Learning Systems

The Fosway Group 9-Grid™ report for Learning Systems is a multi-dimensional model that can be used to understand the relative position of solutions and providers predominantly in the UK and European markets. It allows you to compare different solutions based on their Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and Future Trajectories across the market. The report is updated annually.

Ask the Analyst: Live Q&A

Our analysts are hosted a live online session answering your questions about the new 9-Grid™. Join Fosway’s founder and CEO, David Wilson, and senior analyst, Fiona Leteney as they unpack this year’s research. This unique session answers your burning questions around the 2021 research and the 9-Grid™ in general.

2021 Fosway 9-Grid - Learning Systems

Download your free copy above which includes a full summary of the latest market and solution trends in Learning Systems. In order to understand how to interpret the research properly, we strongly recommend that you read our background paper ‘Introduction to the Fosway 9-Grid™’ which explains the model in detail.

The LMS and LXP labels now need to go for good. As we predicted, the convergence of modern learning systems has continued apace. As Specialists continue to backfill their solutions with traditional LMS functionality, the Suites are integrating specialist capabilities to be more disruptive. Where they meet in the middle is hugely confusing for buyers.
David Wilson, CEO, Fosway Group

There is a very important difference between 9-Grid™ and other analyst models. In the 9-Grid™ all of the nine zones have value, and more interestingly, have an associated set of actions that can help you to maximise the value of the relationship with different vendors.

This means that being in the top right is not the only valid selection point. For some organisations, top right may not even be desirable. There are many other zones that offer success, especially when balanced against Total Cost of Ownership. In order to understand how to interpret the research properly, we strongly recommend that you read our background paper ‘Introduction to the Fosway 9-Grid™’ which explains the model in detail.

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What are Suites and Specialists?

Learning System Suites

These are platforms supporting and integrating a broad range of traditional and next gen learning approaches. They aim to cover all the main bases – traditional learning management, heightened learner experience, old and new learning channels. They are the evolution of LMSs that have added next gen and learner experience capabilities, but also the evolution of the NGLEs/LXPs that have back-filled learning management capability to become a ‘one stop shop’ for modern learning. They are the complete opposite of Learning System Specialists.

Learning System Specialists

They unashamedly focus on specific areas of capability with a disruptive high impact agenda. Whether that is being the best at mobile learning, doing AI-managed adaptive delivery, or building integrated learner experiences from multiple sources, Specialists have a focused proposition and want to lead the market in their chosen focus area. Specialists will rarely be the only Learning System in an organisation. They cannot cover all the areas of learning that a company needs to manage or support. Instead their goal is to disrupt the Suites and to deliver heightened impact in a specific area of modern learning.

Digital Learning Realities Research

It’s an understatement to say that things have changed rapidly during 2020 and L&D is now more than ever at the forefront of supporting extraordinary changes to how we all work and learn.

Fosway Group and Learning Technologies are aiming to get under the skin of your priorities and the new demands being placed on L&D by organisations, stakeholders and learners. And we will be looking to share priority access to the results with respondents as we enter the Spring.

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