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Litmos

Litmos is a cloud-based continuous learning platform that unifies learning management, the extended enterprise, prepackaged content and a content management system to meet organizations’ training needs. Litmos is SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type... Read More
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Recent recommendations:  87
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Bridge

Bridge is a cloud-based Learning Management (LMS) and Employee Engagement solution that caters to businesses of all sizes across various industries. It grants learners and course creators accessibility to content from mobile devices... Read More
Rating:  25 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  64
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PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone, formerly Cornerstone Growth Edition, is a cloud-based employee performance and learning management system that helps businesses to streamline their employee performance review process and prioritize learning for... Read More
Rating:  28 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  63
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Docebo LMS

Docebo is a cloud-based LMS solution to provide training programs for employees, partners and customers.  Docebo serves various industries including IT, technology, retail, consulting, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, oil and gas. Docebo... Read More
Rating:  68 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  39
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Saba

Saba provides companies across the globe with a cloud-based learning and talent management application designed to drive employee engagement, elevate skills and improve business productivity. Saba provides traditional talent management... Read More
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Recent recommendations:  31
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SAP SuccessFactors

SAP SuccessFactors is a cloud-based human resource learning management solution that assists organizations with an integrated suite of features to manage their workforce. Key features include recruiting and onboarding, time and attendance... Read More
Rating:  89 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  31
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Torch LMS

Torch LMS is a cloud-based learning management (LMS) solution that helps businesses and nonprofit organizations to manage, track and deliver training to employees or affiliates. The solution offers a tiled user interface and a team... Read More
Rating:  16 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  31
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Prosperity LMS

Ziiva's suite of Prosperity software systems is designed to help businesses manage their employee training programs. It is suitable for businesses of all size and kind to deliver an end-to-end learning management solution. Prosperity... Read More
Rating:  7 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  28
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Thought Industries

Thought Industries offers a cloud-based learning business platform designed to suit the needs of varying business sizes across multiple industries. All of the frontend learning experiences are customizable to be adapted for businesses... Read More
Rating:  15 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  27
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WorkWize LMS

WorkWize LMS is a cloud-based closed-loop compliance learning management solution (LMS), which caters to businesses of all sizes across various industry verticals. It provides version control for content and automation capabilities... Read More
Rating:  6 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  27
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eSSential LMS

eSSential LMS is a learning management system designed for large and midsize businesses. The system can be deployed on-premise and through a cloud-based software-as-a-service platform. Both deployment methods include access to eSSential... Read More
Rating:  42 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  24
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SkyPrep

SkyPrep LMS is a cloud-based learning management solution that offers a platform to training administrators for creating, managing and selling training courses. Key features include custom branding, automated learner enrollment and... Read More
Rating:  55 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  21
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SyberWorks Training Center

Syberworks is a hybrid learning management (LMS) solution that caters to small and midsize businesses across industries such as medical products, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. The solution helps businesses to deliver and manage... Read More
Rating:  8 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  19
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Versal

Versal is a cloud-based training platform that is suitable for companies of all sizes. Users can develop training courses and micro lessons with built-in assessments and deliver them via Versal or embed in an LMS or website. Courses... Read More
Rating:  13 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  16
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Edvance360 Learning Management System

Edvance360 Learning Management Software is a cloud-based learning management system that provides online learning programs for K-12, higher education and corporate training departments. The system features online lesson management,... Read More
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Recent recommendations:  9
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eLearning Cloud

eLearning Cloud is a cloud-based learning management solution (LMS) from VAIRKKO that enables organizations to provide training to their employees. The solution allows users to distribute learning content to company employees, create... Read More
Rating:  13 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  9
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Spoke

Spoke is a cloud-based social learning management system (LMS) designed to help enterprise organizations manage training by providing tools and data needed for employee engagement and training in a single platform. Admins can create... Read More
Rating:  8 reviews
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EducationFolder

EducationFolder is a cloud-based training and performance management solution for call center agents. Key features include learning management, quality assurance, a knowledge base, task management and reporting. EducationFolder enables... Read More
Rating:  3 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  8
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Elan by Brainier

Elan, by Brainier, is a learning management system developed for companies of all sizes. Businesses in hospitality, insurance, banking, consulting, training, property management, real estate, telecommunications and various other industries... Read More
Rating:  21 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  7
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eCoach

eCoach is a cloud based learning management solution (LMS) that allows training administrators to create, manage and deliver online education. The solution is compatible with Android and iOS devices and enables users to access and... Read More
Rating:  13 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  7
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Buyer's Guide

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Market Research Associate
Last Updated: July 16, 2018

A learning management system (LMS) automates the administration, testing, tracking and reporting of learner progress through online courses. This guide will help you navigate the LMS software market so you're armed with everything you need to know in order to make an informed buying decision for your organization. Watch the video below for a 1-minute breakdown of LMS functionalities featuring product demos and continue reading for more in-depth descriptions.

