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SimplyDigi LMS Is Now TEC Certified
We recently certified SimplyDigi's learning management suite (LMS) , and I wanted to share my first impressions of the product with you. SimplyDigi was

course commentary  learners and e-commerce for course vendors. • The product is functionally rich, and indeed according to TEC data provides more functionality for most modules than the average LMS solution ( compare LMS solutions here ). New features are added every month based on both customer feedback and the product roadmap. Features planned for future release include a full e-commerce store, academic functionality, Apple iOS support, extended application programming interfaces (APIs) for integration, DigiCast

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