SalamanderSoft Is Hiring

Support Consultant, Home Based, £20,000 – £30,000, Closes 01/03/2016

Who are we?
We (SalamanderSoft) are a small, but dynamic, team dedicated to providing first class products and services to the Education Sector. Through our integration products for school systems, we help our customers to connect up their on-site and off-site systems in exactly the way they need to support teaching and learning as well as school administration.
As our customer base is growing, we are looking for an experienced Network Technician/Manager to help us maintain our level of support to our new and existing customers.
We also give back to the community by developing the SharePoint Learning Kit and a number of free utilities for schools.

What we need you to do
You will be joining the team to help us remotely install and support our range of products into Schools.
The main products you will be working with are our range of integration products, linking School MIS to Active Directory, SharePoint, Office 365, Google Apps for Education and other systems.
Our work is conducted from our own homes, although some occasional travel and hotel stay may be needed to allow us to meet as a team and best support our customers.

What we will do for you
5 weeks paid holiday per year plus bank holidays
Flexibility in working hours when required, although our customers’ needs have to come first
The opportunity to get rid of your daily commute
Expenses paid on any business travel
Support you in improving your current skills and to work with and develop new ones
The opportunity to attend some conferences/events/training during the year
Paid Certification attempts

Who we are looking for
Someone with great technical skills who loves helping customers and solving problems. We’re not finished with a job until the customer is happy. You are the sort of person who will see something wrong and fix it before it is raised as an issue. This is very much a customer focussed role, and regular customer contact via Phone/Skype and email will be essential.
Although you will need to be able to work independently and with little supervision, the team is always in contact via Skype for Business, Yammer, email and phone. However, home working isn’t for everyone, some need the face-to-face contact an office gives!
With technology being such as fast moving field, we would expect you to have a thirst for knowledge and be keen to improve your skills, with a proven track record of doing so.
Although we will provide all the equipment and software that you need to do your job, you will need a suitable area for working in your home, a broadband connection and probably a kettle.

Now the boring bit
Key Skills we are looking for:
Expertise and Experience maintaining Active Directory, preferably in a School Environment
Experience with scripting Active Directory
Experience with Basic SQL Server Queries

It would be great if you had – but don’t worry if you haven’t:
Knowledge and experience of Sims.Net/Facility CMIS or other School MIS systems
Scripting Experience
One or more Microsoft Certifications
Experience working with Excel or other products for analysing data
Experience with SharePoint in an education environment
Experience with Office 365 Administration
Experience with Google Apps for Education Administration
Some experience of managing IT projects

Next Steps
If you are interested in joining our team, please write to us at jon@salamandersoft.co.uk with anything you want to support your application. Links to social media and community involvement would be great as well. Noting where you saw the ad would be helpful to us.

Closing Date
The closing date for Applications is midnight on Tuesday 01st March

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Webinars for Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint

bettuklogonouk_2016lockup_1After BETT we will be running a series of free webinars going into more detail of how our products can support your needs.

To register for these or for more information please email webinar@salamandersoft.co.uk

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint

Wednesday 27th January 1100 – 1200 GMT

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint

Tuesday 2nd February 1300 – 1400 GMT

Automated Provisioning with Salamander Active Directory

Thursday 4th February 1300 – 1400 GMT

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Bett 2016 and SalamanderSoft

bettuklogonouk_2016lockup_1It’s that time of the year again, and Bett is upon us again, starting next week. This year for the very first time we are exhibiting as one of the inaugural members of the Microsoft Partner Village. This is a new area organised by Microsoft to showcase their partners, and we are very pleased to say that we are one of the partners picked. In addition to our stand within the village we have daily presentations in the partner theatre – more details below.

We would love to see as many of you as possible over the 4 days. Our rota is below, but feel free to just drop by and say hello and chat about our products and recent developments. Some of the items we are showcasing are:

· Use of Office 365 as a learning environment

· Active Directory user and group creation and maintenance and more..

· Office 365 user and group creation and maintenance, licenses, photos, timetables and more..

· Google Apps for Education user and group creation and maintenance, licenses, photos, timetables, sites, Classrooms and more..

