WorkRamp Competitors: Why Acorn is a Worthy Consideration

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In the realm of learning management system offerings, you’ve found your way to Acorn LMS and WorkRamp. Both are cloud-based solutions, and WorkRamp is a great learning management system who we tip our hat to for their achievements—but interestingly enough, that’s where we start to diverge.

As a WorkRamp competitor, this blog covers Acorn LMSs core differentiators:

So, just what makes Acorn and WorkRamp different?

The real distinction is in our guiding principles.

WorkRamp openly talks about how they built the LMS for today’s workplace (their words), but whilst the pandemic has undoubtedly had an impact of the way of working, this isn’t new thinking given the amount the of distributed, non-desk bound, workers LMSs have been serving for decades.

With Acorn, our vision is anchored on helping you measure the true ROI of your learning investments, while giving you deep insights into learner capabilities and gaps. Our system is designed to optimise learning for maximum impact, and we’re passionate about linking learning to performance. We believe that building capability is critical to the success of any organisation, whether that be their own people, partners or customers, and our LMS is designed to help you do just that.

Need a little more clarity? Read on, we’ve hit all the major points of comparison below.

WorkRamp vs Acorn: Multi-Tenancy and Extended Enterprise

WorkRamp is really geared toward internal training, not external. You can create an external Academy, but there are a lot of drawbacks:- You can’t easily pull reports for the academy courses. You have to rely on your CRM integration and manually create spreadsheets, which is less than ideal. You also can’t easily pull out the feedback left within courses. Customers have to manually comb through each registrant’s training to pull out their feedback, which isn’t scalable.

So straight off the bat, Acorn can do all the above. But multi-tenancy and the extended enterprise is much more about your companies why. We believe less learning is more, rather focus on creating the right learning to have impact in an optimal way helps you win. And this has to be reflected in how stream-lined your extended enterprise is. We’re fortunate in that we serve 70% of the federal government, and they were amongst some of our first customers in 2014. As we built the system out we started with extended enterprise, meaning we know the nuance of what is and isn’t needed for multiple use cases.

Ask us how: BOOK A DEMO.

WorkRamp vs Acorn: White Labelling

Look, we both do white labelling. But there is doing white labelling, and there is actually doing white labelling. Our understanding is they are at the beginning of their white labelling journey, and this is true at time of writing in late 2022. But what it means to us having done this for years, is when you take up our white label option, you can rebrand and customise Acorn to make it look like your own product, with your own name and branding. This can include customising the login page, dashboard, email notifications, and other parts of Acorn. All done yourself, using elements such as our widgets,

Just back on the extended enterprise point above. White labelling an LMS is a common practice among companies that truly provide online training or education programs to their employees, partners, or customers, but want the platform to appear as if it was developed in-house… you need your LMS to truly be extended enterprise and not say it as a bolt on.

WorkRamp vs Acorn: Reporting and Metrics That Matter

WorkRamp is still investing in getting to an advanced stage of tracking of course completions. And a L&D Manager in the US has shared the system has reporting inaccuracies. We are also aware that you cannot schedule training reassignment on a schedule.

Acorn is in a fortunate position that we are able to do all those things after 8 years of product R&D, and in early 2023 released our reporting overhaul with a significant amount of self serve widgets and dashboards available.

See reporting in action: BOOK A DEMO.

WorkRamp vs Acorn: Pricing

At Acorn, we don’t profess to be the cheapest. We are acknowledged in the market as a value disruptor, and are priced accordingly. We sit around the middle of the pack of the top 10 LMSs for price, and are happy with this position. For a guide, you’ll be looking at somewhere around the $3 per user, per month mark. All our pricing is published on our pricing page. We believe in transparency.

WorkRamp pricing is harder to find, they don’t have a pricing page on their website that we could find. And you have to be qualified by a salesperson to earn the right to get the information. We did some digging around though, and found a credible 3rd party source that has the pricing at $25-$35 per user, per month. To clarify, we’re not saying they are 10x the price. As this likely includes content, but based on industry experience and this information, we can comfortably say you will be paying more.

Like all good comparison articles, ensure you do all your own research and validate that you have the latest Acorn information directly with us, and ensure you contact WorkRamp direct to validate their point of view and latest updates. All the above was fair and accurate as of late 2022.

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