As seen in previous articles, Forma already does, natively, many strategic things for any Digital Academy. Yet, what happens when you have to implement custom mechanisms or functionalities to support your proprietary methodology, or some specific requirement pertaining to your sector?
That's where plugins come into play, that is features that integrate and extend Forma: there are ready-made plugins you can just buy and install, or you can have them tailored to your purposes. This possibility should, however, not be taken for granted: proprietary platforms normally sold in "saas" mode do not allow this type of flexibility, and when your DA project grows in a way that you had not initially even imagined, or your market evolves in an unexpected way by presenting you with new opportunities to be promptly seized, you'll risk getting stuck and having to start over, or losing ground in comparison to your competitors. In short, this extensibility could prove vital.
1. Commercial Plugins
Ready-made features that you just need to install and start using in a few clicks. Then, if you want, you can further evolve and customize them, but you'll already have an excellent starting point to save time and money. A few examples? Take a look at the plugins for forma lms made by Forma Farm.
2. Custom Plugins
If you have special needs and you just can't find something that already meets your need, then it's possible to implement custom plugins. In the past, for instance, we've implemented different types of tailor-made reporting.
Maintenance and Upgrade: the Invisible Bonus
Considering the speed with which the web applications are updated (Forma releases on average 3 cumulative updates per year), this actually translates into a simpler and cheaper maintenance for the entire system. This direct cost saving could really make the difference in the medium-long term.
How do You Create a Digital Academy?
We have prepared a map to guide you through all these aspects: after many years of experience and many DA created together with our customers, here is a small free ebook, a "practical guide by goals" that summarizes and synthetically organizes all the important things you need to know and do to build your successful Corporate Digital Academy.