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The Value of a Familiar Face

Amber Rasmussen March, 2013
Chances are, if you’re looking for an LMS, you’re hoping to improve learning outcomes. It could be that your organization may already be using a transformative technology that could be easily applied to your training and development efforts, leading to better learning outcomes with reduced costs and shorter timelines. Are you interested? Of course you are!
 
With hundreds of LMS products on the market today, how can an organization decide on the best one? What criteria should be used to make your decision? Of course, functionality will be an important aspect, but how can you differentiate beyond the basic functionality that most LMSs offer? According to Training Magazine, the first question to ask yourself when choosing an LMS is: ”Will it be easy to use?”  The folks at Skillsoft seem to agree: ”It doesn't matter how many bells and whistles your LMS has if your end users have trouble accessing or navigating the system.”
 
So what does that mean to your organization and how can you help ensure that the LMS you choose provides this ease of use? There is good news. You can choose an LMS that provides the functionality you need and an interface that is already familiar to your users!
 
Have you heard of Microsoft® SharePoint®?  I imagine that you have, unless you have been living under the proverbial rock for the past few years. SharePoint is an enterprise collaboration platform used by 78% of Fortune 500 companies, and 62% of knowledge workers, according to a survey conducted by the cloud hosting company Rackspace in early 2012.  (You might be interested in the cool infographic they created based on the survey results.) SharePoint increases productivity by providing ease of access to business-critical data and reducing the steps and processing times of everyday tasks. 
 
As administrators, designers, and users of SharePoint would attest, the learning curve can be challenging, even with the improved search capabilities, social platforms, and web content management found in the 2013 release. But, it is possible for a company to leverage their knowledge and expertise with SharePoint, and catapult their training and development efforts into successful learning outcomes.
 
This can be accomplished by using the ShareKnowledge LMS, the first corporate learning management system built specifically for SharePoint. ShareKnowledge LMS provides a familiar, easy-to-use interface, allowing administrators, designers, and users to more quickly and inexpensively produce the learning outcomes desired.
 
We all like systems to be as fast and cost-effective as possible. If your organization is already using SharePoint, you can take comfort in the fact that all of the hard work you’ve done to drive adoption can be parlayed into reduced effort and cost with the installation and adoption of ShareKnowledge LMS. Beyond the familiar interface, ShareKnowledge provides robust and flexible reporting, integration, and SCORM-compliant support for a variety of learning content. Users’ familiarity with the interface – combined with the functionality necessary in a SCORM-compliant LMS – results in easier adoption and integration, increased productivity, and better learning outcomes for your organization.

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