Salamander for Apple School Manager Utility released

appleSchoolSalamander for Apple School Manager is a free utility designed to mirror data from a school’s MIS/SIS system into Apple School Manager. It allows the provisioning of teacher & student accounts as well as classes by transferring relevant data from your MIS/SIS, into Apple’s systems. Save time for your administrators and teachers by automating the creation of your users and classes so that they are ready for your teachers and learners.

Salamander for Apple School Manager supports a number of MIS vendors and allows you to easily configure the data the way you want it. Once the data is uploaded, then Managed Apple IDs are created automatically for you by Apply School Manager enabling the use of iCloud, iTunes U and iPads.

For more details on the utility please visit or email

Apple, Apple School Manager, iCloud, iTunes U, iPad, Apple ID are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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New version of the FREE Salamander Salamander School Data Sync utility released

Since the initial release of Salamander School Data Sync (SDS) in May 2017 there have been a few requests from customers for new features. This new version adds two of those features along with some minor bug fixes:

Support for non UK CSV Headings
The utility can now output the CSV files using either the US or UK Schema headings. This allows the utility to be used with O365 Tenants outside of the UK without adjusting the outputted files.

SIMS.Net support for reading connect.ini
SIMS.Net users can now load a Connect.ini to gather the Database and Server details allowing users to get the utility up and running quicker.


For more details on the utility please visit

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Bett 2018–Get Google to turn your old devices into CloudReady machines

cloudreadyThroughout each day at BETT 2018, any school can drop off an old PC, Mac, or Netbook at the Google stand…and return later to pick up their “new” fast, reliable CloudReady device(s).

Specialists from Neverware will be flashing these old devices with CloudReady, an operating system based on Google’s Chromium OS. CloudReady breathes new life into old hardware, enabling schools to get extra use out of devices that may otherwise collect dust.

So bring along your old devices to Stand C230…they will be wiping them clean so please be sure to save any data beforehand! Learn more at

Google’s stand is opposite ours at C210, so please feel free to drop in for a chat, sit down and a coffee. We hope to see you there later this week and talk to you about our integration with Google, Office 365, Active Directory, SharePoint and more.

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SalamanderSoft at Bett 2018

Bett-UK-Logo---2018-Lock-up-HORIZONTAL-POS.jpgIt’s that time of the year again, and Bett is again upon us, starting next Wednesday. This year we decided to have our own stand instead of being on the Microsoft Partner Village. We are really excited about this and our stand number is C210, opposite Google on the main corridor leading to the Bett Arena.

Over the course of the show, the entire team will be rotating through (rota below) and 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. We even have a seating area and coffee machine if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bett for a while.

SalamanderSoft @ Bett 2017 FINAL GRAPHICS

We also have an exciting new partnership with Cloud Design Box who will also be on our stand highlighting how they can light up SharePoint in Education, building on top of the functionality of Salamander SharePoint. While we still provide the MIS integration engine, Salamander SharePoint is now installed, supported and enhanced by Cloud Design Box leveraging their excellence in the use of SharePoint with our best in the market integration engine.

As part of this partnership Darren has moved to Cloud Design Box to continue providing support for Salamander SharePoint and much more. Tony, Darren & Lloyd will be present and both they and we are happy to talk about how you move forward with SharePoint or start your journey with it.

At Bett we will be launching:

Our new free utility ‘Salamander for Apple School Manager’ for uploading data to Apple School Manager directly from your MIS

Our monitor tool for Salamander Active Directory

Existing functionality we are showcasing include:

Microsoft Teams and School Data Sync including our free utility for uploading data

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

OneNote Class Notebook provisioning and use.

G-Suite user and group creation and maintenance, licenses, photos, timetables, sites, drive, cloud print and more.

Google Classroom including guardian and calendar support

Active Directory user and group creation, maintenance and more.

Write back of usernames, email addresses and user defined fields into your MIS (where supported by the 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

In conjunction with Cloud Design Box:

Use of Office 365 as a learning environment

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

We hope to see you at Excel next week – if you can’t make it feel free to contact us using the normal channels.

Product support will continue to be available as normal throughout the show.

Additional Details:

Stand Location : C210 opposite Google


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

RichardWednesday to Saturday
JonWednesday to Saturday
StuartThursday to Saturday
KrisWednesday to Friday
GarethFriday & Saturday
MarkWednesday & Thursday

Please feel free to drop by and say hello and find out about our latest developments. 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 definite time.

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Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint can enable parental access to Class Notebooks

OneNote-class-notebooksLast year Microsoft enabled sharing of Class Notebooks with parents. This allows you to create read only links to the Content Library and individual student notebooks: for more details see or

At the time we added support to create those links to Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint and am now rolling out the functionality more generally.

To get this enabled please email support, although we would recommend testing our the Class Notebook functionality with a limited subset first to make sure it does what you want it to.

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SalamanderSoft is looking to hire a Home Based C# Developer

C# Developer – Home Based

Who are we?

SalamanderSoft is a small but growing software house providing integration products and services to the education sector in the UK. As part of our growth, we are now looking for a C# developer to design, develop and implement our products.

Our products integrate school management systems with Active Directory, Office 365, G Suite, SharePoint and other products. Although written in C# they use a number of different technologies to integrate with all the different systems, from REST and SOAP web APIs to direct database access and custom object models. We are also currently running a project to run our product set in Azure which is likely to be a main focus for you initially. We use agile methodologies as much as possible. The product set has been developed over the last 10 years and so is quite mature, but there is constant change as new features are added to the systems we integrate with and as we add support for new products.

SalamanderSoft currently consists of 8 employees, the majority of which are operations/support staff. It is a small close-knit company and our ethos is to provide excellent service to our customers and to be the best at what we do. This is reflected in the fact that all our sales are via word of mouth/recommendations – we do not have a sales team, and we are still growing strongly. All our roles are remote working, so you will be working from home.

Who we are looking for

To date, I have been the sole developer, and I am now looking for someone to take on some of the development work to allow for further growth of the company. I would be happy to consider both senior and junior developers. The role could be full-time or part-time for the right candidate and will be a home-based role so you will need to be comfortable and effective working from home. Although home-working sounds great and offers a lot of flexibility it is not for everybody.

The exact skills we are looking for will depend on your experience, although C# is a core requirement. However, your attitude will be key, we will be looking for someone who:

  • uses their initiative and gets things done
  • has enthusiasm and interest in development and technology.
  • wants to be the best that they can be and strives for excellence
  • is able to work independently and remotely
  • has a hunger to learn new skills
  • wants to drive best-practices and processes

For a senior developer we would also be expecting agile skills, especially test driven development.

All applicants must be legally entitled to work in the UK and, due to the nature of the sector we work in, we require all employees to be DBS checked.

What we will do for you

  • We will offer a competitive salary, dependent on experience together with pension contributions
  • A chance to work on the latest technologies (especially Office 365, Google and Azure)
  • The ability to drive best practices and processes within the development team
  • Significant autonomy.
  • Training resources and all appropriate technology and software will be provided.
  • Flexibility in working hours when required, although our customers’ needs have to come first
  • The opportunity to get rid of your daily commute
  • 5 weeks paid holiday per year plus bank holidays
  • Expenses paid on any business travel
  • Support you in improving your current skillset and to work with and develop new ones
  • The opportunity to attend some conferences/events/training during the year
  • Paid Certification attempts

Next Steps

If you are interested in joining our team, please write to us at with anything you want to support your application. Links to social media and code repositories would be great as well. Noting where you saw the ad would be helpful to us.

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