Appointing the right supplier for any aspect in your organisation can be a difficult and timely task. So when you’ve got strict time and budget pressures on top of it, and you're ultimately responsible for ensuring that you choose the right supplier it can make things much harder. For many organisations with strict budgets and timeframes, the decision needs to be right the first time. In this post, we remind ourselves why having a Moodle Partner can be valuable - particularly if you don't have internal IT support, people or time to get started.
The Moodle Partner facility at https://moodle.com/partners/ lists every Moodle certified service partner worldwide. Here is why Moodle partners are so commonly appointed for Moodle projects.
Every partner contributes 10% of their fees towards helping to support ongoing development of the Moodle software. Without Moodle partners the open source software would not be as advanced and developed as it is. By using a Moodle partner you are helping to contribute towards the ongoing development of Moodle.
Most Moodle partners have been using Moodle for many years, and are actively involved in the Moodle community. This means that for the questions you may have, a Moodle partner will most likely know the answer. What’s more, Moodle partners keep up-to-date with the latest Moodle versions, along with knowledge of older, more obsolete versions, and so are fully aware of what is possible/is not possible within Moodle, and can provide suggestions to help you along the way.
With the wide range of organisations that use Moodle, you will always find a Moodle partner who has experience in working with clients in your sector and with similar requirements to your own, and so will have a better understanding of what would work best in your organisation.
3 Extensive Moodle Knowledge
Moodle partners regularly visit Moodle Moots and conferences, and are actively involved in the Moodle development and roadmap, so will be one of the first to know of what's up and coming in Moodle.
Many Moodle partners cover a wide range of Moodle services enabling you to utilise what you need to suit your requirements.
Some of our clients have come to us after receiving a poor service from a non-Moodle partner, often requiring their Moodle site to be corrected or their staff to be re-trained. These clients have spent much more time and money than they should have. By choosing the right Moodle partner you have peace of mind that the service delivered will be knowledgeable, efficient, productive, and right first time.
Non-Moodle partners may also lack expertise and knowledge in areas of Moodle, which in turn can lead to more time spent in support tickets and working on your project, or delivering training or consultancy, which ultimately creeps your costs up further. A Moodle partner has the expertise to deliver training, support and consultancy, as well as many other services, in a shorter, more efficient amount of time.
5 A supplier at your service
Using a Moodle partner can also save you time and headache in sourcing a Moodle expert. Moodle partners are certified service providers, and are already established and well known as Moodle experts. Many good Moodle partners will happily provide you with testimonials and contacts of their current clients to help you make your supplier decision.
6 Your Moodle site will shine
A Moodle Partner can provide you not only with access to design ideas for your site, but also insight into what can be achieved within a Moodle theme.
"Ambition is the first step to success. The second step is action"
Remember Moodle is free to download, it's the most widely known learning management system and it's easy to learn. But if you're not technical or don't have the support you need, it may leave you feeling frustrated because the platform offers so much functionality. That's why Moodle partners exist - to listen to your requests with patience and understanding. They will deliver the services you need, build Moodle around your requirements and train you to be a Moodle superstar, so you can feel confident of the future of your site for your organisation.
HowToMoodle is a Moodle Certified Partner and the longest-serving in the UK. Since 2004, we deliver Moodle services that allow organisations to implement successful Moodle projects. Our client centred approach means we’re preferred because we make eLearning easy and our straightforward approach cuts through all the 'noise' in the LMS solutions providers market. Find out more about our partner status at http://www.howtomoodle.com/about-us/moodle-partners/.