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Feature Set Ratings

    Learning Management

    8.5

    Absorb LMS

    85%

    Brainshark

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Absorb LMS ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Course authoring

    8.8
    88%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Course catalog or library

    8.4
    84%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Player/Portal

    8.4
    84%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning content

    8.9
    89%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile friendly

    8.0
    80%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Progress tracking & certifications

    8.3
    83%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Assignments

    8.7
    87%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Compliance management

    7.6
    76%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning administration

    8.6
    86%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Learning reporting & analytics

    7.5
    75%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Social learning

    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Gamification

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning

    8.4
    84%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Absorb LMS is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew
    • Absorb LMS and Brainshark are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.3

    Absorb LMS

    83%
    10 Ratings
    7.7

    Brainshark

    77%
    52 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.1

    Absorb LMS

    91%
    1 Rating
    8.2

    Brainshark

    82%
    39 Ratings

    Usability

    Absorb LMS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Brainshark

    100%
    8 Ratings

    Availability

    Absorb LMS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Brainshark

    91%
    8 Ratings

    Performance

    Absorb LMS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Brainshark

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    Absorb LMS

    90%
    4 Ratings
    9.0

    Brainshark

    90%
    15 Ratings

    Online Training

    Absorb LMS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Brainshark

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Absorb LMS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    Brainshark

    87%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Absorb LMS Software Inc.

    All in all, the Absorb LMS system is a user-friendly system for the employee as well as the administrator. Creating courses is not cumbersome and allows for a variety of types. The only missing type of content that it doesn't allow is the upload of a PPT that can be viewed directly in the training window instead of forcing the download to the user's computer. The workaround is to save the PPT presentation as a video or to create a scorm file. I really like the scheduled emailed course activity reports that can be set up for course owners so that they may track course completion by users. All in all, I would highly rate the system from a cost standpoint, user-friendliness, and in the area of course creation. I do wish the more advanced reporting features were included without a significant cost upgrade.
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    Bigtincan

    Brainshark is very user-friendly and it’s very easy to create learning content, even a beginner could walk through it fairly easily. They also have a great support team and help site that can pretty much answer any question with video tutorials.
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    Pros

    Absorb LMS Software Inc.

    • The admin reporting dashboard is amazing. Customizing widgets with course stats for our courses allows us to see (or share with stakeholders) visual representations of our progress immediately upon login.
    • Publishing SCORM content from Create into the LMS is seamless. Maintenance and editing is a breeze!
    • I have worked in many systems in my tenure as a designer at multiple companies- the admin side of Absorb is by FAR the easiest to learn and use. Many systems have a deeply nested structure that is difficult to navigate - Absorb has lots of features and options but doesn't nest them in a way that difficult to understand.
    • The LMS is flexible and provides options regarding course setup that is nearly limitless. If you want multiple lessons within one course you can do that- if you want only one lesson per course but then you want to build a curriculum you can do that. You can enforce orders with ease. Set up enrollment rules with ease. Use email messaging from within the system- or turn it off for individual courses while not affecting global levels. Those are just a few examples of things I have done in Absorb with ease that couldn't be done in other systems I worked with.
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    Bigtincan

    • I love how easy creating a Brainshark and their formal learning is to use. Upload an animated Power Point, record audio, add music, or use videos etc.
    • Their formal learning also keeps track of people in classes, allows us to invite people to a curricula, send notifications when classes are added, and update on the fly without having to resubmit all new classes.
    • I also love that people in classes can run their own transcript and see where they are in a program, and if graded how they scored.
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    Cons

    Absorb LMS Software Inc.

    • Communication of updates in the Platform can be improved.
    • Social interactions amongst the learners can be improved to facilitate an environment of learning.
    • A quick search bar can be added to search for courses.
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    Bigtincan

    • Brainshark has addressed a number of feature enhancements over the past two years...it really performs at a high level on a consistent basis...
    • Ocassionally we run into a large video file >500mb that we have to address directly with support but it does not happen very often...
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    Pricing Details

    Absorb LMS

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Absorb LMS editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Brainshark

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Brainshark editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Absorb LMS Software Inc.

        I enjoy using Absorb, especially as a first-time user and not being familiar with an LMS. I have also received a great amount of support.
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        Bigtincan

        Our customers (internal employees) have expressed desired for online learning and we have received positive feedback on the Brainshark modules used in eLearning and communications. We are also increasing usage at the project level as the word spreads about the benefits of using Brainshark.
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        Usability

        Absorb LMS Software Inc.

        No answers on this topic

        Bigtincan

        The vendor offers customer support services that are reliable and diverse and this ensures that users do not get stuck anywhere in using the platform and are able to use with minimal hitches.
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        Reliability and Availability

        Absorb LMS Software Inc.

        No answers on this topic

        Bigtincan

        I'm always able to access Brainshark, whether it is to upload, record, share, download, or view presentations. Whenever I do need to contact someone at Brainshark, there is always someone there. I have never had a problem accessing a presentation and any updates to presentations are viewable immediately.
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        Support Rating

        Absorb LMS Software Inc.

        Support is very helpful when needed. It is easy to open a ticket and support is always quick to assist in getting the issue fixed the first time. My only issue was an issue we had for a long time when trying to get the file feed up and running which never seemed to work right, however it does now work correctly the way we want it to.
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        Bigtincan

        We've found a few glitches and needed some branding updated. Each time we've called, they were super responsive and cared about my issue as much as I did! They've even helped me (and another vendor) figure out how to have this other outside software integrate with theirs to achieve an even greater presentation. I'm super impressed with their Customer Service people.
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        Online Training

        Absorb LMS Software Inc.

        No answers on this topic

        Bigtincan

        The training is easy to use. You can take as little or as much as you need. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. There is a variety of training you can take. There are mini lessons, courses, and webinars. The folks at Brainshark truly want to help you have the best presentation possible.
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        Implementation Rating

        Absorb LMS Software Inc.

        No answers on this topic

        Bigtincan

        Their ongoing support after implementation is excellent and easy to access...
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        Alternatives Considered

        Absorb LMS Software Inc.

        Absorb LMS is the only LMS we have used and we made the selection based on recommendations from other Learning and Development Professionals in our industry.
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        Bigtincan

        There are a lot of sites that allow you to host/share content in the loud. What won for me was their tracking, analytics, and reporting. At the time there was nobody even close to Brainshark and I have not seen anything since that would make me want to switch. I look forward to many years working with them.
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        Return on Investment

        Absorb LMS Software Inc.

        • Absorb [LMS] allows us to decrease live customer training by 80 percent
        • Required much larger time investment than expected
        • Consulting services routinely delivered modules late
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        Bigtincan

        • Client satisfaction - we send out summaries of our big webcasts/conference calls via Brainshark. We've received lots of replies stating they love the format because they can consume the information on their own time.
        • Time to market - before Brainshark, it took several days, if not weeks to work with a design team to get professional-looking summaries available. Now, we have the process down to a day or two.
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