Absorb LMS vs. SmarterU.com

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Absorb LMS
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Absorb LMS aims to empower organizations to train employees with the skills needed to stay modern and relevant in today's fast-paced world. The LMS software focuses on aligning learning needs with business demands.N/A
SmarterU.com
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
SmarterU.com is a corporate-focused learning management software solution offered by Neovation Corporation.N/A
Pricing
Absorb LMSSmarterU.com
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Absorb LMSSmarterU.com
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Absorb LMSSmarterU.com
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Absorb LMS
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Absorb LMSSmarterU.com
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
8.5
77 Ratings
3% above category average
SmarterU.com
8.6
2 Ratings
4% above category average
Course authoring9.162 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.167 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Player/Portal9.270 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Learning content7.953 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Mobile friendly7.954 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.272 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Assignments8.461 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Compliance management9.257 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Learning administration9.674 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics9.072 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Social learning7.136 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Gamification6.333 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.451 Ratings00 Ratings
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Absorb LMSSmarterU.com
Small Businesses
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Score 9.6 out of 10
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Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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User Ratings
Absorb LMSSmarterU.com
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(79 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(65 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Absorb LMSSmarterU.com
Likelihood to Recommend
Absorb Software Inc.
Absorb LMS is suitable for organizations that offer a mix of in-person and online learning experiences. Its support for blended learning approaches, including virtual instructor-led training (VILT) and video module integrations, caters to organizations looking to deliver comprehensive training initiatives across different modalities that begin online but finalize in person
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
I think that SmarterU can be implemented in any organization in any industry. Especially in industries with more complex training requirements. The administration of the system is simple and the usability of the system to end users is even more simple
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Pros
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Customer Service - Our CSM, Kirsten Spak, provides friendly, timely and high quality help and has helps us to understand and efficiently use the system.
  • Course Creation - We have been able to create custom courses with a wide range of features, including branding, audio, video and assessments.
  • Reporting - Absorb LMS offers a robust reporting function which allows us to understand our users and meet the needs of our partners when user information is required for their projects.
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
  • Software works on multiple devices: computer, iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, etc.
  • Easy to navigate
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Cons
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Reporting could be better- ability to automate report to update on dashboard, ability to ask "give me top 3 courses" rather than have to define each course
  • Ability for managers to view indirect reports and assign them courses- it looks as if the functionality is there but it's not.
  • Initial training- it's really more of overview; lead users to Absorb Academy- much more useful.
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
  • Reporting System can be improved.
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Likelihood to Renew
Absorb Software Inc.
We have no plans to move away from Absorb at this time. It has all of the functionality we are looking for in a learning management system and we have a lot of info stored in our LMS system for trainings including all of our current and past employee transcripts. It is also getting easier to manager with being able to connect the LMS to ADP to update employee reporting/department/location/etc. We don't have a need or reason to move away from Absorb at this time.
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
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Usability
Absorb Software Inc.
Is really easy to use for both learners and admins. It's intuitive. Everything is where you would expect it to be and the user interface is clean, clear and simple. Bravo
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
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Support Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
Because our two CSMs that we have had (Olivia and Olga) are absolutely fantastic on answering all of our questions in a timely and professional manner. I also appreciate them taking the time to meet with me monthly to check in on new features Absorb is coming out with and any support needs we have. It is seriously the best part about working with Absorb.
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
Really good support initially, now support is OK but we have fewer needs.
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Online Training
Absorb Software Inc.
I meet and do training with my absorb support every week. and I have all my questions answered! it's great
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
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Alternatives Considered
Absorb Software Inc.
Our organization previously used LMS365, which did not support eCommerce and had difficulties supporting external users. (My understanding is the issues with external users may have been directly related to our Microsoft implementation and not directly LMS365's fault, but it was nonetheless a deal breaker for us.) Docebo was the runner up in our LMS selection process and I spent significant time chatting with the team at Docebo. It seemed like a strong competitor to Aborb. Ultimately, Absorb was both slightly more cost-efficient for our scenario.
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
Most online LMS systems work really well to track and manage training that the system is delivering. However, most systems are not very good at managing training requirements which are delivered outside of the system. For example, First Aid training, or license requirements are accomplished through third party. SmarterU was the only system we evaluation that was able to track these items with the ability to monitor the renew dates properly.
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Return on Investment
Absorb Software Inc.
  • We use the LMS as first-level client training; it gets clients' feet wet before they take a live training course. Clients appreciate that we can give them admin access so that they can be in control of their users' learning paths.
  • We have used the LMS for our recent internal product certification and have been able to track completions and scores of employees to get a better feel for internal product knowledge and award prizes, making it fun for the participants.
  • Since we have created the certification program, each new hire is enrolled in the program. This has been great for onboarding new hires.
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Neovation Corporation (SmarterU)
  • It has helped us to make sure our training is consistent across multiple locations and trainers and ensured less drift.
  • The course tracking and certification allows us to manage new hires and make sure they complete all required training to later achieve an RBT certification.
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ScreenShots

Absorb LMS Screenshots

Screenshot of a company's unique identity with a training interface that is custom-designed for the brand.Screenshot of a company's image and values with a training interface that is tailored to the brand's specific needs.Screenshot of the course creation workflow, that offer a diverse set of formats, including instructional videos, quizzes, and assessments.Screenshot of Absorb's course details page, accessible from the course catalog dashboard, used to give learners an understanding of the course material.Screenshot of learners' progress insights, used to make data-driven decisions with the reporting capabilities of Absorb LMS.Screenshot of course creation with Create AI Beta.