Change can be tough.
Most humans are creatures of habit. We don't like to choose the new over the old, and we certainly don't like others moving our cheese. In fact, according to Harvard Business Review, we mortals balk at change for a litany of reasons: we fear more work, a loss of competence and a loss of control, among other negative outcomes.
But here's a little secret: sometimes, you know that you need a change. Badly. And the time to act was probably yesterday. Or the day before that.
This brings us to choosing a new Learning Management System (LMS). We understand if the thought of change makes you and your team uneasy. That's why we created Making the Switch: A Step-by-Step Guide to Replacing Your LMS.
Use our handy checklist to:
- Build the business case for a new LMS
- Identify the critical requirements of a new system
- Engage in a diligent selection process
- Ask the right questions of your vendors
- Consider implementation and change management in your decision
Why would you even need a new LMS?
If you're thinking of ditching your current LMS, you're not alone. Forty-four percent of organizations have plans to replace their existing learning management system, according to a recent study from Brandon Hall Group.
What are your needs with an LMS? Your search may have started because your existing solution isn't meeting your unique requirements. Or perhaps new business goals have been established and they will be impossible to meet without newer talent tech, like informal learning and employee engagement tools.
Ask vendors to bring their creative ‘A' game
Our guide will show you how to approach the vendors you eventually select for demos. This isn't the time to sit through canned demos that don't address your specific needs.
Using the critical requirements you identify (both existing and new), create a scripted demo you will ask vendors to walk through during their presentations. We think the ‘A' players will emerge pretty easily, making your decision all that more solid.
Ready to get started with the not-so-scary process of change? We're with you all the way. Download Making the Switch: A Step-by-Step Guide to Replacing Your LMS today!
You can also check out our on-demand webinar, "R.I.P. Outdated LMS: Make Way for Modern Learning" with David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst with Brandon Hall Group and I. We discussed the evolving learning technology landscape and key strategies for finding the right LMS for your organization. David is full of valuable information, especially if you're out shopping for an learning management system.