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Likelihood to Recommend
Storyline is useful for creating fairly complex eCourse modules with branching decision paths. If you are only looking to create very simple eCourses, its functionality might be overwhelming and unnecessary. It is helpful to have Storyline in a company's arsenal because it is widely used by eCourse vendors, so when an eCourse is delivered and requires edits (copy editing, etc.), then the content manager or LMS manager should definitely have access to this tool.
If a customer does not have SharePoint the entry in that kind of solution is a bit harder as the use of SharePoint can be so broad. It does not mean it is not the right solution as a company can use SharePoint LMS to start with and then expand to other functions and features. I strongly recommend to use SharePoint Standard or Enterprise and forgo the "free" SharePoint version as a) SharePoint's core functions and features are greatly enhanced in these two premium versions and b) more and more SharePoint LMS functions make use of these core Standard and Enterprise features in the future, like taxonomy, user profiles, etc.In general with all project it is as well recommended to have the full buy in by upper management and that the project initiative is fully supported. Adding such a solution (SharePoint LMS or any other LMS solution) will require the team not only to have a good plan on how the requirements can be achieved from a technical point of view, but how a training program can be rolled out to an organization of 5, 500, 5.000 or 50.000. The technical deployment of SharePoint LMS is measurable (I would say between 1-4 weeks based on the complexity, scale of the environment). 1-2 weeks of training (depending on the base knowledge of SharePoint in the company and the need to add knowledge of SharePoint LMS). That's it. Technically you are ready. If needed, any custom work, integration and development work comes on top. Where customer struggle is the availability and dedication of their own teams. Course content needs to be created, how should a course look like, what are the parameters, what are top ten things needed moving a course which was taught in a class room, but now to be delivered online. Buying the licenses is one thing, getting the solution up and running form a technical point of view is another, making it YOURS is the challenge!
Feature Rating Comparison
Course catalog or library
Progress tracking & certifications
Learning reporting & analytics
- It is a versatile tool that can create a wide variety of eLearning experiences.
- It interfaces well with SCORM Cloud, which is what we use for dispatching eCourses to clients.
- It is fairly inexpensive for a single user license.
- From an operational point of view (if you have SP already):
- Leverage your Investment
- Familiar, already implemented core technology (e.g. Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL)
- Minimal software license investment
- Existing Hardware / Software (can sit on top of your current SP environment, add servers when needed)
- Utilize established processes (Disaster recovery, backup, indexing, authentication)
- Minimal expansion of support staff
- Save training and retooling cost
- Familiar interface, tools and ability to leverage existing content
- If you do not have SharePoint already:
- A broad, feature reach core product which can be used almost everywhere in the company
- Flexible Design
- Supports multiple LMS setups, delivered out of one SP farm
- Easy to setup, scale, maintain and support
- Low support needs
- Used by almost everybody in all industries
- Some specific LMS features which stand out:
- SharePoint LMS has a very rich and mature feature and function portfolio
- Same if not more functions and features are available in SharePoint LMS,compared to industry leading pure LMS solution providers
- Easy to extend. From end user changing look and feel, or creating apps to super user capabilities to reflect business processes to full fledged development possibilities
- A powerful Quiz engine
- SCORM, AICC compatibility
- and so much more
- Connectivity to other system is always a must ...
- Active Directory Integration
- Inside and outside Firewall access
- Claims Based Authentication
- SSRS for Advanced Reporting
- Lync 2010 / 2013 integration for screen sharing, white boarding, presence
- O365 integration
- ADFS integration
- CRM and SAP integration possible
- Precision is a sore spot when it comes to developing in Storyline. Much like trying to be precise with items using PowerPoint, it is a frustrating prospect. I'd imagine it has something to do with the product being rooted within the MS Office/PowerPoint format.
- While I'm familiar with the ribbon in Office, it's flawed for sure. I've found this to be the same within Storyline. Again, I'd imagine it has something to do with the similarity.
- There are never enough animations/transitions. Though I've managed to mix multiple animations, etc., It's never enough.
- There is more to do on the Competency and Skill management site of the product, to make the use even broader for a company.
