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What to look for when choosing an LMS partner

Blog posts | 31.08.2020


Shaping the future of learning

In today’s world, there is a lot of chatter around the mass push toward online learning. However, many times these discussions leave out the critical platforms needed to support that shift. The truth is that implementing a modern LMS (Learning Management System) that is scalable to your organization is equally important to the learning content contained within it. That starts with selecting an experienced LMS partner to put your learning journey on the right course. Today’s post will walk you through key focus areas when selecting an LMS implementation partner. It will also highlight how Kineo utilizes Totara to set clients up for success.   

A future-proof LMS solution  

As a long-time Platinum Partner, Kineo is uniquely positioned to offer insight and perspective on the latest developments with the ever-evolving Totara LMS. With the upcoming launch of Totara 13 this fall, it’s important to consider an LMS partner that doesn’t charge for upgrades to the latest version. Beyond that, you want a Totara partner that that has a long-term view of your learning goals that include the newest features. A good LMS partner understands the bigger picture and technology roadmap. Kineo builds out your learning plan with the Totara Talent Experience Platform (T13) in mind, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the most modern user experience and capabilities.  

A custom and personalised experience  

Technology should be a driving force in selecting an LMS solution, but it’s also important to work with a partner that understands the exact features your organization needs. As well as the ones it doesn’t need. Kineo offers a large number of unique Totara plugins for LMS implementations to help you customise. As your Totara partner, we’ll also set up key integrations with other systems, including your HRIS, social learning programs, and any custom course content you have. Our approach starts with listening to your unique needs before implementing the appropriate plugins.   

While technology is imperative, Kineo also leads with a learning first initiative in every LMS solution we help architect. State-of-the-art learning technology should always be coupled with excellent learning design to ensure that your organization can track the impact of your learning platform solution. Always consider a Totara partner that’s not afraid to jump in and provide expert advice on which learning interventions best fit your needs. Unique industry knowledge can help highlight learning areas that you may not have considered previously.  

All of these features and expertise need to be consolidated into a single, intuitive platform that keeps your learning materials and documents organised. A Totara solution from Kineo does just that while also aligning your platform with the exact needs of your business. We can customise your LMS through branding, learning visibility, tailored menus, and more. 

Support along the way 

The “set it and forget it”” approach is no longer enough for organisations looking to establish sustained learning and development for their employees. We know that needs can change and evolve. You will need support as new challenges arise and a good LMS partner provides that as part of their core offering. A Kineo solution gives you a whole host of options for accessing world class support. Our clients can access online help and exclusive webinars as needed. They also have access to our web-based community support forums to troubleshoot common issues as their needs shift and grow.    

A proven reputation 

When selecting any vendor, it’s always important to look at their client success portfolio and industry accolades. As the founding organisation and largest partner of Totara, Kineo has a long track record of client success through implementing these LMS solutions. Make sure your LMS partner has a proven ability to meet core DMI’s across a variety of sectors, including your own. 

We understand that selecting a partner to help you launch or revamp your LMS solution is no easy task, but Kineo is here to help you in that decision process. If you’d like to learn more about implementing a Totara LMS or set up a demo, contact us here. Even if we don’t end up being the best fit for your organisation, we’re happy to chat through possible options.


Shaping the future of learning

Kineo helps the world’s leading businesses improve performance through learning and technology. We’re proud of our reputation for being flexible and innovative, and of our award-winning work with clients across the world.