The List. That is what I refer to it as, you can refer to it as whatever you wish (hopefully – nice). The List represents learning system vendors from around the world. Sales Enablement Platforms? Yes. LMS? Yes. LXP? Yes. LMS and LXP combo? Yes. Learning Suite? Yes. A Learning Platform in general? Yes. Training Management Platform? Yes. Skills specific platform? Yes. Skills Metrics/Measurement Platform? Yes.
A TXP? Yes. A TXP who continues to refer to themselves externally as an LXP? Yes.
While there are plenty of people who think that I only focus on the states and are unaware of who or what is out elsewhere, well, The List shows otherwise.
The List includes systems from Australia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, France, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Israel and the United States.
The systems themselves, some you will definitely recognize, others, probably not. The List isn’t a who’s who in the marketing or placing themselves on some top 10 directories or similar. They represent every nearly every vertical out there (industry wise), audience size – small business, SMB (including mid-market), mid-market, Enterprise, Large Enterprise, Customer Education/Training/B2B and B2C (aka as extended enterprise).
Each one of these vendors are in consideration for the awards – including the Diamond and Platinum Picks for 2021, and the Top 10 for 2022 (although 11-20 will be noted too).
Each one is in consideration for the best system in specific industries and certain items (such as best for skill development) for the end of 21 and into 22.
I monitor over 1,300 learning systems in the world (right now it is edging towards 1,358). Some I see a lot of, others I do not, but by paying attention, observing, and watching the system to see which way it goes – focus, design, approach, even audience type – employee-only, employees and customers (aka combo) or customers only (aka extended enterprise).
There are vendors that are not on this list. It may be yours. It may be the one you bought. It may be the one you and some other person are debating over right now. I hear you. Okay, I don’t, after all, I do not have access to your mic., but I get it. One of those is Workday Learning. There is way too much to explain why not, including the use of LL whereas data on what is taken cannot be brought back into WL (although rumors say in the next version this will be resolved).
SuccessFactors is not on this list. No need to explain why. Moodle isn’t – because it is not centralized – it is de-centralized and open source.
There were four systems that are not on the list, only because they are either not yet live or they are – but I need to validate a few items with the system(s) – in one case I already have seen the system, but it is in “beta” right now, another is in “beta” as we speak – I’ll be seeing it in two months, and one other is not even in launch mode.
Before you ask:
There are ZERO FEES involved here. I didn’t ask for any fees, nor require any fees to be paid, nor any fees down the road or whatever. ZERO. Nada. Nothing.
This isn’t a popularity contest. I honestly do not care that vendor A received 52 five stars on site ABCD. Or that 300 people think Vendor X is as good as a matchbox car (although I do want to know which one).
This is the first time I have made this list public. I create one each year from my award consideration, but have never made the list public. Now I have. Why? Voodoo my dog told me in three barks, that I should. I always listen to my pittie (to be fair, Spirit mumbled and Cali tried to eat a sneaker).
A deeper dive on many of these systems will be on my Podcast, “The Amazing E-Learning Roadshow” which will appear Thursday on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and a couple of other podcast sites. It will kickoff season two of my podcast series. Thus, if you want o know way more than just a list, this is the place to go to. There will be a link to the Podcast on this post – Thursday afternoon.
Next to each vendor’s name you may see the following (CEP, FAL) CEP means the vendor has agreed and signed my Customer Excellence Pledge, a rigorous certification program to ensure that their support is validated thru a series of checks. FAL – The vendor is on my FindAnLMS platform. Here you can compare the vendor to other vendors, see more details about them, request a quote, save as favorites and so on. If you see nothing next to their name, well, it means they are not on FAL or CEP.
To go to the vendor’s web site simply click on their name.
As I move closer and closer to October for the Diamond and Platinum Picks, check back to this post, because you will start to see additional information next to many of their vendor’s names.
It is in alphabetical order. A PDF version with links will be available in a few weeks. Systems are identified as either “Employee-focused” (at least 80% of their clients use system for internal workforce), “Combo” (Employees and Customer Ed, usually skews more clients for employees, but there are exceptions) or “Customer Ed Focused” (aka extended enterprise – at least 80% of client base is customer education/partner training/B2B/B2C – thus skews heavy towards Customer Ed – B2B segment). Associations, regardless if professional or trade will always slide in the “Customer Ed focus).
Brainshark by Bigtincan – Sales Enablement Platform – An SEP requires a component of sales capabillities plus a learning component. An SEP is not the same as a vendor saying they do “sales training”. An SEP does that, but a lot more due to the sales functionality within it.
Cornerstone Learning (FAL) – Combo skewed more on employees. I recommend going suite here with Learning (LMS) + Content Anytime (content marketplace) + PXP (think Skills platform combined with an LXP). If you add the “Careers” mod to the above, then the system becomes a TXP (but you need all four mods).
CourseStage (CEP, FAL) – Customer Ed focused, associations and non-profits included
Raven360 (FAL) Not a full fledged SEP, rather a learning platform that gears more towards Customer Ed segment.
Relias Employee-focused, Medical, Senior Care, Behavioral Health, Health care
Rockstar LMS (CEP, FAL) – Combo. LMS with LXP functionality. From eLearning Brothers. Been out less than a year. And yet, here they are.
SAP Litmos (FAL) – Combo. If you have SAP and are debating between SF and Litmos? Trust me – go Litmos.
Sesimic – Lessonly – Sesimic is a Sales Enablement Platform, my vibe is that Lessonly will be continue to be a standalone (too many ARR accounts), but parts to go into Sesimic for the SEP powerhouse of a system. I can easily see this combo being a legit threat to MindTickle!
Schoox (CEP, FAL) – TXP. Talent Development + LXP. Legit competitor against Degreed, EdCast XP
Skilljar (FAL) Combo, Nearly 50-50 employees vs customers.
Skills Base – Skills metrics/measurement platform. This is all metrics here. Only skills metrics/measurement platform on the top 100.
Skills Hub – Employee focused – This is around the learning platform itself.