‘Getting the right people in the right job is a lot more important than developing a strategy’, according to Jack Welch. If hiring talented people is the number one concern for most organisations there is more to talent management than recruitment, it goes right to the heart of the organisation.
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Anyone who has ever used a proprietary LMS will know what a pain it can be to make it your own - if it’s even possible. The costs for requesting one extra feature or piece of functionality can stack up fast, and it can be a time-consuming process coming up with workarounds for what’s already there. That’s why at Totara, we believe in giving organisations the freedom to innovate, so you’re free to customise your LMS with plugins and advanced features. Totara Learn is built to adapt to you so that you can customise without compromise.
So, how does this work?
You may have spotted that we’ve been working away behind the scenes this year to improve the Totara Community. Our Totara Community team have been busy creating loads of new free content, launching webinars and hopping into the forums to ensure that we’re constantly improving our offering. Thousands of you have already signed up, but if you haven’t yet, here are five reasons to join the Totara Community.
The debate about whether vendors can thrive and scale if their primary outputs are freely licensed continues to brew nearly two years since I wrote about the topic.
“Our LMS stopped working for us months ago, but we’re tied into a three-year contract, so we’re stuck with a platform that doesn’t work for us anymore…”
“We chose this learning platform because we were told it had the most features on the market, but now we need a specific feature to meet our needs we’re being told we can’t have it until it’s on the vendor’s product roadmap…”
L&D teams everywhere know that a key priority for learning professionals today is to do more for less. All stakeholders want to know that their investment is paying off, whether that's through cost savings, increased efficiency or increased productivity and output. Too many organisations fail to collect this information and then struggle to prove the value of their learning management system to their key stakeholders, which can make it difficult to secure extra budget further down the line.
At Totara, we strongly believe in giving our subscribers the freedom to create a learning platform that meets their needs without compromise. Unfortunately, with proprietary systems, you have no say over the roadmap, you often can’t customise the platform to your own specifications and you will probably end up working around the limitations of the LMS instead of the LMS working around you.
For many organisations, a learning management system will be the most expensive element of their learning programme. The LMS sets the foundation for your entire online learning offering, and can determine whether your entire programme succeeds or fails. A user-friendly, fully branded LMS with personalised, engaging content will keep users coming back for an easy learning experience, whereas requiring them to make too many clicks, confusing navigation or an unattractive, outdated look and feel will put them off and hinder your engagement rates.
At Totara, we’ve always been purveyors of open source software. We believe it’s a win-win situation - you benefit from the expertise of an ever-growing network of learning experts and software developers, and our products improve in the ways you need them to.
The Totara Community is moving, and we want your feedback to ensure we give our global community of partners, subscribers and experts the best possible experience.
We are moving the Totara Community from our Totara Learn platform over to Totara Social. There are three main reasons for doing this: