In today’s business environment, it’s more important than ever that systems ‘play nice’ together.
Be very careful about choosing an LMS that doesn’t offer the flexibility to integrate with a variety of software systems.
If you do, be prepared to face an uphill battle of challenges.
Learning goes beyond what is just inside the LMS. In fact, more often than not, various components of the learning infrastructure are being handled by other systems.
Failing to connect means you probably won’t be able to make the most out of the LMS, and/or fail to utilize its full potential and even miss out on critical data.
Without flexible integration included, this leaves no choice but to burden the IT department with manual integration which increases time, money and resources to do so.
The long-term success of an LMS is often as much about technology integrations as it is about delivering learning content. These integration features can help with flexibility of an LMS.
Flexibility to integrate with other systems is imperative when it comes to choosing an LMS.
Most organizations expect their LMS provider to help them connect with other systems but there is not a lot of LMS integration actually occurring. According to the Brandon Hall Group, 52.2% of organizations say the inability to integrate with multiple systems is a significant barrier to satisfaction with learning technology.
With that said, when it comes integration flexibility, there are a few things to consider before selecting an LMS.
Thinking through your needs of LMS integrations is the first step to asking the right questions during the process. For example,
These are all very important details to consider.
Just because an LMS says it can integrate doesn’t always mean it will be a smooth process. It’s important to dive into the details of your use cases and needs when talking to LMS providers and discuss their experience with integrations and what kind of resources will be needed from your company’s IT department, if any.
This will provide the tools to make an educated decision on whether the system will be able to meet your needs now and in the future.
When you put the required time and effort into the LMS selection process your business will reap the benefits. Integration flexibility in an LMS will provide improved productivity, increased data accessibility, more efficient workflows, greater profitability and more accurate decision making.
ShareKnowledge is a good choice for those who want to leverage their SharePoint investment – a truly flexible and highly configurable solution for your business needs. ShareKnowledge’s unique PowerSync™ feature provides an integration solution that seamlessly “talks” to other systems and can utilize your organizational data, HRIS and Active Directory. If you would like more information about how ShareKnowledge can solve your training needs, please fill out the form and someone from our team will contact you shortly.