· SharePoint as a learning environment including class & subject sites, OneNote creation, blogs and more..

· Write back of usernames, email addresses and user defined fields into your MIS. Also creation of SIMs system users.

· Support for the above for all UK MISs including Capita SIMS, RM Integris, Progresso, Facility CMIS, iSAMS, WCBS Pass & 3 Sys, Bromcom, Arbor and many overseas ones

 

Additional Details:

Stand Location

Microsoft Partner Village Stand C300, next to the main Microsoft stand

Daily Theatre Session

Enabling Teaching and Learning with Office 365

Steve Gillott, Assistant Headteacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, talks about how his school makes use of SalamanderSoft integration products, together with Microsoft Office 365, to support teachers in their drive for continuous improvement in teaching and learning. Together with accompanying gains and cost savings, the implementation provides a cost-effective example of how the right technology, appropriately applied, can empower teachers and add significant value and enjoyment to the learning experience of the students.

Location: Microsoft Partner Village Theatre, Stand C300

Day

Wed 20 Jan

Thu 21 Jan

Fri 22 Jan

Sat 23 Jan

Start

1440

1325

1120

1440

Finish

1500

1345

1140

1500

All of the team will be there present over the four days. If you want to catch up with anyone in particular the rota is

Richard

Wednesday to Saturday

Darren

Wednesday to Saturday

Jon

Friday & Saturday

Stuart

Wednesday to Friday

Kris

Wednesday & Thursday

Steve Gillott (Assistant Headteacher Royal Wootton Bassett Academy)

Wednesday to Friday

We won’t all be on the stand all the time so if there’s someone specific you want to meet please email and arrange a specific time.

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Salamander Active Directory now supports creating and maintaining Office 365 Unified Groups

Unified Groups are a fairly new cross-suite feature in Office 365. They are designed for quick and easy collaboration and each member of a group can participate in conversations, schedule meetings, share files and notes and even initiate a Skype for Business voice and video call for urgent real-time decisions. It’s a bit like a light version of a SharePoint team site, but with more Exchange capabilities. Microsoft is really pushing their use with tooling for them in Office 2016 and a cross-platform mobile app. Moving forward I think that Microsoft will be tying the group functionality into more of their current and new products.

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Group conversations in Outlook 2016 and in the Outlook Groups mobile app.

I’m pleased to say that Salamander Active Directory now supports creating and maintaining Unified Groups. This means that we can create groups based on your data in your MIS, whether it is Sims, Progresso, Integris, iSAMS or any other. You could for example have all your classes created as groups for class level collaboration areas, either on a global basis or limiting to years or subjects. Or maybe you want staff based groups for departments or subjects. As with all our functionality it’s completely configurable and we can set it up exactly how you want it. Just email support if you want to look into getting it enabled on your installation.

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Salamander Active Directory can create Sims System Users

Accredited_logo_writeAnother write back feature we have for Sims.net is the ability to create Sims System Users from your staff data. It’s not commonly used, but if you want your staff members to automatically have access to Sims, then Salamander Active Directory can create the users in Sims. This includes assigning group membership and capturing the generated password. It can also set the user to be inactive once they leave.

As Capita charge us a per school fee for write back, then there is an additional charge for writing back to Sims. This is the same charge as for writing back emails etc, so there’s no extra cost if you are already using that.

For more information, or if you want us to set this up, then please contact support.

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Salamander Active Directory can write back to Sims: Emails, UDFs etc

Accredited_logo_writeThis is something we’ve had for several years, but I don’t think that it’s very widely known. Salamander Active Directory can write back to Sims.net. Typically this is used for email addresses, user defined fields, telephones and parental consent. For emails and telephones we can set specific types, e.g. work email, as well as bulk operations on all of a person’s emails/telephones such as removing main or primary, or even deleting them all if you want to start afresh.

We can do this for pupils, staff, contacts and applicants.

As Capita charge us a per school fee for write back, then there is an additional charge for writing back to Sims. If you use a different MIS then please speak to us as there are some write back operations we can do with other systems.

For more information, or if you want us to set this up, then please contact support.

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