Pros and Cons of Open Source LMS

In the training industry, it is a crucial task to search and opt for the perfect Learning Management System to assist the training provision process. Coming to the terms of LMS, there are two types of LMS available in the market. They are Open-source LMS and Commercial LMS.

In this article, we will deep dive into the concept of open-source LMS along with its pros and cons. In an aim to provide a clear insight to the service provider for making a better decision on their next LMS purchase.

What is open-source LMS?

The open-source LMS provides the license for anyone and allows them to freely customize and rebrand the source code to enhance any specific feature in a way to accomplish and serves their purpose.

Pros of open-source LMS

1. Highly customizable

Customizability has the potential to incorporate even a granular detail of the company regarding the brand value, ethics, and processes. Thus, ensuring a sense of ownership among the end user.

2. Scalability

One of the notable benefits of open-source LMS is that it can scaled up as your business grows. There is no restriction/limitation in terms of bandwidth and the number of users.

3. Flexible integrations

Get unlimited integration possibilities for hassle-free data sharing across your existing business applications, such as ERP, CRM, and other HR applications.

4. Unmatched quality

The open-source LMS, services several vendors providing a round-the-clock forum support feature improvement along with security patches resulting in polished learning solutions.

5. Cost effective

One of the most complimented benefits of open-source software is that it is available with no license fee. Besides, allows to utilize every available feature and update without paying any extra costs.

Cons of open-source LMS

1. Complexity

Uncomfortable for novice users to understand the hierarchy and complex design structure. This going to cost the organization graphic designers and front-end developers to make the most out of the code.

2. Support

The open source lacks the support/help desk which is crucial to reach out and getting assistance in times of any updates, bug fixes, and security patches.

Although preferring open-source LMS can offer huge freedom to utilize the available benefits to the fullest, it places a heavy burden on the organization, In terms of management and support. It is not always what you see is what you get (WYSWYG), since making use of an open-source LMS costs an in-house technical support team, implementation, and basic support expenses.

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We offer open-source LMS implementation and end-to-end support from customization to hosting and maintenance. Besides, we have our highly-personalized and enterprise-ready LMS, ilearnbay, available as a product. It offers a competency-based learning environment with all the tools and expertise required for enterprise training and collaborations.

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