Corporate training has always been an industry of significant size. But over the past decade or so, as the demand for effective corporate training and employee development has accelerated, so too has the demand for services from corporate training companies. These third-party training organizations provide the technology, content, and services that many businesses simply cannot fulfill using in-house talent and resources.
Another development in recent years is the shift from in-person corporate training to electronic-based learning, often referred to as “eLearning.” Most companies today prefer an eLearning-based approach to corporate training as it eliminates many of the high costs associated with in-person training, such as travel, lodging, catering, and the cost to print and distribute training materials.
And with eLearning, there is no need to pull your employees away from their work duties to attend training sessions as it allows them to conduct their training activities at an time and from any place. All that is required is an Internet connection.
Learning Management Systems for Corporate eLearning
The core technology that supports all types of eLearning programs, including corporate eLearning and training, is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”. An LMS is the application that is used to build, deliver, manage, and track your corporate eLearning program.
Any company that is considering the deployment of an LMS is faced with several options:
On-Premises vs. SaaS-Based
While some companies choose to “stand up” an LMS on their own servers (known as “on-premises”), they tend to be very large organizations that have the capital required for the large initial investment in software, hardware, and other supporting infrastructure. They also have the labor available for the ongoing management and maintenance of the system.
Today, it is far more common for a company to work with a third-party SaaS provider to access the LMS features and capacity they need over the Internet. This approach eliminates the need for a large, up-front investment and shifts the responsibility for the ongoing management of the system to the SaaS LMS vendor.
Single Tenant vs. Multi-Tenant
A relatively recent development in LMS technology is in the availability of multi-tenant architecture. Whereas a single-tenant LMS assigns the entirely of its infrastructure to supporting a single audience, a multi-tenant LMS allows an administrator to launch and manage a dedicated instance of the application for each audience.
A multi-tenant LMS is ideally suited for an organization that is rolling out an Extended Enterprise training program. It is also a good choice for outsourced training providers, as it allows them to manage a dedicated corporate eLearning environment for each of their clients.
LMS Portals: A Multi-Tenant LMS for Outsourced Corporate Training Providers
At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant LMS that allows an administrator to launch and manage a dedicated, customized eLearning environment (portal) for each of their unique audiences. Each portal includes a powerful course development engine, along with robust tools for user onboarding, learning path creation, group management, live remote training, assignment management, certificate awarding, analytics, and more.
We also provide offer a library of 140+ ready-made and brandable courses, covering most every aspect of corporate training and employee development. Combining ready-made training content with powerful LMS technology enables us to provide our outsourced corporate training partners with a turnkey offering to their clients.