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Five elements not to overlook when selecting an Employee LMS

Five elements not to overlook when selecting an Employee LMS

There is so much to consider when choosing a new employee Learning Management System (LMS), especially with all the technological advances that have been made in this area.

It’s understandable that, amid all the sales pitches and tech-talk, some important elements can be overlooked.

To help you discern what’s right for you and your employee development plans, here are five elements you shouldn’t overlook.

1. Security check

In this age of hackers and fakers, online security has never been more important. If your LMS is to carry confidential content of any sort, it must be safe from attack.

Your supplier should be ISO 27001 certified (or equivalent) and have a good reputation for secure LMS solutions.

2. Implementation and support

Ideally, you should look for an LMS that is able to meet all your requirements straight out-of-the-box. This will make it easier to implement and get up and running. However, if you have any specific or unusual requirements, you must ensure that your supplier can not only meet them, but do it to a deadline.

Don’t forget to build-in training time for your staff and, in particular, your systems administrator(s). The supplier’s team should be on hand for this and, because you will be spending so much time together, it’s a good idea to find out what experiences other customers have had with them. During this period of change, it’s important to have people who are easy to work with.

3. Will they look after you?

Take a good look at your potential suppliers' service level agreements. Speak to their customers - past and present - to find out what they think about them. Do they stay in touch? Are they good communicators? How do they respond when there’s a problem? And how quickly? Do customers get a positive, warm feeling about them?

4. What’s the best deal for you?

New technological advances have made a huge impact on the LMS market. New cloud-based systems, for example, can cost far less to implement than other more traditional products.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of LMS - cloud-based and self-hosted. Each of these has a range of pricing models - some costs are plain to see while others are not. To get a better idea of what your overall expenditure could be, check the full cost of implementation as well as the annual fees over three years.

5. Function over fashion

The latest trends can be very alluring but, as their name suggests, they come and go, so focus on what you particularly want from an LMS.

Experiential learning, compliance management, mobile learning, multi-activity tracking, gamification and social features all have their uses - but which will help to engage your employees and deliver learning and development programmes that increase knowledge and improve performance?

Author: Agylia

This article was published by Agylia on 15.10.2019. Bringing you all the latest news about the Agylia LMS, CPD, Apps, learning creation and consultancy services.

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