Essential Computing


A Learning Management System (LMS) for the Modern Digital Workplace integrated and designed for Office 365.

A modern, cloud-based, secure learning experience enabling users to learn in the flow of work through Teams, SharePoint and mobile.

LMS365 ensures organisations can keep track of all aspects of training competencies and compliance.


  • Simple course creation using common Office 365 apps
  • Excel and Power Bi based real time reporting
  • Single sign on with Microsoft365 (AD Authentication)
  • Manage regulatory compliance with time-bound competencies and certification
  • User access through Teams, SharePoint and mobile
  • Supports multiple types of content (SCORM/AICC etc.)
  • Design LMS365 with your business practices using Power Apps
  • Use Power Automate to integrate business operations
  • Supports multiple languages to provide a truly global LMS
  • Manage external user access to corporate training easily


  • An integrated LMS user experience utilising the familiarity of O365
  • Blend online learning, classroom and live webinar training
  • Personalised user dashboards for a seamless Learner experience
  • Organise courses into user-centric training plans
  • Advanced analytics and PowerBI dashboards to track activity
  • Flexibility to incorporate employee on-boarding
  • Incorporate CPD, certification and competency tracking
  • Use PowerApps to integrate with Dynamics HR
  • Modern API enables connection with HRIS,ERP and CRM solutions
  • Gamification and leader boards to support user engagement


£4.06 to £29.68 a user a year

  • Education pricing available
  • Free trial available

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Essential Computing Clare Knight
Telephone: 01275 343199

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
What software services is the service an extension to
Office 365 SharePoint, Outlook and Teams
Cloud deployment model
Private cloud
Service constraints
Only available for organisations with a live Office 365 tenant.
System requirements
  • Office 365 licence with access to SharePoint
  • Azure Active Directory

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Email based support- response within one hour Monday- Friday 9am-5.30pm UK time.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Online ticketing support accessibility
None or don’t know
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
We provide a Support Service, which includes: email, phone and remote access support from our UK based team, Mon-Fri, 9-5pm.

Technical support is provided by our trained technical support team, backed by the vendor teams as needed.

Installation and configuration services are carried out by our certified Technical Consultants, who hand over to the support team following planning, install and configuration to suit your organisations needs.

Where subsequent on site support is needed this would be quoted as needed on a day rate basis.

Your customer account manager will work closely with Support to help and advise following initial technical installation and set up.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
We can work with your team remotely or on site (though typically we do most of the work remotely). We work with the relevant people in your teams to plan, design and install and configure the LMS structure. We'll do some hands on training as part of this service, to show how to build courses and use the functionality. Then we hand over to you- with our team on hand remotely to help and advise as you start building out your learning platform. Everything is done within a familiar SharePoint or Teams interface, using common Office 365 applications to create content. User documentation and an online knowledgebase are also available to support you.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats
  • Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Online Videos
  • Web based information pages
  • Stream videos
End-of-contract data extraction
The content your organisation creates is all owned by you, and can be simply saved or extracted elsewhere. LMS365 is built on top of the clients SharePoint and so all data is stored within SharePoint and can be extracted in the same way in which SharePoint extractions would occur. As a Microsoft partner we can provide export services and SharePoint migrations.
End-of-contract process
Just advise us 45 days before contract end, and we'll close everything off contract wise. We will work with you to determine which information and records you might need to extract for future use.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
Application to install
Compatible operating systems
Designed for use on mobile devices
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
The application has been designed to provide the same experience across mobile and desktop.
Service interface
User support accessibility
None or don’t know
What users can and can't do using the API
Built natively inside Office 365, your LMS is already fully integrated with most of your IT landscape.

Additionally, our modern API allows you to connect your LMS data seamlessly with your HRIS solution, your ERP system, your CRM data, and much more.
•Well documented and extensive API
•Use Logic Apps & Power Automate (Flow) to integrate your LMS data with other applications
•Extract your data using Odata
•Fully integrated with AD (Azure Active Directory)
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available
Description of customisation
The corporate and user dashboards can be customised within SharePoint and Teams.

Corporate branding, ensure the interface looks and feels like your own

Personalised user dashboards- ensure users see their assigned training, and build their own learning paths.

Management dashboards- assign management roles so that team leads can view their team progress.

Use Power Apps and Power Automate to customise the platform to deliver on training, on-boarding any many other business processes


Independence of resources
The platform is built into your own Office 365 tenant. The LMS additional records and data are stored in the vendor tenant, with a separate database for each customer.


Service usage metrics
Metrics types
The service enables the organisation to monitor and manage usage and engagement by both content and by user.
Reporting types
Real-time dashboards


Supplier type
Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2019
Government security clearance
Up to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with another standard
  • Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
The course content and certificates can be easily saved or exported to another file location.
Data export formats
Other data export formats
  • PDF
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
Data import formats
Other data import formats
  • AICC
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Sway
  • PDF
  • Video
  • Import of learner records (via CSV)

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
The Vendor provides the following commitment:

EFI will provide Customer access to the SaaS production application on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week (24x7) basis at a rate of 99.7% (“SaaS Services Uptime Metric”).

