A Multi-Perspective Look at LMS References

Talented Learning

Before you sign on the dotted line, it is wise to speak first with the LMS vendor’s customer references. References are usually your last chance to validate your assumptions and avoid making a bad decision. Vendors, references and buyers are all involved.

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. A 15-minute phone call with two or three organizations who have used the system extensively and sampled the vendor’s services can help mitigate the risk – and reduce the anxiety – related to acquiring a new system. Similarly, vendors provide prospective customers with the contact information of happy clients.

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Getting References when selecting your LMS

cogentys

Getting References When Selecting Your LMS. Most prospective customers ask software vendors for client references before they purchase a learning management system (LMS). Contacting at least three client references is worth the roughly 10-15 minutes spent for each call. referencesIt’s prudent to find out what clients have to say about performance and after sales support.

eLearning Outsourcing – How To Select A Vendor?

Upside Learning

When meeting prospects, I often face this objection – “ We have tried outsourcing in the past but have had a real bad experience and (hence) we are not willing to take the risk again “ What they fail to understand is that, in most of the cases, the problem lies much beneath – improper vendor selection. Sometimes they choose a vendor without proper evaluation only to end up having a bad experience – missed deadlines, shoddy output & unprofessional teams.

Questions to Ask Client References Before Selecting Your LMS

Association eLearning

Once you have narrowed the list of vendors that seem to fit your needs, watched demos to see the Learning Management System functionality, and narrowed the field, then comes the reference checking. Here are some things to consider when looking at client references: 1. The reference they provided – are their needs similar to yours? Has the reference been through a version upgrade of the LMS software? Selecting an LMS can be a very involved process.

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. Every vendor will state to you, if asked, how great is their support. However, behind the scenes, some of those vendors who say we are above 90%, are well, lying ( I can find no easy way to say this). Not every vendor has bad or average support. It asks for metrics from the vendor.

Y R Some Vendors confused about e-learning?

eLearning 24-7

Are there vendors in the e-learning space who lack basic understanding around e-learning? Lastly, if the vendors, organizations and firms whose whole background, expertise and existence is tied to e-learning and they themselves are not fully understanding it, does this bode well for the industry as a whole? (I’ll Using “e-learning” to reference content often SCORM to be uploaded, so “E-Learning” is the header and the admin can now upload content.

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. Specific questions about the vendor.

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Is Your RFP Response On Point? Tips for Learning Systems Vendors

Talented Learning

But vendors have more control over RFP outcomes than you may think. Sounds obvious – but you’d be surprised how many vendors ignore requested input. As a vendor, you can demonstrate leadership by seeking clarification. LMS buyers don’t evaluate software vendors on product features and functionality, alone. The vendor didn’t explain this pricing methodology until we requested additional information. Just attach an outdated reference document.

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How to choose an external e-learning vendor ?

Ideaon

Interaction with a prospective vendor can show and shed more light than reading up about them or viewing their work online. What skills does the e-learning vendor offer? Are the skills that the vendor brings, something that is complementary to your team? There is comfort in knowing that a vendor can work on a particular skillset, but can also work with aligned skill sets? Cost vs Value proposition.Can the vendor work within your budget? Check out references.

5 Critical Questions To Ask Potential LMS Vendors

KnowledgeAnywhere

There are the basic question of pricing and features that you will, of course, be asking potential vendors. However, there are some deeper questions that you should take the time to ask potential LMS vendors to help determine if they will be a good fit for a long term partnership with your business. Here is a list of 5 critical questions you and your team should ask when talking to LMS vendors.

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. Ensure that customer references proactively contact the buyer.

SAAS LMSs and Vendor Client Lists Questions

eLearning 24-7

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.

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. Step 5: Seek References of the Vendors’ Existing Clients . Step 6: Check the Financial Health of the LMS Vendor.

Association eLearning Book Helpful for Vendor-Client Relationship

Web Courseworks

If you are an association education director or you are tasked with re-igniting eLearning as a non-dues revenue source for your non-profit, then this book will serve as a handy reference guide. 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?

SAAS (Hosted) LMS and Vendor Questions

eLearning 24-7

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.

Working with E-Learning Vendors: The RFP

E-learning Uncovered

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. Since an RFP asks for a specific, binding proposal you will want to give enough detail so the vendor can respond accurately.

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

E-learning Uncovered

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. Depending on what you asked for, the review process may consist of reading proposals, reviewing demos, listening to presentations, calling references, or even evaluating prototypes created just for you.

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Is Your Vendor Qualified to Convert ILT Material to E-learning?

CommLab India

But not many organizations specialize in developing online training; they look for a vendor who can convert their classroom training to e-learning. But a good e-learning vendor is not an easy find. Are you looking for a reliable vendor who can meet your training requirements and convert your classroom training material to e-learning? I’ve listed the 5 must-have qualities such an e-learning vendor must possess. Willingness to share references and provide sample courses.

