We hope you enjoy these monthly newsletters highlighting the recent (and exciting) activities taking place with Interactyx Limited regarding TOPYX® – our affordable social eLearning software as a service (SaaS) solution.
In July, there were a number of prestigious institutions that recognized TOPYX as a leading social LMS! Brandon Hall, Chief Learning Office magazine, Elearning! magazine, and EducationInvestor all weighed in on the benefits and value TOPYX has to offer business, academic institutions and association of any size. And, we have been renewing 100% renewal of its customers for installed TOPYX® eLearning platforms!
We have included some great content in this newsletter! Don’t miss Top 10 LMS Trends and The Revolution : Rise of the Tablets for eLearning.
Also, we are still offering you a complimentary 30-day trial site if you request a short, personal demonstration. There are going to be more exciting announcements shortly – so stay tuned by following us on Facebook and Twitter! Another good way to learn ever more about what TOPYX has to offer is to check out our YouTube Channel.
Enjoy the July 2010 TOPYX Topics newsletter. If you want to reach out to us direct, email us at email@example.com.
Why is TOPYX being recognized by the industry leaders in eLearning?
It’s time to see what an award-winning social LMS & eLearning software can do for you! There are a lot of people talking about the social eLearning software solution, TOPYX. TOPYX is a fully hosted, affordable social LMS that is like having your very own secure, branded Facebook®. We’ve taken modern social learning resources and integrated them into the traditional learning management system to enhance online learning environments with the collaboration and communication tools users are asking for.
People are talking about everything TOPYX has to offer. See what they are saying:
TOPYX has gained acceptance as an innovative, affordable solution for businesses, academic institutions and associations of any size to deliver a complete eLearning software solution to meet the needs of today’s learner that is the best value in eLearning today.
Interactyx Limited’s eLearning Software Customers Renew with TOPYX
Interactyx Limited is pleased to announce that thus far, the Company has been renewing 100% renewal of its customers for installed TOPYX® eLearning platforms. Our award winning eLearning software, TOPYX , is an affordable eLearning software as a service (SaaS) solution with integrated social learning, mobile learning (including iPads), eCommerce and multi-language localization functionality fulfilling the eLearning needs for corporate training, academic institutions, associations and small to midsize businesses.
We want you to see everything TOPYX has to offer
We are offering a 30-day trial site of TOPYX! That way, you can kick in the tires and see what TOPYX is all about.
It’s always good to see what options are available to you to get the most out of your eLearning budget. There are a lot of choices out there and we understand that it is important for you to get as much information as possible before making a decision.
Our Professional Services Partnership Program Continues to Grow
Interactyx Limited is fortunate to announce that our professional services partnership program continues to gain momentum. We have developed strategic relationships with established professional services providers to position TOPYX® as the critical technological platform for a complete training and education offering.
Our professional services partnership program is part of a larger strategy to better serve the domestic and international markets by partnering with key affiliates and eLearning partners strategically positioned in high demand areas across the world. Interactyx Limited is continuing to review and accept high-value partnership opportunities.
Top 10 LMS Trends
1. Extended Enterprise - Vendors are expanding into the wholesaler/reseller/affiliates/sales agent sector with their solutions. The note of interest is that it is occurring with all size of vendors, albeit the charge is being led by mid size vendors. Not all of the big dog vendors have entered this space, despite it being a huge revenue opportunity. That is expected to change.
2. Global markets
Often misleading in a vendor’s pitch is that they are truly global, when in fact nothing could be farther than the truth. They show you a huge map, color in the countries they are in, and you assume they have clients there, when in fact it could be just a sales office. Many vendors service multi-conglomerates that are international, rather than companies that are based only in country x and no where else. U.K. and European vendors interestingly enough, do not follow suit. While they do incorporate the multi-cong. angle with their global perspective, they do so in limited fashion. Companies in Australia and India – for the most part, identify themselves only in countries they have actually penetrated, rather than the inclusive sales office or “partnership” approach.
3. Europe, U.K., Russia, Australia/New Zealand
Two trends are appearing in higher frequency
a. U.S. and Canadian vendors are penetrating into the U.K. market (very high), Europe (moderately) and Australia/N.Z. (although more Australia) (moderate). It makes sense. With over 200 vendors in the market, and 95% plus targeting the U.S., the market is becoming more and more saturated. Too many vendors of all sizes target the Fortune 1000, and a small select few have high penetration in the Fortune 250. Thus, identifying and targeting new markets is an important driver.
b. U.K. and Europe vendors. While they have penetrated and have strong market share in the U.K. and Europe, they are equally entering the Australia market and slowly the U.S. market.
c. Asia – misleading by LMS/LCMS vendors. Many vendors will pitch they are in Asia, but in a sense they are not. They do not have clients in China nor Japan. Many have clients in Australia and a few in N.Z., which they place under “Asia”.
