2 Reasons Why Cloud Training In Large Enterprises Does Not Work

If you read the news, it would seem that ‘the cloud’ is taking over the business world, and all of our processes will live there eventually, including training and development. Not so fast. While it’s true that the cloud has some wonderful features that are prime for certain business models, it is naïve to think that it is the "be all and end all" for every company.

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How Much Will You Really Pay For Your New LMS? Part I: Cloud LMS – A True Cost Analysis

The cloud is essentially software and services that run on the internet instead of a computer. Examples include Netflix, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, and Microsoft Office 365. And, of course, there are training systems now on the cloud as well. Here is what you need to need to have in mind if you consider buying a cloud-based Learning Management System for your organization.

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How To Effectively Use Your Corporate LMS For Team Training Needs

This article will discuss a solution for team training when a corporate wide LMS does not work as needed and training demands require granular, departmental, group, or team control in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.

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5 Advantages Of A SharePoint-Based LMS

An LMS-SharePoint fusion offers the cost-effectiveness of a SaaS LMS solution and lower hardware, software, integration, administration, and user adoption costs than a non-SharePoint-based on-premise alternative. SharePoint adopters will also appreciate the risk avoidance and compliance management offered by an on-premise solution like ShareKnowledge, which cannot be matched by a SaaS LMS solution. Adding an LMS to work as a part of SharePoint gives users an enterprise content and learning management solution with benefits much greater than the sum of its parts.

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4 Ways To Extend SharePoint Workflows And Version Control

SharePoint’s workflows and version control capabilities help learning managers address many critical L&D challenges. To get even more value from these features, all you need to do is integrate SharePoint with a powerful Learning Management System.

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Why Salesforce LMS Integration Could Be The Future Of Your Learning Management System

Salesforce LMS Integration Explained

An LMS on its own is something that can keep staff better informed, ensure that channel partners and customers are up-to-date with the latest product information and guarantee that all employees have taken the latest compliance tests. This, at least, is a very simple explanation of what an LMS can do for you and is what a basic, non-customized learning management system, such as Moodle, performs. However it is integrations with popular software and applications that truly give your LMS legs and unlock its true power. Integrations give your LMS the ability to work alongside and support programs and systems that your company uses on a daily basis and that, on the face of it, have nothing to do with training. Salesforce claims to be the world’s most popular CRM, so it is important that something as fundamental to a company’s success - training - to be closely linked with it.

Paradiso LMS

Quite aside from simply managing and delivering training for educational establishments and businesses, Paradiso LMS, the learning management system from Paradiso Solutions, has a number of features that make it quite a lot more than just an LMS. It has a built in authoring tool, Paradiso Composer, for creating courses from scratch. It has various social learning features that bear more resemblance to Facebook than to classic eLearning. Most importantly from an instructor’s point of view is that you can run highly detailed reports and track your learners’ progress with ease. Salesforce LMS integration gives Paradiso LMS a huge boost by consolidating key aspects of your CRM and LMS in one place, where they are easily accessible.

Why Salesforce CRM

Salesforce is the planet’s premier CRM system and is used by thousands of companies, with millions of active users. Although split into various business units, Salesforce still has the largest market share of any CRM with a capitalization of $50bn. It invests heavily in philanthropy and especially marketing, having not reported a GAAP profit since it was founded in 1999. Salesforce has been recognized as the world’s most innovative company five times and is one of America’s most commercially successful cloud-based organizations. In short, it’s something that many, many different companies across the world use in some capacity and it makes perfect sense to integrate both training and customer relationship management.

As previously explained integrations are what gives your LMS the edge it needs to really carve out its own place in your company. The tools and apps that you use everyday to coordinate, design, implement, share, collaborate, schedule or record tasks and information can indeed work with your LMS in such a way that they help streamline the company, foster growth and reduce operating costs. After all, training your employees and ensuring that everyone is on the same page and has the information they need to do their job right is one of the most important facets of a sustainable business.

Paradiso LMS has been designed to work seamlessly with the programs that you use everyday, in such a way as to complement how they help your business. Part of this is our integration with Salesforce, which consolidates the power of both your CRM and LMS and streamlines the experience, giving you access to your training, learner records and data from the Salesforce dashboard, as well as instant access to over 5000 courses from the Paradiso Course Library.

Features Of Salesforce LMS Integration

Paradiso Solutions Salesforce LMS integration includes Single Sign On (SSO), so you need only one set of login credentials to access both platforms and there is no need to switch between the two. Training is embedded within the Salesforce platform and all you have to do to access it is click on the training tab on the dashboard. This tab also lets you view learner records and data and run custom reports and analytics, drawing on data from both your LMS and Salesforce. From the dashboard you can launch and assign courses, view eLearning material and use social tools.

One difficult side of maintaining so many different systems - HRIS, LMS, CRM etc. - is that employee, partner or customer information sometimes gets out of sync if these systems are not coordinated. Our Salesforce LMS integration automatically synchronizes this information whenever a new individual is added to the CRM or a registered user completes a course or milestone in the LMS. This way you can be sure that the most up-to-date information is always where it needs to be, and that hugely important information such as compliance is passed on to your CRM.

Collaboration Is Key

A big part of all new learning management systems is social learning and group collaboration, as it is now accepted that learner engagement and knowledge retention are strengthened through working together, and learning continues even in social environments away from the classroom. Paradiso LMS Salesforce integration works alongside Salesforce Communities, Chatter and Partner Portal, bringing the social aspects of your CRM to your LMS.

