In recent years, online learning, or “eLearning” has emerged to become a significant component for any corporate training program. As the corporate workplace continues to increase in complexity, effective corporate training has become crucial for the development of employee skills and building a strong corporate culture that will put your organization in the best possible position to attract and retain a high level of talent.
Fortunately for corporate trainers and eLearning managers, recent (and continuing) innovations in cloud-based technologies have increased the number of options available to support your eLearning programs. And many of these offerings are now affordable for even the smallest businesses.
Learning Management System Options for Corporate Training
The foundation of any eLearning program, including corporate training, is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”. This is the software application that is used to build, deliver, and track your eLearning-based corporate training program. As you evaluate the various LMS options available to run your corporate training program, there are two primary options to consider.
Cloud Based v. On-Premises
An on-premises approach to LMS deployment is one in which the company chooses to “stand up” the LMS on their own servers. While this approach does offer a great deal of flexibility, it is most often the choice of very large organizations who have the resources available (both financial and labor) to deploy and manage the system on an ongoing basis.
A cloud-based LMS deployment, on the other hand, is one in which your company would choose to work with a third-party vendor in order to access an LMS application over the cloud, via an Internet browser. Under this approach, all of the LMS infrastructure is provided and managed by the cloud vendor, thus eliminating the need for a large, up-front investment. And the cloud vendor assumes the responsibility for managing the system and ensuring its availability and security. A cloud-based LMS also allows you to get started right away by simply choosing a plan and paying for this service on a subscription basis.
Multi-Tenant v. Single Tenant
With a single tenant LMS deployment, all of the LMS software and supporting hardware is dedicated to a single audience. And while a single tenant LMS does offer a high level of customization, it restricts the use of the system to that single audience, thus delivering the same look-and-feel and learning experience across (what can be) a diverse group of users.
In contrast, a multi-tenant LMS allows a corporate training administrator to “spin up” new instance of the LMS on-demand in order to meet the unique needs of multiple training audiences. A multi-tenant architecture is ideal for any company that needs to provide eLearning-based training for audiences that can include employees, customers, and partners as each training environment (portal) can be branded and customized to meet the needs of that audience.
A multi-tenant LMS is also well-suited for corporate training and consulting organizations that are looking to monetize their knowledge and training expertise through eLearning and want to provide a branded and customized experience for each of their clients.
LMS Portals: An eLearning Platform for Training Multiple Audiences
LMS Portals is a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows our clients and partners to quickly and easily deploy online learning environments to support multiple audiences, on-demand. Using LMS portals, your corporate training administrator can launch a new, customized training portal in minutes. And each portal you launch can have its own unique branding, user onboarding system, messaging and collaboration tools, analytics engine, and more.