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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. Online proctoring is new to the corporate learning system market. .

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How to write a great RFP for your eLearning Platform search

Academy of Mine

One buying tool we recommend when shopping around for a new eLearning platform is the Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be utilized to streamline and simplify the purchase process. By using an RFP you can: Organize and prioritize your business needs and desired solutions. . Prepare a master list of relevant questions to be answered by potential vendors. Once you’ve done all of that, you’re ready to begin preparing your RFP! How does the vendor bill?

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The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP)

Absorb LMS

They copied most of these features into a RFP and sent it to vendors. Along with proposals, they asked for supporting documentation such as server security specifications, marketing materials, terms of service, etc. If the organization that issued the RFP gets ten similar responses from other providers, they’ll need to wade through about 1500 pages of material… just to create a short list of systems to evaluate further.

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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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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.

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

Paradiso

Now that you’ve zeroed down on using Moodle for your training needs, next step would be to hire the right Moodle service provider. And we know it’s a daunting task, given the proliferation of Moodle service providers. But, you have to be wise when selecting one because you’ll stumble upon many Moodle services providers who’d promise services that are too good to be true. Be aware of such service providers! Draft a good RFP (Request for Proposal).

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

Out of the Gate – Vendor Experience and Expectancy. Realize that in the LMS space, as mentioned before, the average time in the market is two to four years. Recognize that the “traditional” versus “non-traditional” terms are just marketing spin to try to influence one system (the one making that pitch) over another. Marketing spin is about getting you to buy one product versus another. That is a huge crowded market.

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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.

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

Talented Learning

The learning systems market has become remarkably broad and diverse. In fact, nearly 1000 vendors are on our radar! The clock runs out before they can determine which vendors are truly relevant. Helping you pick the best fit from that shortlist of vendors. We study the market and document our findings in a thorough, systematic way. In addition, vendors submit a comprehensive capabilities survey and anecdotal success stories.

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

Talented Learning

This will come from eliminating Saba-related product and operational redundancy while simultaneously relying on the existing Saba customer base to shoulder continued innovation and marketing reach. I monitor the gap between slick marketing and reality. 5) What About Migration Services?

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18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

It is moving the market in a particular direction (for better or worse). But we do have a ton of data from learning technology buyers and sellers and we have decades of experience in evaluating, recommending, marketing and implementing business learning platforms. 18 Market Expansion and Consolidation Roll On. We’ve analyzed results from LMS vendors who publish outcomes of their customers’ extended enterprise learning initiatives.

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. Do you know the state of the LMS market ?

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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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One of These Services Is Not Like the Others

CLO Magazine

To ensure learning services investments meet business requirements, the role of the purchasing agent, and the knowledge required, are evolving. While procurement organizations are getting better at understanding the world of learning services, there are still significant challenges. During the past several years, a trend to commoditize learning services has evolved. Several business models have been created by vendors to quantify training outsourcing services.

How to Get the Most out of Your LMS Demo

Association eLearning

If you’re in the beginning stages of selecting a learning management system (LMS) for your association, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the choices and information from various vendors. If you and the vendor can spare an additional half an hour or more, great! Before your demo, provide your LMS vendor with this scenario (and any others you and your team come up with) and ask them to demonstrate these steps within the system.

How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

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. Some RCAT vendors have the Tin Can API as well as some LMS vendors. If you are interested, please click my LMS Buyer Services.

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

Talented Learning

They’re digging deep with robust CRM data , marketing automation platforms and ecommerce strategies that target profitable learner segments, drive new revenue streams and maximize the lifetime value of every relationship. With smart marketing strategies and tools, attracting non-members is relatively easy, as well. If your association works with corporations, universities or other allies to extend your program reach, these constituents can offer a unique market perspective.

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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Software Demo Success: How to Present Your LMS In Its Best Light

Talented Learning

If you’re a learning systems vendor , this scenario should sound familiar. Your sales team recently crafted a strong proposal in response to an LMS RFP , and the buyer has given your company a thumbs up. That’s because you’ve been asked to compete with other vendors in a software demo “bake-off.” Recently, I witnessed the leading vendor in an LMS selection project rely on a remote Professional Services resource to outline implementation plans.

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. Whether they are using their system for employees, B2B market or a combination of both, this is becoming the standard rather than the secondary. 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. Your support and service stinks.

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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. People often ask me, “What exactly should I expect from your LMS selection process and services?” One of today’s hottest LMS market segments is continuing education. Vendor 2 quickly emerged as the option to beat.

Out with the old into the new LMS: Part 2

eLearning 24-7

Start searching out LMS vendors that meet the list criteria, specifically the ones you must have/otherwise they are deal breakers. Once you identify your LMS potentials, you can create a RFP or RFI with specific details you need and additional information on the company, etc. You identify the date you need them back by, who to contact at your company – which is you – for additional questions, and how they are to send back the RFP/RFI.

