What is a social LMS you may ask? In the case of TOPYX, it’s a modern, cloud-based LMS with deep, user-friendly integrated social collaboration features — included in the base price. TOPYX is an entry-level, easy to set up and maintain social LMS for internal employee and/or extended enterprise applications. Their target markets are global, small-to-medium sized businesses, associations and public organizations. (Just mentally replace the Ys in TOPYX and Interactyx with an “i” and you will know how to pronounce it.) They claim over 10,000,000 users of their social LMS.
Yesterday, I wrote about The 3 LMS Licensing Models and TOPYX falls into the Annual License category with a twist. They charge $22,500/year per and they don’t count users or monitor bandwidth. This fee provides unlimited user eLearning management, social learning, mobile access, branding and reporting and free implementation. For additional annual fees you can add languages, ecommerce, integrations and other premium features. Even with all options in, it seems like a good deal for the extended enterprise where its hard to predict usage and a really good deal if you have tens of thousands or more users.
The TOPYX LMS is simple, intuitive and loaded with social features that are threaded into course, class, public social media, chats and discussion. With the “friends” capability, the experience is a blend between Facebook and LMS. Younger generations of workers and learners will appreciate the more social nature of learning vs. a traditional LMS.
If you are not ready for social learning or if you are a large organization and have complex learning management needs, business workflows, compliance needs and usage scenarios, then TOPYX will probably fall short for you. Otherwise, keep reading.
My assessment — TOPYX is a good extended enterprise LMS especially if it is your first LMS. They are strong on social, ecommerce, core eLearning management and reporting and provide turnkey entry into extended enterprise learning that will make you look professional and progressive to your channel, members and customers. The unlimited use license is rare in the industry, and if you can make the product work for you, you can really take advantage of the arrangement.
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John Leh is Founder, 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.