5 questions you should always ask before investing in an LMS

Hannah Waddams | 06/20/2017

LMS - 5 warning signs-1.pngLearning Management Systems (LMS) allow organizations to deliver, track and maintain online training programs, so getting the right fit is crucial. Most LMS’ provide the same basic functions, allowing you to store and manage content, deliver content to your learners and enroll learners on courses. But other LMS’ provide so much more than this. So, to make sure you make the right choice, I’ve put together 5 questions you should ask before investing in a learning management system.

  1. Why do I need an LMS?

This might seem obvious, but sitting down and thinking about why you need an LMS will help you realize the functionalities you need.

  • Do you need an LMS because of a compliance need?
  • Do you need to build competencies among your staff?
  • Do you need to increase engagement and social learning between your learners?

Understanding why you need an LMS will guide you through the purchasing process of your learning management system.

  1. What features do I need?

This is a natural progression from our first question. You’ve worked out the reasons why you need an LMS, now you need to work out the features that will help you to meet those goals.

If you need an LMS to track the success of your eLearning courses, then an LMS with robust reporting functionalities is essential. If you need an LMS to encourage employee development and engagement, then an LMS with an easy navigation and a clean look and feel might be high on your priorities list. Or, maybe you want to reach out to your remote learners, then an LMS that is mobile responsive might be beneficial.  

  1. What reporting functionalities do I need?

The reporting functionalities on each LMS vary slightly, so making sure the LMS you’ve chosen has the right reporting functionalities for your needs will save you time in the future. You should consider an LMS’ ability to:

  • Create custom reports. Does your LMS allow you to build tailored reports?
  • Schedule and email reports: Can reports be automatically emailed to stakeholders?
  • Download reports: Can you download reports from your LMS to an Excel document? This can save you heaps of time in the future, as you might need to share reports with stakeholders who do not have access to your LMS.
  1. What’s the implementation process?

People often underestimate the process of LMS implementation. This process should include meetings with your LMS vendor to help you with set up and training to help you with using your LMS after you’ve gone live.

The eLearning industry have put together this blog to help you avoid the common pitfalls during LMS implementation, whilst Claudio Erba, the founder and CEO of Docebo, recommends understanding your vendors toolkit for a successful implementation. 

  1. What do other users think of your shortlisted LMS’?

It may seem obvious, but once you’ve got your short list of LMS vendors, it’s crucial you check out the reviews and ratings of each. Checking impartial reviews will ensure you get a full and honest picture of the benefits and short comings of your potential LMS.

There are many ranking systems out there, with companies such as GetApp and softwareadvice.com updating their LMS rankings yearly. But it’s also important to note any industry awards your potential LMS has received (our friends at Docebo and SumTotal have won a fair few!)

So, there you have it, 5 questions you should ask before purchasing your next LMS. We hope this guides you into choosing an LMS that meets your organization’s requirements. But, if you’re still struggling and need some more guidance, why not arrange an LMS consultation with one of our experts and we’ll help you on your way.

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Hannah Waddams

Hannah is a marketing executive here at Omniplex

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