Published: December 9, 2016

Talented Learning Unveils 2016 LMS Vendor Awards

Learning technology analyst and consultant, John Leh, announces "best of the best" LMS winners in 12 categories

Talented Learning, LLC

Joelle Girton

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2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

BLOOMSBURG, PA – December 8, 2016 – Independent learning technology analysis and consulting firm, Talented Learning LLC, recognized the "best of the best" learning management systems vendors this week, with its 2nd Annual LMS Vendor Awards. Winners were revealed by the firm's CEO and lead analyst, John Leh, in an announcement on the Talented Learning blog.

"Because we spend every day shoulder-to-shoulder with LMS buyers and sellers, we have a unique insider's perspective on what's happening in the world of learning technology and innovation," Leh explained. "Once a year, it's important to step back and celebrate vendors who truly are moving the market forward. The companies and individuals on this year's list are shaping the future of learning, and they deserve enthusiastic recognition for their accomplishments."

The LMS Vendor Awards Selection Process

With more than 700 diverse LMS vendors in today's complex learning technology marketplace, the process of choosing "the best of the best" isn't easy. Talented Learning selected its award candidates from more than 125 top-tier vendors it has evaluated in-depth during the past 3 years.

Analysts meet directly with LMS vendors to understand who they are, what they do, why they are unique, and who their customers are. Then they compare solutions by documenting and evaluating hundreds of pre-determined product, service and business characteristics.

When the awards were launched in 2015, Talented Learning selected 10 finalists in each category. This year, the firm narrowed the field of finalists to only 5 vendors, so winning choices would not be diluted. After choosing the top 5 vendors for each award, analysts designated three winners, and two honorable mentions.

2016 LMS Award Winners By Category

The top three vendors in each category are listed below, ordered by award rank (1) (2) (3):

  • Best All-Purpose Extended Enterprise LMS: eLogic Learning (1), Docebo (2), Expertus (3)
  • Best Channel/Partner LMS:  NetExam (1), Bluevolt (2), Latitude Learning (3)
  • Best Customer LMS:  KMI Learning (1), Learndot (2), Litmos (3)
  • Best Compliance LMS:  NetDimensions (1), RISC (2), eLogic Learning (3)
  • Best Talent LMS:  Cornerstone (1), Saba (2), SumTotal Systems (3)
  • Best Continuing Education LMS:  Your Membership (1), eLogic Learning (2), EthosCE (3)
  • Best Association LMS:  WBT Systems (1), Blue Sky eLearn (2), Abila (3)
  • Best Academic LMS:  Instructure Canvas (1), Blackboard (2), Schoology (3)

This year, Talented Learning analysts also looked beyond product features, to honor other factors associated with LMS vendor excellence. Those awards include:

  • Best Learning Technology Innovator:  Degreed (1), EdCast (2), WalkMe (3)
  • Best LMS Thought Leader:  Totara (1), Learndot (2), Docebo (3)
  • Best LMS Demonstrator:  Linda Bowers - WBT Systems (1), Brad Newell - eLogic Learning (2), Himansu Karunadasa - NetExam (3)
  • Best LMS Sales Star:  Gilles Defer - WBT Systems (1), Joe Yates - eLogic Learning (2), Mike Bourassa - WBT Systems (3)

More About the 2016 LMS Awards

For complete definitions of each category, lists of the five finalists for each award, and details about the selection process, read the original announcement.

About Talented Learning

Talented Learning is an independent research and consulting firm devoted to helping organizations of all sizes choose and use modern LMS solutions and related technologies for their unique business needs.

Insights from Talented Learning help organizations at every stage of the learning technology implementation lifecycle, from business case development and requirements definition to vendor evaluation and selection. Our analysts also serve as trusted advisors to modern LMS vendors who must manage product positioning and roadmaps in today’s dynamic eLearning landscape.

For more information, visit Talented Learning online or send email inquiries to:  talented (at) talentedlearning (dot) com.