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Don’t Deprive Your Remote Vendors of Continuous ERP End-user Training

CommLab India

It is also used by remote vendors such as distributors, suppliers, and manufacturers. So, how can you ensure your remote vendors are not deprived of continuous ERP end-user training? Here are 4 ways you can ensure your remote vendors are continuously trained on the ERP system. You must setup a help desk that remote vendors can contact in case they need any information about the new ERP system. Ensure this help desk provides vendors e-mail, chat, and call facilities.

How Do E-learning Vendors Price Their Services

CommLab India

You have heard about e-learning and are looking to contact vendors for a quote. But before doing that, it is a good idea to understand the typical services e-learning vendors provide and how they price those services. Services provided by e-learning vendors and how they are priced. E-learning design and development refers to the creation of self-paced online courses based on the raw content/inputs that you provide.

SCORM: What you should be asking your LMS Vendor to be

eLearning 24-7

Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? Rather, I will focus on some questions you should ask or be asking your soon to be LMS/LCMS vendor. AICC was the only standard that offered a certification process for vendors and it was based on tasks/components testing. Very few vendors ever attempted the certification, and AICC did not offer all their components for certification. Okay, your top questions to ask a LMS/LCMS vendor.

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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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SCORM: What you should be asking your LMS Vendor to be

eLearning 24-7

Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? Rather, I will focus on some questions you should ask or be asking your soon to be LMS/LCMS vendor. AICC was the only standard that offered a certification process for vendors and it was based on tasks/components testing. Very few vendors ever attempted the certification, and AICC did not offer all their components for certification. Okay, your top questions to ask a LMS/LCMS vendor.

Is it Time to Switch to a New LMS?

Meridian

There are numerous reasons why these organizations are unhappy with their LMS vendor. Over time, the organization has evolved, and training requirements have changed, but often their legacy LMS is no longer fit-for-purpose or the vendor doesn’t provide adequate support and services to meet the client’s developing needs. With the increase in remote work, many organizations need a better learning platform and vendors who do not overpromise and under deliver on their product roadmaps.

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

Talented Learning

RFPs help buyers get organized, formalize requirements, evaluate vendors logically, create a historical record and show vendors you are serious. It also includes instructions on how and when vendors should submit a response. There are nearly 700 vendors specializing in learning solutions for corporate, academic, association and continuing education needs. Excel is good at capturing binary answers, and it makes vendor comparison easy.

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Video Learning Platforms

eLearning 24-7

Other options – depends on the vendor. Typically the video content management platform consists of (please note: that some vendors call their VCMS something else). Can interface with learning management systems – including educational focused LMSs – always contact your vendor if you want to go this route — i.e. interface/integration/extension. Please note that this is in reference to the video text transcript and not the user interface or VLP layout.

Learning Thursday #10 – The Many Acronyms of Learning Technology

Adobe Captivate

Take learning technology vendors for example. For reference, here are some of the more prominent learning system categories. Here’s a video where I discuss similarities and differences between an LMS, LCMS, and LRS: You might ask, if there’s so much overlap between system types, why don’t we just let go of these acronyms and refer to everything as a learning technology platform? Because there’s the need for vendors to market their platforms.

Holiday Giveaway from E-Learning 24/7

eLearning 24-7

Many of us, see e-learning vendors who put $$$ ahead of their customers. Thus, it is wonderful to see vendors who have stepped forward and said, “we care&#. “We value you&#. The Vendors (alphabetical order, followed by giveaway). Link to web site is located within the vendor’s name. If you are selected as a winner, your information will be sent to the vendor who will communicate directly with you – regarding the prize.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

eLearning 24-7

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

eLearning 24-7

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.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Will the Real eLearning Industry Please Stand Up?

Learning Visions

When we talk about the “industry&# , we (and by “we&# , I of course mean those of us in the industry) often refer to it as if it’s this monolithic thing that you can touch. Is it the vendors? -- The LMS companies, the custom content developers, the off-the-shelf content creators. He was going to talk about Canada in reference to this rant. Which is perhaps why we should refrain from referring to the "industry" in the first place!

Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into.

Xyleme

Home > Learning Content Management , Social Learning > Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into Formal Learning Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into Formal Learning January 20th, 2010 Goto comments Leave a comment This past week, I’ve been reading and referring to Jane Hart’s article The State of Social Learning Today and some Thoughts for the Future of L&D in 2010 quite a bit. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

Presidential Politics, LMSs – The Cycle

eLearning 24-7

Some experts and pundits are quite upfront that their data is based on this study or that study and/or refers only to those surveyed. What you get is only what the vendor tells you. Considering that the number of vendors who are public are minimal, the transparency flag isn’t flying high here. How many times have you heard this from vendors. ” So for those vendors or soothsayers that spew “Everyone hates their LMS.”

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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

What many people failed to realize is that they were referring to companies, such as Badgeville, which are outside of the e-learning space. 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. Tagged: LMS , lms vendors. LMS LMS Research LMS vendor Uncategorized lms vendors

Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

Long has tools such as Studio and Captivate been on the higher side, the same can be said for vendors such as Rapid Intake and dominKnow. Because other vendors are getting into the act as well. There are more vendors in the LMS space under 10K then in the past – thus meeting the markets’ needs yet the authoring tool space is seeing a spike in prices. What is an equal frightening event is when authoring tool vendors do not even list their pricing on their page.