Arlington, VA — Capterra, a free web service that helps people find the right software for their business, released an infographic titled The Top 20 Most Popular LMS Software Solutions. This is the third infographic in a series that Capterra has produced to both promote a particular software sector, in this case LMS, as well as highlight the most popular vendors within that sector.
As emphasized ten months earlier when Capterra's first "Top 20 Most Popular" infographic was launched, this list is not intended to imply that these are the best solutions. Capterra CEO, Michael Ortner, reiterated that ranking the best LMS purchase for any company is much more complicated.
"As time consuming as it was to perform the market research necessary to identify the top 20 vendors, following through and finding the best software match for any given company is the ultimate goal and is much more challenging," said Ortner. "The reason we do this is that it serves as a decent starting point for the many software buyers who like to begin their research by knowing the market leaders. Much of our research is original and simply cannot be found online anywhere."
The popularity index was broken down into three components: number of clients (40%), number of end users (40%) and online presence (20%). Online presence includes traffic estimates from Compete.com, as well as LinkedIn followers, Facebook likes, Twitter followers and Klout scores ¿ each weighted equally in the 20%. This combination led the research team to the Top 20 Most Popular LMS software with Moodle, Edmodo and Blackboard claiming the 3 most popular.
LMS has been one of the fastest growing software sectors over the last decade and is now a billion dollar plus industry with hundreds of competing offerings. "We want to stress that this [infographic] should just be a starting point. There are hundreds of software offerings to choose from, so take a look at the leaders, but then continue your search for the best fit," said Ortner.
Learning management systems are used by academic institutions and companies to manage, track and deliver courses and training programs. Organizations can determine which LMS software is right for their needs by visiting Capterra's Learning Management System Software Directory and comparing more than 300 LMS programs.