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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate can open up the door to eLearning, but it is not quite as intuitive as I would have liked to see. There is a lot of support for Adobe Captivate, but it must be constantly sought out on specific topics. The integration of Adobe Stock and Assets gives Captivate a strong push.
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Cornerstone OnDemand

Their learning system is unmatched - it really has most of the features we required in our environment which is heavily instructor led as well as online. If they can get their support lined out to provide timely support they will be the leader in this area and I would be able to give them a 10
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
8.2
Cornerstone OnDemand
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Cornerstone OnDemand
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
7.7
Cornerstone OnDemand
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
7.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
8.1
Cornerstone OnDemand
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Cornerstone OnDemand
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
9.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Cornerstone OnDemand
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
7.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
8.3
Cornerstone OnDemand

Onboarding

Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5
New hire portal
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Manager tracking tools
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1
Compliance tracking and reporting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.8

Performance and Goals

Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Corporate goal setting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Subordinate goal setting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Individual goal setting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Line-of sight-visibility
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Performance tracking
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5

Performance Management

Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Performance plans
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Plan weighting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1
Performance improvement plans
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Review status tracking
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.0
Rater nomination workflow
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.1
Review reminders
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Workflow restrictions
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.1
Multiple review frequency
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.8
Reporting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.8

Succession Planning

Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.3
Create succession plans/pools
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Candidate ranking
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.3
Candidate search
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.7
Candidate development
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0

Recruiting / ATS

Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.1
Job Requisition Management
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6
Company Website Posting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Publish to Social Media
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
Job Search Site Posting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Customized Application Form
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.8
Resume Management
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Candidate Search
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Applicant Tracking
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Collaboration
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Task Creation and Delegation
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
4.5
Email Templates
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
User Permissions
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Notifications and Alerts
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Reporting
Adobe Captivate
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.3

Pros

  • Adobe Captivate can integrate current PowerPoint presentation, and transform them into eLearning curriculum.
  • Publishing an Adobe Captivate project is simple.
  • Adobe Captivate uses built-in interactions to engage the learner, making the content easier to remember.
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  • Learning: The learning assignment tool does a great job at both one off assignments and dynamic assignments that can be based on different Organization Units.
  • System: The system is very customizable which is great for allowing it to fit within your organization. It does make it a more complex system to manage that something that is out of the box but if your organization is complex, this is definitely a pro. You can assign custom fields in most places in the system too.
  • System: Security is robust and allows for many different permissions that can be assigned to groups then people can be added to groups either as a person or by an organization unit or by custom fields.
  • Learning: It handles instructor led training very well which is something many other LMS's do not do at all. In our organization we have many of these every year that we need to track for CPE (Continuing Professional Education) purposes.
  • System: Web service (API) or FTP interfaces are available for automating the data flow in and out of Cornerstone.
  • System: Custom Reporting works very well and allows a report writer to create and share reports to users as needed. I use the custom reports 100% over the standard reports to get exactly what I need to the correct users.
  • System: Customizable emails can be configured at the system level as well as at the learning object level or performance task level as needed. It is recommend for easy of administration to utilize the system level as much as possible for any types of future changes (such as logo or wording changes needed).
  • Performance: Performance tasks are very configurable to go out to who you need them do and shut down on a schedule.
  • Performance: The ability to bring in last years goals so you can rate them as well as a next year goal planning is a great feature.
  • System: Online help is very robust and very thorough.
  • Releases: Quarterly releases are very well managed with many details in the release notes and full cycle to complete testing in a Stage system.
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Cons

  • I honestly can't think of how to improve Adobe Captivate at this time. I've been using Adobe Captivate for years to create eLearning content. While I also use other authoring tools, I always come back to Adobe Captivate to do my heavy lifting. It's a great product!
  • I just thought about one thing. I really like the way I can animate square and circles in Camtasia to look as if they were hand drawn. I wish I could do the same with Adobe Captivate.
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  • Global Product Support. Their support team can be slow to respond and resolve issues. They are constantly blaming it on growing pains. However, that cannot be an excuse. Every company wants to grow bigger and they need to adjust their support model to accommodate it.
  • Multimedia support. Cornerstone OnDemand does support video learning and embedding videos on custom pages, however, they just rolled this out to everyone and it has some catching up to do. Competitors have supported this feature for quite some time and are ahead of the curve on it.
  • Responsive design support for Welcome and Custom pages. Cornerstone OnDemand is making much of their system responsive for mobile use. However, the page builder that is used to make your Welcome and Custom pages has not been updated for some time. It doesn't always support some HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript functions. The work-arounds to get some designs to work correctly is troublesome.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate9.3
Based on 3 answers
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be using Adobe Captivate for years to come. There are so many uses for the software that we are just scratching the surface. The more we use it, the better it gets. This is a great option for anyone looking for an eLearning authoring tool.
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Cornerstone OnDemand6.6
Based on 16 answers
We have had a lot of issues with Cornerstone and are unhappy with their technical support. However, our employees and management enjoy the system and it has become embedded in our operations. At this point, changing to a new system would not create enough value to be worth the cost and time
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Usability

