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? I firmly believe that the answer is “NO” While creating a LMS RFP, one needs to provide a precise and accurate description of organization needs. Here are 10 guidelines to draft an effective LMS RFP.

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Learning Systems RFP and Tier4 NexGen

eLearning 24-7

I note this, because this post covers my new Learning Systems RFP Template , which includes the latest NexGen Tier 4 feature sets. Why one RFP instead of specific ones for LXP and LMS? This is far better than them receiving a 20 page RFP or 100 page RFP. Vendors who gripe, clearly have never experienced a 10 page or more RFI/RFP (and high page RFPs are common). . Security measures are very important with online proctoring. EXTRA! EXTRA!

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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. Shopping without an RFP may seem faster, easier and less complex, but your selection process will be subjective and loaded with assumptions that increase risk. Clients expect me to help them avoid RFP missteps.

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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. Blindly submitting an RFP response can be just as risky.

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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. . Admittedly, there is some work that goes into preparing your RFP, distributing the RFP, collecting and then finally analyzing each submitted RFP from potential partner vendors.

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The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP)

Absorb LMS

They copied most of these features into a RFP and sent it to vendors. Along with proposals, they asked for supporting documentation such as server security specifications, marketing materials, terms of service, etc. If the organization that issued the RFP gets ten similar responses from other providers, they’ll need to wade through about 1500 pages of material… just to create a short list of systems to evaluate further.

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Ready to make the switch to an LMS? Here’s a ready-to-use RFP

Learning Pool

Reaching out to suppliers with a Request For Proposal (RFP) can help ensure you get the right information to make an informed decision about which LMS suits your organization’s needs. Use the RFP as a guide. So, what would one include in an RFP? Learning Pool’s downloadable, editable functionality checklist can be used as a guide and key component in an RFP for making the switch to an LMS. Download the LMS RFP here ].

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What should be in your next Certification RFP

Training Industry

What topics should be included in a Request for a Proposal (RFP) for certification program development? Certification Program RFP Topics: . Do you have topics to include that make an added impact? Do you have topics that help you in your decision making criteria? Here’s a list for your consideration, what would you add or delete?

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LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right?

eLearning 24-7

Meet my friend, the RFP. If you are going to use an RFP, I recommend using the one I created for each and everyone. LMS RFP Template (click the link). The security info and technical data they will provide comes directly from those individual sites. Thus, if you require your employees to go through a VPN, then yes, that should be on the RFP. Security inquiries. And you can find all the security information you need there.

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RFPs SUCK: Lessons for eLearning Managers

Web Courseworks

” His first book Whale Hunting is a 250 page epic on how to secure large accounts. 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. The importance of assembling a team to respond to the RFP. How to “project manage” the process of writing a RFP.

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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. They can help you develop requirements related to integration, security, and other technical issues. You’re going to need at least a budget range for the RFP. Your requirements documentation becomes the basis for your RFP.

Traps To Avoid When Hiring An Instructional Designer

Spark Your Interest

Engaging A Firm Through A Request for Proposal (RFP) Process. The norm of past decades, especially for bureaucratic entities, was to put out an RFP to engage a company on a project. Conversely, today’s reality is that successful companies don’t respond to RFP’s because they don’t need to. The RFP process is mostly an outdated purchasing practice. Those who spend the time to respond to a formal RFP often do so because that can’t secure enough work.

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The troubles of RFI writing and how to overcome them

eFront

Questions are posed about security , hosting, and gamification features , with support inquiries making regular appearances as well. If we feel we are suitable to the client, we will work towards submitting an RFP. The intrinsic nature of the RFP varies with each client. Of primary importance is fulfilling the requirements and complying with the RFP. This is obviously a sensitive yet vital component of the RFP, and therefore must be thought out carefully.

4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

Now, even the most security-conscious organizations such as governments and financial institutions embrace software as a service (SaaS). In fact, opinion regarding the security of cloud-based applications seems to have jumped the shark, with many tech-savvy clients believing that cloud-based applications hosted on reputable platforms such as Amazon Web Services may lessen the risk of data falling into the wrong hands or disappearing.

