What You Can Expect When Asking a Vendor for Client References

Absorb LMS

It’s pretty common for prospective clients to ask software vendors for references prior to signing a contract. If you’re evaluating new applications such as a learning management system (LMS), you may be considering asking the shortlisted vendors for references.

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. Be good to your vendor, though.

LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

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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). Yet, LMS vendors pick on of the paths below. Based on my updated LMS directory of nearly 220 vendors, 15% offered a trial.

SAAS LMSs and Vendor Client Lists Questions

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The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. So in the case of a LMS/LCMS, it is hosted on your vendor’s servers and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection and a browser (that they support), anywhere in the world. With a hosted solution, the vendor’s servers are able to tested to withstand scenarios like this.

SAAS (Hosted) LMS and Vendor Questions

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The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. So in the case of a LMS/LCMS, it is hosted on your vendor’s servers and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection and a browser (that they support), anywhere in the world. With a hosted solution, the vendor’s servers are able to tested to withstand scenarios like this.

How to Buy a LMS

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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. Compliance issues and privacy.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. Upon making your selections, a customized Top 50 report will be viewable on your screen, listing all the vendors in the Top 50 that match with that criteria.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. Upon making your selections, a customized Top 50 report will be viewable on your screen, listing all the vendors in the Top 50 that match with that criteria.

On Fire in 2013 – What’s going to be hot in e-learning

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One vendor already offers it in 2012, and knowing this industry – if something takes off and works, others will follow. One vendor told me they will incorporate it when it becomes certified – uh systems and authoring tools can be certified not a standard.

2016 Top 10 LMSs

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43 profiles, whereas each vendor responded to 12 questions – covering everything from setup fees to data centers to latest features to support/training to security/privacy. . After reading thru, you will likely find the vendor you are seeking – it is that extensive. . Based on 690 vendors. Vendors in the report did NOT pay an application fee, nor did any vendor under consideration. Vendors are from all over the world.

September E-Learning Trends

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How will privacy issues come into play? 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. Just a few months ago, this was nearly non-existent – but for a handful of vendors.

FindAnLMS – The New Learning System Search Platform from Craig Weiss

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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). not real vendors.

LMS Committees – Good idea? Or painful experience?

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The reality is that some LMSs suffer down time – even though the vendor says it won’t. Bugs do arise and more often than not, the vendor will kick it up a notch to resolve it. I can’t tell you the number of times the issue was on the client’s side and not the LMS’s side, but the vendor is often blamed. Also, when a vendor does an update they tend to do it – after hours – as in past 12 a.m. .

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The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game. Some vendors push heavily on PPT, implying that a great WBT is really a PPT converted to Flash. The latter is slowly gaining speed, which is an advantage to LMS vendors who have a CAT in their own product – which is SCORM,PENS/IMS compliant. One vendor focuses only on Blackberry (not just Playbook but their smartphone like product). Vendor adoption is slow.

Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

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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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E-Learning without Borders

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Vendors such as Edmodo, enables teachers at various schools across the world to communicate with each other. Now before you argue about “security&# or “privacy&# , you can create (even now using mashups or some APIs) the ability to lock down or block certain areas. A vendor who sees real value in this approach, can create an interface so that if a company or business, choose to do so, they could “connect&# with another LMS client, who has the same interface.

Product Review: Saba Social

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I found some of the suggested information (again, you do not have to enter anything) a tad too personal and really I see as a privacy issue. Who is the heck is ever going to put that in their profile, because I want to meet that person who cares little about privacy.

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Overcoming 4 Common Concerns of Outsourcing Training

CommLab India

Information privacy and security. Uncertainty about the Vendor’s Expertise and Quality. Objection: You may have concerns about the vendor’s expertise in learning design. You may also be concerned about the real-time experience of the vendor in corporate training.

What you can expect in 2019

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Cost is a key factor, and while authoring tool vendors are jumping into VR with new functionality, the truth of the whole matter is that VR headsets haven’t punched thru the L&D and/or training departments across the globe. . You can expect to see a lot of vendors in the learning system space to go full throttle into machine learning, which at a point down the road (2020), will become deep learning (term noted by AI experts, as the next evolution of machine learning). .

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. LMS vendors aren’t just talking about what’s possible – they’re delivering. I’m sure some LMS vendors are getting caught in the crossfire.

