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Alaress is recruiting two new team members


We’re recruiting 2 new team members! A sales development representative and a technical account manager.

If you’re interested in working with a fun and fast-paced team and a growing technology company in the K-12 education space, then check out these position descriptions:

“Come on down!” We look forward to speaking with you.


BRW Fast Starters 2013 – Chasing our business dreams and winning!


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 ›

What makes someone a ‘digital expert’?


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 ›

Schoolbox secures discount tickets to EduTECH 2013 for our clients


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.

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Schoolbox enters the 2013 iAwards – we’ve got our fingers crossed!


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.

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We’re taking the plunge – ICTEV 2013


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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Schoolbox 13 Roadmap


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 ›