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At Ziiva, we offer more than a comprehensive, tailor-fit Learning Management System. We are always seeking ways to enrich your company culture and improve the online learning experience that you offer to your students, employees, customers, or users.


Making sure your new LMS works for all devices

Posted by susan reuter on Tue, Feb 27, 2018

When switching your LMS, it may have compatibility issues with older browsers or operating systems. Use our infographic to help determine what your user base needs:

Making sure your new LMS works for your user base: Does the LMS work best in certain web browsers? Does the LMS require pop-ups to be enabled? Is the LMS Javascript enabled? Are LMS URLs listed as trusted sites? The best way to address browser requirements is to examine your user base. Are they part of a corporate network? YES: They will likely use the same or similar browsers and operating systems. NO: Work with your LMS provider to identify your user base. You may want to consider adding a notice for users about what browsers and features are supported. YES: Check LMS compatability: Check browser compatibility: Some corporations don't upgrade their platforms regularly and may be running old versions of browsers. Network firewall issues: There may be settings on that network's firewall that will need to be updated. This means providing the new LMS domains/IP addresses to the IT team responsible for that network.

See also: 
Five IT points to consider when changing your LMS
Changing your Learning Management System (LMS) can present a number of IT challenges and questions.

Topics: lms content, learning management systems, elearning tools, switching LMS, users, corporate network, browser compatibility, networks





Transferring LMS user records and training history

Posted by susan reuter on Tue, Feb 06, 2018

Transferring and creating user records can get complicated when switching to a new LMS. If you're having issues, we have some methods that can help:

Tranferring old user records infographic

See also: 
Five IT points to consider when changing your LMS
Changing your Learning Management System (LMS) can present a number of IT challenges and questions.

Topics: lms content, learning management systems, elearning tools, switching LMS, user records





Extracting data from your old system

Posted by susan reuter on Fri, Jan 26, 2018

 After you get your content off your old system and onto your new LMS, it’s time to extract your data.

Ziiva content transfer infographic

We believe it’s imperative that you have access to your user data and history at any time. In order to ensure consistent access, make sure your new LMS provider will either have the tools available for you to extract this data yourself, or provides regularly scheduled exports and updates.

See also: 

Getting content off your old LMS infographic

Five IT points to consider when changing your LMS
Changing your Learning Management System (LMS) can present a number of IT challenges and questions.

Topics: user records, networks, switching LMS, lms content, lms tips





Getting content off your old LMS

Posted by susan reuter on Thu, Jan 11, 2018

One challenge that concerns many of our new clients is how to get their information off their old LMS. There are a number of ways to collect your information, so we have developed an infographic that will guide you through the process:

An infographic showing how to get your content off your old LMS.

See also: 
Five IT points to consider when changing your LMS
Changing your Learning Management System (LMS) can present a number of IT challenges and questions.

Topics: lms content, learning management systems, elearning tools, switching LMS





Is on-premise, perpetual licensing right for you?

Posted by susan reuter on Thu, Jan 04, 2018

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You may already be familiar with the difference between cloud-hosting and on-premise hosting, and have heard about the overwhelming trend of organizations moving to the former.

The learning management industry is no different; according to a 2015 Capterra study, 87 percent of respondents use a web-based LMS, while only 13 percent have an on-premise or installed system.

But this doesn’t mean cloud-hosting is the best option for everybody. As is true with so many of the features and capabilities of an LMS, it depends on what you’re looking for.

home_server.gifHosting an LMS on premise has advantages that can be overlooked and undervalued in the mass exodus to cloud.  

There may be few LMS providers who offer this option, but many organizations need it.
Are you one of them?

In this blog post, we dive deep into on-premise hosting—what it is, what its benefits are, and who are the best candidates for this LMS hosting option.

What is an on-premise system?

There are different terms associated with this option:

  • On-premise
  • Self-hosting

An organization will buy the LMS system up front, and it’s theirs forever— hosted on their local systems or with third-party hosting. They have the option to pay the LMS provider for annual maintenance to get tech support, updates, and upgrades, but many have internal IT teams to cover this.

  • Perpetual licensing

Perpetual licensing is another associated term, and it refers to when an organization purchases the LMS license. This option is a popular model for self-hosted, on-premise installations of enterprise software.

Who needs self-hosting?

On-premise/self-hosting makes sense for large organizations who have:

  • In-house IT departments 
  • Resources for implementation and maintenance
  • Strict security requirements
  • High volume use

Why host on premise?

Companies who want on-premise hosting for their LMS (banking, financial services, government agencies, etc.) are usually looking for controlled environments to store proprietary or sensitive information.

Hosting on premise means that an organization has complete control over their LMS hosting environment. This is attractive to many organization for five main reasons:

  • Strict operations processes
  • High customization potential
  • High scalability
  • Control over security procedures and processes
  • Integration with other installed systems

Strict operations processes
An on-premise or self-hosted LMS can be the answer when your organization demands strict control over upgrade and release schedule to meet requirements such as 21 CFR Part 11 regulations or ISO requirements.

High customization potential
With on-premise hosting, you can use the LMS however you want and customize it endlessly (although you will need an LMS core platform that has that kind of flexibility).

High scalability
When you’ve got the LMS license, there is no limit to the number of users on your system, and there’s no cost to add more.

Control over security procedures and processes
With self-hosting, your LMS lives at home (or on a private server), which means it’s in a predictable server environment. No changes (updates, overhauls, maintenance, etc.) will be executed without your say-so, and all data and operations stay behind your firewall.

With an in-house server, your IT team minimizes downtime and schedules maintenance based on your schedule.

Integration with other installed system
If you already host other management software (talent management or HR), the implementation and integration of one more system is relatively easy.


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See also:
Five IT points to consider when changing your LMS
Changing your Learning Management System (LMS) can present a number of IT challenges and questions.

Topics: learning management system, lms tips, self-hosted LMS