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Custom LMS

Key Features, Benefits, Development Costs

Having experience in building solutions for academic learning and corporate training since 2015, ScienceSoft offers all-round consultancy on custom and platform-based learning management systems (LMS).

Custom LMS - ScienceSoft
Custom LMS - ScienceSoft

custom LMS: the Essence

Custom LMS is software that meets specific eLearning needs with customizable course building tools, interactive eLearning content, gamification features, custom reports and dashboards, and more.

Custom LMS: Key Features

Based on ScienceSoft's ample experience in LMS development, we can shortlist the core functionality of a custom learning management system.

  • Support of diverse content (text, images, video, audio).
  • Authoring learning content using built-in or third-party tools.
  • Embedding content from external sites.
  • Advanced search.

eLearning management

  • Assigning and enrolling learners to training.
  • Scheduling training sessions.
  • Tracking training activities.
  • Alerts and notifications.
  • Virtual classroom.
  • Mobile learning.

Learning assessment and feedback

  • Tests and quizzes.
  • Polls and surveys.
  • Certification management.
  • Competency management.
  • Reporting.

Social learning

  • RSS feeds.
  • Forums and discussion boards for sharing knowledge and resources.
  • Content ranking and commenting.


  • Mini-games simulating real-life scenarios.
  • Storytelling.
  • Interactive videos.
  • Reward points.
  • Leaderboards.
  • Badges.

Compliance management

  • Auditable compliance reports.
  • Diagnostic tools to identify compliance and competence gaps.
  • Support of eLearning technical standards like SCORM and xAPI.

Examples of Custom LMS Capabilities

Keep employees updated on new learning materials and provide them with personalized content recommendations

Streamline learning content search due to content tagging and search filtering

Enable effective online instructor-led training due to LMS virtual classroom capabilities

Let employees create and send course enrollment requests to their managers for approval

Build quizzes or tests to check employees’ acquired knowledge

Enable learners to share learning tips and collaborate on learning tasks

Increase the learning impact and employee engagement due to using real-time simulations in training

Get full visibility into learning content usage, training enrollments, learners’ progress, and other eLearning-related data

Let employees earn points and badges for learning achievements

Let your employees learn on the go via a mobile app

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See how custom LMS can facilitate eLearning processes from course enrollment to learners' knowledge assessment.

Need an Efficient Learning Management Solution?

ScienceSoft’s experts will help you create a robust learning management platform that will make eLearning more efficient and accessible as well as reduce training time and costs.

Useful Integrations for Custom LMS

ScienceSoft recommends integrating custom LMS with relevant corporate systems to streamline eLearning delivery, increase eLearning efficiency, and improve learners' experience.

Custom LMS integrations - ScienceSoft

  • CMS - to facilitate LMS content management, including eLearning content creation, editing, storage and search.
  • Video conferencing software - to easily schedule and conduct online instructor-led training in LMS.
  • HRIS or a talent management system - to maintain data consistency in both systems, for example, changing HRIS data like an employee’s position leads to automated changes in permissions and assigned training in LMS. Also, employee records in HRIS are updated based on training passed and competencies assessed.
  • CRM - to deliver training to sales teams right through CRM interface, drive customer education by connecting with customers before, during and after a sale to facilitate product onboarding, ensure product feature adoption, and more.

Factors That Determine Custom LMS Success

As an experienced eLearning software consultant, ScienceSoft knows how to make the most of custom LMS. And below is the list of factors we leverage during custom LMS implementation.

A high level of automation of eLearning management, which increases the productivity of trainers and trainees.

Intuitive built-in content editing tools that allow non-technical users to easily create diverse and interactive eLearning content.

Advanced reporting and analytics to create full visibility into the training process, which allows finding bottlenecks and improve the training process.

A mobile version of a learning management system to enable learning at any time and any place.

Custom LMS Costs and ROI

Custom learning management system development cost may vary from $40,000 to $300,000+, depending on software functionality and required IT services.

$40,000 – $90,000+

For midsize businesses:

  • LMS implementation.
  • Data and eLearning content migration.
  • Integrations with HRIS, Single Sign-On systems, and more.

$90,000 – $300,000+

For large enterprises: 

The same as for midsize businesses plus:

  • Integration with CRM, ERP, ecommerce software.
  • Multi-tenancy (individual sub-portals according to the organizational structure).
  • Multilingual support.
  • AI integration (e.g., learning path personalization).

Key financial outcomes:

  • Reduced training costs via learning online, mobility and reusable training content.
  • Increased training coverage of employees.
  • Reduced time and costs of employee onboarding.
  • Improved training efficiency.
  • Higher employee productivity via increased engagement and personalized learning paths.

Custom LMS implementation can show the following economic impact:

  • 0.1 - 0.9 years

    payback period

  • 120 – 430%

    annual ROI

Is Custom LMS Your Best Choice?

We’ve analyzed the main factors affecting the choice between an OOTB and a custom LMS and built a short questionnaire to help you make the decision.


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Market-available LMS platforms will work fine for you

ScienceSoft can help you select the most fitting platform and tune it to your requirements and processes.

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Either option is viable

In your case, it’s important to do a thorough analysis of your requirements to see if the benefits of custom software outweigh its development challenges. Perhaps customizing an OOTB tool will be easier. Our consultants are here to lend a helping hand!

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Custom LMS is the winning option for you

As the next step, ScienceSoft can help you plan your custom LMS and estimate its cost and development timeframe.

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Custom LMS is the winning option for you

As the next step, ScienceSoft can help you plan your custom LMS and estimate its cost and development timeframe.

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In particular, we recommend custom LMS implementation when you want to combine learning management with the functionality of a different solution. For example, for one of our customers, we created a learning portal, which combined knowledge and learning management functionality.

Custom LMS Development with ScienceSoft

With 34 years in custom software development, ScienceSoft knows well how to deliver a robust, tailored LMS. We offer you the following services:

Custom LMS consulting

  • Analyzing eLearning needs.
  • Selecting an optimal set of LMS features.
  • Recommending integrations (CRM, HRIS, ecommerce systems).
  • Choosing technology and implementation methodology for a solution.
  • Drawing a project plan.
  • Elaborating user-friendly UX/UI design.
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Custom LMS development

  • Business analysis and design.
  • End-to-end development.
  • Data migration.
  • Integrations.
  • Quality assurance.
  • Post-implementation support.
  • User adoption and training.
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About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is a global IT consulting and IT service company headquartered in McKinney, TX, US. We advise our customers on the implementation of custom and platform-based LMS and offer full-cycle LMS services, including development, integration, QA, training and post-implementation support. Being ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified, we guarantee high-quality IT services and security of our customers’ data. If you are interested in custom LMS, feel free to consider our LMS consulting offer