Updated: Apr 25, 2021
As the corporate workplace continues to become a more complex and demanding environment, companies of all sizes and from just about every industry are increasing their efforts around corporate training and workplace development to ensure their employees have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in this climate.
But while in the past, most companies relied on instructor-led, classroom-based learning to accomplish their employee training goals, the emergence of new, cloud-based technologies combined with the growing trend toward remote workforces (a trend that was in motion, even before COVID-19) have made online learning, or “eLearning” the preferred approach to corporate training for many organizations.
The core technology that drives and supports eLearning or all kinds, including corporate training, is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”.
LMS Deployment Options
As your company is explores the corporate training possibilities eLearning offers, you will see that there a number of options available to you in choosing and deploying an LMS to support your program.
On-Premises v. Cloud-Based LMS
While some companies choose to deploy their LMS on-premises (self-hosted), they tend to be larger organizations that have the capital budget available to “stand up” the application themselves. They also have available resources (both labor and financial) to support the ongoing management and maintenance of the system.
Today, most small to mid-sized companies tend to go with a cloud-based LMS offered by a third-party vendor. This approach eliminates the need for a large, up-front spend and allows you to get started with learning management right away. Working with a subscription-based cloud LMS vendor also ensures that your are not overpaying for your use of the application as you simply choose a plan that meets your company’s current feature and capacity needs.
Single Tenant v. Multi-Tenant
In a single tenant LMS architecture and deployment, the entire infrastructure (software, hardware, and supporting components) is dedicated to a single instance of the application. This approach works best for organizations that only ever expect to support a single audience with their LMS.
In contrast, a multi-tenant LMS allows you to deploy and manage multiple instances of the application, all from a centralized administrative console. A multi-tenant LMS architecture is well-suited for any company that may need to support multiple, unique learning audiences through their corporate training program.
Multi-Tenant LMS Corporate Use Cases
Companies that are looking to deploy private, customized eLearning environments (portals) to support different training audiences may look to a multi-tenant LMS architecture to support this. Typically corporate use cases for this include:
Third-Party Corporate Training
If your organization serves as a third-party corporate training provider, you can leverage a multi-tenant LMS architecture to launch and manage a private eLearning environment for each of your clients.
You can leverage a multi-tenant LMS to offer each of your customers their own customized learning portal. Offering this can increase the value of your products and services and strengthen your relationship with the customer.
If your company works with channel partners, a multi-tenant LMS will allow you to deploy a private learning and training environment for each of your channel partners.
Companies that operate under a franchise model can utilize a multi-tenant LMS to create a learning portal for each of your franchisees and track their progress as your onboard them into your program.
LMS Branding with a Multi-Tenant Architecture
One of the powerful advantages a multi-tenant LMS provides is the ability to uniquely brand each of the portals you deploy. This branding ability adds value to your eLearning program while creating a level of comfort for your learners who see and experience their own corporate branding as they conduct their online learning activities.
LMS Portals: Cloud-Based LMS with a Multi-Tenant Architecture
LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows our clients and partners to launch and manage multiple private eLearning environments (portals) to support each of their unique learning audiences. Using our system, you can quickly and dynamically launch new learning portals, each with its own corporate branding and support technologies to optimize the eLearning experience.