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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8 Steps To Write A Winning RFP For Virtual Classroom Software

Dan Keckan

You need vendor proposals to get the best value for money. This article features 8 steps to write a top-notch RFP for your new virtual classroom LMS. This post was first published on eLearning Industry. Virtual Training eLearning eBooks LMS RFP LMS Vendors Virtual Classroom

Creating A Winning Virtual Meeting Software RFP

Dan Keckan

In this article, I share 7 tips to create a winning virtual meeting software RFP. This post was first published on eLearning Industry. Web Conferencing Software eLearning eBooks Remote Working Video Conferencing Solutions Web Conferencing Software VendorsHow do you get proposals from top virtual conferencing providers?

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8 Tips To Remember When Creating An RFP For Audio Conferencing Providers

Dan Keckan

An RFP for audio conferencing providers is a crucial part of vendor qualification. This post was first published on eLearning Industry. Web Conferencing Software Audio Conferencing Tools eLearning eBooks Web Conferencing Software Vendors Web Conferencing Tools

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eBook Release: Don't Just Build Your Business Case For A Learning Platform. Prove It!

Dan Keckan

This post was first published on eLearning Industry. eLearning Platforms Business Objectives eLearning eBooks Learning Management System Learning Objectives LMS RFP LMS VendorsHow do you get stakeholder buy-in and implement your new learning platform?

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5 Ways To Vet LMS Vendors After Employing Free LMS Consulting Services

Dan Keckan

In this article, I discuss 5 ways to vet LMS vendors after employing free LMS consulting services. This post was first published on eLearning Industry. Learning Management Systems LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsFree consultation is a beautiful thing, because it saves you money and gives you a game plan. Now that you have a list of recommendations, how do you find the right people to work with?

The 8-Step Guide To Successful LMS Vendor Selection

Dan Keckan

This article features a step-by-step look at how to choose the best LMS vendor for your online training program. This post was first published on eLearning Industry. Learning Management Systems LMS Evaluation LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS SelectionLMS consulting can help you find the right system for your budget and online training needs.

7 Elements Every LMS Contract Should Have And Tips To Negotiate The Best Terms

Dan Keckan

This post was first published on eLearning Industry. Learning Management Systems LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsBefore you sign on the dotted line, make certain that your agreement has all the essentials.

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Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

Way back when I was just a marketing minion working in development at a nonprofit, I used to attend workshops and classes that would help me learn more about my industry. Submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) outlining your association’s goals and needs. It is critical to have your vendor’s support in the implementation of your learning program.

Learning System Vendors Support Ratings

eLearning 24-7

There has never been an accurate number of how many learning system vendors actually have a training department, let alone trainers who provide said training, or customer education. While I have conducted random sampling (as you would have with any polls out there), and data collection as part of my LMS RFP Template (New version now out), I believe it needs to be expanded. Every vendor will state to you, if asked, how great is their support. Vendors presented in blog.

Free LMS Selection Services Prep: 6 Tips To Determine Your Price Expectations

Dan Keckan

This post was first published on eLearning Industry. Learning Management Systems Learning Management System Pricing LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsFree LMS selection services give you the opportunity to whittle down your top choices and simplify the process. But how do you determine your price expectations beforehand so that you can get more accurate LMS recommendations?

7 Tips To Estimate The Ideal Number Of Users To Get A More Accurate LMS Consulting

Dan Keckan

This post was first published on eLearning Industry. Learning Management Systems LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsBefore you enlist the aid of a trained LMS consultant, you need to know how many users you must accommodate. This article features 7 top tips to estimate the ideal number of users and get a more accurate LMS consulting.

LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

Talented Learning

With almost 700 LMS vendors in the world, competition for every sales opportunity is fierce. Along the way, I have seen more than 100 salespeople from multiple vendors compete to win legitimate business opportunities. To win, an LMS vendor must vanquish a minimum of 4 to 20 others and be the only one left standing – with each and every new customer. LMS Vendor Sales Tips. If an RFP response is due and you knew well in advance, don’t ask for an extension.

LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right?

eLearning 24-7

There is way too much misinformation in this industry. Out of the Gate – Vendor Experience and Expectancy. This is an industry where assumption should be tossed in the trash, along with that old posted from the 80’s – sorry RATT is not making a comeback. Understand that this is an industry where spin dominates. A vendor who wins an award from E-Learning 24/7 is rated high and recognized as a top tier system. A vendor never pays a fee.

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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.

LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

eLearning 24-7

We are extremely interested in SAAS based solutions, but we have expectations that align to the entire LMS industry. 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).

