An LMS used to be a very significant investment for any business. It still is, but in recent years the scale of the investment has changed. In times past if you wanted a cutting edge learning management system it required sitting down with a designer, working with him or her to build a piece of software that you’d install, host and maintain or pay the designer to… when a business decided to invest in an LMS they were deciding to embark on what was a potentially long and expensive process. These days that needn’t be the case. The cost of hosting has plummeted, cloud computing means the rollout of software is easy, quick and sidesteps many of the issues of compatibility and installation that previously would have been of primary concern to anyone considering purchasing a learning management system. The upshot of these changes means that proper, functionally diverse and user friendly systems like ours (https://www.seamscloud.com/) are now easy to adopt, affordable to use and are no longer the exclusive preserve of major companies – even SMEs can experience the benefits of properly managed, focused and technologically cutting-edge training. But just because you can, that doesn’t mean you should, right? Here’s 5 reasons to consider it:
1) LMSs Save Time & Money:
Training takes time, and it costs money. You have several options: you can leave the coalface of your business and produce your own training content instead of working for your customers and clients, or you can reach into your wallet and outsource to external contractors who’ll sweep in for a half day or a day, collect their money and leave. And of course, it’s not just you that’s spending your time on administrating the training; your employees, when taking the training, end up leaving behind their own duties and roles in your organisation to actually take the training! With a modern cloud LMS you can schedule training and enrol employees in essential or optional training, they’ll be automatically notified and they can access the training remotely from any device at a time that they know will least impact the performance of their duties. It couldn’t be simpler.
2) Improve Employee Access and Engagement:
It’s a common story, especially for resource-stretched SMEs; you pay good money to bring in a trainer, you take your staff away from the performance of their duties to sit with him or her, he/she engages, excites, offers real insights and ideas for your business… then people leave the training environment and life intervenes. The bigger picture of the insights is lost in catching up after the duties put on hold for the training itself, responding to client/customer queries, and generally performing the multiple and varied duties of anyone involved in business. With a modern cloud LMS your employees don’t need to take time out from their jobs all at once, or when it’s convenient to an external contractor. They can access their training from their desktop, tablet – even their smartphone! – at a time when it’s most convenient to them. You’re putting the responsibility for their own training into the hands of your employees (often they can even request other training courses), increasing staff engagement with the entire training process.
3) Control and Insight:
Money spent on training is wasted if it doesn’t achieve results. Studying training results used to be a job in itself; the results of courses, feedback from learners, collating the data, studying it and (most importantly) using it to plan future training was work that was often long-fingered and postponed and unfortunately sometimes never done at all, especially in smaller organisations. With an LMS, the data is automatically recorded and analysed, reports can be generated at the click of a mouse and exported to Excel or whatever application you use to store information. You’ll see immediately what courses work best, who they work best for, who else might benefit and what areas of your staff training need work.
Maybe you’re a SME, with a small office and a tight, adaptable staff. Maybe you’re a larger organisation with a wider geographical spread. Either way, a cloud LMS will generally be built on a modular design that you can tailor to suit your organisation. That’s especially true of Seams Cloud, our own cloud LMS system, which rather than having evolved from the received wisdom of trainer-specific systems is built in answer to real business need – you can add new locations and departments quickly and easily directly from the dashboard, designing as you go a system that will exactly mirror your real-world organisation map. The cloud hosting also means the system will be scalable, so your virtual training network will grow as your business does.
5) Installation & Affordability:
These factors used to be barriers (especially for SMEs) in investing in a proper learning management system. Cloud computing has really removed them as obstacles. With a cloud system, it’s often simply a matter of signing up for the service, then immediately you’re in! You can start signing up employees, importing course content (or in our case if you need to – but only if you need to! – purchasing content directly from us). You pay a subscription on the basis of enrolled users, there’s no huge investment required in development or hosting, and compatibility issues with your existing software infrastructure are minimised. As a general rule (and certainly in our case) you can access our system through any standard internet browser, be it on your PC, tablet or smartphone.
These are 5 simple reasons why an LMS would benefit your organisation or why previously insurmountable barriers are no longer issues. Here’s a last one as a bonus, specific to Seams Cloud: You can try it here for free!