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New LMS study launched

Oakland, California - Bersin & Associates has announced the availability of its latest research study, "Learning Management Systems 2006: Facts, Practical Analysis, Trends, and Vendor Profiles."

The 145-page report looks at the LMS market from a number of perspectives including market size by segment, market growth, penetration rate by segment, and vendor market share by revenue and license revenue.

Other topics included in the report are the vendor landscape, the role of e-learning suites and LCMS solutions, and the growing role of performance and talent management.

Josh Bersin, president and founder of Bersin & Associates, said: "While learning management systems have been around for almost ten years, the LMS market continues to rapidly grow and change.

"Organisations now recognise that LMSs can be strategic systems and many are building human capital and talent management strategies around the platform. In response, vendors are raising the bar for functionality and adding features and complementary offerings for content development, content management, collaboration, virtual classroom, and competency management.

"As this evolution takes place, learning and HR managers continue to struggle with issues related to implementation and enterprise-wide adoption, such as system migration, integration, governance, and change management."

According to the Bersin & Associates report:

* The overall LMS market is now at approximately $480M, a 26% increase in size since Bersin & Associates' last LMS study published in June 2004.

* Growth is driven by the availability of proven technology, continued growth in e-learning (a 2005 Bersin & Associates survey of U.S. organisations finds 28% of training hours are now delivered online), and recognition that learning management systems do facilitate training effectiveness and efficiencies.

* The greatest growth appears in the mid-market segment (companies with 1,000 to 10,000 employees). The report estimates that this segment grew by 40% over the last year in the United States. Lower cost solutions have also opened the market to non-profit organizations, state and local governments, and other buyers with limited budgets and technical resources.

* 37% of all implemented LMSs are hosted by LMS vendors or third parties. Bersin & Associates research finds that organizations with hosted solutions can reduce cost of implementation and ownership by 20 to 40% on a per-learner basis.

Twenty-two vendors are profiled in the report: Blackboard, Cornerstone OnDemand, Generation 21, GeoLearning, GeoMetrix, ElementK, KnowledgePlanet,, Meridian KSI, NetDimensions, Oracle, Outstart, Plateau, RISC, Saba, SAP, SkillSoft, SumTotal Systems, TEDS, Thompson NETg, Vuepoint, and WBT Systems.

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