Totara Announces the Launch of Totara Cloud

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Totara CloudTotara LMS has announced the launch of their new Totara Cloud service. This is an especially interesting product release given the announcement last week by Totara LMS that they intend to fork their ongoing development of Moodle as of 2016 and, essentially, go it alone.

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Because of its immediate comparison to Moodle Cloud, the Totara Cloud service is another obvious positioning move by Totara LMS to be able to successfully compete with Moodle Pty Ltd. for installs and users for those in non-academic settings.

Totara LMS has positioned Totara Cloud as an OpenSaaS service that offers a solution with complete, if intentionally limited, LMS functionality. The service, much like Moodle Cloud, is intended to allow interested customers to get up and running quickly, kick the tires and, run and manage a modest learning environment (the largest number of users allowed is 2,000) without the ability to customize the experience.

For those customers who would like to tailor or extend the LMS functionality, Totara LMS has gone to great lengths to ensure it does not cannibalize business from its partners, going so far as to state they “want to encourage ‘off-ramps’ to migrate Cloud customers to partner services.” In short, to dive deeper, extend functionality and customize anything, customers will need to move to the Totara Enterprise solution with a Totara Partner.

Note: both Totara LMS and certified vendors of the product, such as Moonami, HowtoMoodle, and Synergy Learning support Moodlenews.com.

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  1. Hi, you’ve made an immediate comparison to Moodle Cloud where in fact they’re very different, aimed at very separate audiences. From our viewpoint the comparison for Totara Cloud is against the likes of Docebo, Absorb, Cornerstoneondemand, Litmos et al. Totara Cloud has been long planned – we’ve effectively been in pilot for the past 18mths. It is most definitely not “another obvious positioning move” to successfully compete with Moodle Pty Ltd. It’s very rare indeed for us to come up against Moodle in competitive situations. That statement is true of Blackboard also. We have hundreds of competitors, but the LMSs with core strengths in education aren’t close competitors. That competitive environment may change of course, this is a fast moving world. Currently though, we’re not doing anything that is motivated by positioning to compete with Moodle Pty Ltd. I accept that this is the Moodle News website so that’s the lens in which events are seen but not all of the world revolves around Moodle. Our drivers to launch Totara Cloud have no relation to whatever activities there are in the Moodle community or by Moodle Pty Ltd.

    Richard Wyles
    CEO
    Totara Learning

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