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Largest-Ever Study on Learning Management Systems Released by
[January 19, 2005]

Largest-Ever Study on Learning Management Systems Released by

SUNNYVALE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 19, 2005 -- In what is certain to be a landmark resource for training professionals, a new study reveals how technology for learning is permeating the fabric of business culture -- not only in large corporations, but in medium- and small-sized companies too. The most in-depth study to date on the topic of learning management systems has just been released by, the country's e-learning research pioneer.

"LMS KnowledgeBase 2005: In-Depth Profiles of 52 Learning Management Systems, with Custom Comparison Across 200+ Features" not only takes a critical look at strengths and weaknesses of 52 leading learning management products; it also identifies market trends based on the largest number of vendors ever included in research.

For the study, learning management systems representing 84.5 million registered learners were queried on features, market share, and capabilities. The study uncovers interesting data about LMS usage, including:

-- 66 percent of all LMS implementations are inside medium- to small-sized companies, with most companies averaging 75 employees

-- 22 percent of LMS implementations are in small companies with revenues under $100 million

-- The largest percentage of LMS implementations are for the governmental market, at 14.14 percent

-- 94 percent of LMS systems support basic classroom management functionality

-- 63 percent of LMS systems have some sort of basic authoring capability

-- Implementation of an LMS system takes an average of 6.5 weeks

-- $77 million per year is currently spent on R&D by LMS vendors

"Our LMS data has grown substantially over the last few years, to the point where we now have it all online for users to slice and dice and compare LMS products side-by-side," said Brandon Hall, Ph.D, CEO and lead researcher for the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company. "It has also allowed us to track the adoption of LMS products and see just how prevalent these systems are becoming in the business world, particularly in smaller organizations."


The independent research firm provides insight and advice through their publications and consulting on best practices and learning technologies for companies both large and small. The company also sponsors the Excellence in Learning Awards, the first recognition program dedicated entirely to the learning industry. For information, contact [email protected]. For more information about the LMS KnowledgeBase, visit their Web site at

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