10 Effective LMS RFP Guidelines

Upside Learning

We received a Request For Proposal (RFP) from a leading Banking and Financial organization last week to deploy an enterprise wide Learning Management System. Would this LMS RFP process help the organization achieve its objective of finding a suitable solution? Would this document allow a vendor to map their solution as per the organization’s true requirement? The more explicit one can be, the more assistance the vendor can offer. Sales and Marketing Department.

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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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LEP/LXP RFP Template

eLearning 24-7

Yeah it is a peeve of mine, which is why, I decided that LEPs needed their own RFP template. Anyway, after studying the market in-depth – the LEP market that is, I felt an RFP specifically for that market made sense. . This is why when you see the RFP, the LE and Admin functionality is nearly identical, but with some changes (more on that in a sec.). LEP RFP Template. Most vendors in the LEP segment have this.

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Tips for Developing an LMS RFP

Association eLearning

So, you’re ready to take the initial plunge into eLearning, and you’re thinking of issuing a request for proposal (RFP). Distributing an RFP is a wonderful way to “set the stage” for your ideal learning management system (LMS). An RFP is especially beneficial if you have a lot of requirements, because it gives you a simple way to evaluate and compare numerous LMS systems. When the going gets tough, it may be tempting to copy another organization’s RFP requirements.

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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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Debut: My LMS RFP Template – The only one you will ever need again

eLearning 24-7

Speed up the process – Who has time today to spend days putting together a RFP and on the flip side from the vendor perspective who has weeks to complete them? Focus on the market today – The RFPs I always see are outdated. The information placed in them in no longer relevant in today’s market. Pricing calculator – A simple wizard the vendor completes. What I can guarantee about this LMS RFP template. Not me nor the LMS vendors.

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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. I have since moved on, from marketing minion to marketing maven, but have never forgotten the associations that taught me a thing or two. Submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) outlining your association’s goals and needs. What’s your association’s biggest issue: revenue, engagement, marketing?

Winning or whining? The eLearning RFP

Mitch Moldofsky

Richard chimed in: I often receive requests to submit RFPs from vendors who have found me either here in the Elearning Heroes forums or via my social media presence. So, make sure you do some research on the company issuing the RFP to see what type of track record they have in place.

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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 RFP

Tony Karrer

Continuing on from my earlier posts: LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process From several comments and from looking at my list of issues, I realize that writing a good LMS RFP is challenging and it's easy to make lots of mistakes. LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. But, what I see as the most common problem in LMS RFP documents are the requirements.

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I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

Experiencing eLearning

You can identify your requirements, then send this to vendors to have them show how they meet your needs. The LMS RFP Template from E-Learning 24/7 is another option with a small list of features you might consider.

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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.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

Finally, I reordered the list to reflect the priorities of today’s extended enterprise market. This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. In fact, for nearly a decade, LMS trends have been shaped by market demand for robust business solutions that extend beyond traditional talent management functions. LMS vendors aren’t just talking about what’s possible – they’re delivering.

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

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. But since the LMS market is on fire, you’ve probably been too busy to notice. Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. Learning systems buyers are always more successful when they invest time upfront qualifying vendors for their specific business situation). I rarely share criticism directly with vendors unless I’m asked, or unless I’m in the mood to write.

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.

Working with E-Learning Vendors: Tips for Working with Vendors

E-learning Uncovered

Over the last few blogs, I’ve given some tips on how to find a vendor through a Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) , and then how to evaluate the responses you get to select the best vendor to meet your needs. During development, always keep your design document and other guidelines up-to-date with anything the vendor promised they would do. If the vendor supplies the contract, make sure you are protected.

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.

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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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. When to issue an RFP (or not).

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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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How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

Before you even think about creating a request for proposal (RFP), you must spend time on the LMS requirements gathering and analysis process. If you don’t get it right, you won’t create a useful RFP or select the best LMS for your association. In addition to your colleagues in the education department, you may also want to consult with staff responsible for accounting, marketing, membership, and meetings. You’re going to need at least a budget range for the RFP.

Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

eLearning 24-7

Act 2 – Select only a vendor who is well known (name recognized). The reality is that having a name that is recognized by everyone doesn’t mean it is the best system on the market. What it does mean, is that the vendor is strong in marketing and getting their name out to the general public. If you are interested in seeing the basics, then check out my LMS RFP template. If your LMS vendor does not offer it and you want it, go API.

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. I never did a RFP nor spent more time than necessary to find a system.

Free Webinar: Select Your Ideal Learning Management System

Adobe Captivate

After all, there are several hundred learning technology platforms on the market! 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.

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.

Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Independent advice from our analysts and expert guest authors: 1) Top learning systems trends: 2019 extended enterprise market guide. Which technology and business factors are shaping the extended enterprise LMS market? Here’s what you need to run a successful sales partner training program… 5) Marketing never ends: How does product education help? Converting leads to customers is only part of the modern marketing mission. When to issue an RFP (or not).

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. How can you navigate the field of 700+ LMS vendors? Other times, we’re inspired by what we hear from our daily hands-on research and discussions with technology vendors, customers and experts in the learning community.

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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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.

September E-Learning Trends

eLearning 24-7

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. I recall one vendor telling me that they are including this new approach – only to find out – after I told them, that they are one of many.

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.