SaaS (Software as a Service) technology offers a great opportunity for companies to move forward with effective corporate training programs while eliminating the need for a large, up-front capital investment. A SaaS-based approach to eLearning also removes the need to gather your employees in a single location all at once (which can be very challenging) and eliminates many of the major costs associated with corporate training, such as travel instructor fees, and the printing and distribution of training materials.
In addition to convenience and cost-effectiveness, a SaaS-based approach to eLearning and corporate can provide other benefits that include:
SaaS-based eLearning technologies allow your learners to access the training content they need, when and where they need it. All that is required is an Internet connection. This approach is well-suited for “Just-in-Time” and contextual-based learning.
One of the challenges of traditional training for learners is in the need to keep up with the pace set by instructors. SaaS-based training eliminates this need by allowing learners to work at their own pace. They can even revisit content multiple times before proceeding to the next section of the course.
While self-hosted eLearning technologies require your team to handle the ongoing management and maintenance of the system (increasing your total cost of ownership, or “TCO”), SaaS-based technologies shift this responsibility to the SaaS vendor.
SaaS vendors can typically offer a level of security that most companies cannot achieve on their own. And SaaS vendors can make this high level of security affordable as they can spread their costs across their entire client base.
SaaS-Based Learning Management Systems
The foundational 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, and track your online corporate training and eLearning program.
While LMS technology has been around for many years, more companies now prefer a SaaS-based approach, which enables them to gain access to an LMS application through a third-party SaaS vendor. This eliminates the need to “stand up” you own LMS and the capital expense required to accomplish this. In addition, SaaS LMS vendors assume full responsibility for the ongoing management and maintenance of the system, thus allowing your organization to focus on the creation and delivery of great corporate training programs.
Multi-Tenant SaaS Systems for Corporate Training
A more recent development in LMS technology is in the ability to leverage a multi-tenant LMS architecture. While a single tenant LMS allocates the entire infrastructure to a single training audience, a multi-tenant LMS allows the administrator to “spin up” new instances of the application in order to create a private, customized eLearning environment (portal) for each of your audiences. Multitenancy is especially valuable for extended enterprise corporate training and for third-party corporate trainers and consultants who want to isolate the learning environments for each of their clients.
LMS Portals: SaaS Pricing Model for Multi-Tenant LMS
LMS Portals provides our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch and manage private eLearning environments on-demand. Each portal you launch can have its own branding and includes powerful tools for category and course building, user onboarding, learner collaboration, analytics, and more.
To make our platform as cost-effective as possible, we offer a Concurrent Usage pricing model. Under this model, you choose the number of portals and users that will meet your training needs and you can “spin up” and “tear down” training portals as needed. Anytime you retire a training portal, the portal and user count are returned to your license pool and made available for reallocation for future training sessions.