How to Write an RFP for LMS Vendors

Web Courseworks

An RFP, or Request for Proposal, allows you to outline what you are looking for in your ideal Learning Management System vendor and creates a standardized form or checklist for all would-be vendors to follow. When every organization or product you are considering follows the same guidelines, answers the same questions and provides the same materials, it is easier for you to compare them and determine which best suits your eLearning program goals.

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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. You know your product is a contender and you deserve a shot at closing the deal. So why are you losing at the RFP stage? Your answers seem like boilerplate product copy.” But vendors have more control over RFP outcomes than you may think.

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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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The Dos and Don’ts of Approaching Learning Solution Vendors

Schoox

Is your organization ready to start looking for a learning solution vendor? If you decide to take things externally, shopping around for a vendor is not an easy task. You need to find a vendor who can provide exactly what you need, a solution tailored to your specifications.

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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Working with E-Learning Vendors: The RFP

E-learning Uncovered

This week let’s look at the Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFI and RFP are the two primary tools you can use to select which vendor from a group is the best one to meet your needs. RFPs are formal documents written to vendors that specifically list what you want and help the vendor provide a specific, binding proposal. They can help you make apples-to-apples comparisons of possible vendors.

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What Buying a Bicycle Would Look Like if We Applied a Typical LMS Selection Strategy

Absorb LMS

Buying LMS Software for Your Team Most organizations acquire software such as a learning management system this way as well: Identify requirements Compare existing products Take them for a spin by trying out the software Purchase A small percentage of organizations, though, choose a different selection approach; they issue a Request for Proposal (RFP). Software vendors love these good RFPs because they don’t take long to complete.

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Product Review – Percipio by Skillsoft

eLearning 24-7

Certifications are doable from big name vendors such as Amazon, Google, Cisco, Microsoft and more. Share Link – I debated about listing this in poor, because I still see zero value in this – other vendors do it too, and I see zero value in that as well. 3rd party content is available within the platform, they continue to sign up vendors – so that is a plus. Believe it or not, a lot of vendors’ mobile apps are outdated or worse, buggy.

Marc My Words: Evaluating Vendor Proposals by Marc Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

When picking a product or vendor, there are lots of factors to consider. marketplace, selected a small group of vendors that might meet your needs, and sent them a solidly written RFP. You did your homework. You surveyed the. Now that. the proposals are in, how do you decide which one to pick? Management Project Management Training Strategies

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Product Review: Mindflash.com

eLearning 24-7

The product continues to add new features that overall are surprisingly solid. However, they continue to incorporate some instructor led training components, which is a disservice to an otherwise nice product. This is really a very nice and easy to use feature with the Mindflash product. I’m a big time fan of vendors who post their pricing on their site. I have been following Mindflash since it started as a beta.

How do I get the most out of an RFP?

eLearning Blender

Writing an RFP - What a Conundrum! All the articles say that a crucial part of the LMS selection process is writing a quality RFP, but nobody goes on to tell you how. In my own interest, I am going to attempt to answer the question of how to write a quality RFP. Oh yeah, it took me a while to figure it out and you may be wondering the same thing; RFP means "request for proposal." What is an RFP?: Why write an RFP?: How to write an RFP?:

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

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. 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. 1) Rather than customizing your RFP response , just reuse a boilerplate proposal.

Seven Simple Steps to Select the Right LMS Vendor

CommLab India

You need to follow a proven process to zero-in on the right vendor, who can meet your needs well. Select the vendors who score high, and contact them for the next step — a demonstration of their product. Step 3: Ask Vendors to Demonstrate Their LMSs. Step 4: Request LMS Vendors for a Free Trial of Their Products. You can experience the software firsthand, and this enables you to determine whether the products meet your needs.

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.

Association eLearning Book Helpful for Vendor-Client Relationship

Web Courseworks

What peaked my interest was her insistence that the book is a necessity for an association hiring a professional vendor to develop a new eLearning initiative. When it comes to a highly interactive product, should you do it yourself (inexpensive option) or outsource to a vendor? Tips to assist you in writing a more precise RFP. Ellen Behrens calls her new self-published book aLearning: A Trail Guide for Association eLearning.

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. Marketing spin is about getting you to buy one product versus another. Feel confident that any LMS vendor who was won an award from E-Learning 24/7, was selected based upon a multi-set of criteria without any sway by one vendor versus another. A vendor who wins an award from E-Learning 24/7 is rated high and recognized as a top tier system. A vendor never pays a fee. Meet my friend, the RFP.

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

Talented Learning

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. For each solution, we conduct executive briefings, product demonstrations and customer interviews. In addition, vendors submit a comprehensive capabilities survey and anecdotal success stories. We use all of this information to create a complete vendor profile.

Kicking the RFP Habit

Breakthrough eLearning

Two weeks ago, in a moment of weakness, I almost submitted a response to a request for proposals (RFP). However, I remembered an earlier vow that I had made to myself never to put myself and my colleagues through "RFP hell" again, was resolute, and I ignored the invitation. I have won and lost my fair share of RFP competitions in the past. a favourite vendor was already selected and the RFP process was a bureaucratic necessity to prove "due process").

