LMS Landscape – 2012 Report from IDC

Here is snapshot of what IDC has to say about the enterprise LMS Landscape. This is based on survey done in 2012 among 500 HR Executives. You can download the report here. For those that don’t have the time, here is my summary of the report.

1. According to IDC, HR Executives consider “learning” to be the least important function in the larger context of talent management. Areas such as recruiting, performance management, compensation management, career and succession planning scored more in terms of their importance in the talent management function. This is hardly surprising as the learning business is probably the most mature function among other talent management functions. Enterprises big and small have already made their investments in implementing a LMS and are looking to tackle other areas.

2. The spate of acquisitions on the vendor side clearly indicates a move towards providing a comprehensive set of talent management products or integrated talent management capabilities.

3. In terms of market share, SumTotal, Saba, SuccessFactors (SAP), Cornerstone continue to dominate. There are other players as well such as IBM, Oracle, ADP, Silkroad and Halogen. Some of these vendors have not found a place in the report as they did not have the products in place when the survey was conducted. Please refer the landscape chart from IDC below.

4. Buyers expressed dissatisfaction in the ability of vendors to integrate their products with core HR systems. I believe this is a big opportunity for the vendors to differentiate their product suite by making it easier for customers to integrate their solutions with legacy systems. As companies start thinking about Big Data for the human resource function, this gap needs to be addressed first.

IDC LMS LandscapeSrinivas Krishnaswamy


I love to read and share thoughts on technology, enterprise learning, mobile and any thing cool that impacts enterprises.

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