Moodle vs Sakai

The SaaS revolution has brought about a number of interesting phenomena in the technology world and with its place in daily life as well. A lot of niche concepts that were once impractical and too niche to pursue are now becoming fully fleshed out and rich industries with an independence on platform. LMS systems are an example of this, alongside CRM. Moodle is of course viewed by many as the king of the roost with LMS. But, a lot of competition lurks out there, such as the case with Moodle vs Sakai.

Comparison lists like this are a dime a dozen on the internet, and I personally never found this kind of point for point specificity to be as informative to me as reviews and case studies. Nonetheless, I encourage the publication of this kind of thing because it does speak strongly to many. So, does Moodle win the battle of Moodle vs Sakai?

Well, I’m not going to go through a list of feature comparisons with this, because Sakai is very much trying to be an answer to Moodle in how it works, presents itself and in its plans for future refinement and revision.

That means that a point for point set of blows for feature comparisons is going to be a lot of wheel spinning. Let’€™s just say they can pretty much do everything the other one can. But, aside from that, you care about ROI and financial ramifications of a choice, as well as logistics. That’s where the two are very different.

The true business readiness of an SaaS solution is a distinct different level of implementation and capacity than “release ready€. Business readiness is defined by scope, flexibility, support infrastructure and well rounded policies and protocols for the heavy and complex use businesses will need to make avail of.

By, Moodle excels over Sakai fairly significantly in business readiness.

Also, since Moodle is an open source kit, vendors for it exceed Sakai by over eighty percent easily. This also has brought about a far larger install base, with Sakai’s total base being a decimal percentage in ratio to Moodle. This means that Moodle has a vast, active user community which means innovation within the platform is much more driven than it is for Sakai.

But, the bottom line is price, and Moodle actually costs no initial financial obligation, if you get the right package. It is entirely donation-funded unless you want bells and whistles. Sakai, however, incurs a two million dollar grant from the Mellon Foundation, and is a significant cost to begin using as well.

So, all in all, while that huge budget may drive Sakai to become a powerhouse one day in the future, but for now, it lacks some of Moodle’€™s base and momentum.

In the case of Moodle vs Sakai, Moodle wins, just by the sheer numbers alone. Of course, status quo like this can cease at any time, when someone has a fresh enough, powerful enough idea, and has the guts to get it done. Still, for now, Sakai is interesting but not really as widely viable as Moodle. It’€™s still a good design, though.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.