Updated: Apr 25
As the global corporate marketplace becomes more competitive, companies of all sizes and from all industries are increasingly turning to online learning, or “eLearning” for employee training and skills development. While in years past, classroom-based training served as the backbone for most corporate training programs, advancements in cloud-based technologies combined with increasingly remote workforces (a trend that was already in place, even before COVID-19) have made eLearning the preferred training approach for most businesses today.
And while the introduction of eLearning saw most companies working with on-premise deployments of a learning management system (LMS), this model tends to work best for larger organizations that have the resources (both financial and labor) required to “stand up” an LMS on their own servers.
Today, companies are increasingly looking to third-party companies that SaaS-based LMS delivery in a subscription model.
Subscription-Based SaaS Models
Software as a service, or “SaaS” is a delivery model in which a centrally hosted application is made available to customers. Any company that offers its software under this approach is referred to as a SaaS company. Most SaaS companies make their software available on a subscription basis, meaning their clients choose a licensing plan that provides the features and bandwidth required to meet their needs.
For customers, a subscription model is convenient in that it eliminates the need to lay out large amounts of capital to “stand up” their own applications. It also makes scaling the use of the software easy as companies can choose larger subscription plans as their needs grow.
For the SaaS vendor, a subscription model offers certainty and predictability through the creation of revenue streams.
The Subscription Model for Learning Management System Delivery
Like many technologies, learning management systems were first available for on-premises delivery but have evolved to where many (if not most) companies now prefer to acquire the use of an LMS application in a subscription model.
In addition to eliminating the need for a large, up-front expense to host your own LMS, the subscription model minimizes the time required to go into production with your corporate eLearning program as many LMS subscription vendors can have you up-and-running in a matter of minutes.
And in working with a SaaS-based subscription vendor, you gain the certainty of always working with the “latest and greatest” in LMS technology, without having to manage upgrades and maintenance yourself.
Multitenancy in Learning Management
A more recent development in SaaS-based LMS delivery is in the availability of a multi-tenant architecture on a subscription basis. While a single tenant LMS dedicates the entirety of the infrastructure to use by a single learning audience, a multi-tenant LMS allows you to “spin up” new instances of the application to support each of your individual learning audiences with customized portals. This multi-tenant approach can offer a more effective way to segment and scale your program while creating a unique and “private” online learning experience for each of your corporate audiences.
LMS Portals: Subscription-Based LMS with SaaS Delivery
LMS Portals provides our clients with a SaaS-based LMS platform that is available on a subscription basis. In working with our platform, our corporate training clients can choose a subscription plan that best meets their current needs. You can choose to increase your use of the platform as your needs grow over time.
And through its multi-tenant architecture, LMS Portals allows you to launch and manage new portals on-demand in order to create a branded and customized learning experience for each of your corporate training audiences.