• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

MATRIX vs. Bridge


MATRIX is a world-class, award-winning LMS for use by businesses. The platform is known for its easy-to-use and beautiful user interface, comprehensive set of innovative features, and pricing that provides great value for money. With MATRIX it's easy to create great courses that learners will enjoy anytime, everywhere.

MATRIX is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, which also provides a similar LMS for use by schools and universities called NEO. Both NEO and MATRIX are used by over 20,000 organizations, support 40+ languages, and have millions of users.

Bridge is a cloud-based learning solution for businesses. The platform is a product of Instructure. The Bridge philosophy is that the LMS should be kept simple, mobile and engaging.

MATRIX Business portal

User interface

The MATRIX interface is a modern, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for learners, instructors and administrators, a graphical course catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation. It provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize module material.

The Bridge is fairly easy to use with a simple layout. There are no tile-based dashboards, no graphical course catalog, and users cannot customize their portal. The Bridge UI is responsive, but it doesn't provide native mobile apps.

MATRIX Learner dashboard

Ease of use

MATRIX is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center, with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. MATRIX also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours.

Bridge is fairly easy to understand and use. Bridge offers support through chat and email.

MATRIX Help center


MATRIX provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for courses (instructor led, blended, and self-paced), content authoring, integrated e-commerce functionality, graphical course catalog, beautiful module layouts, gamification, rules engine, learning paths, drip content, a customizable portal, web conferencing, collaboration tools, curricula and proficiencies, resources catalog, and more.

MATRIX integrates with a wide variety of systems, including G Suite, Google Drive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, PayPal, Stripe,, Salesforce, Zapier, xAPI, Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and WebEx. We support industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, Equella, QTI, LDAP, and SMTP/POP3.

Bridge provides a smaller feature set, with a very basic content authoring tool that doesn't offer much flexibility in creating courses, a simple course catalog, and there are no gamification features.

Here is a list of the features included with MATRIX that are not supported by Bridge:

  • Full-screen modern customizable portal
  • Native apps for Android and iOS
  • Built-in messaging and notfications system
  • Social networking
  • Customizable visitor portal
  • Facebook-like activity feeds w/ support for comments, likes, etc.
  • Badges
  • Course templates and content synchronization
  • Rich set of assessment types such as essays and discussion assignments
  • Beautiful organization of modules and sections
  • Trash can for restoring deleted items
  • Attendance tools
  • LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability)
  • CCF (Common Cartridge Format for course import/export)
  • QTI for question bank import/export
  • Integration with your own email server
  • Rules engine
  • Drip content
  • Built-in Help Desk
  • Support for 40+ languages, including Right-To-Left languages
  • Gamification
  • Graphical dashboards for learners, instructors and admins

MATRIX Course catalog


MATRIX plans range from $129/month (yearly billing) for 50 active learners, $449/month for 500 active learners (yearly billing), to $11999/month for 20,000 active learners (yearly billing). There is a discount for yearly billing. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.

Bridge pricing is around $9000 for 500 users (yearly billing), with a one-time implementation fee starting from $5000 up to $25,000 dollars, and a yearly support fee starting at $1700 for 500 users.

MATRIX Course page


MATRIX with a rich set of features that are very useful for businesses and make it easy to deliver online training to employees and clients. MATRIX is a complete solution for organizations of all sizes, with a larger feature set, and more affordable. For 500 active learners, the MATRIX Platinum Plan costs significantly less than Bridge.

This presents a comparison of the most important features of MATRIX and Bridge. If you require additional information on MATRIX, please contact us.


This comparison paper was written in April 2016 based on publicly available documentation on both vendor's sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

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