Switching an LMS
When looking to switch your current platform, the following guidelines play an important role:
Understand your current LMS
Switch to a future-proofed LMS
The time and effort required to select, implement, migrate user data, courses, and reports from the existing LMS and the cost of implementing a new system often reiterates the fact that an LMS is a long-term investment. It is integral for the selected LMS to be future-proofed and stay relevant for an extended period. Some must have features in a modern LMS are:
- Mobile-first LMS: Ensure training is accessible while on-the-go.
- Accessible over multiple devices: Smartphones, tablets, iPads, and laptops—all devices are supported.
- Modern UI & UX: Clutter-free interface and easy navigation, looks futuristic for years to come.
- Powerful reporting mechanisms: Learners can upload videos, audio, and other supported files of their learning, while the administrators can assess the overall outcome of the training.
- Easy integrations: The ability to integrate third-party systems allows the LMS to communicate with these platforms, transferring useful information with regards to changes, additions, and deletion of data commonly shared by these systems.
Create a data migration plan
Selecting the right vendor
One of the biggest reasons why organizations look to switch their LMS is poor vendor support and relations. Often, organizations find themselves working with vendors who are very rigid in what they will and won’t do. Often, these LMS companies aren’t very keen on customers below a certain size, and even if you do get onto their system, they may offer you very little with regards to after-sales support. If you find yourself in such a situation, it results in you buying and paying for an LMS over which you have very little control. Even worse, they consider you too small to address your queries and support needs. Moreover, the licensing model based on which you are charged isn’t flexible or economically viable.
Carrying out a detailed background check on the vendor’s after sales and support services is an excellent way to safeguard yourself from future hassles.
Make sure your vendor has:
- Customer Success Teams: A team which ensures your new LMS is a success.
- Customer Support: Strong customer support that doesn’t consider you too small to address regular issues.
- Flexible, economic licensing model: Flexible licensing plans which makes your LMS an economically viable system to use and implement.
By considering these factors while selecting an LMS, you, as an organization, are ensuring the same mistakes wouldn’t be repeated!