4 Key Benefits a Cloud LMS Can Offer Your Company
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A significant part of business management is knowing how to provide the right tools, knowledge, and resources that your employees, business partners, and even clients need. A learning management system, or LMS, sets out to provide companies with education in an efficient and convenient way.
But let’s say you’re tasked with choosing your organization’s next LMS. Should you install one locally, or do you turn to a cloud-based learning management system? While the decision depends on circumstances, industry, and other factors, the majority of companies will find the benefits of a cloud-based LMS enticing.
Let’s discuss what a cloud LMS can do for your business, especially if both budget and efficiency are high priorities for you.
Defining a “Cloud LMS”
Adopting a cloud learning management system negates the need to invest in dedicated hardware and software. Your business takes advantage of an LMS without spending resources on system maintenance or updates, which your cloud provider will supply.
Many companies sell remote LMS technologies in a “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model. You pay a regular subscription fee for full access to all the features. Users can access the content through a web login using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.
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The Benefits of Cloud-Based Training
So why do so many companies both large and small choose this arrangement over building their own LMS? There are many benefits to cloud training:
Because your vendor sets up and maintains the server technology required for an LMS, the initial investment for you, the client company, is virtually nonexistent. In fact, most services only charge for the time you use the LMS.
In the long term, the automatic updates, maintenance, support, and scalability helps reduce training costs down the line.
Like many “as a Service” platforms, cloud LMSs usually allow a free trial period before committing to a purchase. Business managers get a chance to test the LMS and see whether it conforms to their requirements.
Free trials are especially common in cloud services, as they function as a proof of concept for the client and help build trust in the vendor.
There’s no need to install or configure new software and hardware when using a cloud LMS. A simple login from any web-enabled device, whether a smartphone or laptop, is enough to access all the materials.
Because most workflows already exist online in some form, from Google Documents to Dropbox, adoption time is smooth and simple for a cloud LMS.
Think about where you will be taking your cloud LMS in the future. Your business will likely grow and gain new employees, partners, and clients. What happens when you need additional training?
Expanding an on-site server system for an LMS involves buying and maintaining extra hardware. The same process in the cloud requires no effort on behalf of the client company.
Steps You Can Take Toward LMS Integration
Developing virtual IT labs for software training over the Internet usually involves the following:
- Defining your learning objectives and generating course content that aligns with them
- Arranging the content into individual courses
- Enrolling participants and instructors if applicable
- Generating feedback on course completion, engagement, and performance
- Making changes to the course if necessary based on user feedback
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Thanks to cloud LMS technology, your company can focus on building effective training content, while the vendor handles technical support and maintenance.
Choosing an online learning management system is a large step towards streamlining your business’s workflow and saving on costs without compromising quality.
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