Comparison

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

MATRIX vs. Growth Engineering

Introduction

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.

Growth Engineering is a web based learning management and gamification platform for businesses of all sizes.

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 and gamification for making the classes more challenging. The portal is fully customizable: colors, themes, logos, pictures.

The Growth Engineering interface has a cartoon heroes based interface. The Growth Engineering philosophy is that everything should be gamified so the main focus is on badges and points. The responsive interface allows you to connect from mobile devices, but there is no native app available.

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.

Growth Engineering is fairly easy to use. It also includes a built-in help desk and FAQ section.

MATRIX Help center

Features

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, Authorize.net, 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.

Growth Engineering provides a similar set of features, with the mention that everything is based on gamification and cartoon heroes, which for some businesses might not be the most professional solution.

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

  • Full-screen modern customizable portal
  • Rich set of assessment types such as essays and discussion assignments
  • Trash can for restoring deleted items
  • LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability)
  • CCF (Common Cartridge Format)
  • QTI
  • Integration with your own email server
  • Rules engine
  • Drip content

MATRIX Course catalog

Cost

MATRIX plans range from $149/month (monthly billing) for 50 active learners, to $13199/month for 20,000 active learners. There is a discount for yearly billing. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.

We have heard anecdotally that Growth Engineering charges between $3 to $5 per user monthly and has a set-up fee starting from $12,500, depending on the number of users.

MATRIX Course page

Summary

MATRIX is a more attractive, more comprehensive, and easier-to-use LMS than Growth Engineering, at a much lower cost for small businesses. MATRIX typically costs 5 times less than Growth Engineering for 500 active learners.

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

Disclaimer

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.

Since pricing and features can change rapidly, we do not represent that this information is up-to-date, and we encourage you to get the latest information directly from the vendor's web site. If you find any information in this comparison guide to be inaccurate, please contact us with details and we will correct the information within 72hrs.