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The third and last list, as part of our blog-post series, we intend to celebrate is the Fosway 9-Grid. Fosway Group is a leading European HR Analyst focused on Next Gen HR, Talent and Learning. 9-Grid™ is a five dimensional market analysis model that is used to understand the relative position of solutions and providers in the learning and talent systems market.

The five dimensions of 9-Grid™ are:

  1. Potential – the solution’s scope and sophistication
  2. Performance – comprising market performance and customer performance
  3. Presence – historic and current presence including size of related business and number of enterprise customers
  4. Total Cost of Ownership – the full cost of acquiring, implementing and operating the solution (typically over a 3 year period)
  5. Future Trajectory – the impact of trends in the market, related to a vendor’s Performance and Potential

Lucky for us, we have clients who won in each of the five Fosway 9-Grid categories.

  1. Learning Systems: five learning systems of Fosway’s grid use Rustici Software products including SCORM Engine, Content Controller and SCORM Cloud.
  2. Talent Management: one of the Core Challengers on the grid uses SCORM Engine to help with their xAPI and SCORM needs.
  3. Digital Learning: three digital learning systems use SCORM Engine to help them with standards. One of them even uses our offline SCORM extension.
  4. Authoring Systems: seven authoring tools benefit from SCORM Driver, which helps them convert content so it supports eLearning standards.
  5. Cloud HSM: Last but not lease, one of our clients using SCORM Engine to help with their stands support.
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We know our customers have been spending a lot of time thinking through how GDPR affects their business and the learning data they maintain on behalf of their customers. So have we.

We’ve been working hard to make sure our customers have the tools necessary to accommodate any GDPR-related requests they may receive, while also auditing our internal systems and procedures to make sure we’re following industry best practices related to privacy and security.

As we get closer to releasing these new tools, we want to make sure our customers know what they are and how to make use of them. GDPR impacts each of our products differently.

Below is a sneak peek of what’s to come in each. More details can be found on our GDPR home page, which will always have the most up to date information on our support and product updates related to GDPR.

SCORM Cloud and SCORM Engine

We are adding the ability to delete learner data within both SCORM Cloud and SCORM Engine.

There will be different methods for accessing this function in SCORM Cloud depending on how you interface with the application.

We will include additional API methods in an upcoming maintenance release for Engine 2017 to support deleting learner data. Engine 2018 will include a user interface that can facilitate deleting learner data.

Dispatch and Content Controller

Based on collaboration with some of our customers, we’ll be helping you ensure you aren’t tracking personal data when utilizing Dispatch or Content Controller to launch training through other LMSs. We are adding the ability to enable one-way hashing of learner identifying data captured through various learning standards. When this option is enabled Learner Identifiers and Learner Names will be hashed (SHA-256) in the learner’s browser before that data is transmitted to the application that is providing the dispatch package.

What Now?

If you have more questions about how these features work, when they’ll be available, how you use them, or believe you need a Rustici Software Data Processor Agreement (DPA), please contact us at

Remember, we’ll be continually updating our GDPR and Rustici Software Products webpage with the most up to date information.

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This week, we’re cheering, “Hurrah!” for our clients who were named a top LMS by John Leh in his recent list, “2017 Talented Learning LMS Awards: Best of the Best.”

John Leh is CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning, LLC. Named one of the Top 20 Global eLearning Movers and Shakers of 2017, John is a fiercely independent LMS selection consultant and blogger who helps organizations develop and implement technology strategies – primarily for the extended enterprise. John’s advice is based on twenty years of industry experience, having served as a trusted LMS selection and sales adviser to more than 100 learning organizations with a total technology spend of more than $65 million.

John Leh’s “2017 Talented Learning LMS Awards: Best of the Best” lists the top three LMSs (along with honorable mentions) in ten categories:

  1. Best Extended Enterprise LMS
  2. Best Channel and Partner LMS
  3. Best Customer LMS
  4. Best Compliance LMS
  5. Best Talent LMS
  6. Best Continuing Education LMS
  7. Best Association LMS
  8. Best Academic LMS
  9. Best Learning Tech Innovator
  10. Best LMS Thought Leader

We will highlight the Rustici Software clients each category.