 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is a Learning Management System?
Common Features of Learning Management Systems
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Learning Management System Pricing
Market Trends to Understand
Recent Events You Should Know About

What Is a Learning Management System?

LMS software, or computer based training software, helps educational institutions and businesses better manage their online learning programs—which can be an incredibly effective way to improve employee engagement and retention while increasing employee skill levels. Rather than having to manually manage and track all of the workflows that are involved with ensuring employees have access to and complete learning programs, LMS systems help automate the entire process, from start to finish. Functionality includes:

  • Creating curricula and learning programs to educate students and/or employees in specific areas of knowledge or to teach them certain skills.
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  • Tracking the completion of such programs to ensure students and/or employees are staying on schedule.
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  • Allowing students and/or employees to demonstrate competencies or gain certification in areas relevant to their role.
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  • Providing analytics and reporting functionality to give organizations more insight into the success of their training or learning program(s).

Common Features of Learning Management Systems

lms common features

 

Certification and compliance management Includes setting up, tracking and managing certification programs for industries that require employee certification to perform a specific job duty. This also manages compliance training, which could be a need for any industry.
Learning management Helps users organize and simplify training or learning administration, which includes processes such as distributing content, managing user information, scheduling and overseeing course enrollment.
Virtual classroom Many LMS platforms include video conferencing functionality, enabling instructors to lead live, remote classes and trainings through the platform.
Course library Some vendors partner with training content creators to provide a pre-made library of training courses for generic training needs, such as those on sexual harassment policies or management techniques.
Extended enterprise Allows organizations to train or teach external users, such as channel partners or customers. E-commerce functionality may be included here, as well, to allow training courses to be sold externally.
Proficiency testing and reporting Allows users to administer tests to gauge employee/student knowledge or skill. Analytics and reporting functionality helps determine proficiency and identify learning gaps.
Content authoring Gives users the ability to author their own content and design and deliver courses within a LMS. E-learning authoring tools are often part of an LMS; learning content management systems (LCMSs) that facilitate the creation and storage of course content can be integreated into an LMS package as well.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Before purchasing a system, you should assess what kind of buyer you are. The majority of buyers fall into one of these categories:

Education-industry professionals. Perhaps the most obvious buyers of learning management software are those from schools and universities: organizations where the entire purpose is facilitating the spread of knowledge. Many courses at university levels—and, increasingly, even at the K-12 levels—offer students access to syllabi, assignments and testing information via Web-based LMSs created specifically for the education industry. Education LMS products can be purchased on their own or as a core component of many K-12 software solutions, along with other applications such as school accounting and student information systems (SISs).

Corporate training professionals. LMSs also have a strong presence in the corporate training sphere. This is especially true in highly regulated industries where employees need to maintain specific certifications or licenses to comply with industry or government standards, such as aviation or food preparation. Just as there are LMSs designed specifically for use in schools and universities, there is also LMS software specific to the needs of corporate trainers, which might include functionality for performance reviews or e-commerce. Corporate LMS products can also be purchased on their own, or as part of a more comprehensive human resources (HR) suite.

Learning Management System Pricing

LMS software is usually priced based on two factors: the number of users and the functionality included. The more people you have using the system and the greater the depth and breadth of functionality, the higher the price.

As an example, many vendors offer tiered pricing plans. With the first, most basic tier, buyers might pay a monthly fee so a small pool of users would have access to basic functionality and services, such as content creation, course enrollment and limited email support from the vendor.

As the price scales up, buyers can add more users to the system, while receiving more advanced functionality or services on top of what is provided at the lower tiers. These additional capabilities might include reporting and analytics or live phone support from the vendor.

In some cases, users can buy a license to own the software in perpetuity. More commonly, though, users can expect to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee for the software.

Subscription pricing is more common with cloud-based systems (where the LMS is accessed via Web browser), whereas perpetual licenses are more common with on-premise solutions (those installed by users on local servers). Most LMS products today fall into the cloud-based, subscription-priced category.

