Are you confused about purchasing a standalone LMS (Learning Management System) to manage and deliver your employee training versus purchasing an HCM (Human Capital Management) Suite to do the same thing, plus a bit more?
It’s easy for organizations to get caught up in the hype of purchasing an HCM suite. HCM suites typically boast a single software solution that handles core HR administration, talent management, workforce management, and analytics. The simplicity of having all of this functionality in one platform is tantalizing at best, but can it really be that simple? What is the true cost, and what sacrifices are you really making if you choose an HCM suite? Here are 5 really great reasons that support choosing LMS technology over an HCM suite.
- The training and development features of a HCM suite typically pale in comparison to those of a best-in-class LMS. Vendors that offer LMSs have robust functionality. These LMS vendors are experts in the field of learning and development and continuously invest time and resources to innovate and evolve their products forward.
- HCM suites are complex systems that require significant IT support to implement, configure, and integrate whereas LMSs typically require little to no IT resources. Setup and implementation can be quick, and LMS vendors offer their own client support during this process. It’s in the LMS vendors’ best interest to ensure that you’re empowered to get a maximum return on investment from your platform.
- HCM suites focus on internal employees only, not the extended enterprise. Therefore, if your present or future goals are to offer training to your customers, partners, resellers, etc. you would be unable to do so using an HCM suite.
- The HCM suite is less capable of customizing its features to meet very specific needs. This is particularly important in terms of reporting. Having the flexibility to develop your own customized reports with an LMS platform can be a real game changer. Also, in the realm of the LMS, it is not uncommon for a vendor’s client to offer suggestions that influence the vendor’s product roadmap.
- Traditionally, LMSs have a variety of pricing options and are a much smaller investment altogether than an HCM suite; and smaller investments are far less risky for the overall business.
A final word of advice, never underestimate the level of complexity and detail that goes along with choosing any type of software system. In the end, you’ll want to select that software that best suits your organization’s unique learning needs – so choose wisely.
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Susan Distasio | eLearning Industry Crusader | ePath Learning, Inc.
About the Author: Susan Distasio is an eLearning Industry Crusader focused on advocating for advancement and change in the eLearning and professional development industry. An avid seeker of knowledge and continuous improvement, Susan is happy to share her research, observations, and thoughts regarding “all things related to learning and development.” When she’s not out on the learning crusade, Susan can be found with the wind in her hair riding her Harley or simply enjoying life with her husband, Steve, and her Siamese cat, Elvis, and with family and friends.