Published On: February 5, 2015By
LMS Review Gyrus Systems

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At 27 years, Gyrus Systems has been in learning management longer than any other vendor I have reviewed.  The current product, GyrusAim LMS, is a fifth generation product meaning this is the fifth complete rewrite of the application with each version adapting new technologies to the old theme of training management.

GyrusAim is a global, enterprise-strength, administratively-focused LMS with core strengths of in-depth instructor led classroom (live or virtual) management, certification, role configuration and reporting.

Gyrus Systems leveraged the best practices learned from 400+ client implementations to provide admin heavy training organizations with the deep configuration flexibility they need.  First time LMS buyers will not appreciate the level of administrative sophistication because they have never encountered all the unsaid downsides of most administrative LMSs.

Examples of Gyrus functionality that are not found in most cloud LMSs include robust wait list management, enrollment rules configuration, organizational seat reservations, resource scheduling, granular role management, administrative dashboards and audit trail reporting.  The GyrusAim LMS also includes robust skill and competency management and they go to the next level of multi-level skill acquisition tied to training completion.

The GyrusAim LMS includes ecommerce capabilities to facilitate the sale of content to organizations or individuals. Group based pricing, discounts, credits, coupons and PayPal integration are all included.

Primarily though, this is an internal employee, traditional LMS that can be used for extended enterprise audiences but not a LMS designed for pure extended enterprise applications.  To be a full fledged extended enterprise LMS, advances will need to be made in the learner interface, storefront, social learning, gamification and user communication areas.

My assessment —   Any training organization that is managing hundreds of courses, with thousands of class instances,  in dozens of locations and languages, with a series of associated instructors, certifications and competencies has encountered many of the administrative challenges that the GyrusAim LMS solves.

 

Gyrus Systems Profile

Company Name:  Gyrus Systems

LMS Name: GyrusAim

Website: http://Gyrus.com

Social Sites:  TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, YouTube

Corporate Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwVf-Mpbk2Y

Contact Information:  

5400 Glenside Drive Suite B
Henrico, Virginia 23228
Phone: 804.320.1414

http://www.gyrus.com/contact-us/

Extended Enterprise Ready:  Yes

Internal Employee Ready:  Yes

Types of Extended Enterprise Expertise Learning Supported:

  • External channel
  • Public safety and emergency preparedness

Competitive Differentiation:

  • Competency based LMS
  • Deep LMS admin configuration
  • 100% organic development
  • Focus on customer success
  • Deep LMS experience

GyrusAim Extended Enterprise LMS Vitals

Deployment Options

  • Shared cloud SaaS
  • Private cloud
  • On-premise

Licensing and Certification Features:

  • Award a certificate based on a course completion
  • Configurable certification and recertification workflow
  • Designed for managing compliance and not for advanced CEU management

Organization and Role Management:

  • Advanced and extremely granular role and custom role management
  • Unlimited nested organization management

eCommerce Features: 

  • B2B and B2C support
  • Sell any type of medium, program, certification or curriculum
  • Establish content costs per user or group
  • Discounts, promotions and charge codes
  • Organizational credit accounts and debit accounts
  • Provide use-based access to content or libraries
  • Paypal for shopping cart and checkout

State and Global Taxation Support:  None

Social Collaboration Features: 

  • Discussion forums
  • Embed Twitter feed
  • File exchange

Mobile Features:

Gamification Features:  

  • None — Under development for delivery in 2015

Training Management

  • Strongest aspect of GyrusAim
  • Integrated skill and competency management
  • Advanced course, instance and event management
  • Schedule-able and consumable resource planning and management
  • In depth cost tracking and analysis
  • Integration with 3rd party virtual tools

Globalization Features: 

  • 35 language localizations
  • Regional catalogs

Integration:

  • 150 web services for custom integration
  • Active Directory
  • Paypal
  • Adobe Connect, Skype and GoTo Meeting

Reporting:

  • Strong administrative dashboards
  • Over 100 configurable reports including classroom activity, skill gap, resource usage, training progress and certificates
  • Audit trail reporting
  • Export reports to Excel, PDF, Tiff, CSV and XML
  • Custom reports via Report Builder or pro services engagement

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About the Author: John Leh

John Leh is CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning and the Talented Learning Center. John is a fiercely independent consultant, blogger, podcaster, speaker and educator who helps organizations select and implement learning technology strategies, primarily for extended enterprise applications. His advice is based upon more than 25+years of learning-tech industry experience, serving as a trusted LMS selection and sales adviser to hundreds of learning organizations with a total technology spend of more than $100+ million and growing. John would love to connect with you on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

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