Market Trends to Understand

Workday announces Workday Learning. In September 2015, HR software vendor Workday announced they were entering the LMS market with Workday Learning, a new application as part of their human capital management and financial management suite offerings. Workday Learning will be made available to customers later this year.

The rise of the MOOC. MOOCs, or massive open online courses, represented a big area for employee training growth in 2015. These ongoing online courses that can be started and completed by employees at their own pace are part of a bigger trend to allow employees more flexibility in their training outside of a classroom. Instructors may benefit from dedicated online course platforms that provide MOOCs through dedicated technology.

Cornerstone OnDemand partners with TED. In June 2015, LMS vendor Cornerstone OnDemand announced that they were partnering with popular nonprofit TED to deliver the organization’s popular TED Talks to Cornerstone clients. Users will have access to curated TED Talk Playlists within Cornerstone Learning designed to enhance employee training efforts.

Recent Events You Should Know About

RenWeb launches RenWeb Learning Management. RenWeb, a school administration software provider for private K-12 schools, launched RenWeb Learning Management in July 2016. The new LMS supports classroom collaboration, which blends learning instruction and school information system (SIS) integration.

Epignosis LLC releases eFrontPro version 4.5. Epignosis LLC, makers of the eFront Pro LMS platform, released version 4.5 of the software in August 2016. Major features introduced in the update include learner skills gap testing and native integration with e-commerce service FoxyCart to sell e-learning courses externally.

Docebo and OpenSesame announce partnership. LMS vendor Docebo and e-learning course provider OpenSesame announced a new partnership in November 2016. Through the partnership, Docebo customers can now purchase OpenSesame courses directly from within the Docebo platform. OpenSesame currently offers over 20,000 courses in areas such as business skills, certifications and technology training.

FrontRunners® for Learning Management, February 2018

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What Is the FrontRunners Quadrant?


A Graphic of the Top-Performing Learning Management Products

FrontRunners quadrants highlight the top software products for North American small businesses. All products in the quadrant are top performers. Small businesses can use FrontRunners to make more informed decisions about what software is right for them.

To create this quadrant, we evaluated over 320 Learning Management products. Those with the top scores for their capability and value made the quadrant.

Scores are based largely on reviews from real software users, along with other product performance details (e.g., what features they offer, how many customers they have).

Is One Quadrant Better Than the Others?


Nope, Products in Any Quadrant May Fit Your Needs

Every product in this quadrant offers a balance of capability (how much the products can do) and value (whether they’re worth their price/cost) that makes them stand out in the race for small business software success.

FrontRunners has four sub-quadrants:

  • Upper Right = Leaders: Leaders are all-around strong products. They offer a wide range of functionality to a wide range of customers. These products are considered highly valuable by customers.
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  • Upper Left = Masters: Masters may focus more heavily on certain key features or market segments than Leaders do. If you need a more specialized set of functionality without bells and whistles, then a product in the Masters quadrant might be right for you.
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  • Lower Right = Pacesetters: Pacesetters may offer a strong set of features, but are not rated as highly on value. For example, a Pacesetter might offer greater functionality, but cost more.
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  • Lower Left = Contenders: Contenders may focus on a more specialized set of capabilities that are priced at a higher point. This makes them ideal for companies willing to pay more for specific features that meet their unique needs.

Depending on the specific needs of a software buyer, a product in any of these sub-quadrants could be a good fit.

Why? To even be considered for this FrontRunners, a product had to meet a minimum user rating score of 4.0 for capability and 4.0 for value. This means that all products that qualify as FrontRunners are top-performing products in their market. They appear in the quadrant in relation to how their peers performed.

For some buyers, a specific FrontRunners sub-quadrant might be best. For example, LMS products in the Contenders quadrant may focus on strong core functionality such as course tracking or trainee management, while those in the Leaders quadrant might offer more advanced features, such as content authoring or gamification implementation.

You can download the full FrontRunners for Learning Management report here. It contains individual scorecards for each product on the Frontrunners quadrant.

How Are FrontRunners Products Selected?


Products Are Scored Based on User Reviews and Other Data

You can find the full FrontRunners methodology here, but the gist is that products are scored in two areas, Capability and Value.

To be considered at all, products must have at least 20 reviews and meet minimum user rating scores. They also have to offer a core set of functionality—for example, they must offer learning management and course tracking capabilities.

From there, user reviews and other product performance details, such as the product's customer base and the features it offers, dictate the Capability and Value scores. Capability is plotted on the x-axis, and Value is plotted on the y-axis.

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