Cloud-based services, including learning management systems, are becoming more and more prevalent and for a good reason. Cloud-based services offer a number of advantages over self-host solutions. While there are a few situations where a self-hosted solution is required, most organizations will discover that a cloud-based learning management system offers many notable advantages including:

1. Lower Startup Costs

Because the learning management solution is installed in a known environment, the time it takes to get everything set up for your personalized experience is minimal when compared to setting up the software in a hosted environment. This reduction in time is passed onto organizations as a cost-saving.

You also won’t need to devote time or resources to set up hardware (such as servers), installing programs, working out glitches, or making sure that software is installed organization-wide. All you need to do is sign up with the LMS service provider and begin creating your content and courses.

As some learning management software can turn out to be a sizable investment, a cloud-based option becomes particularly appealing to organizations as it allows them to test the basic functionality of the software before purchasing. For example, AbilityLMS comes with a free trial period before having to sign up for the cloud service.

2. Easier and Faster to Maintain

When it comes to computers, there are a lot of variations that can occur in self-hosted environments. These can become trouble-areas when attempting to add new features, automate workflows or determine why something isn’t working the way it’s supposed to work. With a cloud-based system, everything has been pre-tested so it’s just a matter of adding features, as required.

3. Lower Upgrade Costs

Similar to implementation and maintenance savings, when upgrades occur on a cloud-based system, upgrades go seamlessly, usually without any down-time. That’s the power of a cloud-based system and those savings get passed onto you, the customer.

4. Automatic Performance Training Updates

If you’re using one of our award-winning learning content vendors to augment your own training, then receive automatic updates to courses as they become available. This ensures that you always have the latest information on best practices and OSHA standards, which can help to reduce your risk and improve your compliance with local, state and federal laws.

Bonus #1: Security

Just because you’re on a cloud doesn’t mean your data is at risk. At MaxIT, we use secure socket layers (SSL), we are SSAE 16 compliant (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) and our system is esigned to support FDA 21 CFR Part 11 (Food and Drug Administration Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Part 11).

Bonus #2: Scalability

We believe that any cloud-based service should be scalable. That means that you can start small and grow (in both size and features) without having to switch to an entirely different platform. Our powerful, cloud-based system is in use by both small companies and Fortune 500 companies. We have clients with under 100 Learners to ones with over a million Learners. Whatever size your organization is, we can help you instill a culture of learning and provide measurable results to your business.

We’re Passionate About Learning Management Software

Whether you need a hosted solution or want to take advantage of the cost and time-savings of a cloud-based solution, we can help you improve your organization’s agility, competitive advantage, and business outcome. As a result, your company will be better equipped to reduce compliance risk, develop employees and engage a wide range of learning audiences. Call us at (800) 868-8039 or visit us on the Web at for more information.