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.

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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. Cut-and-paste production methods may save time.

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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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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.

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 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. There is no better way, then the try and true method of the use case study/situation. 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.

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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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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.

Out with the old into the new LMS: Part 2

eLearning 24-7

Methods to find a new BFF LMS. 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. The LMS vendor will either say, “Stay with us and we will blah blah&# OR “Ok.

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Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

However, it’s not the instant slam-dunk that some vendors may want you to believe – especially for extended enterprise learning. To learning systems vendors, it suggests that you want to change the underlying software code. 6) As an LMS selection consultant, do you ensure that vendors deliver what they promise? Unfortunately, vendor amnesia happens. That’s one reason why we clarify buyer requirements in a formal RFP. When to issue an RFP (or not).

How To Evaluate An LMS – Use Case Scenarios

Upside Learning

However, the success of the process depends on a critical thing – the phase where your team is audience to vendor LMS demonstrations. One may wonder what it is with vendor demonstrations. Even though you had a detailed RFP, the chances that the vendor skipped a few things are high as there are almost invariably time constraints in demos. The perception of importance could be different for a few of your requirements as you see them, and as the vendors see them.

Evaluation Is Not Complicated

The Performance Improvement Blog

As a learning solutions vendor, I’ve been asked this question countless times and have also encountered it in many an RFP. As Brinkerhoff explains in The Success Case Method , there is a simple logic to assessing impact. Three immutable laws drive this method of evaluation. In his blog post , “Stop Evaluating Training!”, Amit Garg summarizes a presentation that Robert O. Brinkerhoff gave at the Australian Institute of Training and Development conference in April.

Stop Evaluating Training!

Upside Learning

" As a learning solutions vendor, I’ve been asked this question countless times and have also encountered it in many an RFP. Consequently, while many of our clients do ask, not many venture into it; and requiring organizational commitment and action as it does, it’s not something only we, as vendors, can entirely influence. You can read more about The Advantage Way SM Process and The Success Case Evaluation Method here.

Your LMS criteria can make or break your buying process – here’s how to win

Docebo

These will give you a good roadmap for where you want to head, and help you decide whether the LMS vendors you’re considering can get you there. Finding a learning management system (LMS) requires a lot of brainstorming and prioritizing to nail down your final system requirements.

Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

While many larger companies have already transitioned into e-Learning and embrace it as a vital component of their overall training efforts, many mid-size and smaller companies have been waiting on the sidelines observing how the technology, methods, and costs evolve. If you develop it yourself, there are many issues to consider regarding the necessary skill sets, tools & technology, and outsourcing and teaming with experienced vendors.

7 Key Components Of The LMS Switching Process

Upside Learning

Jason lists the Product or the Vendor or the Cost as possible reasons. Ultimately the reasons would be a mix of the product, the vendor and/or cost. Before evaluating any LMS vendor it would be helpful to prepare and keep the content organization chart ready. This will help the new LMS vendor to analyze and prepare a smooth data migration plan. This will also eliminate the problems which arise if an LMS is bought only as per sales demos or mere RFP checklists.

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Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)

LearnUpon

Companies should be wary of the value a “free” learning platform can deliver and alert to the costs quickly accrued in maintaining, updating and supporting an LMS without a vendor. In eLearning, pedagogy involves selecting the best methods to convey information to learners. RFP (request for proposal ): Document prepared by organizations to help assess LMS vendors during a selection process. Last week, we decoded tongue-twisting eLearning terms from A-L.

Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

Below are tips and action items from three different viewpoints: 1) Tips for Learning Systems Vendors and Consultants. 1) Tips For Learning Systems Vendors and Consultants. The market clearly needs vendors who specialize in helping organizations efficiently move from one stage to the next – or through the entire migration cycle. • Offer a Path to Extended Enterprise Learning. Just like vendors, you need to plan for immediate needs, as well as for the coming months.

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

Talented Learning

If you have the time and budget to research all these options, you can study industry publications, read analyst websites, comb through product reviews, watch hours of pre-recorded demos, attend tradeshows and speaking directly with vendors of interest. Vetting every vendor is impractical. As independent LMS selection consultants , we continuously evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of all vendors in the association market. When to issue an RFP (or not).