Adobe Captivate8.0
Based on 2 answers
Adobe Captivate does take some getting used to. There are features that are much more convoluted than they need to be, but overall it is a great product with a some excellent features. Being in a pretty small market, Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline dominate the space. They are not the same software, but allow for eLearning authoring. Each has their benefit and their downside, but, for me, Adobe Captivate edges out Storyline.
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Cornerstone OnDemand7.0
Based on 12 answers
Not sure how to elaborate here - it was as simple as it could possibly be - one touch, type, done. Easy.
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers yet
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Cornerstone OnDemand8.2
Based on 2 answers
It was down for a couple of hours in our first month. Occasionally, in the evening we have trouble logging in even though it is not a maintenance window.
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Performance

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Cornerstone OnDemand2.7
Based on 2 answers
It’s surprisingly slow for a SAAS product. When you click on links, there’s no hourglass or waiting indicator, so it’s difficult to tell if the system is going to respond.
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Support

Adobe Captivate8.3
Based on 2 answers
The support team is good in responding and maintaining communication. Sometimes...well...almost always, you will find yourself having to use a 2nd attempt with more details and easier terminology to get the tech to understand the question or situation. These techs should know English 100% and their product 100% to be on a support team for the USA. I do not get the impression this is true.
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Cornerstone OnDemand5.0
Based on 8 answers
They are doing a great job of creating new features and fixing anything that is broken. However, sometimes you have to wait until the next quarterly update to get something fixed. I also feel like their Global Product Support team could be better. Perhaps hiring additional people would help.
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In-Person Training

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Cornerstone OnDemand8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very personable and patient. Features that I'm sure to them are very simple and repetitive were trained with patience and understanding.
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Online Training

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Cornerstone OnDemand9.1
Based on 2 answers
The interface not great. It would be nice to have a full video vs. slide by slide.

They use their LMS tool – it’s a curriculum. It is slow going.
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Implementation

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Cornerstone OnDemand6.4
Based on 4 answers
Dig deep on what your current processes are and how they match up to Cornerstone OnDemand functionality. It's not that the Cornerstone OnDemand is bad, it just the amount of work it requires you to do to get your current data to fit into their system.
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Alternatives Considered

As I mentioned before, I've used Adobe Captivate for a long time. I've used other authoring tools, but always come back to Adobe Captivate to do my heavy lifting. Perhaps, I'm just more comfortable with Adobe Captivate and always am surprised at what I can do with it. Camtasia works well with my video, but Adobe Captivate can do it all.
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Considering all five Learning Management Systems that I have been the admin for, Cornerstone OnDemand is my favorite; especially for corporate organizations. I believe they offer a complete package. I always keep my eye on new solutions and some are doing some interesting things, however, I will stick with Cornerstone OnDemand for the foreseeable future.
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Scalability

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Cornerstone OnDemand9.1
Based on 1 answer
It can accomodate any number of users (that you're willing to pay for) and serves as a training archive
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Return on Investment

  • We recently stopped using a vendor-supplied Security Awareness training and created our own in Captivate. Doing so saved our organization $15,000 per year.
  • We are looking to stop using other vendor-supplied training that will save us an additional $45,000 per year.
  • Adobe Captviate's subscription program is the way to go. For roughly $40 per month, we are able to use Captivate and receive all enhancements they release.
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  • Cornerstone has already helped us deliver training from two major projects to our user base. In order to remain in compliance and avoid SOX violations, we used Cornerstone to distribute mandatory training to our users as well. The reporting capability is powerful and easy to use and allowed us to easily track our users' progress.
  • Cornerstone is not cheap. However, the travel costs the training team will save from moving from instructor-led training to eLearning modules are projected to be huge.
  • Users are becoming more apt to take eLearning modules. The median age at my company is 47, so we have had some resistance to change from instructor-led training to eLearning. However, they now understand that they have resources available to them 24/7, which has been a huge win to them.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Cornerstone OnDemand

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
1.  One-time fee
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