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Podcast 19: Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Azuqua

Talented Learning

EPISODE 19 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: On our previous episode , we talked about the increasing popularity of customer success programs among high-growth companies – especially software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors. Plus I’m in marketing, which may seem weird. Right… Azuqua goes even further, with an enterprise-grade platform or iPaaS ( integration platform as a service ). They needed to streamline their RFP response process.

Top 5 Reasons You Will Leave your LMS – and How to Switch Successfully

Association eLearning

Some attendees mentioned that their current LMS vendor was either out of business or ending a product, but others are just simply unhappy with their current platform. According to a 2010 eLearning Guild survey, only 62% of respondents said their LMS lived up to vendor promises. Vendor Selection. Often, organizations choose a vendor by sending out a Request for Proposal (RFP). But there is a charge to use this service!

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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?

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. Just as that market hysteria faded when sanity returned to the flower-loving public, trends in learning technology have come and gone. Now, even the most security-conscious organizations such as governments and financial institutions embrace software as a service (SaaS). If it does show up, the organization is likely using an RFP template from the disco era.

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3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

How to identify if solutions available in the market are covering your needs. Typically, this is done through a “Request-for-Information” (RFI) process or through a “Request-for-Proposal” (RFP). Review if those needs are presently not available in the market. At this stage of your Feasibility Study you should have a good idea if what you wanted and identified in your Needs Assessment is available in the market or what compromise you may need to make.

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Seven Stages of LMS Process

Stratbeans

It is important that you have an idea of your needs before you dive into the LMS market. Stage 3: Vendor Identification. LMS market is growing at a staggering growth rate of 17.5% There are millions of vendors to look out for but among these millions, you have to list down only those few that are specific to their services because too many offerings sometimes take away the real motive. Stage 5: RFP. Stage 7: Vendor Selection.

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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.

Learning System Award Winners 2019

eLearning 24-7

Because of the size of the market and split out of types of systems, it made sense to create an umbrella term and then place the main four types of systems under said umbrella. . The biggest market in size and scope are LMSs (Learning Management Systems). The second market in size are LEP/LXPs – Learning Engagement Platforms/Learning Experience Platforms. LEP/LXP market. When * is seen, this indicates that the vendor is in FindAnLMS. .

EdCast vs Degreed vs Fuse – The Analysis

eLearning 24-7

How do you explain why these three vendors were selected, how the process for analysis was conducted, and what are the results? Why these three vendors? From the vendors themselves and even in conducting my own research into vendor comparisons. Where do you start?

Top 50 Learning Systems for 2019 (50 to 30)

eLearning 24-7

Every vendor, with the exception of Blackboard (who is coming soon) can be found on FindAnLMS.com , my learning system search engine platform, an independent and trusted source to search, compare and engage with vendors in the learning system space. Rankings are based on 1,000 vendors across the globe. This includes vendors who have a content marketplace over those who don’t, thus they received more points on that feature, for example.

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

Why does everything about the LMS market seem so complex? 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. ” Meanwhile, from a seller’s perspective, an LMS sandbox is either encouraged, discouraged or endured — depending on a seller’s business model, technology approach and appetite for service.

Meet the Hero of the Technical Sale: The Sales Engineer

Cloudshare

Marketing enters the fray too. Tom Wentworth, SVP product marketing, Acquia. While the salesperson’s role is to build relationships, develop trust, and ultimately, execute deals, the presales person’s role is to show a potential customer how a product or service solves a problem.

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

Talented Learning

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. These buying organizations are working with us as LMS selection consultants to define their learning technology requirements, identify the best vendor options and then conduct a formal proposal-based buying process. It starts when you misunderstand a vendor’s pricing strategy.

Reader Mail (Support, Rankings, etc.)

eLearning 24-7

Before diving into our semi-annual, readers question and answer, I’d like to talk about a subject near and dear to me – acquisitions. In the past few months, many of you probably have noticed a slight uptick in to the number of vendors who have been acquired either by another vendor in the market, or outside of the e-learning space or even a Private Equity firm. Some vendors will be flexible with you, and allow you to leave if you so desire, others less so.

Digital Learning Platforms In, LXP out

eLearning 24-7

There are quite a number of learning system vendors who say on their web site or in their marketing literature, “learning experiences”, when they are not an LXP, rather they are a learning platform or an LMS. Too many learning system vendors come up with messaging that rather than provide consistency, embraces confusion to such a degree. Today, the learning system market is zeroing in on specific department in the corporate space, the L&D department.

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

Ecosystems for authoring tools – I’m not talking about it in the same scope of the LMS space (which I foresaw and which is occurring), rather think of it as a one stop shop for all your needs – I see this coming more by 2016, but there are already vendors doing it. Tin Can is not going to be a mature level in 2015 and some vendors have even decided to do their own thing (similar to Tin Can) and go from there. Marketing Blues. Support and Service.

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Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

With more than 700 learning platforms on the market, how do you narrow the field down to the best learning management systems (LMS) for your association’s needs? They know what questions to ask during the requirements gathering process to elicit the information needed for a request for proposal (RFP), including questions you’d never think about asking. Because they know the LMS market, consultants have a good idea about what your budget will buy.