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The challenges of deploying a Learning Management System platform with Cornerstone

The changes in the economic models due to the use of new technologies have had a profound effect on our expertise and consequently how we do business.  We need to rethink and develop services and products to satisfy customers in today’s digital world. Companies are forced to continuously adapt if they want to remain competitive and provide valid offerings in their business segment. They also face competition from startups that are ready to ‘disrupt’ the market.

The key to success therefore lies in companies’ ability to be ‘agile’ and help their employees develop, by providing continuous training so they can adapt to the new economic models.

It would be a shame to not take advantage of the technological advancements of LMS (learning management system) platforms.  The LMS platform offered by Cornerstone Ondemand, a leader in the market, meets requirements. Expertise in deployment is required to tailor solutions to a company’s contexts and challenges.

ATAWAD (*) and customization of content

The LMS platforms offered in the Cloud support the learning and development of skills by providing employees with greater access. Employees can easily master the tools and control their professional development. They therefore have a direct say in how their career develops and are closely involved in the success of their company.  The platform is configured by the company and provides online courses for target populations, grouping learning modules by theme or creating specific personalized training courses based on each employee’s needs. This optimized way to manage training allows you to meet the company’s strategic requirements as closely as possible, while satisfying the desires of the employees. The focus is on the employee and companies that do not adhere to such an approach often suffer from a poor employer brand.

A new way of managing

Managers should act as coaches and master the platform so they can be experts in learning methods and content for their teams. They should encourage the search for information and promote the different types of learning, which can be visual, audio or even experimental.

The platforms make it easier to communicate with the students, who can ask the instructor or their peers’ questions through the platform and obtain answers quickly and easily. All transactions and data are securely saved and there is no loss of information.

Traceability of training actions

The advantage of LMS platforms is that they can be used by managers as performance tools. The managers can thus track training courses. They can also tailor training courses according to the profiles, to keep participants engaged and make sure they do not drop the courses Training managers can easily track the rates of failure and success for each course and make any adjustments. Creating desire and improving efficiency by offering appropriate and successful programs is a recipe for success.

Managers can also use their highly efficient reporting to assess methods that work and analyze their teams’ progress. They can have access to comparative analysis tables, depending on their settings. The platform also features a Cost center that includes information on how the training is financed, thus allowing managers to control costs.

Rapid deployment

LMS platforms are radically changing the way we handle training. They can be deployed very quickly, since a company can obtain a platform tailored to its needs in less than 3 months. In the initial phase, the company’s needs are determined, good practices are discussed and the standard platform presented and then a prototype that meets those needs is provided.

Different organizational units need to be set up to structure the offering and understand the architecture of the customer’s company and thus create the company’s specific database. Technical terms are involved. You need to define the student’s occupation and the classification that indicates their position within the company. The approval phase comes next where the final process will be confirmed and the customer will be able to approve it. The process defined in this way will guide the configuration of the system.

During the acceptance phase, the customer will be able to test all the features and scenarios offered and discover the platform to determine whether it meets all their needs.  He or she will check that all the features they decide to activate meet their needs. They can make sure, for example, that the processes for approving a training course and the various steps involved, are adequate. This test phase can last from 2 to 4 weeks. Acceptance is a key phase in a successful project. During this period, the performance of the platform is approved, before the portal is opened to employees. The test phase is generally run with the project team.

We note that some customers often begin deployment on a reduced scope to ensure maximum efficiency and determine the initial deployments by providing access to a specific category of users. Providing access to the e-learning module, for example, before providing access to the rest. The key to success lies in proceeding step-by-step with great attention to detail.

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