4. Easier UI – front end – what the end user sees. Vendors are finally getting it and realizing that the end user in fact is essential to the client’s success. UI (User interface) is becoming more friendly and intuitive. The growth behind this trend, is the charge of smaller size vendors. Even some of the Big Dogs are finally getting it, albeit some have a way to go.
5. Wizards, Graphs and Administration side. Equally growing is the admin side becoming more user friendly, intuitive and requiring less and less tech skills. Wizards is the new trend, enabling admins regardless of tech skill to create and make changes quickly. Report capabilities are becoming equally more robust with the added inclusion of visual – graphs, bar charts. Ad-hoc reporting features is increasingly growing and will only continue to become an important choice.
6. Expansion into the SBM (Small Business Market). Smaller size vendors already see this as a real revenue generator. Some of these vendors are only targeting this market and not anything higher. Now, the mid size and big dogs see this as an equal revenue growth opportunity. That said, some big dogs have focused and thus created products geared towards the plus 1,000 or 5,000 employees that their solution does not offer the necessary features and capabilities to penetrate effectively into the market. Pricing becomes an equal challenge to them, especially when they love to use add-on modules. Many smaller size vendors identify the SBMs as less than 500 employees, others value it as less than 250 employees. The challenge will be to truly define the SBMs space.
7. Talent and Performance Management. Extremely high trend, especially in the midsize and big dog vendors. Two approaches are being seen.
a. Modules that focus on recruiting, along with TPM
b. Modules that only focus on Talent/Performance Management
8. API’s and Widgets. LMS/LCMS vendors wishing to a slight degree to incorporate social learning without fully entering are adding Widgets to the mix. Administrators can add these pieces into their system. Some vendors are providing some widgets are part of their system, and then customers can go onto the web and locate widgets to add or more often than not, create their own. Hence, a stronger tech skill is required. The growth of open source and with Web 3.0 (another buzz word) coming into play, APIs (Application Program Interface) is showing up as well.
9. Mobile Learning. Two levels of thought
a. Incorporation from the standpoint of smart phones but with limited features – a la see it as a collaborative learning tool, social learning angle
b. Tablets – Ipad (first and foremost), then other tablets. This option, will enable courses to be taken via the tablet, plus social learning functionality/collaborative and even if the vendor so chooses access into their LMS.
10. Social Learning.
I conducted a survey, which found that 45% of companies planned to incorporate social learning into their LMS/LCMS by the end of 2010.
While you may be aware of Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, there are over 190 social networking sites; over 20 different types of social media – inc. app sharing, livecasting, social bookmarks, social news and network aggregators, streaming video, Video/Audio, slideshare presentation, event management to name a few. Each type has a good size number of companies in each space.
Social eLearning Software with Embedded Content Authoring Tool
We are proud to announce that Interactyx Limited has partnered with Udutu Online Learning Systems Inc. in order to combine two award winning services into one great social eLearning software offering. TOPYX® is an affordable eLearning software as a service (SaaS) solution with integrated social learning, mobile learning and eCommerce functionality; fulfilling the modern eLearning needs for any size business, academic institution, or association. Being recognized as Best of Elearning! Magazine award and one of Top Five Up and Coming LMSs by Brandon Hall, the TOPYX eLearning platform has been further improved with “one of the best kept secrets in eLearning authoring tools¹”, Udutu’s myUdutu course authoring tool.
eLearning Software, TOPYX, Named as a Finalist for the 2010 EducationInvestor Awards
Interactyx’s eLearning software solution, TOPYX, is being recognized by EducationInvestor magazine as a 2010 award finalist for the ‘Use of Educational Technology’ category for the outstanding eLearning solution with integrated social learning resources TOPYX offer’s international educational institutions and businesses of all sizes.
EducationInvestor has established itself as the business magazine for the education sector. Now we’d like to give you a chance to celebrate the achievements of your organization.
Marketing Your LMS Internally
Many people believe that once they have implemented their LMS/LCMS that everyone will come running to use the system. Nothing could be farther than the truth.
Worse they assume that if it is “mandatory” everyone is going to access it because it is required. Thus creating a marketing strategy while you are working on/implementing your LMS is essential to build an audience and expand for future growth.
There is much more information regarding social eLearning solutions at www.interactyx.com.
We would like to personally discuss your eLearning and training needs. So, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you reach your goals