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. It is a necessity to identify the vendor that is going to provide you with the best system for your solution. 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. The RFP may be geared actually to the vendor whose site you have pulled it down from. RFP is another word for lots of pages.

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Lessons Learned: LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Lessons for the RFP process. There were a lot of lessons that will help to develop a more detailed RFP (Request for Proposal). It will enable the team to identify the ideal vendor based on success criteria which became clearer through the analysis. For example, it would be beneficial to incorporate into an RFP: Keep all criteria of your requirements separate and provide a templated response form for the vendors to complete.

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

Talented Learning

As you may have read in my annual industry trends analysis , the pace of acquisitions and strategic equity investments has been accelerating for several years. When speaking with industry analysts, Cornerstone emphasized 3 key benefits of this deal. When to issue an RFP (or not).

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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. Have you been to an industry tradeshow lately?

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LMS Ghost stories – The truth will scare you

eLearning 24-7

But what you rarely hear, is something I have often been hearing, which isn’t going from any spirit, rather it is coming from some LMS vendors. A good vendor will take that information and apply it to your demo (you want one), inquire for additional questions if needed – after they have had time to review it – post-call; and most importantly as a cornerstone to your pricing. And let’s go back to that RFP for a second. And where to vendors stick it?

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Top LMS Industry Facts of 2016

iSpring Solutions

The LMS Industry is rapidly growing and developing. As far back as 30 years ago, there were around 15 LMS vendors on the market; today the number exceeds 700. We asked our partner, the vendor of JoomlaLMS Learning Management System , to create an infographic on interesting LMS Industry facts and statistics. Shared. Isn’t that amazing?

How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

The industry uses a lot of jargon and it is easy to become confused. Users/Seats – This approach is still widely used in the industry. 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.

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

I’ve also learned firsthand, how to make it work in any vertical and any industry. 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. Why do some vendors have trials and others do not? A few vendors offer the trial but request your credit card.

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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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When your LMS BFF is no longer

eLearning 24-7

The big elephant in the room that we hear so many times and vendors love to pitch (to get you to their system), but rarely the vendors themselves will admit to – many have only themselves to blame. Sometimes, it is the client’s fault and sometimes it is the vendor’s fault. I know, I know it is never your fault (client) – its those nasty LMS vendors, but as with the failure to recognize, often more than not it is duality, at least at some level.

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LMS Potluck

eLearning 24-7

The book goes on sale the first week of October and will be an ebook only. As a bonus – buyers will receive my newest LMS RFP template (not available to others at this time), and access into a special site off the blog, with some very cool stuff. As micro-learning gains more attention and more people are starting to utilize the methods in creating such courses, vendors who are aware of this new opportunity are making sure that people know that their system supports micro-learning.

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

His weekly blog and webinar publishes best practices, vendor reviews, education and case studies that are useful to professionals involved in channel, customer, association, academic and public sector learning. John has been in the industry for 20 years, serving as a trusted adviser to more than 100 learning organizations, and has found his way into selling learning management systems.

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September E-Learning Trends

eLearning 24-7

As you all know, I monitor the entire e-learning industry and with that comes out some interesting trends. No surprise that some vendors are also waiting to see what happens. M-Learning with a native app – slowly trucking along, but I am hearing quite a few vendors who are either in development or getting going in 2014. One vendor is focused only on SaaS products including social media.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

Since then, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of modern LMS vendors, and in enthusiasm for strategies and technologies that help organizations educate customers, channel partners and other external audiences. Digital innovation is making it easier than ever to support commercial training strategies, so companies of every size and industry segment are discovering how learning programs can fuel growth and profitability. How can you navigate the field of 700+ LMS vendors?

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

His weekly blog and webinar publishes best practices, vendor reviews, education and case studies that are useful to professionals involved in channel, customer, association, academic and public sector learning. John has been in the industry for 20 years, serving as a trusted adviser to more than 100 learning organizations, and has found his way into selling learning management systems.

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What consumers want in a LMS – can you say WOW?

eLearning 24-7

With this knowledge comes the avalanche of hyper sales, vendors are exploring ways to gain your attention. Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the industry is the lack of WOW despite consumers repeatedly asking for it. Thus is should be a concern to every vendor who shows off a system that is stripped off its looks to entice buyers. The most common responses I hear from vendors are.

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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.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

eLearning 24-7

Reports – very basic, but this is more a content authoring tool hybrid – which is becoming more prominent in the industry, so the minimal report is equally being seen. I’m a big time fan of vendors who post their pricing on their site. Trust me, people are going to see what your competitors are doing, so the argument that we don’t want to tell you because of competition is lame, especially when there is never a problem listing your pricing on a RFP.