Absorb LMS vs. Thought Industries

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Absorb LMS
Score 8.9 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
Thought Industries
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
The Thought Industries platform enables enterprise organizations to create, manage, distribute, monetize, and analyze their end-to-end customer education and external training initiatives. The solution addresses the unique needs of customer education, and aims to make it easy to handle complex learning operations at scale to empower growth. Its administrative capabilities include native tools and thirdparty integrations, businesses boost learner engagement, operationalize processes, and…N/A
Pricing
Absorb LMSThought Industries
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Absorb LMSThought Industries
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Absorb LMSThought Industries
Considered Both Products
Absorb LMS
Chose Absorb LMS
Absorb LMS has way more customization, better customer service, and a much more user-friendly look and feel. Sadly, Absorb LMS does not allow you to take notes on the platform, which is a huge miss. However, everything else is far superior to Thought Industries. Absorb LMS is …
Chose Absorb LMS
We felt Absorb LMS best fit our needs.
Thought Industries
Chose Thought Industries
Thought industries allowed us to create multiple customized portals in the price point we needed.
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Features
Absorb LMSThought Industries
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
8.6
52 Ratings
5% above category average
Thought Industries
7.4
4 Ratings
1% below category average
Course authoring9.239 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.246 Ratings8.44 Ratings
Player/Portal9.247 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Learning content8.034 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly7.933 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.247 Ratings7.54 Ratings
Assignments8.442 Ratings2.73 Ratings
Compliance management9.238 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration9.650 Ratings8.94 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics9.147 Ratings8.44 Ratings
Social learning6.918 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Gamification6.718 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.631 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Absorb LMSThought Industries
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(54 ratings)
8.4
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(5 ratings)
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Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
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Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
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Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
8.7
(41 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
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Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
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Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Absorb LMSThought Industries
Likelihood to Recommend
Absorb Software Inc.
Absorb is suited for any organization looking for an LMS that covers all aspects of L&D without needing other programs to create courses or analyze progress. It has many functionalities, so if one is looking for an easy, no-nonsense platform, it may be complicated.
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Thought Industries
Thought Industries is perfect if you are trying to scale your customer education business for a growing customer base. It is more expensive than their competitors, but the price is worth it based on the product and experience. Thought Industries is likely great for smaller customers, although we are an enterprise-level customer. If you are not offering multiple modalities for your training program, Thought Industries (or any LMS for that matter) might not be the best investment.
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Pros
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Usability - Both the User and Admin Experience is so simple and intuitive. The admin tools are clearly defined and laid out, yet the functionality makes it still powerful.
  • Integration - We used the Scheduled Data Imports and Exports to connect with our HRIS tool. After the initial configuration, it has worked reliably and gives me all the custom data I need to make assignments and reporting a breeze.
  • Design - I know it's covered a little bit in the Usability above, but the site just looks fantastic. There are a lot of options to customize and fit your branding requirements and all of the thumbnails/posters/billboards/etc give a very visual and appealing look to the LMS. Much better than I've seen in other products.
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Thought Industries
  • Built in eCommerce pages and purchasing options.
  • Data to drive real-time decision making.
  • Customization options.
  • Team to work with our needs and custom scope.
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Cons
Absorb Software Inc.
  • You don't have the option to make your buttons within an object skip to the next course (only the next page within the Create object), so people have to navigate using buttons on the bottom panel, which is not always intuitive
  • If you un-enroll someone and re-enroll them, they start back where they left off, instead of wiping the slate clean
  • I have not been able to figure out how to clean up the courses page (ie putting them into folders)
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Thought Industries
  • Lacks the ability to make courses required
  • Cannot pull a report for a course(s) to show who has not started the course
  • Cannot reset gamification or run specific gamification campaigns
  • Although SCORM compliant, SCORM courses often break or do not show as complete on the learner side even when the module is marked as complete on the back end
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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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Thought Industries
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Usability
Absorb Software Inc.
It's a great place to house our trainings and keep things interesting for our associates.
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Thought Industries
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Support Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
Absorb's support team has always responded to inquiries quickly and has been extremely friendly. Occasionally, our front-line support rep misunderstands the question wildly or provides feedback that is unhelpful. This is particularly true when it appears that problem is a result of a bug, rather than us using the LMS incorrectly. (We do not pay for the escalated/additional support.)
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Thought Industries
The customer support and customer success teams are really great. BUT, it is their product team that sends them into a super high rating. The product team has worked with me on several occasions to try to solve the business challenges that I have.
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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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Thought Industries
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Alternatives Considered
Absorb Software Inc.
The main reasons why we chose Absorb LMS was: 1) Best overall features for the cost 2) Easy integration with our HRIS, (ADP WFN) 3) Platform has the ability to add Skill Assessment levels 4) Professional look with easy interface for users
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Thought Industries
Thought Industries is better on the financial side and as far as ease of use. It is more affordable than Docebo and is more aligned to an external customer use case. Docebo and Tovuti seemed to be more for internal training. Tovuti was less expensive, but it was a little harder to use although it had more quiz features.
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Return on Investment
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Course enrollments and completions have increased by 500% since implementation
  • Employee visits to our learning centre have increased by 300% since implementation
  • Cost saving from a time perspective as we can automate a lot of the admin work we used to do.
  • Pre Absorb we had about 3 or 4 e-learnings that were available. We now have over 100 that are accessible to all employees
  • Ability to seamlessly integrate with Workday and Udemy allowing all learning to be in one place, people data to be imported from WD, and very comprehensive reporting
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Thought Industries
  • Multiple Months with $20,000 in eCommerce Sales.
  • Site Up Time and Engagement has remained steady for all 4 years.
  • Course authoring is faster and more efficient.
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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 Assembling courses that offer a diverse set of formats, including instructional videos, quizzes, and assessments.Screenshot of Gives Learners a thorough understanding of the course material using Absorb's rich course details page, accessible from the course catalog dashboard.Screenshot of Learners' progress insights to make data-driven decisions with the advanced reporting capabilities of Absorb LMS.Screenshot of course creation with Create AI Beta.

Thought Industries Screenshots

Screenshot of Modern-looking learning sitesScreenshot of MonetizationScreenshot of Reporting Hub