- As soon as TinCan is quasi accepted, SharePoint LMS will have to adopt it in their core product as an extension to SCROM, AICC, LRM and of course their native course content and delivery options
Likelihood to Renew
Based on 21 answers
I've actually extended my previous 3 year contract with Articulate into a 6 year contract. After that I expect to add another 3 years... The cost for our licenses and any additional we might need is very fair and the return on investment is achieved in a matter of months, weeks even.
Based on 2 answers
It is very simple for me: As I said, I am (we are) selling and consulting around SharePoint LMS. SharePoint LMS is a killer application which needs to be in every company which has a vision and mission to deliver and create knowledge. So you can say Thomas (me) is biased, but I only encourage you to check out the solution to hear what we have to say and stack our solution against the other solutions out there.
Based on 15 answers
The basics are easy to learn but you won't get really robust activities from using just the basics. However, if you can invest the time in learning how to use all of Storyline's features, you'll have tremendous learning development power at your fingertips. I do have to say, though, that there is a beautiful logic to how everything in Storyline works. Once you learn a few of the advanced features, you can learn them all because there's a similar underlying logic. The interface is also very appealing and friendly.
Based on 10 answers
They are support-superstars and the software they use for support is excellent too (I don't know what it is). The model they use for support should be followed by all companies. It is a conversation/discussion forum model that shows everyone's questions in a knowledge base capacity so you can get the help you need in a speedy way.
Based on 3 answers
I love the fact that both a demonstration AND text version of the tutorials are available. Our firewall was blocking the demos until I requested my company allow them! Having the text version available still enabled me to learn from the tutorials. They are very well done and informative, and there is a tutorial for just about anything you need to learn to do with Storyline. I have always been more than satisfied with the support and training available to us for all Articulate products and I love the community!
Based on 9 answers
Implementing Articulate Storyline was a straight-forward and painless as humanly possible. There were no headaches found with other authoring tools not behaving well in existing systems, it really is excellently designed software. Everything was thought out so very well.
I've used a few other products that are similar to Storyline. Captivate by Adobe is overly complex and frustrating at times, so that's gonna be a "no go" for most users. The addition of these new 360 applications (Rise, Review, etc) makes Articulate the top option when it comes to developing e-learning in my opinion.
Throughout my career I came across many different solutions for Knowledge and Collaboration and LMS systems. This includes Lotus Notes, Documentum, Live Link, LMS solutions from Oracle, ADP, another SharePoint based solution. Many years back, with the intro of Microsoft SharePoint, I was drawn to that product and solutions based on SharePoint. SharePoint is very powerful and in it current version, 2013, it is the without a doubt the most feature rich and broad solution platform out there. SharePoint LMS is in my eyes a killer application and if a company, institution or educational entity looks to create, expand, change up their training efforts for employees, customer, partners, students, SharePoint LMS is the tool to look at. If you have SharePoint already installed, it is a must look at, period. SharePoint LMS became the tool of choice, I recommended when I was a consultant, when I worked as a Director for Learning Management Systems at a local University. I am now part of a team which not only sells, but as well consults around SharePoint LMS.
Based on 4 answers
It is easy to train new users and manage content. Being able to import older projects and PPT files makes it very easy to use for a lot of "moonlighters" in our department.
Return on Investment
- Positive: The ability to use this tool for a variety of delivery methods has been great.
- Positive: Ability to adapt older training to modern, trackable replacements.
- Negative: It's pricey for multiple seats.
- Knowledge Management, Collaboration is a well used term today, maybe already to well used. However, without an effective Knowledge Management and Collaboration strategy with the company we find ourselves in an increasing difficult position to be successful in the market. Training as a company strategy becomes more and more important as only through training:
- We can increase knowledge of employees
- We can ensure certain information is distributed and understood
- Compliance is being established, delivered and measured
- We can maintain knowledge and spread it to others
- The company becomes more agile
- Training might be as well of a company interest as a tool used outside the company
- Training can be offered to others (e.g. customer and clients) as a support or sales tool
- Training can be sold to others (partners)
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