Updated: Apr 25
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software platform that provides the framework to manage all aspects of the online learning process, including the building and delivery of your online courses and the tracking of participation and usage statistics. In recent years, as cloud-based technologies have continued to evolve, eLearning utilizing LMS platforms has emerged as a cornerstone for all types of learning programs, including corporate learning and training.
Types of Learning Management Systems
For a long time, the biggest distinction between the types of LMSs available on the market was on-premises v. cloud-based. An on-premises LMS is one in which your organization builds or purchases the software to run on your on servers and infrastructure. A cloud-based LMS, on the other hand, is delivered as a web-based application by a third-party LMS vendor, typically on a subscription basis.
But as corporate eLearning needs have continued to evolve, a new distinction has arisen in the LMS space: single tenant v multi-tenant.
A single tenant LMS is a traditional form of software delivery in which a single instance of the application is allocated for each customer. The single tenant has its own supporting architecture, including a dedicated database.
A multi-tenant LMS represents a more recent option in the LMS market in which multiple instances of the application are served to support each of your individual clients. The multi-tenant then stores the client data in the same, shared place. But while everyone is leveraging the same architecture, it is partitioned so that each company maintains its own specific area to store its data.
The Benefits of a Multi-Tenant LMS
For many companies, this ability to “spin up” new instances of the LMS application on-demand provides significant benefit for their business model. This is especially true for:
Training organizations that need to be able to dynamically deploy new instances of the LMS in support of new customers they bring on
Large organizations that want to segment and scale their eLearning programs through the use of separate and distinct learning environments, often based on division, department, or location
However, any company considering the use of a multi-tenant LMS in support of its corporate eLearning program can benefit from the ability to:
Dynamically launch new eLearning environments as needs arise
Scale your eLearning program cleanly and efficiently
Brand and customize each instance of the LMS application
Independently manage and monitor your various learning audiences
Leverage a centralized console for eLearning management across multiple unique audiences
Ensure that updates and upgrades to the LMS applications are made instantly available across all of your deployed environments
LMS Portals: A Multi-Tenant LMS for Corporate Training and eLearning
LMS Portals provides our clients and partners with a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that enables the dynamic deployment of multiple eLearning environments to support unique learning audiences. Using LMS Portals, you can quickly “spin up” new eLearning environments to support each of your clients or audiences. And each portal you launch can have its own unique branding, user onboarding, messaging and collaboration tools, analytics, and more.