Growing with a TMS
Organizations often look for a TMS as they are expanding. They need to ensure that their platform will be able to grow with them – to be able to efficiently handle more training programs, resources, additional integrations, new modes of delivery such as mobile, and more.
Some organizations start with a few modules such as scheduling and then slowly add qualification and grading, only later expanding to utilize the full power of a proven TMS, one that can scale with an organization in growth mode. Other organizations jump right in, requiring an expert team to implement the TMS and ensure that all integrations are set correctly from the start.
This leads to another essential point, data migration. Organizations need to build their programs based on the training programs and resources that they have built until that point, and not start from scratch. Finding a vendor who will ensure that both the data migration and integration will run smoothly may be almost as important as selecting key capabilities. The vendor must also offer continuous, top-quality support and maintenance services with a clear roadmap of future development, and demonstrate proven project management and implementation methodology that mitigates risk and achieves a positive ROI.
While organizations are looking at the big picture, they cannot forget their individual users. A positive experience means ensuring that personnel are able to accomplish their tasks successfully in a timely manner, including interactions on both desktop and mobile. Planners, schedulers, instructors, and all other personnel who will be interacting with the system on a regular basis should have a positive experience.
A proven TMS has much to offer organizations with training programs. Organizations need to consider many factors, including capabilities, scalability, ease of use and implementation, and as discussed, the ability to integrate securely and efficiently with all the related systems.