Learning Management Systems (LMS) come in all shapes and sizes. When incorporating an eLearning environment into your workplace, it is important to choose an LMS built as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.
SaaS can also be referred to as a cloud-based service. This means any device with Internet connection can access the system from any location. The software itself is not hosted on site. Instead, the vendor hosts and maintains the server for you.
A SaaS LMS is designed for independent business use. All eLearning features are customizable so you can bend the software to your needs, making it simple to manage and requiring little administration on your part.
Knowing more about SaaS may benefit you while exploring business solutions to advance company communication, training, and knowledge management.
SaaS Software vs. On-Premise Software
On-premise software runs from computers that are owned and operated by a business. Such a program is always installed by an IT professional, and this type of LMS also demands constant in-house maintenance.
When deciding which type of LMS fits your company and business needs, there are a number of questions you may want to consider:
- Are in-house members of your workforce capable of installing and initiating an LMS?
- Can you afford to pay an IT professional or department for regular maintenance needs?
- Are you satisfied with your current communication system that connects clients, employees, and other service branches?
- Is the majority of your business done offline?
Answering “no” to any of these questions means a SaaS LMS platform is probably the best option for you.
Benefits of a SaaS LMS
An LMS with SaaS options will advance your company for many reasons.
- Cost Effective Business Solution
An SaaS LMS often costs less money than an on-premise system because you are subscribing to use a portion of computer space that exists within a larger system. Some SaaS LMS platforms, like TOPYX®, offer flat rates and no user fees which can eliminate the risk of accruing costs.
- Access Data Anywhere
Employees and clients don’t need to be in the office to access information on a SaaS LMS. They can access information anywhere. In addition, they can use the system to communicate with others in the network at any time.
- Decrease IT Maintenance Needs
Gone are the days of employing in-house technicians who are responsible for keeping your system healthy and active. A SaaS LMS platform implies technicians are available and keeping software updated without any prompting on your part.
Discover the joy of service-as-a-software by requesting a free LMS demo today.
Vice President, Business Development