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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LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil? A Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. The LMS RFP has developed a bad reputation because it is easily misunderstood. RFPs help buyers get organized, formalize requirements, evaluate vendors logically, create a historical record and show vendors you are serious. Clients expect me to help them avoid RFP missteps. What is an LMS RFP?

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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 Winning RFP to Hire the Best E-learning Vendor

CommLab India

Have you, as a training manager or L&D professional, shortlisted e-learning vendors to develop customized learning solutions for your organization? A training manager followed certain e-learning vendor selection criteria and received the following proposals from two different e-learning vendors. The first vendor proposed a simple e-learning solution with a set of multiple choice questions for assessments, at a cost of $20,000. If yes, specify that in the RFP.

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Trends in Learning Solutions Procurement

dVinci Interactive

Some of our most recent experiences include responding to the following: A Request for Proposal (RFP) to address the need to develop an eLearning course. The client will award a contract for a single project to the provider they believe offers the best value. Once qualified, JPL and other qualified vendors would propose solutions for individual scopes of work (SOWs). An RFP to convert Flash-based courses into learning experiences that work across mobile devices.

Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

Submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) outlining your association’s goals and needs. It is critical to have your vendor’s support in the implementation of your learning program. 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.

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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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. Project Overview.

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Marc My Words: Writing a Good RFP by Marc Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

We’ve all heard the phrase caveat emptor (buyer beware), but too often we ignore it when selecting an eLearning vendor. One way to protect yourself is to write a solid request for proposal (RFP). An RFP is an invitation to the vendor to propose work according to criteria you set. Here’s how to write an RFP that protects you and your project outcome. Development Strategies Management Project Management

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Working With E-Learning Vendors: Evaluating Responses to Your RFP

E-learning Uncovered

In my last post , I gave some tips on what to include in the Request for Proposal (RFP). Now, let’s look at some tips on how to sift through all of the information you will get back from the vendors. The best time to think about how you want to evaluate vendors is when you are creating the RFP, so you don’t forget to ask the vendors for something you need. It can seem overwhelming to decide which vendor best meets your needs. Vendor A. Vendor B.

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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. Management Project Management Training StrategiesYou did your homework. You surveyed the. Now that. the proposals are in, how do you decide which one to pick?

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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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Responding to Requests for Proposals for Learning Projects

Bottom-Line Performance

We find ourselves asking a lot of questions as we attempt to accurately pinpoint the scope of the project and provide concept, price, and time line information. I often wonder how many hours a client might save himself or herself if their RFP had been put together a bit more carefully. I do recognize the difficulty of communicating clearly about a project in which you’ve probably been immersed for a long while. Project Information. Description of your project.

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

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. In fact, we just completed two concurrent full-scale LMS selection projects — one for a corporate extended enterprise client and another for an international professional association. 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).

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.

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). It was for an eLearning development project for which I knew our firm could have done a terrific job. 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.

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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. In addition, vendors submit a comprehensive capabilities survey and anecdotal success stories. We use all of this information to create a complete vendor profile. Next, we recommend qualified vendors that match your precise needs. Will vendors guarantee satisfaction?

Lessons Learned: LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

I recently completed an extensive LMS Feasibility Study, a project I wrote about in my previous article “ LMS implementation without frustration ” and that I discussed in my eLearning Case Study. This project provided many lessons that became apparent through the analysis of the RFI responses. Lessons for the RFP process. There were a lot of lessons that will help to develop a more detailed RFP (Request for Proposal). Lessons for the Project Phase.

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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.

RFPs SUCK: Lessons for eLearning Managers

Web Courseworks

Yet in the real world, most of us (in both non-profit groups and private sector teams) will have to pitch to prospects and prepare a proposal for a potential project.Tom Searcy (of HuntBigSales ) has built his career on how all of us have the capability to land big projects—even if the team is small and the potential project is a “whale.” The new book is succinct, well organized, and full of useful tips if you are tasked with either creating or responding to an RFP.

