Learn more about open source training management systems
Training administrators looking for ways to streamline their processes may consider an open source training management system. This is a blueprint learning management system (LMS) software application that can be purchased off-the-shelf, then customized based on an individual company's needs. While unlimited customization options for your LMS are tempting, there are some significant drawbacks of using this approach as opposed to a vendor-hosted application.
Open Source Training Management System - Pros and Cons
The only upside to using an open source training management system is that you do have the ability to completely customize the LMS based on your company's needs. Some of the concerns with this option are:
- Who will customize it?
- How will you decide what approach to use?
- Who will do the troubleshooting when things go wrong?
- How much of a learning curve is involved with programming LMS software?
- In times of staff turnover, who will train the new tech staff on your LMS?
Vendor-Hosted Training Management System - Pros and Cons
With a vendor-hosted LMS, you do have fewer options for customizing the software for your organization. That said, the options are really endless and just about anything you could need or want to do, are likely possible with a vendor-hosted approach. The primary advantages of a vendor hosted LMS are that you don't have to spend your time, energy, and money on figuring out the LMS and programming it. Instead, you can focus on the objective of the LMS which is managing content and training data. Your staff can pick up the phone and call someone for help if there's ever an issue. Furthermore, because a vendor hosted company does this every single day, they are going to know what to do quickly. They will also have proven solutions to many of your concerns after working with multiple training departments and other organizations.
Try a Vendor Hosted LMS
Before you commit to a purchase of any LMS, Litmos offers a free trial. Having the chance to experience a vendor hosted LMS will help you decide if this is the right option for you. With over four million users across the globe, they might very well have the training management system that you need.