Top Learning Management Systems — June 2020

Everything you need to know about Learning Management Systems so you can optimize new hire onboarding, increase employee engagement and retention, and build a better business in the process.

Learning management systems (LMS) are becoming increasingly popular at companies large and small. An LMS will allow your business to train new employees and teams on a variety of topics and skills. With an LMS, you can more efficiently onboard new hires and keep employees engaged, which will lead to increased productivity, higher retention rates, and a more successful company in the long run.

To really reap the benefits of an LMS, you need to make sure you invest in one that’s the right fit for your needs and budget. And in this guide, we’re going to help you figure that out a short list of the best learning management systems along with everything else you need to know when buiyng a new LMS. Let’s get started!

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After surveying the landscape, we came up with this short list of top learning management system vendors for you to talk to.

Trainual is a simple to use tool that allows organizations to document standard operating procedures across anything from pushing code to re-stocking. This is a great solution for smaller organizations that want to structure the necessary organizational knowledge for people to do their jobs, but doesn't want to invest the time and money into a full on learning management system.

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Docebo allows employees to drive their experience by choosing their learning paths based on skills they'd like to acquire. Managers can then understand the progress made by employees through a unified dashboard. Docebo is used by companies like Uber and WalMart.

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Lessonly allows teams from L&D to Sales to create and deploy effective learning materials to help new employees ramp faster through consistent training, and existing employees to get on the same page with best practices for their roles. It's easy to use, and has advanced features like an open API and webhooks for teams that want to have a deeper integration with existing technologies.

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Companies like Chemical Bank and Livongo use Bridge to engage employees with a learning management system that is tightly integrated to performance management. This means managers can assign continuing education materials that align directly with goals. You can leverage Bridge's content, third party content, or create your own courses.

Cornerstone's LMS is best known for servicing large enterprise customers who need a dependable solution to ensure employees stay up to date with certification requirements, evolve their skill sets, and can get access to a blended learning model of both in person and virtual learning.

LinkedIn Learning has a strong backbone of content from Lynda, one of the first online businesses from back in the 1990s that had several decades to assemble content around all types of business knowledge from soft to hard skills.

Technology is changing rapidly and it doesn't take long for even the best technical teams to fall behind.  PluralSight provides assessments, courses and testing for technologists to stay sharp on the latest in skills, languages, and the softer side of how to get work done.

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Go1 provides thousands of online courses to HR teams looking to help their people maintain certifications, grow their hard skills, and become more productive colleagues. While they do provide tools to manage learners, Go1 also integrates with many of the major LMS players so you can access their content from your existing or new learning management system - or just use them as the way your employees access content directly.

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At the end of the day, a learning management system can be great for your company as long as the platform you choose aligns with your learning/engagement objectives. So make a list of your must-haves and then run through that list on your demos so you can be confident in your investment.

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