Best Extended Enterprise LMS

#1 eLogic

eLogic and Rustici Software have worked together for many years and we’ve enjoyed watching their eSSEntial LMS platform evolve. eLogic uses SCORM Engine to support SCORM, AICC, xAPI and PENS. Plus they use Engine’s offline SCORM support in their mobile app.

#3 Litmos

Litmos was an early adopter of xAPI and is a leading SaaS based LMS. They were the first LMS to integrate with with our Engine LRS. Recently, they have also adopted our offline SCORM support using SCORM Engine .

Best Channel and Partner LMS

#2 NetExam

NetExam has carved out quite a name for themselves as a leading platform in the Channel Partner and Extended Enterprise training/learning space. NetExam’s SaaS based platform integrates SCORM Engine to support of all standards based eLearning content, including xAPI.

Honorable Mentions

  • LogicBay: A long time SCORM Engine customer, LogicBay uses Engine to supplement the training and enablement components of their channel partner management system, ChannelStack.

Best Customer LMS

#2 Litmos

#3 ServiceRocket – Learndot

ServiceRocket’s Learndot LMS is a fast-growing platform targeted to other software companies to deliver product training. They integrate our SCORM Engine to allow clients to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content.

Best Compliance LMS

#2 Blackboard

A long time SCORM Engine customer, Blackboard‘s Learn application uses Engine to handle the fine details around playing and tracking SCORM, AICC and xAPI content.

#3 eLogic

Honorable Mentions

  • RISC: RISC’s Virtual Training Assistant is a compliance focused LMS designed to help their clients ensure their employees are up to speed on the latest corporate and regulatory compliance standards. They have integrated our SCORM Engine to be able to support standards-based eLearning content and track employee progress.
  • Compli: Compli has a workforce compliance automation platform with a learning component that integrates our SCORM Engine to support standards based eLearning content. Their platform is primarily geared toward the Automotive industry though they are branching out to the Transportation and Consumer Lending industries to deliver compliance training.
  • Gyrus: Gyrus is a long standing customer who has integrated SCORM Engine for eLearning standards support in their LMS. The GyrusAim Product Suite is designed to completely manage the learning & development programs of companies ranging from 20 learners up to multi-site, enterprise organizations requiring complex training necessitated by hundreds of departments and tens of thousands of learners.

Best Talent LMS

#3 Sumtotal

SumTotal is a major player in the LMS space and they use SCORM Engine to help them support xAPI. The platform has an integration with SCORM Engine and the Rustici LRS.

Best Continuing Education LMS

#3 eLogic

Best Academic LMS

#1 Instructure Canvas

Canvas now supports SCORM content natively using SCORM Engine. Customers can bring in their third-party SCORM content into Canvas and access the SCORM Engine player via an LTI connection to seamlessly upload and delivery SCORM content from within Canvas.

#2 Blackboard

Honorable Mentions

  • D2L: The Brightspace LMS by D2L provides a modern, SaaS based LMS that supports a variety of learning modalities. Through the SCORM Engine integration, Brightspace now provides a 508 compliant content player and can support xAPI within the LMS.

Best Learning Tech Innovator

#2 Degreed

Leading in the Learning Experience Platform space, Degreed uses SCORM Cloud to help customers include standards-based eLearning content along side content from, YouTube and many other third-party content services.

Honorable Mentions

  • eLogic
  • Litmos
  • Wisetail: Wisetail offers a comprehensive learning platform geared toward the food, retail, and fitness industries featuring custom branding, social collaboration, and course authoring components. They integrate our SCORM Engine to support clients need to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content.

Best LMS Thought Leader

#2 ServiceRocket – Learndot

Honorable Mentions

  • eLogic
  • Litmos
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As part two of our series celebrating our clients recent wins, we’re sharing insight our customers included in Craig Weiss’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018.”

Craig is the CEO and Lead Analyst for the Craig Weiss Group, LLC, and he has been named The Most Influential Person in the eLearning and LMS space countless times. Craig’s E-Learning 24/7 blog is read by eLearning professionals around the world to help inform their technology purchasing decisions.

