eLearning Pricing Models for a Multi-Tenant LMS

Updated: Apr 25


eLearning Pricing Models for Multi-Tenant LMS

In recent years, the implementation of corporate training programs has grown exponentially as more companies (of all sizes and from most every industry) are realizing the benefits of employee training and development. At the same time, the availability of new and powerful cloud-based technologies, combined with increasingly remote workforces (a trend that was in place even before COVID-19) have made eLearning the preferred approach to corporate eLearning and training.


The foundational technology that supports all types of eLearning, including online corporate training, is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”. And while LMS technology has been around for quite some time, recent developments in delivery and architecture options have emerged that are particularly well-suited for corporate eLearning and training.


The Challenge of Offering Corporate Training to Multiple Audiences

One of the major trends in corporate eLearning is in the need to offer online training to multiple audiences, each with unique training requirements. This need, often referred to as “Extended Enterprise Learning”, calls for the development of a training program that can effectively target, not just your internal employees, but additional audiences that can include your customers, channel partners, suppliers, and other entities.


At the same time, third-party training and consulting organizations are being increasingly utilized as outsourced providers for corporate eLearning. And, like extended enterprise learning managers, require an LMS that can easily and cost-effectively accommodate the needs of multiple training audiences.


Multi-Tenant LMS for Multiple Audience Training

A multi-tenant LMS is a relatively new development in LMS architecture. Unlike a single tenant LMS, which dedicated its entire software and hardware infrastructure for a single audience, a multi-tenant LMS allows the administrator to “spin up” new instances of the application on-demand. This allows for the creation of unique, branded eLearning environments (portals) to optimize the online learning experience for each of your training audiences.


A multi-tenant LMS offers a centralized approach to the manage any number of LMS instances with a “Super Admin” in charge of the entire infrastructure and having the ability to “spin up” and “tear down” each portal as needed.

In addition, Super Admins can generate analytics and share reports for each portal from their central dashboard.


Concurrent eLearning Pricing Model for a Multi-Tenant LMS Platform

Pricing for multi-tenant LMS offerings typically includes two components:


User Pricing- The amount you pay for the number of learners who will be accessing your portals


Portal Pricing- The amount you pay for the number of portals that you need to deploy


And to set this pricing, the industry offers two standard pricing models:


Named User Model- Under the Named User model, you reserve a license for each individual who will need to access the LMS and for each audience that will be deployed a portal. As the term implies, each named user license is assigned to a single “named” software user or entity and can only be used by that individual (in the case of a user) or group (in the case of a portal).


Concurrent User Model- Under the Concurrent User model, the vendor offers you a set limit on the number of users and portals that you can have deployed at any given time. You can then “spin up” and “tear down” training portals and reallocate that capacity as needed. This model works well for third-party corporate training and consulting vendors or for any organization that anticipates the need to set up training environments for a finite period of time.


LMS Portals: Concurrent eLearning Pricing Model for LMS Deployments

LMS Portals provides our clients and partners with a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that offers a concurrent usage licensing model. Using our platform, you can quickly and easily launch and manage new private eLearning environments (portals) on-demand. And each portal you launch can have its own unique branding, categories and courses, user onboarding, collaboration tools, analytics engine, and more.


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