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You Just Selected a Shiny New LMS. Great! Now What?

Talented Learning

You’ve likely endured heated internal discussions, unwelcomed vendor surprises during demos and unforeseen contractual confusion. Now is the time to clear your mind of negative thoughts about the selection process, your colleagues, the vendor or anything else that might stand between you and a positive mindset. You’ll also have assistance with documentation, project management and other details that are often overlooked. 4) Create a project game plan.

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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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. Definitely have someone from IT on your core project team. Since they’ve been involved in many IT projects, they can also prepare you for what lies ahead. The requirements process is a research project.

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. 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. And let’s go back to that RFP for a second. And where to vendors stick it?

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LMS implementation without frustration

Petra Mayer

This project gave great insights into the implementation of a Learning Management System, way before this project would take concrete form for this client of mine. Identify each vendor’s fit to these requirements and the investment for their solution. Identify which tasks will be required to implement the various solutions and how the projects would differ between the vendor solutions. Create an initial project plan for the implementation process.

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Breakthrough eLearning: Dancing With Vendors

Breakthrough eLearning

Breakthrough eLearning Reflections on how to break through some of the barriers that prevent the achievement of excellence in eLearning.The 5-E Framework: Establish Value / Effect Change / Engage Stakeholders & Learners / Experiment / Evaluate Results Thursday, July 13, 2006 Dancing With Vendors I have written a lot lately about understanding your organizations core competencies with respect to producing eLearning, and knowing when to "contract in" needed help as necessary.

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.

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).

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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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Learning technology lessons from the front lines

CLO Magazine

Our journey on this project yielded so many lessons that we want to share some insights for those who are seeking what’s next for their learning strategies. A few key tips for getting an innovative project off the ground: 1. Identify few but mighty vendors.

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).

RFPs and Proposals: E-BAP-E-Learning Business Acquisition Process

Kapp Notes

If you are looking for a vendor to create e-learning or if you are a vendor looking to find business, this is a generally accepted process and works well in structuring the purchase of e-learning. For example, in some competitive situations, e-learning companies first present a presentation with information about corporate capabilities and past projects and then, if they “win” the presentation portion, an invitation to bid is given. Receive RFP 2. Analyze RFP 3.

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

Docebo

Your project team – build it). Your project team – build it). It’s time to form your LMS project team. Unfortunately, you can’t just do a quick throat clear and yell “project team, ASSEMBLE!”

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. Recently, I completed an LMS selection project for a national association with this objective. We worked with the buyer to define requirements and identify four strong vendor matches. Vendor 2 quickly emerged as the option to beat.

3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

When clients talk to me about their Learning Management System (LMS) project , above all, they typically ask three priority questions as part of their LMS Feasibility Study : Is what we want available? Typically, this is done through a “Request-for-Information” (RFI) process or through a “Request-for-Proposal” (RFP). Implementation costs by the vendor or related third party. System integration costs by third party vendors with other systems.

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

Trajectory IQ

Photo from Unsplash Having spent nearly 15 years in the IT industry in Canada, it’s pretty sad and embarrassing to learn of the money wasted in failed IT projects like the passport processing system , the Phoenix Pay System and the Government of Canada’s Web Renewal Project. 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.

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

Paradiso

Draft a good RFP (Request for Proposal). Next, download an RFP template! Yes, there is a proper format for an RFP! The template you choose should enable you to document your exact needs and specifications, in order for the vendor to clearly understand your requirements and caters to it correctly. Entrust your Project to Seasoned Professionals. Please contact us for demos of any of our Moodle integrations or need free consultation for your LMS project.

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?

“Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

Photo from Unsplash Having spent nearly 15 years in the IT industry in Canada, it’s pretty sad and embarrassing to learn of the money wasted in failed IT projects like the passport processing system , the Phoenix Pay System and the Government of Canada’s Web Renewal Project. 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.

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