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LearningSource started with a simple idea, but we were inspired to deliver more.
Three years ago we set out to build a solution to solve a number of logistical problems associated with delivering training services. We recognised that current systems only fulfilled part of a training provider’s needs and only addressed a limited number of their problems. We knew we could develop something better.
At about the same time we set out to build our training system, we noticed a changing trend in the way people were communicating with one another. The rapid expansion of social networks such as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo, meant people were interacting online like never before. Sharing their ideas through blogs, their videos on YouTube, and collating their knowledge on sites like Wikipedia.
We noticed that while some education institutions had recognised the opportunity to leverage this new trend in online communication, nearly all training organisations hadn’t. Why? The reason was simple, it was just too hard. While online collaboration systems were available, they were hard to implement and required further administration to manage. This put them out of reach for most training organisations. Those that had implemented them found that the additional overhead in management meant it was uneconomic to integrate them into short courses.
This left us with an opportunity. If we were able to leverage existing collaboration technology and integrate it into our training management system, then make it easy to use, we were onto a winning solution. A solution that didn’t just solve problems, but allowed training organisations to enhance and extend their classroom delivered courses. To add value to their existing training services.
It has only been in the last 12 months that we identified the final key component that if integrated into our training system, would complete our system and allow us to deliver an end-to-end solution for a training business.
The missing component was a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool specifically designed for training providers, that not only integrated course information with client information, but also integrated directly with a training provider’s website, where online registrations and payments map directly with client records. The power of such a system wouldn’t just be in its ability to eliminate duplication of information and double entry of data, it would be in its ability to deliver a clearer profile of a training provider’s clients. Couple this with easy to use and effective relationship management tools and you have a system that allows a training provider to build their business for the future.
So here we are now, three years on from first conceptualising our ideas. While there is still plenty more development to go, we have a system that’s now in use and already having an impact on the way a number of training organisations run and grow their businesses.
It’s a great feeling to reach a point were we can now start to market and promote LearningSource. We look forward to sharing our journey with you now and in the future.