With so many learning management systems to choose from, how do you identify the best LMS for your organisation?
- When you’ve analysed your needs and identified the main purpose of your LMS, use these to define your requirements and draw up a checklist of LMS key features. This will help you filter out unsuitable products and draw up a shortlist of learning management systems matching your criteria.
- Identify any legal or regulatory requirements the LMS will have to meet in your country or areas of operation, e.g. data protection, privacy or security. Quiz vendors on whether their systems comply.
- Ensure your learning and development team help to draw up your selection criteria. Create scenarios for different types of learners to see what they need in day-to-day operations rather than on paper. Look for any issues you need to discuss with LMS providers.
- Issue an ITT/RFQ to your shortlist of providers to obtain the information you need. Question any responses requiring clarification so you have the necessary level of detail now rather than discovering it doesn’t do what you want after purchase.
- Take the opportunity to meet vendors face-to-face and take up offers for personalised product demos and full-access free trials. Ask to see a branded LMS in operation as it will give a more realistic picture than an idealised demo version. Use all these opportunities to confirm that the LMS you select is right for your business.
- While you want to select an LMS that will meet your long-term corporate learning and development needs, you don’t want to be locked into an inflexible contract, should circumstances require you to make radical changes. Examine pricing structures carefully to ensure they give you flexibility to adapt as needed. How long does a vendor require you to commit?