Thanks to the advancement of learning management systems (LMSs), corporate training can now be conducted entirely online. E-training has grown from enhancing classroom-based learning to virtually replacing offline training methods. And the future of learning management systems promises even further improvements, with new features coming online constantly.
In the past, many LMSs required a knowledgeable IT team and dedicated servers. To create courses and develop materials, companies relied on employees who had programming skills. Today, companies can invest in a cloud-based learning management system that’s not only easy to administer on the back end, but offers simple, intuitive course authoring capabilities. Cloud-based management systems are beneficial for many different reasons— here’s why many companies are making the switch:
Cloud-based systems offer a more affordable, scalable, and easy-to-use solution for training programs. With a cloud-based LMS, companies no longer need to worry about allocating resources to manage server space or connectivity issues. As a bonus, when your training programs start to succeed, and your user base explodes, the cloud automatically accommodates your increased loads without requiring costly and inconvenient server upgrades.
With many businesses opting for a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, this combination becomes a huge advantage in terms of simplifying your technology infrastructure. Let your LMS provider worry about the technical side so you can take care of maximizing your training courses. Here’s the wonderful equation: save time and money on server space and an IT team, while training a more effective and efficient staff. For those who aren’t afraid of clichés, that’s a win-win.
With a cloud-based LMS, employees have the flexibility to take training courses whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for them, without needing to access the corporate network. Not only does this mean easily accessing a course in the office, in the field, or at home, but it also means having the ability to access the LMS from mobile phones, tablets, Macs and PCs—from virtually any location. Workers can now take advantage of even just a little bit of downtime to view training content. For example, on a business trip, team members can work to complete their courses while on the plane, waiting for meetings, or in the Uber back to the airport. Ultimately, cloud-based systems allow staff members unprecedented flexibility to enhance their skills.
Let’s be honest: when you see a little bubble pop up to notify you that there’s an update available for a program on your computer, “excited” is not the first word that comes to mind. Updates take time and, for hosted learning platforms, scarce or expensive IT resources. Often, these issues lead companies to defer updates, leaving product improvements, security patches, and improved usability by the wayside.
An older generation LMS would require companies (and sometimes users) to download and install new software updates with every new release. This, of course, would take time, and often disable users from accessing the system while the updates were installed. Cloud-based systems, on the other hand, seamlessly update on their own in the background without requiring any IT work or disruption to users. This not only is a huge time saver, but also saves you from needing a few aspirin to address those incessant software-update headaches.
Overall, cloud-based learning management systems are less work and more affordable than other LMSs on the market today. So what are you waiting for? Switch to a cloud-based system to provide superior training at a lower cost.