Buying Learning Systems

Why So Many LMS Vendors?

April 14, 2016

By our estimates, more than 800 LMS vendors compete in today’s learning platforms marketplace in 2019 (up from 600 we originally tracked in 2014). These LMS vendors range from global software companies to tiny cloud vendors. Why so many? How [...learn more...]

Public LMS Pricing: Proof You Can Overpay

March 14, 2016

It is too easy to overpay for an LMS in 2016.  In recent posts, I’ve described how cloud LMSs are disrupting and expanding the market with their customer friendly license models and shrinking implementation fees. They are at it again with a [...learn more...]

Top Social Learning LMS Features

January 27, 2016

In 2016, most people are accustomed to social media and the conventions associated with profiles, friends, posts, liking and sharing.  But how are these new social business behaviors influencing social learning features of today’s learning [...learn more...]

Top 10 Association LMS Solutions in the World

October 1, 2015

There are more than 80,000 professional associations the U.S. alone.  Each of these organizations provides some level of continuing education – either as a basic member benefit or to generate incremental revenue streams. Historically, [...learn more...]

World’s Best Association LMS Case Studies

September 25, 2015

When this decade began, only large, rich associations could afford the substantial investment required to purchase and deploy a learning platform and online content.  With the advent of the cloud and software-as-a-service business model, [...learn more...]

Top 10 Channel LMS Solutions in the World

September 10, 2015

There are hundreds of LMS vendors in the world. Many are generalists that build comprehensive and confusing LMS products that can manage the learning for any type of user population including employees and the extended enterprise audiences. The [...learn more...]

Under the Hood of Complex CEU Management

June 2, 2015

In a recent post, Intro to Continuing Education and the Admin Nightmare, I started exploring the world of complex continuing education management and the associated administrative challenges for both learners and organizations. My point in looking [...learn more...]

What to Do While Waiting for LMS Budget Approval

January 28, 2015

Getting final budget approval for a learning management system (LMS) is kind of like pushing over a Coke machine. It usually takes a few tries. The buying cycle for a new or an upgraded LMS averages 12-24 months – and can easily take much longer. [...learn more...]

Define your LMS Requirements Like a Pro

December 14, 2014

Contrary to other analysts in the learning technology industry, I come at LMS buying topics from a vendor’s selling standpoint.  After selling 100+ learning solutions, I’ve developed a viewpoint that is much different from someone [...learn more...]

How To Measure Customer Learning ROI

October 16, 2014

If our previous post on The Business Case for Customer Learning piqued your interest in the benefits of educating customers, this post will show you how to build a rationale to obtain funding for customer learning initiatives. Organizations that [...learn more...]

Five LMS Categories: A 2014 Snapshot

September 25, 2014

I sold high-end LMSs for 13 years and never dreamed there was so much variety in the LMS marketplace.  LMS vendors get used to competing against the same vendors for the same type of opportunities, and it’s easy to ignore the other LMS segments [...learn more...]

Are You Getting Fleeced By Your LMS Vendor?

September 9, 2014

If you’ve been reading our blog (thank you), you know that cloud LMSs have changed the learning platform game.  They were born at the start of this decade, and are designed from the ground up to support mobile, social and gamification [...learn more...]
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