Companies Search for the Ideal Learning Management System

Companies change LMSIf the rate of employee turnover were as high as LMS turnover, companies would be in big trouble. The acronym, LMS, stands for learning management system.

Businesses turn to these online operations systems to conduct workplace training, communicate with coworkers and compile important metrics and reports, among other things. But Brandon Hall’s annual LMS trends survey from 2012 shows that nearly 50 percent of organizations with LMSs want to replace their current software. Worse still, 58 percent of these organizations implemented their LMSs less than two years ago.

These statistics are shocking but the math doesn’t add up. Companies seem to depend on learning management systems but are not satisfied with the ones they currently have. Why?

Discontinuing one LMS and implementing another is a huge undertaking. Very few organizations make such decisions out of haste. A few reasons why they leave their current system include: outdated features, lack of reporting functions, kinks in overall functionality, little support from the LMS vendor and the unavoidable high cost.

By delving into the areas of frustration, it may become clear what traits organizations look for in the ideal learning management system.

Outdated Features:

Technology is advancing quickly. Because new social media networks and operating systems are constantly being released to the public, workplace software needs to keep pace, too. Some LMSs, like hardware-based LMSs that are installed onsite are more likely to struggle with producing updated features as often as necessary.

Reporting Features:

Metrics are important to all facets of business. The phrase “you have to know where you’ve been to know where you are going” comes to mind. Data allows companies to evaluate the past and plan for the future. Therefore, organizations need robust reporting features that are easy to customize and automatic.

Functionality Issues:

The point of having an LMS is for employees to use it. However, an LMS that offers a less-than-intuitive framework is more often avoided than embraced. Using a cloud-based LMS usually means there is more flexibility in the interface which allows administrators to easily customize social settings and options, making the system more user-friendly.

Vendor Support:

Of course, in those times when technology acts up (as it seems to do) it is always nice to have knowledgeable experts nearby. A service as a software (SaaS) LMS is hosted by the software provider, who remotely provides all maintenance and upgrades as needed. This means that the technology is in the hands of capable (and hopefully attentive) experts.

High Cost:

Let’s face it: a remotely hosted social learning management system is the whole kit and caboodle. It’s intuitive design, robust reporting options, vendor support team and latest and greatest features are highly valuable. Companies are willing to pay good money to license an ideal system. And from the statistics published by Brandon Hall, organizations will take a financial hit just to transition into an LMS that works better and fits their needs.

TOPYX® is the social LMS companies turn to after inadequate learning management systems fail them. The SaaS LMS is remotely hosted to ensure optimum maintenance and support. Many of its award winning features are updated regularly, helping workplaces stay ahead of changing technologies. More than a training center, TOPYX is a business operations tool. Time and time again it proves to be the ideal LMS for purpose driven organizations.

To companies that are implementing a second, third or fourth LMS, the process can seem like a headache. Thankfully, the right LMS should be able to change that by providing the ideal outcome.

Jeffrey A. Roth
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
[email protected]
interactyx.com

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