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Bloomsburg University's CAC Event

Kapp Notes

The students must write a 40 page response to the RFP, create a working prototype and then deliver a 20 minute sales presentation. This year, the RFP was issued by the non-existent PA Department of First Responders. The ideas was that this government agency wanted to create training for security guards across PA in the areas of ship terminals, airports, truck terminals and other transportation hubs that may be subject to threats.

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

eLearning 24-7

Security is quite strong, privacy is there and when there is a problem, they deal with it – albeit you might have to make a call and unleash the power of your voice (ok, maybe not). Actually, I do blame: Vendors who still post RFP templates on their site – which by the way tend to be geared towards themselves. Organizations who recommend the value of RFPs and either have a link to an RFP template or how to do a RFP. During the past 14.5

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

Talented Learning

What about security? These days, for obvious reasons, digital content must be secure. Although xAPI is highly secure, additional tools ( learning record stores ) are required for communication between systems in the network. It’s a secure, central platform that makes it easy for anyone to deploy, version and license online content, regardless of their learning platform. When to issue an RFP (or not). WELCOME TO EPISODE 26 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW!

The Enterprise Learning Ecosystem Demystified: Part I

ATD Learning Technologies

If I offer to assist with analysis, and the prospect has not already chosen a solution, they may suspect bias—and I risk disqualifying my product from the RFP. During the 1990s (and even more recently in the 21st century), the work involved to securely connect APIs in the enterprise setting was time-consuming and cost-prohibitive. By using APIs, we can rapidly and securely expose services to share and make connections between the systems within the enterprise ecosystem.

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How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

While it has amazing potential, I have some concerns tied to privacy and security, which I believe need to be resolved. Security concerns. It opens up real security issues. I never did a RFP nor spent more time than necessary to find a system. Try to avoid using a RFP template. Ask them who would be your point of contact – it may not be the person who is doing the RFP. Similar to using the RFP, i.e. pricing, setup, training, etc.

What you can expect in 2019

eLearning 24-7

Anyone who has experienced the SCORM claims of interoperability of course, new that wasn’t going to be smooth sailing and my biggest concern from day one was tied directly to security and privacy. Vendors tend not to share that info, unless it is in an RFP and even then, I’ve seen plenty who say, “All”, really? Expectations. We all have them. We have them when we go out to eat. When we are on a blind date or using a dating app.

Top LMS Industry Facts of 2016

iSpring Solutions

Top reasons why clients choose an on-premise LMS: Low costs in the long run; Security restrictions for storing proprietary data (governmental organizations, banking sphere); Full control of LMS software and data; More customization opportunities. Shared. The LMS Industry is rapidly growing and developing. As far back as 30 years ago, there were around 15 LMS vendors on the market; today the number exceeds 700. Isn’t that amazing?

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 10AM – 11AM PT: 7 Best Practices for Your Moodle RFP The request-for-proposal (RFP) process can be time-consuming, but can also yield meaningful results. In your search for the Moodle LMS, a targeted RFP can identify the candidates that best address your organization’s exact needs and wants—if the questions and structure are correctly tailored to solicit the right information. Hosting requirements for a secure cloud hosting environment.

4 Stages of Falling in Love with your LMS

WBT Systems

Think of “love at first sight”, where you are sitting in the conference room watching a series of LMS demos during your RFP process, and one comes along with a user interface that is just so “pretty” that it catches your eye, and you have just fallen in love at first sight. After the comprehensive RFP process, we found that WBT Systems offered a flexible product that could be implemented within our timeline and had the best combination of what we were looking for.

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

After receiving the vendor RFP responses and confirming we were only evaluating highly qualified partner options, we invited the four vendors in each opportunity onsite to present their company and solution. I heard the terms “flexibility, partnership, highly configurable, scalable, secure, everything you need and easy-to-use” from all eight vendors to describe their product and solution.

When your LMS BFF is no longer

eLearning 24-7

If you are a vendor you are likely to see it too often and it appears when the “potential customer” sends you a RFP without ever talking to you prior to. . Or they send the RFP after a discussion, but before seeing the product. Nowadays it is easy to just send off that RFP without doing any due diligence. I’ve been there. Having a close BFF and then one day, that BFF is gone – in the wind, out of sight, out of my keyboard touch.