The SaaS Services Uptime Metric commences on the start of the LMS365 License. “The Go Live Date” is the date at which the customer has activated the license(s).

On a quarterly basis, the SaaS Services Uptime Metric will be measured using the measurable hours in the quarter (total time minus planned downtime, including maintenance, upgrades, etc.) as the denominator.

The numerator is the denominator value minus the time of any outages in the quarter (duration of all outages combined) to give the percentage of available uptime (2,193 actual hours available / 2,200 possible available hours = 99.7 availa-bility).

An “outage” is defined as two consecutive monitor failures within a five-minute period, lasting until the condition has cleared
Approach to resilience
The datacentre is geo-resilient across two or more European Azure datacentres.
Outage reporting
Via the customer forums and support site.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Role based access controls are in place to determine appropriate access according to role.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
How long system logs are stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
All parts of the service provided by EFI and Essential are covered.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Cyber essentials
Cyber essentials plus
Other security certifications
Any other security certifications
Cyber Essentials

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
At EFI, we have received the ISO/IEC 27001 certification for operating an ISMS that complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 27001 for the following scope:

"ELEARNINGFORCE International's Corporate Information security management system used for the provision and development of a SAAS-learning management system (LMS) that provide Course & Content Management, Support Multiple Course Types & Learning Styles, Reporting & Tracking, Training Plans and Certifications & Compliance. This by Statement of applicability V. 3.0, dated 20210625."

EFI's ISMS is intended to be an enabling mechanism for information sharing, digital operations, and reducing information-related risks to acceptable levels.

With our ISMS, we practice an ongoing commitment to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all the physical and digital information assets throughout EFI. This is done to preserve the competitive edge, cash flow, profitability, legal, regulatory & contractual compliance, and the commercial image of EFI.

Information and information security requirements will continue to be aligned with these goals of EFI. We are audited against the standard every year by an independent third party and will review the ISMS policy at least annually to respond to any changes in the risk assessment or risk treatment requirements.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
The Change Management team utilise Jira change control systems and framework. The key objective is to protect the client production services from outage and disruption resulting from change.
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
Azure Sentinel – Cloud-native Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) for analytics & automated investigation and response (AIR) capabilities enabling our security operations team to operate more efficiently and effectively.
Azure Security Center Standard tier provides infrastructure vulnerability scanning, threat & anomaly detection, and intelligence for the network and Azure PaaS services used in the LMS365 architecture. The Security Center Recommendations are monitored daily, and action is taken immediately if vulnerabilities are found.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
All our services and personnel follow internal incident management procedures to ensure that we take proper precautions to avoid data breaches in the first place. LMS365 & the Microsoft Azure cloud services have specific security controls in place across platforms to detect and respond to compromises.

In the event of a breach, i.e. a breach of security leading to accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, Data transmitted, stored, or otherwise processed, ELEARNINGFORCE will without delay but no later than in 24 hours after becoming aware of it notify the Data Controller in writing in a prompt manner.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
To ensure timely detection and response to potential security incidents, our Security Operations Center (SOC) provides 24/7 monitoring of data activity of the LMS365 platform worldwide.

The SOC houses an incident response team that continuously monitors, overlooks, and analyzes the platform for abnormal activity to ensure that potential cybersecurity incidents are correctly identified, analyzed, defended against, investigated, and reported on.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks

Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

Essential recognises that its operations have an effect on the local, regional and global environment. Because of this, the Company is committed to continuous improvements in environmental performance and the prevention of pollution.
Employees are encouraged to take a sustainable approach to transport to and from work, with provision of showers for cyclists, frequent car-sharing, and use of public transport. Where appropriate, we encourage staff to use train transport for visiting customer sites and use teleconferencing technology where possible to deliver services remotely.
Covid-19 recovery

Covid-19 recovery

Essential have taken all possible steps to support our staff, partners and community in recovering from the impact of Covid19. Including:
- Enabling staff to continue working from home as needed or preferred
- Centralising core company systems in the cloud to support flexible working
- Adapting office space usage to suit changing needs
- Providing solutions and advice to customers to support their needs for flexible hybrid workplace solutions, enabling them to return to work safely.
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

The Company’s objective is to maintain operational standards so that all its employees and employment applicants are treated equally irrespective of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, marital status or ethnic origin.


Our primary responsibility is to our team, and we aim to be a responsible and supportive employer.

We enable our team members to work from home or the office and believe they should choose to work from the place which best suits their roles and lives.

As a business we strive to have a positive impact on our own local community, as well as support the environmental and social initiatives of our customers.


£4.06 to £29.68 a user a year
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available
Description of free trial
30 day free admin trial available. PowerBI dashboards not included.
Link to free trial

Service documents

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