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

MATRIX vs. NetDimensions

Introduction

MATRIX is a learning management system (LMS) for use by businesses, corporations, and other organizations. MATRIX helps companies manage all training activities, such as creating and delivering training content, evaluating employee performance, training clients and partners, and selling online courses. MATRIX is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, a company that specializes in providing learning platforms for organizations around the world.

NetDimensions Learning is an LMS for businesses, part of the NetDimensions Talent Suite

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. MATRIX has native apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

NetDimensions' interface is less graphical and outdated for today’s standards. For example, there is no graphical catalog for users or resources. The portal is customizable, but integrating a selling portal is harder to do and a company would need an experienced administrator or pay an additional fee to the vendor in order to set it up. As with many other LMSs, the selling portal is available through a separate solution (add-on) rather than being part of the main product.

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 24/5.

NetDimensions is easy to use, offering 24/7 helpdesk, email, and phone support, plus a knowledge base. Clients can choose between a standard and premium support package.

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, self-paced, and micro learning), content authoring, integrated e-commerce functionality, graphical course catalog, beautiful module layouts, gamification, automation, learning paths, drip content, adaptive learning, compliance, ad-hoc reporting, a customizable portal, web conferencing, collaboration tools, mastery and learning outcomes, resources catalog, and more.

MATRIX integrates with a wide variety of systems, including G Suite, Google Drive, Calendars (iCal), PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Salesforce, Zapier, xAPI, Office 365, OneDrive, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, Zoom, WebEx, and Skype for Business.

NetDimensions focuses its services around compliance training and offers limited functionality in terms of training and learning experience. For example, there is no automation feature that saves a lot of time for instructors. Gamification is another important option that is missing, meaning that learner engagement is limited to taking courses. In addition, in order to access more advanced assessment options, companies must pay extra for NetDimensions Exams, which is a separate exam authoring product.

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

User interface

  • Automatic translation of messages and forum posts
  • Graphical dashboards
  • Graphical Resources catalog
  • Customizable welcome pages

Collaboration

  • Social networking
  • Public blog
  • Teams

Content and assessment

  • Automation
  • Gamification
  • Micro learning
  • Drip content
  • Course and path templates
  • Archiving courses
  • Adaptive learning
  • Dropbox, essay, team, discussions and debate assessments

E-commerce and marketing tools

  • Integration with Stripe, Authorize.net, PayUbiz and PayU Latam as payment gateways
  • Course bundles
  • Course subscriptions
  • Selling digital media
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Social media integration
  • SEO features

Integrations

  • Integration with 1,000+ apps via Zapier
  • CometChat
  • Skype for Business
  • GoToMeeting
  • Zoom
  • MailChimp
  • Salesforce
  • Panopto

Other

  • Trash can for restoring deleted content
  • Archiving learners
  • Terms and conditions
  • Learner help desk
  • Resell under your own brand

MATRIX Course catalog

Cost

MATRIX plans range from $149/month (yearly billing) for 20 active learners, to $2,699/month for 3,500 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. Contact us for pricing over 3,500 active learners a month.

NetDimensions doesn't publicly disclose pricing options. However, customers usually have to purchase other products such as NetDimensions Exams, Analytics or solutions such as Extended enterprise to cover all of their training needs.

MATRIX Course page

Summary

This presents a comparison of the most important features between MATRIX and NetDimensions.

MATRIX is an LMS for managing all e-learning activities such as delivering training, tracking employee performance and selling online courses.

MATRIX is more attractive, easier to use, and has a bigger feature set than NetDimensions. If you require additional information on MATRIX, please contact us.

Disclaimer

This comparison paper was written in April 2018 based on publicly available documentation on both vendors' 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.