We’ve learnt that dreams don’t get realised if you don’t work hard so we’re thrilled to blog that it’s official – Alaress, Australia’s most innovative digital agency that designs and develops award winning websites for schools and software including Schoolbox, the breakthrough solution for K-12 digital learning has achieved status with the top 100 companies for the elite 2013 BRW Fast Starters!.
It goes without saying that we’re elated that the company had been selected to appear on the prestigious list of the most forward thinking and innovative companies from thousands of entrants. Recognition as a 2013 BRW Fast Starter (number 90 in the rundown) reinforces the strength of our business model and provides recognition for everyone that works so hard at Alaress. Continue reading this post ›
Today I read an article written for Smart Company by Fi Bendall, the managing director of digital and interactive consultancy company Bendalls Group. It resonated so strongly with me that I felt the need to share it.
Fi indicates in her article we come across many imposters claiming to be ‘digital experts’ who make promises and just don’t deliver. She refers to Digital experts having the capability to build businesses online and this is what specifically resonated with me.
So now the drum roll…. I realised after reading this article that I am fortunate to work with a digital expert, James Leckie. Now James is not a blogger, podcaster, author, and does not meet the criteria of being 35-year-old-plus type. Continue reading this post ›
In the lead up of Alaress exhibiting at EduTECH 2013, we have worked to secure a whopping 10% discount off the cost of registration for our clients. Yay!
Register your place before Friday 3rd of May 2013, using discount code ALA10 to receive our sponsor discount.
We’re really excited to be participating in this event for our learning management system Schoolbox.
For anyone that doesn’t know, EduTECH is Australia’s largest education and technology event and in 2013 will provide exclusive access to some of Australia’s and the world’s best regarded education experts.
Prior to entering the 2013 iAwards, I’ve always felt somewhat ambivalent about entering business awards so it’s no surprise that it taken so long to seek recognition and enter the awards? Perhaps it’s the enormous effort involved that pushes the task into the too hard basket. Alaress has had this task in the too hard basket until recently when a potential client highlighted we required stronger brand recognition for our fantastic software as a service, Schoolbox.
We’re taking the plunge and are delighted that we have been chosen to present at the 33rd Annual ICT in Education Victoria Conference: IT Takes A Village.
The event is being held at Melbourne Grammar School a valued client of Alaress who use our learning management system Schoolbox. Given that the conference is designed to:
- Capture the essence of good teaching and learning
- Acknowledging that ICT is pivotal to future thinking and directions, and that
- People are the key
we’re looking forward to playing an important role on what already is shaping up to be a fantastic event.
Alaress Directors, James Leckie and Sean Richards will be presenting ‘Engaging Digital Natives – Their Devices, Their Web, Their Way’
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Core system updates (a.k.a. Giza)
Software needs to constantly evolve both on the surface and behind the scenes. As part of version 13 we will be undertaking a journey to introduce an improved framework to the core of the Schoolbox system. We spent the last 12 months planning how best to approach a framework rebuild and have cemented a staged action plan that will see the system moved to a future proof framework over a three year period. Continue reading this post ›
Schoolbox Mobile recognised as finalist in Mobies award!
We’ve been so busy rolling out Schoolbox 12.5 and Schoolbox mobile that we haven’t had time to share our great news that Schoolbox mobile has been recognised as a finalist in the 2012 Australian Mobile Awards (Mobies).
The Mobies is an awards program recognising the best of the Australian Mobile Industry. Along with household names including Qantas, Renault, JB Hi-Fi, Commonwealth Bank, CFA, Australia Post, the Victorian Department of Health and the NSW Food Authority, Schoolbox was selected as a finalist. Continue reading this post ›
Just a quick little post to show off photos form our end of year celebrations which ended at Rice Queen for loads of yumminess. Thanks for a great night y’all. X
One of the greatest difficulties when trying to creating unique quality solutions for clients is that you cannot assume they are designers. Most people, when asked what they are after, cannot just create a new vision in their mind, mould and shape it into a fully-formed design, and adequately describe it in terms that permits it’s creation. And don’t worry, if this describes you, I’m in the same boat.
So when most people are trying to think of what they want, they default to what they’ve seen and liked before. I attest this fact to the phenomenon of Flipbooks, amongst other gimmicks. Without actually analysing what they are, they seem “cool.” People notice and remember them. My problem with this, is “cool” doesn’t mean good. Continue reading this post ›
Last week the entire Alaress team including managers, developers and support flew from Melbourne to Sydney for our Annual Schoolbox Meetup at Wenona School. Our goal was to meet with customers in order to break down boundaries and open up communication. After so much hard work crafting Schoolbox, our whole team was excited to learn about its application in the classroom.