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Features include: Extended enterprise – multiple children/sub-portals, each skinned/branded and each on a separate server – many EEs are on a shared server. The system can either be SaaS or hosted on your own servers. 2012 e-learning e-learning vendors education human captial management learning learning management system LMS m-learning mobile learning TinCan learning management systemsWell here it is, the final countdown.

Answering your LMS Questions

eLearning 24-7

How many of you have seen vendors respond to your questions? A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. Congrats, you are probably looking at less than 10 (based on my LMS directory which contains 475 vendors). Custom domains – rather than have yourcompany.vendorname.com, some systems are now offering custom domains so that your learners see whatever name you create.com and remove the vendor name.

E-learning Deployment – Considerations and Tools

eFront

But even if you go for an inferior LMS (well, we had to say it), there are several things you have to consider, the most important being whether you want a Cloud solution or a custom LMS deployment (either hosted or internally deployed). Cloud-hosted LMS. The benefit of this approach is that you don’t need to be concerned with installing, updating and managing servers and software. Self-hosted (internally deployed) LMS. Hosted LMS.

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.

Securing Your Online Certification Program

LearnDash

Because creating a PCI compliant system is so complex, most businesses work with a vendor to cut down on their own risk. These vendors handle the actual transaction, but your business would still be responsible for any payment information that went through your website. Put simply, SSL is a cryptographic security standard that ensure the traffic between web servers and web browsers isn’t intercepted and tampered with in transit. Protect your program and your learners’ data.

Product Review: Totara

eLearning 24-7

Vendors in this space include Docebo, eFront, Litmos and of course Totara. Graphical progress bar – basically less text or funky icons that only the vendor knows what is – example, a recall one vendor using a floppy disk to represent an online course. Kineo Partners handle hosting (if you want it) and support, rather than Kineo Group. Seems to focus more on client side server, when space as a whole is focused more on SaaS.