Is Your LMS Ready to Scale?

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The complexity of enterprise training requires more than an LMS. Here’s why.

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5 Questions to Evaluate Your LMS for Success

Leading training teams are leaning into a training operations platform. Here’s why.

Most teams use multiple systems to tackle vILT, ILT, blended learning, and eLearning. That means spending a lot of precious time managing disconnected solutions, organizing an ever-growing course catalog, and trying to translate data from all those sources to demonstrate how training is impacting organizational KPIs.

Can your LMS scale with your training operations as L&D requirements change, and the stakes get higher within your organization? Can it deliver every modality you need, or are you operating multiple systems to deliver courses in different training formats? Does it integrate deeply with other learning and business systems to drive business results?

Evaluate your LMS with this one-pager, and explore:

  • Why automation and seamless integrations are critical to training operations.
  • The importance of change-ready learning tech for enterprise training.
  • What limits an LMS, and how you can identify those limitations.

>LMS Solutions Lack Configurability

  • Is Multimodal Training Possible?

    LMS solutions were designed to deliver online learning. How quickly can your team adapt when you need to deliver training in a different format?

  • Deep Integrations with Key Systems?

    Is your LMS deeply integrated with the rest of your learning tech stack? What about critical business systems? Can you push and pull data between systems?

  • Training Management Functionality?

    Does your training operations rely on various resources, distributed vendors and instructors, and complex schedules? Does your LMS deliver efficiency?

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Frequently Asked Questions

A training operations platform, or what some call training management software, provides the foundation and core to learning tech infrastructure. It’s a platform that sits at the center of your learning tech stack to connect critical learning and business systems in one interface. With a training operations platform, you can keep your legacy software, LMS, and proprietary systems and integrate them with the platform. Connect training data across the business, manage complex scheduling logistics, and report on the correlation between training outcomes and organizational KPIs.

The LMS is a holdover from a historical tendency to focus the benefits of training software toward the learner, rather than the training team. As a result, LMS solutions lack the ability to effectively, efficiently support the training team in managing their training operations. A training operations platform, on the other hand, is specifically designed for training teams. That means functionality that supports courses offered across modalities, a way to manage your course catalog in one system, scheduling functionality that takes into account the complexity of managing training resources, and reporting that relates critical training data to organizational outcomes.

LMS solutions aren’t change-ready. They’re hyper-focused on the learner experience, lack the ability to manage training across modalities, and don’t integrate deeply with other learning and business systems to share training data across the business. An LMS delivers online training and reports on activity metrics. A training operations platform delivers training in every modality, and reports on how training impacts the business. When it comes time to rapidly scale, training teams need to be able to lean on data that can inform decisions, not just activity metrics. In order to be change-ready, you need to be able to forecast change. An LMS can’t do that, but a training operations platform can.

Ask these five questions to evaluate your LMS