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. A typical software system RFP has multiple sections; once you complete one you like, you can use it as a template for other requests and programs. Some buyers will actually use the RFP sections to “score” vendor written responses or demo presentations.

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8 Steps To Write A Winning RFP For Virtual Classroom Software

eLearning Industry

You need vendor proposals to get the best value for money. This article features 8 steps to write a top-notch RFP for your new virtual classroom LMS. Virtual Training eLearning eBooks LMS RFP LMS Vendors Virtual Classroom

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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. 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. The post Is Your RFP Response On Point?

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Tips to Improve the RFP Process for Employee Training Partners

ej4 eLearning

We frequently receive invitations to participate in the RFP process for employee training partners and eLearning services. It’s good to provide some structure around the search process so you can compare potential vendors. But many times we wish we had been involved earlier in the process to help the potential client ask the right questions so they find the best solution for their needs. After all, our goal is to provide solutions, not necessarily to sell our services.

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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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Boost Your ROI with a Better eLearning RFP

dVinci Interactive

Boost Your ROI with a Better eLearning RFP Establishing a new eLearning vendor relationship is a complicated process. How can you make sure you get the ROI you need? Two words: "Focus" and "Partner.". Tweet

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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? When see the template you are going to be like “this is a lot of features and categories, no vendor will complete all of this.” This is far better than them receiving a 20 page RFP or 100 page RFP. The features contained within, not every vendor will have.

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LEP/LXP RFP Template

eLearning 24-7

Yeah it is a peeve of mine, which is why, I decided that LEPs needed their own RFP template. Anyway, after studying the market in-depth – the LEP market that is, I felt an RFP specifically for that market made sense. . This is why when you see the RFP, the LE and Admin functionality is nearly identical, but with some changes (more on that in a sec.). LEP RFP Template. First off, here is the LEP RFP Template – everything you need in one document.

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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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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. . Prepare a master list of relevant questions to be answered by potential vendors. Once you’ve done all of that, you’re ready to begin preparing your RFP! How does the vendor bill?

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Tips on Writing a Great RFP for eLearning Vendors

Designing Digitally

A request for proposal (RFP) is a document that lists out the requirements of a particular job or service. Organizations request RFPs from several vendors who are bidding for the job. The better written your RFP is, the more vendors it will attract In the eLearning sector, RFPs basically outline the scope of the project, timeline, budget, and so on. It explains the project requirements in detail and highlights your primary needs.

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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. 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. Here’s the number one question you should remove from your RFP: “Describe the procedure to [INSERT NAME OF TASK YOU WANT TO COMPLETE] using your learning management system.”

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14 Key Elements to Include in Your Learning RFP With Free RFP Template

Coreaxis

Being on the receiving (vendor) end of several Learning and Development RFPs over the course of my career, I feel I can safely say I’ve seen it all. While there is no right or wrong length for writing an effective learning RFP, The post 14 Key Elements to Include in Your Learning RFP With Free RFP Template appeared first on Core Axis.

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5 Ways To Vet LMS Vendors After Employing Free LMS Consulting Services

eLearning Industry

In this article, I discuss 5 ways to vet LMS vendors after employing free LMS consulting services. Learning Management Systems LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsFree consultation is a beautiful thing, because it saves you money and gives you a game plan. Now that you have a list of recommendations, how do you find the right people to work with? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

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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LMS RFP

Tony Karrer

Continuing on from my earlier posts: LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process From several comments and from looking at my list of issues, I realize that writing a good LMS RFP is challenging and it's easy to make lots of mistakes. LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. But, what I see as the most common problem in LMS RFP documents are the requirements.

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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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Debut: My LMS RFP Template – The only one you will ever need again

eLearning 24-7

Speed up the process – Who has time today to spend days putting together a RFP and on the flip side from the vendor perspective who has weeks to complete them? Pricing calculator – A simple wizard the vendor completes. What I can guarantee about this LMS RFP template. Speed and Efficiency – For everyone – you and the vendor. I believe that this LMS RFP Template will become your new BFF (Best Friend Forever). Well, it is here.

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9 Tips that Help You Write an Effective RFP to Hire an E-learning Vendor [Infographic]

CommLab India

Check this infographic for tips to write an RFP, to hire the e-learning right vendor. eLearning Design eLearning Outsourcing

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The 8-Step Guide To Successful LMS Vendor Selection

eLearning Industry

This article features a step-by-step look at how to choose the best LMS vendor for your online training program. Learning Management Systems LMS Evaluation LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS SelectionLMS consulting can help you find the right system for your budget and online training needs. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

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.

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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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I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

Experiencing eLearning

You can identify your requirements, then send this to vendors to have them show how they meet your needs. The LMS RFP Template from E-Learning 24/7 is another option with a small list of features you might consider. Five Tips and an RFP Template : Choosing the Right LMS is another article from Learning Solutions Magazine with tips for selecting the right LMS. eLearning LMS change management learning management system LMS selection process RFP

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7 Elements Every LMS Contract Should Have And Tips To Negotiate The Best Terms

eLearning Industry

Learning Management Systems LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsBefore you sign on the dotted line, make certain that your agreement has all the essentials. This article features 7 elements that every LMS contract should have, as well as tips to negotiate the best terms. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

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. It’s easy to add questions like these to an RFP.

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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. 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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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. While I have conducted random sampling (as you would have with any polls out there), and data collection as part of my LMS RFP Template (New version now out), I believe it needs to be expanded. Every vendor will state to you, if asked, how great is their support. Vendors presented in blog.

Free LMS Selection Services Prep: 6 Tips To Determine Your Price Expectations

eLearning Industry

Learning Management Systems Learning Management System Pricing LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsFree LMS selection services give you the opportunity to whittle down your top choices and simplify the process. But how do you determine your price expectations beforehand so that you can get more accurate LMS recommendations? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

7 Tips To Estimate The Ideal Number Of Users To Get A More Accurate LMS Consulting

eLearning Industry

Learning Management Systems LMS RFI LMS RFP LMS Selection LMS VendorsBefore you enlist the aid of a trained LMS consultant, you need to know how many users you must accommodate. This article features 7 top tips to estimate the ideal number of users and get a more accurate LMS consulting. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP). The longer you make your RFI, the lower the response rate from vendors.

The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP). The longer you make your RFI, the lower the response rate from 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. If an RFP response is due and you knew well in advance, don’t ask for an extension.

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.