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The Brandon Hall Group review of the Totara Talent Experience Platform

Totara offers a unique business model that is based on the philosophy that the organization and the learner should have freedom of choice.

Totara has created one of the most engaging interfaces in the industry. The interface is highly visual, inviting and laid out in a way that is smart and intuitive while fully support any learning scenario.

A learner can quickly find the learning that is best suited to them and consume the learning quickly and efficiently. For the administrators, the configuration of the system is simple and fast. Implementation complexity is one of the lowest in the industry and organizations can easily adapt the system over time to meet changing learning environments.

Totara has two main components to its learning platform, both of which are fully web responsive and can be accessed through a dedicated mobile app. Totara Learn is a flexible, open learning-management system (LMS), which enables the delivery of just-in-time training as well as management of complex compliance and certification needs.

Totara Engage is a robust learning-experience platform (LXP) with social and collaboration tools that are also open-source. With Engage, learners can share content of any type from any source, as well as create and share their own content.

These solutions are extensively configurable, allowing companies to present a wide array of layouts for different groups. The LXP has a configurable recommendation engine, so learners are presented with content that is relevant to them based on a series of criteria and activities set by the administrators.

The layout for Engage can also be embedded directly into Microsoft Teams. This way, learners who are already working within Teams can still get the layout and recommendations provided by Totara Engage without switching platforms.

Totara Learn and Engage are perfect for the organization that is looking to have maximum flexibility on how learning is delivered. Totara’s cost structure is also very appealing, providing an organization with a great product at a highly competitive price. And the Totara Partner Network expands the platforms’ flexibility by letting companies choose a partner to help implement and manage the solution.

-David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst, Brandon Hall Group -Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

Totara Solution Overview and Value Proposition

Totara builds employee engagement, learning and performance-management technologies that enable large multinational corporations, government entities and mid-market companies to deliver enterprise-level talent and workforce experiences.

Totara’s Talent Experience Platform unifies a transformational learning management system (LMS), a user-centric learning experience platform (LXP) and a comprehensive performance-management system under a single and highly adaptable architecture.

Totara’s flexible architecture gives organizations the freedom to innovate, the freedom to choose and unlocks critical resources for reinvestment into where it really counts.

Totara Learn

In today’s uncertain times, organizations need engaged, skilled employees. But when it comes to training, many organizations are left making unnecessary compromises with rigid, overpriced and inflexible learning management systems.


Totara Learn, the transformational learning management system used by millions of learners worldwide, replaces the limitations of the traditional LMS with an adaptable and extendable enterprise solution to meet exact requirements.

Organizations can deliver their learning and compliance requirements with a powerful, cost-effective solution that adapts to the unique needs of your organization.

Key features include:

  • Audiences and automation

  • Compliance and mandatory training

  • Live events and seminars

  • Custom report builder

  • Enhanced multitenancy and extended enterprise delivery

  • Mobile App

  • Custom Theming

  • Learning Catalog Management

  • Assessments and certifications

  • Single sign-on — easy access to learning

  • Adaptive learning

  • Fresh user interface

Totara Engage

Investing in employee engagement will increase productivity, work quality and help organizations help their top talent. Employees who are engaged and work collaboratively deliver higher-quality work and are more productive. Even better, engaged employees are happier, both at work and in their lives.

Totara Engage is the learning experience platform (LXP) to engage, unite and upskill a company’s workforce, leading to higher organizational performance. Employees create and curate custom resources from any device. Knowledge sharing is made simple with collaborative workspaces, facilitating social learning and driving deep employee engagement across your organization.

Key features include:

  • User-generated content

  • Peer-to-peer learning

  • Microlearning

  • Curated content playlists

  • Collaborative workspaces

  • Rich Microsoft Teams integration

  • Quick surveys

  • Flexible access and sharing settings

  • Personalized Machine Learning based learning recommendations

  • User and content engagement reports

Totara Perform

Today’s best performance-management systems give an organization the ability to set its own course and tailor practices to suit its work culture and context. Whether they’re “traditional” annual appraisals and performance reviews or more modern practices like check-ins and continuous feedback.

Totara Perform is a performance management system with adaptability and productivity at its core.

Organizations can create evidence-based performance reviews, get an objective view of employee performance and quickly identify and close skills gaps to ensure they remain competitive.

With Totara Perform, companies can harness the power of continuous performance management to boost in-office or remote workplace productivity anytime, anywhere.

Key features include:

  • Support for traditional and modern performance management practices

  • Performance review workflow builder

  • Flexible check-ins

  • 360-degree feedback

  • Automatically scheduled performance activities and reminders

  • Skills tracking and development

  • Goal assignment and tracking

  • External learning evidence bank

  • Powerful graphical reporting

Totara’s Partner Network

One size does not fit all. That’s why Totara gives customers the flexibility to choose the right Totara Partner for them.

The Totara Partner Network is an integral part of its service delivery model — a global community of eLearning service firms, system integrators and implementation experts. Totara Partners provide a huge range of value-added expertise: cloud services, hosting, consulting, implementation, training, configuration, integration, migration services, customizations and plugin extensions.

With more than 90 partners globally to choose from, customers can rest assured that they will find the perfect mix of skills and experience to deliver the solution they’re looking for. In return for a cost-effective subscription fee, Totara manages the research, software, development, testing, product support, training and documentation for all the Totara products.

Totara’s Customers

“What we like about Totara Learn is its chameleon-like ability to constantly morph to meet our ever-changing demands” — Jeremy Hoyland, Sales Capability Director, Pepsico

Totara’s products are open-source, highly flexible and bring powerful freedoms to all organizations with formal and informal learning needs, both within the workplace and the extended enterprise.

Totara Learn has more than 16 million users worldwide across 87 countries, and projects are delivered by more than 90 Totara Partners around the world. Customers range from small businesses to large multinational corporations — a testament to its innovation, robust versatility and scalability.

About Brandon Hall Group

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Guest post by David Wentworth, Principal Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

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