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  1. Who are the current “Davids” taking on Goliath(s)? Moodle, Sakai, Google Classroom? Those are pretty big Davids too.

    • Bold thesis in the article, but not much clarity of David’s flesh and bones. Learning bites? It would have been nice to go over some implementation of individualized learning. This was actually the hope of Experience API but I haven’t heard much about implementing that recently, and the reason is that SCMORM was just an easy model and very lucrative for the LMS makers. But yes, change is coming. It will pop up out of nowhere.

    • Great question, Ken. Start-ups being small-sized can sometimes be elusive, but they’re there with a growing fan base. Given the criteria list above check out this cloud-based platform: http://www.wescrimmage.com.

  2. I understand the general thesis of the article (i.e. traditionally large LMS providers need to be prepared to meet learners where they are). I do, however, think Ms. Leaman didn’t elaborate enough on the advance of social/collaborative learning, mobile, blended learning, aligning learning w/competency management, and more. You can read the latest report from analysts like Bersin, Forrestor, Knowledge Advisors, and many more to see how market leaders have adapted to the millennial-driven market. To that end, most tier 1 LMS vendors (or “Goliaths”) have solutions that meet those advanced needs – and their platforms are more stable, reliable, and proven vs. many of the “Davids” that appear on (and subsequently disappear from) the LMS landscape.

  3. Written by the CEO of a company that’s selling an ‘alternative’ to the LMS. Brilliant.
    The LMS is a management platform, not the content. Everything mentioned in the article is about content.Sure, the LMS can impact delivery method but the training bits within are open to design. There’s nothing new here. The LMS is not dying. Its form will surely continue to evolve and improve, but if you deliver training online, you likely need to handle enrollments, results, reports, etc.
    That’s what an LMS is for, whether you want to call it an ‘LMS’ or not.

  4. “…for the first time it’s possible to measure knowledge and correlate it to business results.”

    Uh. No. Not for the first time. Not hardly.

  5. I have personally rolled out Axonify within and organization that was also leveraging Moodle and CSoD and the results were amazing. Engagement with a platform is all about UX and the value the resource provides. Axonify creates an environment where learning can be deployed, reinforced, measured and rewarded all from your smartphone or laptop. We saw our learners go from a baseline knowledge of less than 50% to over 98% with the same products within 90 days. I cannot say enough good things about this tool and the company that supports it. Axonify is the real deal.

    • Mario, I would be interested in discussing this with you further. We are currently looking at CSoD. would you be open to a phone call?

  6. Great article, you have really important insights for the LMS market, thank you, Carol Leaman!


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