When To Switch Your LMS

person-thinkingEvery organization has a set of tools that they use regularly, including software.

For example, many will use Microsoft Office for word processing and presentation creation.

In the elearning context a company may use Adobe Captivate.

To deliver these courses they will use a learning management system.

All of these tools are replaceable. But how does an organization know when it’s time to replace them – specifically the LMS?

The implications of changing a learning management system are quite massive. The bigger the organizatoin the more there is at stake. In other words, the switch from one platform to another must be warranted.

There are numerous reasons why changing an LMS is a good idea. First (and probably most obvious) is if you’re not happy with it anymore. If you’re not happy with something, no sense in continuing to use it, right? ūüôā

But let’s focus on some other reasons why you making an LMS switch might be a good idea.

Cannot align with organizational strategy

As organizations evolve, so do their strategies for business. It’s always a good idea to ensure that the¬†tools compliment the strategies put into place.

For example, if an organization is going to start implementing social learning as a way of employee onboarding, then the LMS should align with this directive. If it does not, then it may be time to switch.

Isn’t the right option for the organization’s size

This goes both ways and applies whether an organization suddenly grows or shrinks. There are LMS options out there that cater to large enterprises and also to small businesses.

There isn’t a all encompassing LMS to my knowledge – eventually there will come a tipping point.

Niche specific LMS is available

Depending on the industry there may be an LMS that is built specifically for what an organization does. In some ways this relates to the first reason relating to alignment of organizational strategy.

An LMS that is tailored to an organization’s industry is better built for the demands that the organization will encounter. Not that other solutions aren’t good options. The niche option¬†is just better.

I’m sure you can think of additional reasons why making an LMS switch makes good business sense.

If you are in charge of making the¬†switch for your organization then make sure you do your homework. The last thing you want is to move to a solution that ultimately isn’t the right fit. You’ll end up having to go through the same process all over again.

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

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