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

Talented Learning

Every day, I listen as customers react to LMS vendors before, during and after a contract is signed. And at this point, few see any financial, functional or business value in switching vendors. Methods for researching and defining use cases and requirements.

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Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Digital transformation consultant Daniel Newman weighs in… 11) Should you use an RFP when choosing an LMS? But here’s why you’ll probably want to use an RFP the next time you select a learning system… 12) Define your LMS requirements like a pro. Methods for researching and defining use cases and requirements. When to issue an RFP (or not). How to make the most of vendor demos and proof-of-concept projects.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Among the more than 700 vendors participating in today’s LMS marketplace, we continue to see a wave of learning solutions designed to solve “niche” business challenges. 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. Video-centered training is going mainstream and every vendor seems to be pushing new boundaries.

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.

Learning Ecosystems: How to add data sources & iterate [Guide]

Watershed

It’s integrated with Workday for HR information, with all the external content vendors, and Visa’s internal learning systems. In Visa’s case, they were in the process of implementing Pathgather as a new system, so they were able to require that Pathgather implement xAPI as part of the RFP. It’s common to use a mixture of methods to integrate different data sources. So, if you find a vendor that’s willing to grow its xAPI implementation with you, you’re onto a good thing.

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Podcast 26: How to Extend Learning Content Availability – With Troy Gorostiza

Talented Learning

Troy is a “triple threat” learning innovator with deep expertise as a content development practitioner, solutions consultant and technology vendor. But sending learners to a different vendor LMS for each course makes no sense. Methods for researching and defining use cases and requirements. When to issue an RFP (or not). How to make the most of vendor demos and proof-of-concept projects. WELCOME TO EPISODE 26 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW!

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Methods for researching and defining use cases and requirements. When to issue an RFP (or not). How to make the most of vendor demos and proof-of-concept projects. It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, let alone another decade!

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

Talented Learning

Workforce-oriented LMS vendors are built and supported by HR and training experts who understand a “compliance” mindset. But commercial CE sellers need an LMS vendor that also understands branding, content marketing , user experience design, social media and community management. With all the new learning technology vendors flooding the market, some are focusing on CE needs, and they are removing many of these barriers. Continuing education is a big business.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

In today’s fast-paced learning environments, the AGILE method is often seen as more efficient than ADDIE. Often contrasted with the ADDIE process, the Agile design method emerged in the 1970s and became widely adopted in the 1990s. Unlike ADDIE, the agile method dives straight into a project, producing small pieces of content very quickly. Blended learning is the combination of traditional, face-to-face learning methods with technology-based online learning methods.

Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

In this session, noted research-to-practice expert Will Thalheimer of Work-Learning Research will explore the power of three learning methods to help learners transfer what they’ve learned to their jobs—gamification, threaded microlearning, and measurement. Joining him, Roni Floman of GamEffective will highlight these methods using real-world examples. Evaluate engagement methods so you can see what works and what doesn’t right away.

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Tony Karrer

for Learning Professionals Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 Test SCORM Courses with an LMS Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples Training Method Trends Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis SCORM Test Web 2.0 37) Training Method Trends (27) Examples of eLearning 2.0 (26) In Training Method Trends , we show that while still small, use of the tools is increasing very quickly.

The A to Z of eLearning Acronyms Part 2

LearnUpon

It involves content creation and delivery method choice. 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. A Request For Proposal is a document which asks a vendor to create a proposal so that it can enter into a bidding process for organizations looking to procure a software.

RF, Please…Why an RFP Isn’t the Best Method For Choosing an LMS Vendor

Association eLearning

Analyst John Leh says there are 700 LMS vendors in the industry. They wouldn’t twist yes or no questions on an RFP to try to find a way to interpret that question so they can say yes, right? But instead of simply asking for a “yes” or “no” to a feature list with check boxes, allow vendors to clarify whether a feature is in development, in beta testing (and when it will be available to the public), available now, or not available.

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