Selecting Your Company’s Learning Management System

By | February 6, 2012

How do you go about assessing the needs of your company’s learning management system and learning management content system? Do you require online induction, and a large amount of retrievable data for your managers and human resource department? Does your company have a culture of self-education and the ability to train and test as rapidly as an individual wants? Ultimately, you have to look at your company structure, company investor goals, user needs, and finally, the results you are looking for with your business solutions. Let’s take a look at some of the issues at hand.

  • Budget requirements, and the need for proper consultation. Most companies go over budget with their IT applications. Over budgeting comes in two forms, financially and with time waste. These two issues come hand in hand. The whole idea is to install your system, have it up and running in a very limited time, and be using it. If that is not the case, you are going down the path of over expenditure, time wasting, and a lot of associated problems.
  • The key to selecting the right system is being clear on your requirements. The decision maker needs to know what human resources is looking for, and they should spend the time with a consultant to know what is right. They should always do research on their own. We always say we should get a second opinion when we visit the doctor, and IT consultation is the same.
  • Web-based applications are a must. Web-based applications will look like a website to the user. They are actually an application connecting to a central server. You need this to be the case to keep all your information inside your company server and secure. There is no other way to buy these applications. Individual applications that then forward information are out of date, costly, insecure, and not what you need.
  • Understanding the applications. Many LMS’s actually contain LMCS’s as intrinsic components of the native application. Some applications will come as a composite package, and even contain other very separate elements, such as a compliance training package. In simple terms, the more components as LMS contains, the simpler it will be. This might be the best option for a smaller company, and you are looking to use this software for the first time.
  • Look for a vendor that has composite packages like this, where you can add sophistication at a later date – this is the best way to get your software. It means you are getting support, you have a complete package, you have the time to learn and execute, and as your company and its people get used to using the applications, you can look for more sophisticated options without replacing the whole package. Again, the information stated here is very important.

Excellent business software solutions providers will have the options we have stated here available. You need applications that will grow with you, and not ones that will need replacing as your needs grow. The options are endless when you have the right applications and the right consultants who care about your business.

About the Guest Post Author: Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics.