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5 Signs It’s Time To Switch Your LMS

• 5 min read

Is your LMS still fit for your needs?

In just the past few years, learning technology has evolved from a simple Learning Management System (LMS), designed to house and manage learning content, to today’s modern and high-tech, cloud-based LMS optimized to deliver strong learning outcomes.

But as technologies beyond Learning and Development (L&D) evolve, there is growing demand for smarter enterprise learning solutions that match the look, feel and effectiveness of those technologies which begs the question: is your LMS still helping you achieve your organization’s L&D objectives?

What Should Your LMS Provide?

Let’s go back to the start and revisit what you most likely had in mind when selecting your current LMS. There are 3 key categories that determine the success of your LMS in helping you meet organizational goals. They are:


  • Get new employees up to speed faster so they are more productive in less time
  • Onboard partners and resellers to improve their ability to sell your product/brand
  • Retain customers by ensuring they use our products and services effectively

Employee Retention and Growth

  • Get employees feeling comfortable/capable in their roles
  • Make learning fun and engaging
  • Support employees’ career paths
  • Build the next generation of leaders

Brand Value

  • Give customers more value from your products
  • Ensure ongoing compliance and instill public confidence
  • Better enable partners by aligning them with your brand to reflect your values and vision
  • Provide a uniform experience across locations for better brand consistency

5 Signs It’s Time to Switch Your LMS

By revisiting what an ideal LMS should be delivering, it becomes clear where there might be shortcomings with your existing learning platform. In fact, dissatisfaction with the traditional LMS is widespread. Forty-four percent of organizations using a LMS have owned it for more than four years, while 37% of organizations are actively looking to replace their LMS.

So, is it time to switch your LMS? Here are 5 signs your current offering isn’t firing on all cylinders.

1. It Doesn’t Integrate Easily with Your Existing Systems

It’s important that your company’s technology stack communicates effectively across each application in a way that makes everyone’s jobs easier and more efficient. If your current LMS isn’t facilitating easy integration with your existing systems, this acts as a constant roadblock to your learning activities.

Important integrations that your LMS should include:

  • Customer relationship management tools (e.g. Salesforce)
  • Communications tools (chat platforms, email systems and web conferencing tools)
  • e-Commerce (e.g. Shopify)
  • Single Sign-On (Connect your learning platform with your Google Apps and social media platforms)
  • Content Authoring Tools

2. Reporting and Tracking Doesn’t Provide the Data You Need

One of the most important objectives of any training program is to use data analytics to better understand how your learners are using training programs and achieving their learning objectives. But capturing this data is only one part of the equation. The reporting capabilities your learning technology provides and how data is interpreted is key to uncovering the insights you need to improve your learning and development programs over time and drive organizational success.

It is now essential to have flexible and customizable reporting across your learning programs – if your current LMS isn’t up to the task and giving you the information you need to make informed, data-driven decisions, it will hinder your ability to truly connect learning with performance and business objectives.

3. It’s Cumbersome and Difficult for both Learners and Admins to Use

As you know, there are two types of users of your LMS: the admins who set up, execute and monitor learning programs and the learners. The experience for both of these users must be straightforward and intuitive in order to achieve the objectives they set out to do. If your admins are spending a significant chunk of their time simply trying to learn the ins and outs of the platform then that is a waste of their valuable time. The same goes for learners. If they are struggling to navigate the platform and find valuable learning content or encounter one obstacle after another, they will simply lose patience and interest; and low engagement is a hefty blow to your learning initiatives.

4. It Doesn’t Offer Any Mobile Capabilities

To put it bluntly, mobile learning is no longer a nice-to-have, but instead, a must-have. Already, mobile learning is being used by nearly 47% of organizations worldwide.

If you’re not currently leveraging the power of mobile to deliver your learning activities, here’s proof that you need an LMS that gives you the tools to make it happen.  

5. It Doesn’t Support How People Learn

Learners now expect their training experiences to include mobile, gamification, social learning and collaborative opportunities to work and learn together, on-the-job. If your LMS is confined to simply managing your learning activities, you’re missing out on a number of opportunities to truly connect and engage your learners.

The concepts of social learning and continuous learning have traditionally been difficult to implement in a business setting because organizations typically view training and development as an exercise that has a defined destination (e.g. an employee completes a course to gain a certain skill).

In reality, learning and upskilling is an ongoing journey. For social learning to work effectively, you have to embrace the idea that learning is an ”always-on” activity that is constantly accessible to empower learners at the point of need.

Why You Should Choose The Docebo Learning Platform to Replace Your LMS

While traditional LMS and enterprise learning technologies have dictated the way people learn with formal courses pushed from the top down, Docebo’s learning platform facilitates personalized and automated learning experiences in the flow of work to drive growth, organizational performance and revenue.

Ready to switch your LMS to an enterprise learning platform?