First Time LMS Buyer 2018-06-11T14:21:20+00:00

First Time LMS Buyer

As a first-time LMS buyer and user, there are several factors which need to be considered before selecting the best system for you.

Identifying a Corporate LMS

Being a corporate looking to purchase an LMS for organization-wide training and development, it is crucial to identify and select a Corporate LMS.

These LMSs are designed and built with the sole purpose of training corporates in a dynamic and ever-evolving environment. The need for continuous training and development is every business’s key to excelling in their specific domain, and a corporate LMS is just the tool for this purpose. It is built to deliver accurate and timely training to a group of learners who seldom have the time to learn between work and personal life. The corporate LMS is designed with the intention of testing and assessing employees, through all levels of the organization. On identifying skill-gaps through individual employee competency and course completion reports, your organization can proceed to better train the employees using the same LMS.

Identifying a Corporate LMS

Understanding the Use-Case

It is integral to identify and understand why an LMS is being implemented in your organization. Based on the following use cases, an appropriate LMS can be shortlisted and selected.

Onboarding

Onboarding: In organizations and industries where the attrition rate is high, there is a constant need to train new employees regularly. HR and L&D Heads prefer training to be delivered over the LMS systems since this saves them cost, time, and effort. A simple platform where content is uploaded once, and repeated access is granted to new joiners’ is adequate.

Compliance training: This LMS needs features which help authorities track the employees’ course completion rate. The LMS usually requires courses covering many general topics, and an LMS with a course catalog can display most of them. The need to change courses, add new training material regularly, and ILT training is not important.
Compliance training
Sales Training LMS
Sales training LMS: As sales is a dynamic process, which involves a change in products, services, customers, and regions, the LMS required for sales training must be able to upload, change, and edit the courses rapidly. The reporting and analyzing mechanisms on this LMS must support all aspects of sales training like a sales pitch, body language, sales emailing, and other sales techniques.
Enterprise-wide LMS: This LMS is built to deliver multiple types of training across the organization, which range from Sales Training, Leadership Training, Manufacturing Process to Customer After Sales Support and more. With an increase in its responsibility, the LMS needs a greater set of comprehensive reporting tools and mechanisms. This is usually a fully-fledged system.
Enterprise-wide LMS
Extended enterprise LMS
Extended enterprise LMS: When organizations need to train partners, vendors, distributors and sales agents, an LMS with the ability to support extended enterprise learning is recommended. This system uses the multi-tenant feature where all the parties that are not directly a part of the organization can use the same LMS through individual portals where the organization provides them with appropriate training material. This allows partners and vendors to be trained in line with the organization’s standards but does not allow access to the training courses that are irrelevant to the third-party organization.

Selecting an LMS Based on Features

Virtual instructor-led training: This feature of the LMS works exactly like a traditional classroom. The only difference being that the trainers and students are engaged in training activities from different regions, sometimes from the comfort of their homes.

Video-based training: Trainers can now record videos of lectures and upload it onto the LMS. This allows employees to access course material at their convenience and helps them in self-paced learning.

Mobile integration: Employees seldom have the time to balance between work and personal life which is why an LMS is a practical approach to training, and it now possesses the ability to deliver training when needed, wherever needed, even when on the move.

Gamification: This is a method of applying traditional game playing elements such as scoring points, competing with peers, and earning rewards to training initiatives.

Course integration with legacy software: Many organizations have course materials, which are designed using legacy software. These courses may still be relevant in today’s time, and as the organization implements an LMS, they need these old courses to integrate with the new system. This makes it important for an organization to select an LMS that can allow a seamless integration of legacy courses, thereby saving costs, time, and efforts.

Reporting features: At the core of an LMS is its ability to track, record, and maintain an employee’s progress. This allows the L&D and HR to maintain comprehensive reports on the performance of employees, concerning the training provided, across the entire organization.

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