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LMS Review: Litmos

Talented Learning

With 4 million active users, this LMS is mature, proven, secure and continuingly evolving to address market requirements. Cloud SaaS in SOC Type 2 Highly Secure Environment. With more than 20 years of LMS buying and selling experience, our CEO and Lead Analyst, John Leh , is an expert at defining business cases, identifying requirements, shortlisting vendors, developing and managing RFP processes, scripting vendor demonstrations and negotiating the best deal on a learning solution.

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New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

If recruiting younger members is a key strategic goal for your association, you may want to restructure or repackage your education offering for millennials to outline how your programs and credentials can help them to secure employment. We are all making personal and professional new year’s resolutions for 2017, setting goals and making promises to ourselves to keep them this year.

The potential pitfalls of a custom LMS solution

LearnUpon

I’ve seen these scenarios and sometimes when I read through a set of requirements or an RFP I am the first to say “This company needs a custom build, no LMS will do all of this off the shelf”. If you do decide to host your own customized solution then it is important that scalability, reliability, backups and security are all items that either someone in your IT department or your LMS vendor is given responsibility for. It is nearly 13 years since I started working in the LMS space.

Reader Mail (Support, Rankings, etc.)

eLearning 24-7

Sure, but hey if you are using this via mobile and concerned about security, your face is the way to go. Unless otherwise indicated, all can be found on Findanlms.com, where you can search by filters, contact them, send them an RFP and schedule a demo.

Best of the Best – Top 5 Gamification LMSs

eLearning 24-7

PLUS you receive my latest LMS RFP Template, which now includes a special section for Security. Let’s play a game. I want each of you right now to think of the best games you have ever played, regardless if it was on a board, on a device, in your head, on your tv, sitting at your computer or looking at your bedroom as a kid and wondering if the pick up your clothes game, is really a game after all. Anyway. Do you have your list?

What about UR infrastructure? Questions 2 Ask B4 Implementing a LMS

eLearning 24-7

Security must be set accordingly. What about security? Of course, for security issues – at the workplace – you will need to setup security for what they can access (if you have a protocol that end users cannot access the Internet or is limited on time). Again, security issues are very important, so you will need to set accordingly. RFP: The questions I have listed above, can be incorporated into your RFP, depending on what you need to know.

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What about UR infrastructure? Questions 2 Ask B4 Implementing a LMS

eLearning 24-7

Security must be set accordingly. What about security? Of course, for security issues – at the workplace – you will need to setup security for what they can access (if you have a protocol that end users cannot access the Internet or is limited on time). Again, security issues are very important, so you will need to set accordingly. RFP : The questions I have listed above, can be incorporated into your RFP, depending on what you need to know.

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Trials – Learning Systems

eLearning 24-7

Many SaaS products follow the authenticate approach as well, as an additional layer of security (which we at findanlms.com do too). . And yet, I will hear from vendors who gripe that someone gave them only seven days to respond to their RFP. After a multi-week business trip, I’m now back and ready to begin anew (i.e. weekly posts), so first off, thanks for your patience. We are all aware of trials. Not the ones where you sit in a court room.

2015 LMS Rakings for K-12, HE and Report Criteria

eLearning 24-7

Secondly, areas were identified by which a point total would be assigned based on them achieving all those points in that specific section (varied by each section – using my LMS RFP template – newest version, not yet posted, but will be included in the report for anyone to use). Sections included Learning Environment, Social, Mobile, Gamification, Classroom Management, Notifications, Event Management, Security, Administration, e-commerce, training and support.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

PCI (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). RFP (Request for Proposal). During a selection process, an RFP document is prepared by organizations to help assess each vendor. SSL (Secure Socket Layer). Secure Socket Layer is the standard in security technology for the encryption of links between a web server and a browser. All data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and secure.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

However, there are hidden costs when purchasing an open source LMS that may not be immediately apparent at the RFP stage, but should be carefully considered before investing the association’s time and resources into an open-source LMS implementation. Many associations have, at some point, considered the benefits of choosing an open source LMS for delivering their education programs.

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

Ability to create an index so that people can find a particular topic Security User and group management Registration The integration with single sign-on so logging in is not required Competency and skills Synchronous e-Learning Regulatory Compliance Collaborative learning Certification Catalog Instructor-led training management The ability to support specific and complex business process models Update, Nov.