Checklist LMS Shopping
If you’re evaluating a new learning management system (LMS), beware. The less you know about a specific product or service, the more likely you are to miss critical things, which will end up costing you money you didn’t expect to spend and greatly reduce your return on investment.
We often hear from Training Administrators and IT professionals whose experience with LMS technology has been a nightmare. This is often due to either the software not really being able to do what was actually needed or software architecture which simply isn’t capable of satisfying specific demands or changing needs.
Got That, Check
The two problems mentioned above are quite different. The first one is caused by the vendor not really explaining what the software feature really is or by the client not really understanding what they actually want or a combination of both.
The client knows they want “reporting”. The LMS vendor says, “yes, we have that” and the client goes “Check”. This is just like a car salesman saying, “yes, this car has an engine” without telling you anything about the engine. Is it a 2-cylinder engine more suitable for a riding lawnmower or a 12-cylinder better suited for a semi-truck that’s going to drain your bank account just trying to keep it filled with gas?
There are lots of “make sure your LMS has this feature” checklists out there and while they’re good as a starting point, they don’t get into the details about what each of those features means. And for good reason: it gets really complex. Or so it would seem. This brings me to the next point.
New and Lacking or Old and Fixed
Every year, we see new LMS products come to market and other ones fade away. The problem is, as a software, an LMS product needs to be able to do a lot of things. Building one from scratch takes a huge amount of resources and short-cuts are inevitable in order to get the product to market. Often, they’re built by someone who has no or little experience in the learning industry and the end product just doesn’t have the substance needed by many organizations.
On the flip side, just because a company has been around for a long time, doesn’t mean that it’s kept up with new technologies or industry changes. More often, they target a vertical market and tend to push the training being managed into predefined processes that do not change or require expensive customization to meet more specific, changing or growing needs.
Whether it’s a new or old LMS, they often have a fixed workflow that you need to follow regardless of your needs. The only way to get around it is to shell out thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in customization fees, if they’ll do it at all.
If your company has simple needs, one or the other will probably work. But if you want something that can address your current and future needs, there’s a solution.
Sophisticated and Flexible
Over the last 20 years, MaxIT has created a sophisticated enterprise class LMS forged from years of hard-won experience. Our technology is at work in a variety of industries including DOD, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Transportation, Training organizations, Financial Services, Aerospace, Higher Education, Real Estate and others.
Different types of organizations have different needs. We get it. A long time ago we solved this problem by making all of our 1,000+ options and features completely user-configurable. Do you need to have a manager sign off on a Learner’s course before it’s marked as complete. We can do that. Do you want the “Courses Not Taken” report to go to specific people the first Monday of every month? No problem. Want to dynamically assign Learners to courses or Learning Tracks based on some criteria of your choice. We can do that, too, and so much more.
We’re Passionate About LMS Technology
In fact, there’s not much our LMS can’t do. We invite you to see why our LMS technology is the best value, LMS technology available. Contact us today at (800) 868-8039 and we’ll show you how you can improve your company’s bottom line and strengthen your training initiative.