Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Why do we sacrifice?
I am still at a loss to understand why so many learning and development functions sacrifice the opportunity to ensure the LMS in their organisation becomes an integral (i.e. Mission Critical) system within their organisation.
I hear so much talk about integrating with Share point, Social Media, Content Management Systems and the like, that I think Learning functions have lost sight of how to demonstrate value to their organisation.
Sure you have the typical ROI measures that accompany successful systems usage but how often does management hear about the value of the blended program being completed and utilised or individual development plans being seen through to their end? How often does the evidence on the academic transcripts reflect the amount of development time people have engaged in to fulfill their development plan? How often has the direct reporting manager used the system to engage and identify with an individuals goals and aspirations?
This knowledge capture is vital for the learning function if they are going to demonstrate real value to the leadership of an organisation. It allows them to differentiate their services based on a (favourably) weighted argument that demonstrates the base benefits of the LMS and it's contribution to organisational systems and the learning function in turn.
There will be time for integration and using the benefits of emerging technologies but for now, and especially now, lets not sacrifice the opportunity to demonstrate real value......
Posted by Wilko