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Elearnity challenges corporate LMS direction

Learning analyst firm eLearnity has challenged corporates to rethink their approach and commitment to Learning Management Systems (LMS).

eLearnity say their comments are based on research that included roundtable discussions with more than 20 European companies. They concluded:

* Large corporates, particularly in the UK and Europe, are generally too slow in embracing LMSs and too limited in their aspiration for them. For large organisations, LMSs are fundamental to enabling a viable and sustainable future for corporate learning

* Many corporate LMS implementations are too focused on reducing the admin burden and not sufficiently focused on enabling the business to meet its future challenges

* LMS decisions are often plagued by corporate politics, poor organisational alignment and a lack of strategic understanding and vision, resulting in long and expensive procurement processes with a limited chance of delivering real value

* Corporates struggle with a lack of skilled implementation resources and poor support, focusing too heavily on technology, and insufficiently on process and cultural change

"Our analysis indicates that the LMS is still under-valued by large organisations" said David Wilson, eLearnity's founder and Managing Director. "Learning Management is interpreted too parochially, and LMS implementation is not aligned with the forces of change within the business and within learning.

“We see the need for a significant shift in thinking and behaviour from the Learning & Development and HR communities in order to deliver the change and value that an LMS promises, but which large organisations frequently fail to extract in reality."

He added: "We also believe that large organisations should employ significantly more experienced LMS resources to lead large LMS projects and ensure their long term success"

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