This year’s Learning Technologies exhibition held at Olympia, London last week proved to be as busy as ever, appealing to a wide cross section of Learning professionals. It certainly lived up to it's reputation as the show to attend to find out what's available and current. The range of products and services on offer was extensive with most exhibitors busy conversing with delegates and demonstrating their products.
We were no exception, and enjoyed speaking to a number of HR professionals and training companies interested in the benefits of automating course administration. Systems in general appeared to be a hot topic this year, and it’s easy to understand why. With ever increasing squeezes on training budgets, every penny counts, so what better way to stretch the budget than reducing administration and reporting time.
What interests me however, is what triggers the need for change? And, once a need is identified what’s the first step in the supplier selection process? We recently produced a software implementation buyers guide which you may find useful if you are in the process or considering automation.
The Guide explores the selection process in detail including questions to ask post and pre demo, as well as reasons which may trigger the need. For example:-
- Do you manually book delegates and distribute invoices?
- Is it easy for delegates to cancel, rebook and be added to waiting lists?
- Do you currently offer discounts, special offers or promotions?
- Do you use a number of venues, hire external trainers and manage an inventory of equipment?
- Do you lose track of how many pieces of communication you issue to delegates, trainers, venues or suppliers related to one course?
- Do your trainers have mobile access to course delegate lists, sign in sheets and course documents?
- Is reporting such as tracking attendance and financials essential to your business?
Identifying your pain points is a great place to start, and if you know what you need, you have a much better chance of getting it. Often the trigger for change can be an expansion of course activity or simply the realisation that automation will facilitate growth.
accessplanit is a software house dedicated to the development of web based learning and training management systems designed to streamline business resources, provide system integration, increase control and visibility and maximise ROI through measurable reductions in administration time and cost. The accessplanit team work closely with training companies and in-house learning and development teams across all market sectors offering on-going advice, support and training to ensure that following implementation the system meets customer objectives and adds value to their business.More details of this software
Clients us accessplanit software to run training businesses, manage employee training and for extended enterprise training with suppliers and customers worldwide.
accessplanit solutions include:
Training management systems
On-line course booking and payment systems
Course registration software
Learning management systems
Appraisal and performance management
Skills and profiling
Compliance management tools