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.

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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

Rota

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
AlanWednesday
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 https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/nzedu/2017/04/20/major-onenote-class-notebook-announcement-sharing-with-parents/ or https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/04/19/onenote-class-notebook-updates-include-read-only-parent-or-guardian-access-and-collaboration-space-permissions/?eu=true.

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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Recordings of our Webinars on our products and their integration with Active Directory, Office 365, G Suite, SharePoint, Exchange etc

Earlier this year we broadcast several webinars on how our products can support the needs of you and your organisations. Here are the recordings of them, all of which are also available in our YouTube channel.

For more information on any of our products please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

Getting the most from Office 365 with Salamander Products

Automated Provisioning with Salamander Active Directory

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint and Office 365

Making G Suite Administration easy with Salamander Active Directory

Supporting Automated Provisioning for Multi-Academy Trusts and enterprises

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Free Webinars on our products and their integration with Active Directory, Office 365, G Suite, SharePoint, Exchange etc

We are running a series of free webinars which will go into more detail of how our products can support the needs of you and your organisations:

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint and Office 365
A look into how Salamander SharePoint can support Teaching and Learning through SharePoint, MS Classroom and Class Notebooks in Office 365.

Wednesday 8th February 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT
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Tuesday 7th March 2017 @ 1400 – 1500 GMT
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Automated Provisioning with Salamander Active Directory
A look at how Salamander Active Directory can support your automated provisioning needs.

Thursday 16th February 2017 @ 1300 – 1400 GMT
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Getting the most from Office 365 with Salamander Products
An overview of how Salamander Products can help you get the most from your Office 365 tenant and the products available with it.

Tuesday 21st February 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT
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Making G Suite Administration easy with Salamander Active Directory
A look at how Salamander Active Directory can support Administrators as they manage their G Suite Tenancies inside schools.

Wednesday 1st March 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT
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Supporting Automated Provisioning for Multi-Academy Trusts and enterprises
A demonstration of how the Salamander Products can support the provisioning needs of expanding trusts, including provisioning for Active Directory and Office 365 from multiple MIS systems, and how our products can scale to meet your needs.

Wednesday 15th March 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT
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OneNote Staff Notebook Creation with Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint

onenoteIconAfter the success of OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft introduced OneNote Staff Notebooks. These have a personal workspace for every staff member or teacher, a content library for shared information, and a collaboration space for everyone to work together, all within one powerful notebook. There’s a getting started guide available at support.office.com.

Now, as with the OneNote Class Notebook, Microsoft have released an API to allow partners to automatically create them. I’m pleased to announce that we have now added support for creating and maintianing Class Notebooks to Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint.

This means that we can automate the creation of Staff Notebooks directory from your MIS, whether it’s SIMs, Facility, iSAMS, Pass or any other MIS. It will also add and remove students and teachers as the membership changes in the MIS.

This allows central provisioning and rollout of Staff Notebooks with no manual intervention required by staff– they can just get on with teaching and enabling teaching.

We can create the Notebooks in several different locations:

  1. In the Staff OneDrives.
  2. In SharePoint sites.
  3. Within the new Office 365 Groups.
  4. In a shared OneDrive.

This is all completely configurable, as are all our products, so we can configure it to whatever works best for your school. We can even automatically archive the Notebooks at the end of the year, before building a new set for the new academic year.

For more details please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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Support for updated OneNote Class Notebook API by Salamander Active Directory

ClassNotebookRecently Microsoft updated their API for OneNote Class Notebooks to add more functionality. Read more at the Office blog:

Teacher Only spaces, Collaboration Space lockdown, subgroup creation and more with the new Class Notebook API updates

I am pleased to announce that we have now added support for this new functionality to Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint. This includes:

  • Teacher only content spaces. These can be added to existing as well as to new class Notebooks.
  • Deletion of notebooks, sections and pages.
  • Adding section groups, sections and pages.
  • Copying sections and pages from other notebooks.
  • Permissions. The ability to set permissions on notebooks, sections and section groups. These can range from allowing anyone to edit, through read only, to not even being able to see it is there.
  • Option to send or not send the Welcome Email message when creating class notebooks.
  • Create class notebooks in languages other then English.
    If you want any of this functionality adding to your current set up please email support@salamandersoft.co.uk. If you are interested in creating Class Notebooks directly from your MIS, whether it is Capita SIMs, Progresso, iSAMs, RM Integris or any other MIS/SIS please contact us at info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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