Since the late 1990s, LMSs have helped organizations automate their learning programs by providing resources online. More recently, LMSs have evolved from a system of record to a tool that supports continuous learning with the learner experience at the forefront.
Creating a positive learner experience can be a challenge as learning environments today are more complex than ever. Many LMS deployments are now global, spanning multiple locations and learners. Cloud-based learning allows leaders of learning and development to deliver a comprehensive learning solution to their organizations and engage more employees by providing a rich learner experience. Implementing Cloud-based learning solutions eases geographic challenges and offers numerous benefits related to cost savings, implementation, management and more.
Before selecting a Cloud-based learning provider, you should understand all the benefits and be prepared to ask potential providers critical questions regarding the architecture and management of the service you are considering.
To make an educated choice for your organization, consider some of the key benefits of a Cloud-based learning architecture:
Cost savings. Cloud-based learning architectures allow organizations to avoid up-front investments such as building out and supporting a technical infrastructure as well as the human capital costs of installation, configuration and ongoing maintenance. This becomes even more crucial, given that learning departments are under pressure to keep costs under control and do more with less.
Global reach. Cloud computing companies invest heavily in architecting solutions that can connect with most users all over the world — a burden that used to be placed on an organization’s IT department. With Cloud-based learning, employees simply need a computer or mobile device, a browser and an Internet connection to have consistent access to valuable content.
Rapid deployment. Cloud learning solutions can be up and running almost immediately. Self-service features allow learning and development professionals to deliver learning directly to hundreds of employees within minutes. In today’s business climate, new skills often need to be taught on the fly at the speed of business with no time for lengthy deployments.
Support when you need It. Support services can extend beyond just technical and customer support to include providing expertise to assist learning professionals with delivering the skills development and behavior changes the organization needs. Common support services for Cloud-based LMS include content installation, learning consultants, examples of best practices, program management, curriculum design and training needs analysis.
Secure environment. Most vendors who provide Cloud-based solutions spend a great deal of time and effort to provide multiple layers of security, ensuring the protection of your data. Cloud vendors must maintain security standards that ensure the integrity of the most security sensitive customer’s data and content both foreign and domestic. These high standards are then applied across the board to all hosted customers.
—To view the full list of considerations for the Cloud, download your complimentary copy of the Skillsoft whitepaper “Learning in the Cloud: 10 Factors to Consider” at www.skillsoft.com/cloud. A detailed list of questions to ask potential providers when considering a cloud implementation is included at the end of the whitepaper.