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élan LMS
Minneapolis, MN
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élan LMS At A Glance

Good: Social learning functionality, intuitive interface, Smart Report functionality.
Bad: On-premise deployment is available at additional cost.
Bottom Line: LMS solution with customizable features designed to help companies train employees.

Product Overview

Brainer offers two learning management solutions designed to help companies provide e-learning opportunities to employees. Both the élan LMS and the Brainier Legacy LMS are scalable for a business’ needs. For the purpose of our review, we’ll focus on élan LMS .

The élan LMS is a cloud-based LMS where employees can access video-based training content anytime, anywhere, from any device. It uses an intuitive interface with built-in wizards to easily track content, build reports or access other features.

Companies can set up their élan interface to match their brands – for instance, adding a company logo or a theme. Élan also integrates with web conferencing tools, such as GoToMeeting and WebEx.

One unique feature we want to point out is that élan supports xAPI for tracking and reporting of activities of a user’s learning experience.

More details on élan is in our Features section below.


Other features of the élan LMS include:

  • Individual user account with a My Training dashboard and a dedicated profile
  • User authentication options to add/restrict user access based on roles or groups
  • Ability to use many different languages, file formats and media for training content and curriculum
  • Collaboration tools (such as built-in messaging system, discussion boards and real-time chats)
  • Option of sending notifications via email, the solution or both
  • Smart Report functionality that brings up all information related to a single keyword
  • Multi-tenancy capability for creating complex reporting structures
  • E-commerce functions for selling courses to external users (clients, customers, etc.)

  • Asynchronous Learning?
  • Employee Training?
  • Gamification?
  • Content Library?
  • Mobile Learning?
  • SCORM Compliance?
  • Synchronous Learning?
  • Testing & Assessments?

Target Market

Brainer’s products are targeted to all industries. We’ve listed 10 of its customers below:

  • Davey Tree
  • Brenntag
  • Glazer's
  • Holiday Station Stores
  • Texas Rangers
  • Employee Bridge
  • Classic Party Rentals
  • BI Worldwide
  • Univar
  • Cenduit

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Each client is assigned a dedicated Project Manager who’s the single point of contact during the 90-day implementation process.

Customer Service & Support

Brainier offers customer support via phone, email and live chat during regular business hours. It also has a dedicated customer portal.


Brainier doesn’t publicly release pricing information. Please contact them directly for a price quote.


Some clients have requested an on-premise version of élan in addition to the cloud-based version. However, it is available, but at an additional cost.


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Brainier (formerly TTNLearning) has been helping companies foster employee engagement through e-learning since 1995. The company rebranded itself to Brainier in 2016. As part of the rebranding, Brainier debuted its new tagline of “educate. engage. empower.”

In addition to élan LMS and the Brainier Legacy LMS, Brainier offers a content library, content development and its Peak Performers Speakers Bureau network for companies that want to use a professional speaker featured in training materials for an onsite speaking event.

Brainier partners with other companies, such as Ultimate Software, iCIMS and Skillsoft, to develop its products.

The vendor has received many awards and accolades over the years – most recently, the 2017 Bronze People’s Choice Stevie award for sales and customer service, the 2016 Brandon Hall Technology GOLD in Excellence award and the 2015 Brandon Hall Technology Excellence award for the élan Multi-Tenancy feature.

Brainier is part of the BI Worldwide company, an employee engagement agency that provides measurable results for clients by using behavioral elements.

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