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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Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

Making Sense of LMS License Models. 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. However, the proposals were inconsistent in all respects — format, approach, assumptions and license model. There are more than 700 LMS vendors today, yet there is no standard usage-based LMS license model. 6 LMS License Models: An Overview.

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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How to Choose the Right LMS? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

We use all of this information to create a complete vendor profile. That’s why we communicate requirements in a structured request for proposal (RFP). If qualified vendors want to be considered, they must reply to the RFP in full. Typically, it takes 90-120 days to define requirements and use cases, develop an RFP and gather responses, organize product presentations with finalists, select a solution and negotiate a contract.

Continuing Education: Will You Sell More CEUs With an LMS?

Talented Learning

Continuing education is training (formal or informal) designed to educate adults in skills or knowledge they need to excel in their vocation. People often seek continuing education to earn or maintain a professional license. On the other hand, those seeking professional licenses expect to pay for continuing education. Ultimately, professionals are responsible for maintaining their own license or certification. 5) License and Cost Misalignment.

The troubles of RFI writing and how to overcome them

eFront

There is no debating the fact that proposals, RFIs (requests for information) or RFPs (requests for proposals), can be challenging at best and a nightmare at worst. Usually consisting of a range of questions and requests stemming from detailed technical ones to company figures, they are time-consuming and relentless in their quest for information. If we feel we are suitable to the client, we will work towards submitting an RFP.

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). 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. Involve all Subject Matter Experts prior to the RFP to ensure all their needs have been captured appropriately. Or these services may be part of the licensing fee.

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Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

That’s one reason why we clarify buyer requirements in a formal RFP. Others provide solid implementation services, but they don’t charge much because the value of long-term license revenue is more important to them. The Tier 2 team is included only at key milestones such as RFP evaluation, demonstrations and proof of concept review. With open-source systems , the cost of professional developers is often offset by no/low system licensing costs.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

Through practical, front-line experience, we’ve identified the information and steps that are most effective in defining requirements and formulating a short list of highly qualified vendors for any type of learning management scenario. After verbally confirming requirements with each of the vendor candidates, we invited them to participate in our exclusive request for proposal ( RFP ) process.

3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Asking for information. This spreadsheet also serves an important role in asking for information from suppliers. As a result of a written process, you will receive information that is based on the same input, making the responses more easily comparable. Typically, this is done through a “Request-for-Information” (RFI) process or through a “Request-for-Proposal” (RFP). Analysis of the information. Undisclosed licensing fees.

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Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

1 The 3 Licensing Models of an LMS (or Any Enterprise Software). Why has software licensing intelligence attracted so much attention? Here’s our theory: we were among the first independent sources of information about learning systems pricing issues and trends. 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. When and how to use an RFP (or not).

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Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

If you’re suddenly moving all external training online, you’ll probably need more LMS licenses – assuming your LMS can handle it. It is important to know which platform(s) you currently use – if any – as well as licensing limits and cost of expanding your reach. 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.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

But I do believe the past can inform the future. If you follow Talented Learning , you know we share information and advice through multiple channels. 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 key to software selection success.

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LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

It is easy to start, use, integrate, manage and license. It supports both formal and informal learning effectively. License Model/Cost. Active User License Model: An active user is any unique user who logs into the LMS and accesses one or more pieces of content during a 30-day billing period. Vendors share lots of information on their websites — feature lists, video demos, case studies, position papers, press releases, free trials and more.

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. Member Friendly License Models. An association LMS licenses their solution based on actual usage or unlimited usage – not on a concept of “named users” (a model typically found with LMS solutions in corporate or academic settings).

Your Roadmap to the World of Modern Learning

Degreed

Information is everywhere : Google, YouTube, blogs, podcasts, Meetup groups, 1000+ eLearning providers, over 600 million websites with more options appearing everyday. Degreed’s ongoing monitoring of content usage can assist you in future licensing decisions. The RFP and implementation process for an LMS is lengthy, which leaves employees without an engaging learning experience for at least 18 months. Provide better information for your content buying decisions.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

Because LMS buyers are now including GDPR compliance in their RFP requirements, learning systems vendors can no longer ignore it. Want to expand your learning program reach to customers, channel partners or others, but can’t afford the incremental licenses? In this fast-paced, information packed session, you will learn how to: – Analyze what you’re currently spending (and why). – Outline the best license model for your intended use.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

A trend should matter to any buyer, seller or user of learning technology who wants to make ongoing, intelligent and informed choices. 16 Licensing Levels Rise. Now it’s common to see LMS licensing in the range of $5/user/month or $60/user/year. 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.

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

The average five-year vendor bid for all licenses and services was $725K. 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. Believe it or not, buyers still love to get printed company packets of information to peruse before, during and after the presentation.

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

To find the best learning technology fit , we must sort through various learning platform types, license models , functionality, integration capacity , implementation services (or lack of) and overall costs. 6) Request for Proposal (RFP). Along the way, they have redefined learning platforms — underlying technology, licensing models, the buying process, implementation timeframes, overall costs — and yes, even sandboxes.

LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

License Model/Cost. No true domain separation, but ability to create “external” user groups, designate # of seat licenses, delegate administrator/manager and set expiration dates. Vendors share lots of information on their websites — feature lists, video demos, case studies, position papers, press releases, free trials and more. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Somehow I made it through more than 3 years without reviewing Adobe Captivate Prime LMS.

Product Review – Percipio by Skillsoft

eLearning 24-7

Licenses. Assignment Summary – displays summary information on all assignments. Entitlements – listing of users who have consumed a license. You can also schedule a demo with them in FindAnLMS and send them an RFP. It might be a surprise to some folks who only know of Degreed, EdCast and Learn Amp, that there are quite a few LEP/LXPs on the market, which offer quite a bang for your budget. One of these platforms is Percipio by Skillsoft.

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

by Dinesh Valke is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. And discover how Prime helps you stay informed about employee progress and the efficacy of training programs. Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 12PM – 1PM PT: Using Championship Memory Techniques to Make Learning Stick In this age of instant information, does it matter if you or the people in your organization can’t recall information about your company and its products, services, customers, policies or procedures? " Very early. "

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

At first glance, open source LMS may seem to have certain advantages over a commercial, purpose-built association LMS – no upfront licensing costs, full control over how the system can be customized, etc. 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.

Trials – Learning Systems

eLearning 24-7

In the e-mail, the vendor’s salesperson information is included, and notice that they will follow up in a week to see how everything is going, answer any questions, etc. . Now what consumers dislike is the fill out information and then we the vendor contact you quickly and pester you. Most salespeople these days are very “hands-off”, and as long as you give them your driver’s license, they will allow you to test drive. .

The A to Z of eLearning Acronyms Part 2

LearnUpon

Expanded to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard this acronym describes whether or not a vendor is adhering to the appropriate industry standards of payment information collection and processing. The server only needs to provide whatever information the client needs to interact with the service. Software as a Service is a licensing and delivery model that is the most common model for cloud based software.

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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The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

It also describes the association of new information with pre-existing knowledge. Usually, the completion of a certain number of units allows individuals to remain licensed in their profession. A theory developed by John Sweller that describes the strain working memory experiences when information is being processed. CPD obligations are common across professions and include formal, informal, structured and self-directed learning approaches. RFP (Request for Proposal).