Paradiso Solutions Salesforce LMS integration is a complete solution for your company. Paradiso works with you to help you decide which features suit your needs, and how we can best combine the powers of Salesforce and Paradiso LMS for the benefit of your company.

By setting up these two platforms to work together you are streamlining two integral parts of your business, which can in turn have an effect on revenue. Your LMS takes on a host of new and exciting features and becomes an even more valued cog in the overall system. This adds a great deal of value and acts as a safeguard for the future of your learning management system within the company.

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Leveraging The Power Of SharePoint LMS Integration

The Power Of SharePoint LMS Integration

Microsoft SharePoint is Microsoft’s tool for company-wide collaboration and is fast on its way to being one of the most popular cloud-based collaboration tools available. Close to 80% of Fortune 500 companies use some form of SharePoint, and brings in well over $2 billion annually for Microsoft. Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful tool for content management, social networking and even workflow management, and in its latest releases has introduced a number of features that directly relate to training, like social features such as collaboration and discussion forums.

The benefits of Microsoft SharePoint, and by extension SharePoint LMS integration, for an organization are many, as are the reasons for its success. Collaboration has been proved again and again to increase employee engagement and retention of knowledge, not to mention the creativity that working with your teammates towards a common goal can breed. Microsoft SharePoint works with Microsoft Office 365 (although the two aren’t bundled together), and for this reason it is immediately accessible on an intuitive level for most people who have ever used a PC. If you know your way around Microsoft Office, then you can right away begin to collaborate, share and create.

In recent updates of SharePoint the focus has been shifted towards creating a social environment in which employees feel relaxed and comfortable, and have the necessary tools to hand to encourage collaboration and productivity. This social dimension of an LMS is a relatively recent thing, but has gained much traction in the world of eLearning over recent years. With advances in eLearning technology such as Tin Can api and a wealth of systems that incorporate it, social and informal learning are playing an increasingly bigger part in learning management systems.

Ask any head of training and they would probably tell you that the biggest problem they face is learner engagement. eLearning courses that stick to the traditional methods of instructor-led classroom-based training are simply not yielding the same results as those that incorporate more social and informal elements.

We can learn anywhere. We learn from reading an informative, relevant article, or watching a stimulating video. Most importantly we learn from interacting with others, from sharing information and encouraging creativity. It is at this crossroads that the worlds of the learning management system and collaboration software such as SharePoint meet. This fertile ground of mutual learning and cooperation can be expanded through many of the features available in SharePoint and any top LMS, but together they have the potential to magnify it significantly.

Independently SharePoint is a powerful tool for encouraging collaboration, but it was not designed to be an LMS, and so lacks many of the features - specially designed for this purpose - that make an LMS the best option for training your workforce or partners. Likewise an LMS is designed with training in mind and the social aspect, although becoming more and more prevalent with learning management systems, has some way to go to reach what SharePoint offers. This is why developers are seeking to integrate SharePoint with an LMS further to leverage the best features of both. If you as an organization are as serious as you should be about training and developing the skills of your workforce, then an LMS is a must. SharePoint on its own just doesn’t have the same functionalities as an LMS in terms of training.

6 Advantages an LMS has over SharePoint for training

Below are some advantages an LMS has over SharePoint for training:

  1. Performance Tracking and Management
    The ability of the instructors or talent managers to track progress and achievements through their learning is hugely important. It helps build a picture of the learner and provides instructors with data needed to determine future learning paths. Compliance is also a big factor.
  2. Learning Paths
    With an LMS you can set customized learning paths for individuals or groups. This gives direction and helps the employee or partner to achieve their potential through the provision of relevant training.
  3. Reporting
    While SharePoint does have the option to send out quizzes to users to gather feedback, there is no custom report function allowing you to mine critical information about progress and the effectiveness of your training.
  4. SCORM Compliance
    Without the aid of a plugin or LMS customization, SharePoint cannot produce the SCORM-compliant material needed for industry standard eLearning courses.
  5. Dynamic eLearning Content
    As the main function of SharePoint is not to provide eLearning content, some key features are missing that can truly help boost learner engagement. Some of these are awarding certifications, gamification and blended learning.
  6. eCommerce                                                                                                                                                                                  Integration with LMS eCommerce enables you to easily sell any course content you create online, letting you boost revenue through sales.

So the next logical step is Microsoft SharePoint LMS integration to get the best out of both platforms. Single Sign On shows that there is a seamless transition between SharePoint and your learning management system - once logged into one platform you don’t need any extra login details for the other. From the SharePoint dashboard there will be a tab for your training, and from there you can view and assign courses, create and run custom reports on eLearning data and work collaboratively with other e-learners, among many other perks.

With SharePoint LMS integration you can also work on raw eLearning content - such as documents, videos and images - in SharePoint and import it to the LMS to to finalize as SCORM-compliant. Assignment content in SharePoint can be linked with the LMS, meaning that when it is altered at all in SharePoint then these modifications are reflected in the LMS.

Overall the benefits are plain in favor Microsoft SharePoint LMS integration. The social aspects of both, SharePoint’s accessibility and intuitive ease of use and the performance management and custom learning capabilities of the LMS together form a powerful package. By smartly playing to the strengths of both platforms you will foster an environment in which collaboration, creativity and engagement play vital roles in both the development of your workforce or partners, and the performance of your company.

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