ATD 2016 Insights: How to Speed Date Top LMS Vendors

ATD 2016 Insights (Part 1 of 3)

By Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus

Joy Church Millard, Expertus Learning in the Cloud Blog Writer

Joy Church Millard
Sr. Editor

As we know from being learning industry professionals, there’s no better way to learn than collaborating with your peers and thought leaders. And this year’s ATD International Conference & Exposition didn’t disappoint!

I’ve compiled my top finds for new learning tips and trends into a bite-sized, three-part blog series. Enjoy!

How to Speed Date LMS Vendors

Are you overwhelmed by the sheer number of LMS vendors—estimated to reach 1,000+ by year’s end?! Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your selection timeframe in half?

Why not try speed dating?

Katrina Baker, author of “LMS Success” and “The LMS Selection Checklist”, introduced this fast and effective “speed dating” method for narrowing your LMS field:

1. Frame your LMS search with your current and future needs—This ensures that you don’t quickly outgrow your learning system. Specify… what your leadership’s goals are, what’s your organization’s projected growth, will all of your employees access the LMS, what percentage of your courses will be delivered online, etc.

How to speed date top lms vendors2. Identify your top learning priorities—It’s key to focus on the top three or four; don’t get trapped in being a jack of all trades, but a master of none.

3. Do your due diligence—Don’t settle for a passive LMS search; talk to vendors’ references, walk through their standard user experience, explore whether customizations will be needed, find out building and delivery times, and so on.

4. Assemble an RFP—First and foremost, keep your list reasonable, focusing on top needs that will produce the most L&D value; also make sure to include stakeholders and rank each desired feature.

> Check out Katrina’s full ATD presentation here.

Your TurnATD 2016 Conference LMS Technology

Have you tried an abbreviated LMS search approach similar to Katrina’s? With success? Do you have any additional advice? Share your feedback below.

Read More ATD 2016 Insights

ATD 2016 Insights Part 2 of 3 – What to Know Before Buying an LMS
ATD 2016 Insights Part 3 of 3 – Video, Personalization and Other Top Learning Trends


Editor’s Note: Want a go-to resource for finding the best LMS for your organization?
Start with our free LMS Buyer’s Kit, which includes LMS rankings, reviews, case studies and more.

2 thoughts on “ATD 2016 Insights: How to Speed Date Top LMS Vendors

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