The primary need of training companies investing in an LMS is its capability of providing and managing training for many clients while maintaining complete data security and flexibility for lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and better ROI (Return on Investment).
Training companies may face obstacles when signing up for a ‘hosted’ LMS due to this long list of must-haves. One way to overcome this is to use a SaaS LMS. There are various SaaS LMS such as Paylocity, Litmos, Paycom, and others, designed to ensure the smooth running of your process.
SaaS LMSs are hosted by vendors on their servers, which customers can access from anywhere. The customer does not have to purchase, set up, maintain, or update any server environment.
There are various ways a SaaS LMS can be beneficial to training companies:
Faster Access To Market
To train hundreds and thousands of learners using an LMS, training organizations need to get started right away!
With traditional LMSs, implementation can take weeks or even months. But, SaaS platforms have the advantage of enabling Training Companies to go to market faster. SaaS LMSs can do this because they do not need any installation or configuration. In this way, you can reduce configuring, and resolving issues, resulting in faster software deployment.
Hosting Multi-Clients Setup
SaaS LMSs usually share an architecture. The training company can host many clients on the same server. You can configure each client portal with its branding and access level. Between all this, the training company maintains ultimate control.
Lower TCO & Better ROI
There is no need for infrastructure for the hosting of the LMS. There is no maintenance or upgrade cost, thus lowering the training company’s costs. Besides, all costs of a SaaS LMS are covered by the vendor and distributed among all LMS customers within a shared environment. Due to the low TCO, along with the fact that vendors handle all other tasks, training companies can focus on their core business, i.e. training, which improves their ROI.
Training companies can scale their SaaS LMS to match their growth plans. They can grow and add users as well as features as they grow. Comparatively to a hosted LMS, where the training company must invest in new servers or software to handle the increased traffic, SaaS leverages cloud computing, which provides them with the flexibility to scale up or down by thousands of users.
There is plenty of APIs available for SaaS LMSs. They can integrate with customer enterprise systems, HR management system data, payroll, or other business productivity systems. As a result, training companies can use the applications their customers are already using. This can include internal calendars, social media platforms, HR systems, and so on. In a nutshell, the integration capability provides seamless access to any third-party app.
Cloud LMSs are based in various locations. Not only does this help in providing a better customer experience, but it also allows for complete data isolation among portals to protect all data. For training companies, this allows them to host many clients at once. The SaaS LMS provides an extra level of security to their data because their databases are physically separate.
Vendors host LMSs on cloud-based servers or on their own servers. So the vendor handles maintaining, upgrading, and updating them as well. Training company staff does not have to take part in any upgrades, new features, or fixes. Hence, they are significantly less expensive than traditional hosting. Also, these upgrades and updates are configured and managed seamlessly with minimal downtime. For training companies, it is an easy and cost-effective model to operate in.
Training companies need LMS reliability. As the training of thousands of learners depends on the LMS and so many other factors need to be in place. SaaS LMS servers, hosted in the cloud, can ensure high performance, reliability, and uptime because of the strengths of leading Cloud providers.
It is of the utmost importance to train companies to establish relationships with many clients, whether they are corporate clients or individuals. As we live in an age of multi-devices, training that is available on any device like computers, laptops, e-readers, Smartphones, and more is what a training company needs the most. Providing the ability to access training anywhere, anytime on any device as long as they have an Internet connection. Thus, SaaS LMSs make training accessible to learners around the world.