10 Reasons to invest in a cloud based LMS
There was a time when all an LMS did was play back elearning content and track passes or fails. The industry has come a long way since then and some of the features available with the new generation of cloud based LMS platforms make them barely recognizable next to the old software.
As the tides shift and companies demand more from their learning and development departments, so too have LMSs evolved into development portals, where not only can you participate in training but you can also use the platform to socialize, collaborate, comment and use other enterprise software thanks to a number of integrations with key software. So here are 10 reasons for you to invest in a Cloud Based LMS if you still haven’t.
1. Don’t have an LMS?
Shopping around for, and implementing, an LMS can be an extremely difficult and stressful experience. However training and development is one of the most important things you can offer your workforce so it makes sense to invest in a system that is just right for your organization’s specific needs.
The important thing here is to be future-proofed. An LMS is as technology is constantly evolving, and being part of a learning community today means considerably more than it used to. An LMS is the heart of a learning community, and the right LMS makes it easy to build and maintain.
A cloud based LMS, as opposed to an in-house LMS, provides learners with a vibrant, open and fun platform on which they can access training material and interactive tools which transform the learning experience into something a lot more immersive and dynamic.
2. Already have an in-house LMS?
You may already have an in-house LMS installed your company servers, which may or may not be performing how you would like.
According to some surveys up to 40% of companies aren’t satisfied with their current LMS. This seems remarkably high, but is more easily understood when you take into account how many companies fall victim to thinking that the best and most economic way of getting an LMS is to download an open-source option and customize it in-house.
The open-source “free” LMS ends up being far from free, as these companies realise – too late – that the deep customizations needed and lack of support mean that it isn’t free at all. Moreover without dedicated developers specializing in that specific open-source LMS, such as Moodle, it will likely be very difficult to get to the point of having a workable LMS everyone is happy with – unless you go with a hosted cloud based LMS.
3. Cost savings
As already mentioned there are frequently a raft of hidden costs associated with going at it alone and customizing your own LMS in-house.
Each company has different needs, and the LMS that the company chooses must cater perfectly to these requirements. Almost all LMS vendors offer a selection of pricing plans which include automatic updates, support and configuration.
This way there are fewer hidden costs and it is much easier to forecast how much everything will be at the end of the financial year. There may be some extra configuration costs applicable depending on which software you use, but these will be made known before work starts on implementation.
4. Scalability and Support
Almost as important as knowing that your LMS is the right choice for your company is knowing that it can grow as your business grows. With a cloud based LMS you don’t have to worry about potentially costly updates as there will be nothing stored on your own system.
Purchasing a cloud based LMS means that it is the responsibility of the vendor to provide support for updates, technical issues and ensure that it works with all internet browsers.
Another thing to bear in mind is that on an in-house system the learner cannot access their training from outside of their company network. All you need for a cloud based LMS is an internet connection (and sometimes not even that, but more about that below).
If the ultimate aim of an LMS is to keep as many people engaged with their elearning material as possible, then ensuring that as many people have access to training should be top priority.
A cloud-based LMS can be accessed from anywhere, thanks to mobile support, on any device.
6. Mobile support
Old LMS platforms were simply repositories of learning information and the learner could only access their training on company machines.
Modern, cutting-edge LMSs now offer learners that chance continue their learning process on whichever device best suits them – smartphone, tablet or computer. By doing this it gives learners who wouldn’t usually have it access to their training at their convenience.
Aside from branding and color scheme personalizations, custom options like a cloud based LMS through a vendor allow for customizations with enterprise software that the organization uses on a daily basis.
By integrating with popular software you make sure that all user and learner data is up to date and standardized across both platforms, particularly important for crucial compliance training. More importantly the integration means that moving between the two platforms is seamless via a tab on the dashboard.
CRM software like Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce and Sugar CRM, HRIS systems like Bomboo HR, videoconferencing applications such as Adobe Connect and BigBlueButton and eCommerce such as WooCommerce and Salesforce, among many others, are just some examples of integrations offered by Paradiso LMS.
8. Internal IT
If you are still looking into a self-hosted option, as opposed to a cloud based LMS, then it is imperative that you consult with your IT department to find out if your system can handle an LMS and the influx in traffic that it will bring.
Likewise as your company grows, so will the user and content traffic, which could put even more strain on your network. Better yet, you can sidestep all of these problems and opt for a hosted cloud based LMS.
9. All the latest cloud based LMS features
It may be that you aren’t aware of how much LMSs have advanced lately, and that you don’t know about the latest cloud LMS technology out there.
If you choose a cloud option with a vendor they can come with an arsenal of features like social learning, gamification, blended learning, e-commerce integration, mobile learning and multi tenancy, to name but a few.
Using these features has been shown to combat the number one enemy of learning – disengagement. Not only that but learners will retain much more of the information thanks to more fun and stimulating material that breaks from the tired, conventional teaching methods of a brick and mortar classroom.
10. Short implementation time
An in-house LMS requires a lot of work (and cash) – from research, to hiring developers, to the development itself, to testing, and finally roll out.
Depending on exact needs a cloud based LMS can be up and running in a day, with no headaches from your IT department.
Paradiso Solutions is a leader in custom-built cloud based learning management systems. Our experience in the industry, as well as a team of dedicated elearning engineers, make us the best choice for your company. If you are in plans to deploy cloud based LMS or need more information on it then follow the link below,