Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and Content Management Systems (CMSs) have similar roles within online education. Their differences seem to be connected to the origins of both management systems. LMSs were initially created to address workplace training needs in order to build knowledge for immediate application. It is for this reason that LMSs can handle a large number of training events. On the other hand, CMSs were originally designed to support learning in academic settings. CMSs are ideal for managing academic courses that are taught asynchronously.
LMSs, generally with an elevated cost when compared to CMSs, seem to be a more appropriate choice for larger organizations with a significant projected growth that will require a more robust management system for their eventual learning needs.