Craig’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018” lists the top 50 learning systems by rank. The full list can be found via his downloadable mini-report, while the top 25 are detailed within 3 separate blog posts (#25 through #16, #15 through #11, and #10 through #1). This is the full criteria Craig uses to build this list. We’re going to highlight just those customers who appeared in the top 25… and here they are:

#17 MindTickle!

MindTickle! is a Sales Enablement platform that is integrated with SCORM Engine. MindTickle! is a great example a non-traditional learning platform that still benefits from eLearning standards support.

#14 Degreed

Degreed is a leader in the Learning Experience Platform space, allowing for content to be pulled into the Degreed platform from multiple sources. Degreed has an integration with SCORM Cloud, which enables their customers to include SCORM and xAPI content right along side content from, YouTube, and many other third-party content services.

#13 Blackboard Corporate

Blackboard has been a long time SCORM Engine customer, using Engine to handle the details around playing and tracking SCORM, AICC and xAPI content in the Learn application.

#9 SumTotal

SumTotal is a major player in the LMS space. The platform has an integration with SCORM Engine, which includes xAPI and Learning Record Store (LRS) support. Their Engine integration enables their users to import, launch and track xAPI and cmi5 compliant eLearning content, as well as connect third-party xAPI Learning Record Providers to the LRS.

#4 Unicorn LMS

Unicorn’s SkillServe LMS (now Unicorn LMS) is a growing SaaS based learning platform. They integrated SCORM Engine to allow clients to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content and support xAPI. Unicorn also integrates our SCORM Driver Cross Domain solution in their ContentServe application in order to deliver their content to clients on a third-party platform while maintaining control of their assets.

#2 Litmos

Litmos is a leading SaaS based LMS, and were an early adopter of the Experience API and a Learning Record Store (LRS). They were the first LMS to integrate with with our Engine LRS. Recently, they have also adopted our mobile/offline SDKs, enabling their mobile applications to run and track SCORM content offline, then sync data back to the LMS when the Internet connection resumes.

#1 eLogic

eLogic and Rustici Software have worked together for many years. We’ve enjoyed watching their LMS platform evolve and have helped their team offset the burden of managing the eLearning standards support within the eSSEntial LMS. Our SCORM Engine solution helps eLogic support SCORM, AICC, xAPI and PENS within the LMS and includes support for offline SCORM support in their mobile app.

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If you’re anything like me, you love “Best Of” lists: The Best Movies of 2018, The Best Songs of 2018, The Best Local Restaurants of 2018, The Best Smart Home Tech of 2018, etc. Without Best Of lists I’d find myself going to far too many mediocre movies, spending way too much time scouring music blogs for the next great song, dining in subpar restaurants, and being stuck with useless home tech that doesn’t allow me to turn off all of the lights in my house from the comfort of my couch. These lists have done the hard work for us, clearing away the clutter and just presenting us with the best of the best.

With all of that said, a Best Of list is really only as good as the list creator. The individual or organization behind the list has to be reputable and an expert in their particular space. We are spoiled in the eLearning and HR industries with numerous high quality sources for this type of curated information. In this series, I will be focusing on the following, as well as highlighting Rustici Software clients mentioned in each list and describing how we help them:

When you talk to Chris and me about why technology vendors should work with us, rather than implement standards on their own, one of the things you’ll hear us say is, “Standards support will not be a differentiator for your technology, but working with us will free up your developers to focus on building features and functionality into your platform or system that will differentiate your technology from your competitor.”

Our customers included in these Best Of lists are proof that outsourcing eLearning standards support, which can gobble up a ton of development time to implement and support, enables their teams to focus more time on making their applications and systems exceptional.

Tomorrow, we’ll kick off this series by sharing more insights into Craig Weiss’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018.” Next week, we’ll celebrate winners of John Leh’s Best of the Best and the week after we’ll dig into the Fosway 9 Grids. So stay tuned.

Note: Some of our clients are more private than others when it comes to talking about using our software. So the lists included in this series honors that and only includes the clients that are okay with sharing more about the work we do together.

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