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Choosing an LMS: Product vetting and evaluation

Inviting potential vendors for an in-person product demonstration will help you choose an LMS.

Inviting potential vendors for an in-person product demonstration will help you choose an LMS.

There are countless Learning Management System (LMS) products available, so how does an organization figure out which it needs? After developing a list of mandatory criteria that your LMS needs, some basic research will help you eliminate the products are not a good fit. Next you will need to do a little more digging. 

Vetting 

Once you have a list of LMS products that you want to investigate further, you will need to get in contact with the vendor to determine if their offerings really line up with your criteria. At the end of this preliminary work, you should have about 10 to 12 products that you'll want to try out. 

Product Evaluation

To decide on the best LMS for your organization, you'll want to do the following:

  • Request for information (RFI) – An RFI usually contains a list of all of your requirements and a set of questions that potential vendors need to answer in detail. When you send the RFI to candidates, be sure to provide them with a deadline. After the due date, judge the responses and eliminate the vendors whose answers were not satisfactory. 
  • Case demonstrations – Invite the top candidates to your organization for an in-person demonstration of their LMS. You may want to provide the vendors with information beforehand about problems that you want the LMS to solve. Ask all of the contenders about how their products would provide a solution. 
  • References - Ask potential vendors for client references. By communicating with these groups, you can learn about how well the vendor responds to client requests and if customers have problems with the software.

To learn more about SyberWorks services or to schedule a product demonstration, please call us at 888-642-7078, email us at info@syberworks.com or register on our site.

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Waltham, MA 02452
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