Your guide to all the necessary learning management system (LMS) integrations
What’s The Big Deal With LMS Integrations
Chances are, if you’re considering a learning platform, you’re already using a handful of other technologies to help employees do their jobs and communicate with each other, manage different teams, or gather and store important data. It’s important when introducing a new technology to an organizational ecosystem that the platforms “speak” to each other in a way that makes everyone’s jobs easier and more efficient.
Taking a look at the various stacks of cloud-based services in use across an organization, you can quickly see that integrations are an important part of increasing workflows and efficiencies. According to Scott Brinker of the Chief Marketing Technologist Blog, the average enterprise uses 91 different cloud services in their marketing stacks alone. According to the same report, HR departments use 90 different services, and up to 70 cloud tools are used for collaboration across departments. Granted, Brinker’s definition of “cloud services” is broad, even encompassing social media channels like Facebook, but the fact remains that organizations have embraced the idea of using massive tech stacks.
LMS Integrations Are Important to Your Business
When considering a learning management system, carefully consider what technologies are already used in your organization, and what connections will be necessary between your new technologies and those that are already in place. With that understood, you can begin to examine the integrations that are currently available within the market. That initial internal research on what’s already in place will give you the knowledge necessary to ask the right questions about products you will want to integrate with your learning platform.
In the discovery phase it’s important to carefully consider the types of integrations you’ll need to make your online training platform as useful as possible. A learning platform can and should be integrated into the many different applications already in use to share data and drive your businesses workflow.
Important Integrations with Learning Management Systems
Learning platform integrations add value to both the administrator and the learner. There are various integrations available to learning and development administrator, but it’s important to consider some of the most important apps and tools.
Customer Relationship Management Integrations
Your learning platform should be able to integrate seamlessly with the customer relationship management (CRM) tools in use by your sales and marketing teams. Learning initiatives are crucial for improving your sales teams and increasing their results. Integrating a LMS with your CRM can greatly increase training adoption rates and allow you to fine-tune sales and product training while bringing together valuable shared data for better results on both fronts.
Seamless CRM integrations help to ensure that your training directly corresponds and speaks to your sales team working prospects down the funnel. Docebo’s Salesforce integration, for example, combines your CRM workflows with learning activities and tasks to improve employee’ and partner performance, as well as sales channels operations to increase the value of an organization’s Salesforce investment.
Communication is always a challenge, particularly across global enterprise businesses, with several technologies available, including online chat platforms, email systems and web conferencing tools. Iterations of these tools can be integrated into a learning platform to streamline communications between learners, teachers and administrators. Integrating a web conferencing tool into a LMS creates a cost-effective way to execute formal, instructor-led training, while creating more integrated social learning opportunities and communication between experts and learners.
Docebo seamlessly integrates with a number of popular web conferencing tools. Connect your learning experiences with GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining, Adobe Connect, WebEx, BigBlueButton, Teleskill and BlueJeans to name but a few.
If you’re looking to generate revenue, or even pay for courses through your learning platform, e-commerce integrations are an absolute must. Make sure that your LMS supports multiple languages to ensure you have the strongest market reach possible.
E-commerce management tools, such as Shopify, allow you to create a “storefront” in your LMS to simplify elearning sales. With the right integrations, you can easily create professional and secure storefronts and refocus your attention on creating the best training materials possible.
Single Sign-On (SSO) Integrations
How many passwords do you use everyday? Hopefully, your passwords are saved within your browser or password vault, making it easier to remember them all. Your learning platform should come ready to assist with SSO integrations. Docebo’s SSO integrations include, LDAP, OKTA, AUTH0, OPEN ID CONNECT and SAML 2.0/ ADFS. These integrations allow you to easily connect your learning platform with your Google Apps and social media platforms, such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Additionally, the LDAP integration allows you to import LDAP user bases into your LMS and keep them synced.
The integration of SSO apps is intended to get your learning content into the hands of your learners faster. Along with the increase in access and efficiency, SSO apps also importantly apply an additional level of security through seamless authentication of identities.
Content Authoring Tools
Course design can be a challenging, time consuming exercise. There are options available to help L&D professionals create beautiful and engaging courses. Authoring tool integrations can take some of the pain out of the process. Docebo’s authoring tool integrations include Elucidat or Lectora, making it easy to create elegant learning assets.
There’s no longer a need to struggle with standards like SCORM and xAPI when it comes to integrating your internally developed content. Instead, with just a few clicks, you can add learning assets to your LMS, while leveraging the advanced reporting features within your learning platform.
Integrations and Efficiency
Learning platform integrations provide a tremendous opportunity to increase connections and seamlessly improve workflows across an organization. They can be the difference maker when it comes to profits by cutting administrative costs and creating a culture of learning. Simplify your learning processes, while making it easier and more fun for learners with sophisticated learning platform integrations.
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