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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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LMS Demo: How to Make it Painless and Productive

Avilar

Having vendors demo their products offers you the chance to discover the benefits it will bring to your organization. While LMS vendors may be more than happy to show you everything the software is capable of, they usually don’t have enough time in their schedule to do so. Follow These 6 Steps: For a happy experience, here are six steps to ensure your next LMS demo is painless and productive: 1) Understand the Vendor’s Definition of “Demo”.

RFPs SUCK: Lessons for eLearning Managers

Web Courseworks

Most of us just don’t get it when it comes to selling products and services—the schools of education or computer science certainly didn’t focus on instilling business acumen or sales expertise. The new book is succinct, well organized, and full of useful tips if you are tasked with either creating or responding to an RFP. If your job is to write the RFP, hopefully you can avoid the ten dumbest RFP questions.

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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. Evaluate Unqualified Vendors.

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Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

eLearning 24-7

Act 2 – Select only a vendor who is well known (name recognized). What it does mean, is that the vendor is strong in marketing and getting their name out to the general public. This idea that unless you have heard of them, they are not a good product or rather they are a lesser product just isn’t true. Right off the top of my head, after I remove my top hat, I can think of fifty systems that have an outstanding product. Hello, hello, hello!

LMS Identify

eLearning 24-7

Well, I am here to tell you about an amazing product that can answer your LMS questions. The first thing you should do is write down what specific features you are looking for in the product. What about a payment gateway – does the LMS vendor assist you with this or do you have to find your own? Can you sell products as well or only courses? A friend of mine, got a RFP template from a LMS vendor’s web site. Welcome, Welcome. How are you today?

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How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

This is a product where you build e-learning courses. 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.

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

eLearning 24-7

It’s a product whose core focus is an authoring tool (proprietary based), but offers the ability to add users, provides a few analytics and a few reports. 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. Can I test out the product for 30 days?

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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.

Benay: “Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

I thought it might be useful to try and break down the reasons why Ottawa keeps failing to understand how IT projects work and how to go about procuring the right Canadian vendor (tech speak for finding the right Canadian tech partner). They’ll insist that they are under the same rigid procurement or Request For Proposal (RFP) process as any small/medium IT company in Canada. You have no clue what to ask for when looking for an IT product, let alone a complex payroll system.

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“Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

I thought it might be useful to try and break down the reasons why Ottawa keeps failing to understand how IT projects work and how to go about procuring the right Canadian vendor (tech speak for finding the right Canadian tech partner). They’ll insist that they are under the same rigid procurement or Request For Proposal (RFP) process as any small/medium IT company in Canada. You have no clue what to ask for when looking for an IT product, let alone a complex payroll system.

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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.

Learning technology lessons from the front lines

CLO Magazine

The idea of such a capability was exciting, but we discovered that this technology was still in its infancy and not many vendors had exactly what we required. Identify few but mighty vendors. Do your research and be judicious with who you engage in the RFP process.

How to Select an LMS

Web Courseworks

Product Evaluation. After receiving your responses to the RFI you can start to rule out some of the vendors. An RFP (request for proposal) is a must-have final step in order to compare “apples to apples” among vendors. Submit your RFP with a list of requirements to a shortlist of vendors. Let’s get right down to brass tacks: I have a lot of experience dealing with LMS requests for proposals. (As

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Are You Unhappy with Your LMS?

Inquisiq

D evelop your RFP and the relationships. While peer recommendations are great, don’t hesitate to send your RFP to any LMS vendor you think may suit your needs. With the RFP responses you receive, follow up with those who make the best case, chat with the reps, and request a demo that speaks to your specific requirements. A lot of our customers are refugees from other LMS provider.

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7-Step Process for LMS Selection [GRAPHIC]

LearnDash

In many cases, the LMS that you choose will be with you for a very long time, so it is essential to follow a systematic process, from researching to the actual decision of which product to implement. For example, depending on the size of your organization, there may not be a need to issue a formal RFP (Request for Proposals). You may instead be doing all of the research in-house and the need for large vendors “bidding” on your work is simply not applicable.

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How to Select an LMS

Web Courseworks

Product Evaluation. After receiving your responses to the RFI you can start to rule out some of the vendors. An RFP (request for proposal) is a must-have final step in order to compare “apples to apples” among vendors. Submit your RFP with a list of requirements to a shortlist of vendors. Let’s get right down to brass tacks: I have a lot of experience dealing with LMS requests for proposals. (As

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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 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. They must easily integrate with association management systems (AMS), ecommerce systems, single sign-on (SSO) technology, virtual classrooms, marketing automation tools, CRMs and event production systems.

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. They needed to streamline their RFP response process. It’s not just teaching them how to use the product, but helping them understand conceptually how it helps them accomplish what they’re trying to do.