Paradiso brings you the best Multi-Tenant LMS Feature

Paradiso

Privacy between LMS tenants. In simple words, with Paradiso Multi-Tenant feature you can have multiple clients, employees, students, vendors or partners within the same e-Learning platform with different permissions, themes, separate branding and diverse content.

Is your LMS provider GDPR compliant?

Melon Learning

When selecting a Learning Management System provider one of the key factors to consider is whether the supplier guarantees data privacy and protection against data loss. Its aim is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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Even if you wanted to include the e-mail address on the opening page of the course, there are privacy concerns/issues at various companies. Tags: Mindflash Product Review SAAS Uncategorized authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning hosted rapid authoring tools mindflash.com mindflash product review Mindflash.com bills itself as a training management system, with the ability to create and upload courses, invitee end users (learners) and track results.

Degreed Does Data: Data Science

Degreed

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR VENDORS ABOUT DATA SCIENCE. Of course, don’t forget to keep the data safe, by talking through specifics security threats and privacy protections.

Global Learning Platforms: Top 10 LMS Buying Challenges

Talented Learning

There are now hundreds and hundreds of LMS vendors in the learning technology space. Each of these verticals offer further specialization based on the level of service vendors provide to set-up, deploy and support new customers.

How Technology Partners Help Associations Comply with GDPR

WBT Systems

Complying with GDPR isn’t only about developing a new privacy statement and opt-in forms. Many privacy experts believe the US and other nations will adopt similar regulations given the ongoing complaints about Facebook and Google data practices. Just this week, a US senator said: “Facebook’s secret data sharing partnerships raise urgent new reasons for stronger privacy protections—beginning with a privacy bill of rights modeled on Europe’s new rules (GDPR).”.

12 LMS Attributes You Shouldn’t Compromise On

Melon Learning

focus your attention on the following LMS attributes and make sure your short-listed vendors support them: 1. Be open with your selected vendor and share your internal deadlines. Customer references – ask your vendor for industry-specific customer references and success stories.

Standard Options Apply

MakingBetter

This post is for vendors, developers and implementers of the Experience API and for anyone who may one day create something with xAPI. I’m going to ask you as vendors, entrepreneurs, developers, designers from all around the world to provide me with your counsel as I ultimately must direct the effort. Some in the LTSC are very familiar with the European Union’s policies on privacy, security, data ownership and the rights of individuals in digital spaces.

Hey LMS Santa!

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Why are LMS vendors racing to the Enterprise space and leaving others behind? ” And thus, the vast increase of vendors targeting Enterprise. Worse or better depending on your perspective, an increase of vendors focusing on 20,000 or more (internal), no less. .

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. Video-centered training is going mainstream and every vendor seems to be pushing new boundaries.

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Training Outsourcing: Overcoming Five Fallacies

CommLab India

You can make the outsourcing partner or vendor accountable through well-defined key performance indicators (KPIs) and service level agreements (SLAs). Some organizations fear data privacy breaches when learning is outsourced.

The Latest: What consumers are seeking; plus video and mobile data

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I’m a total believer and supporter of the first two, but I still have privacy and security concerns when it comes to a LRS and specifically the data record. One of those items (another is interoperability) was (and still is) the ability for the learner to take their data record will all their activity streams and so forth, from the LMS vendor, when the person leaves and place it in another LMS (assuming their new company has one AND has a LRS too). .

Global LMS Functionality: Do You Speak the Language?

Talented Learning

LMS vendors offer this capability. There’s another truth about being a global LMS — it’s tough and usually impossible for learning platform vendors to fake. Global data centers in regional areas with strict privacy concerns like Germany or China.

4 Compelling Situations to Outsource Compliance Training

CommLab India

If not all, you can outsource a part of the compliance training you think won’t cause much threat to your company privacy. When it comes to your online compliance training, you often face the dilemma of whether to outsource or not.

Interview with an Expert: Emilio Arocho, Director of Technology and Digital Strategy at FDLI

Blue Sky eLearn

And there are business cases where stability is rightly an absolute top priority (especially situations involving security, privacy, health and safety). Delivering excellent experiences with technology is less often about perfection and big financial commitments, and more often about having the right mix of attention to detail, ambition, and positive attitudes between your end users, staff, and vendor partners.