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A Concurrent License Model for a Multi-Tenant LMS

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

Concurrent License User Model for LMS

The need for corporate training is growing. More intense competition (in most every industry and market) combined with increasingly complex workplaces has moved corporate learning and training from “nice to have” to a “must have” initiative. In fact, the global corporate training market Is now estimated to grow by more than $52 billion between the years 2020 and 2024.

While in the past, companies tended to rely on classroom-based, in-person training to conduct their corporate training programs and sessions, the evolution of cloud-based technologies, combined with increasingly remote workforces (a trend that was in place even before COVID-19) has made online learning, or “eLearning” the preferred approach to corporate training and workforce development for most companies today.

Learning Management Systems for Corporate Training and eLearning

The core technology that supports all types of eLearning programs, including corporate training, is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”. An LMS is the application that is used to build, deliver, track, and analyze eLearning programs. And while LMS technology is not new, recent years have seen significant developments and new platform options that are particularly well-suited for corporate training and eLearning programs.

Cloud-Based Delivery

When first introduced, the only option available for LMS users was in “standing up” the application on their own servers. Although this method of deployment did provide for a great deal of flexibility, it also called for a substantial up-front investment in hardware, software, and infrastructure. It also required significant expenses for the ongoing management and maintenance of the system.

Today, most companies choose to go with a cloud-based delivery of their LMS application from a third-party vendor. This approach eliminates the need for a massive, up-front capital expenditure as access to these systems is typically available immediately, on a subscription basis. And with cloud-based delivery, you can get started right away, rather than having to wait weeks or months for your own LMS to be deployed.

Multi-Tenant Architecture

A more recent development in LMS technology is the availability of multi-tenant architecture. Where a single tenant architecture dedicated the entire software and hardware infrastructure for use by a single training audience, a multi-tenant LMS allows you to “spin up” new, customized instances of the application in order to create a unique learning experience for each of your training audiences.

This multi-tenant approach is particularly valuable for companies that plan to implement extended enterprise corporate training (training programs that include not just internal employees, but also entities such as customers, channel partners, and suppliers). Multitenancy is also preferred by third-party corporate training organizations who want to launch a private eLearning environment (portal) for each of their corporate clients.

The Benefits of a Concurrent Licensing Model for a Multi-Tenant LMS

For years, the software industry has been dominated by two distinct pricing models:

Named User Licensing

Under the Named User licensing model, you reserve a license for each individual who will need to access the LMS. As the term implies, each named user license is assigned to a single “named” software user and can only be used by that individual.

Concurrent User Licensing

With Concurrent user licensing, instead of reserving a spot for every person who will ever need to access the LMS, you only license a set number of seats. You know that not everyone will need to use the system at the same time, and some users will only need brief access to the system.

The LMS Portals Concurrent Pricing Model for Multitenancy

LMS Portals provides our clients and partners with a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch and manage private, customized eLearning environments (portals) for each of your unique training audiences.

The LMS Portals platform offers a concurrent user model in which your company can license a set number of portals and users of your choosing. You can then “spin up” and “tear down” new portal instances and user licenses and reallocate those licenses at the end of a training engagement. This cost-effective approach offers your organization the greatest possible licensing flexibility for managing your corporate training and eLearning programs.

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