School’s out but learning goes on: technology to the rescue

Schoolchildren are effectively grounded, along with their parents. But while frustration rises and tempers fray, education itself needn’t suffer. Classrooms may have closed but ‘textbooks’ don’t have to. Technology to the rescue.

The transition is smoother than it might have been – these days, schools are equipped and experienced in providing online content, through platforms such as Purple Mash. Education continues to evolve in tandem with technology. We’re also more connected than ever as a society, both to information and to each other. But we can still do better.

Imagine a way to easily create rich multi-media content, deliver it to selected individuals, then monitor and analyse their interactions; to prove compliance, track progress and tailor future content based on real data. That’s Plasmo – a new content delivery app and digital engagement platform, built by Salpo Technologies.

Plasmo Digital Engagement Platform

Content takes the form of double-side card decks, built via a cloud-based ‘card creator’, containing video, audio, images, GIFs, Q&As, text, plus deep links to internal/external sources and web content. This is pushed to users via an iOS/Android mobile app, where they can easily navigate content, bookmark cards and add notes. All interactions are tracked, even offline, with data available through the Plasmo desktop dashboard.

“The Plasmo app and digital engagement platform is a revolutionary approach to content delivery. Our new technology supports content creators to quickly and easily build tailored content, deliver it to their users, then measure and analyse engagement. This really is a game-changer for businesses large and small.”

Paul Lawrence, CEO, Salpo Technologies

An early adopter of this technology is Joel Williams, founder and CEO of Tencil, a company built to educate future digital marketers from under-represented demographic groups. Joel recognised the London-centric focus of this industry and decided to do something about it, giving young people across the UK a window into this potentially lucrative career path.

“Plasmo is powering my business, Tencil, allowing users to access a range of rich content, including articles, images, videos and quizzes, then measuring and analysing their engagement. This dynamic content delivery platform has huge potential across many other industries and sectors, not least education, as highlighted by recent school closures.”

Joel Williams, CEO & Founder, Tencil

Plasmo is still in development and, sadly, it’s impractical to roll-out this technology across the nation’s school network. But there are many applications for business, particularly with remote working on the rise, even before our current conditions. We’ll post more Plasmo updates soon, so keep an eye on our blog and social channels.

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Businesses must embrace technology to survive

With little time to prepare, most employees have been confined to their homes until further notice. And with experts predicting it’ll take months to satisfactorily ‘flatten the curve’ businesses must quickly adapt or risk shutting down completely. And for our key services, the stakes are even higher.

Workers have been thrust into the unknown (or, more typically, the box room) equipped with little more than a laptop. For some organisations this is no big deal – they already share docs via G Suite, instant message on Skype and collaborate on Slack. Meetings will continue to be held, approvals granted and progress tracked. Business as usual. Almost. Luckily (for us) this is our situation, along with most progressive tech companies. But for many others, this is no simple transition.

Technology plays a vital role

We’re acutely aware of the problems facing certain sectors, like travel, hospitality and retail. Some of our clients are represented here, and we sincerely hope they survive and emerge defiantly. There are also many companies that can continue to operate but must quickly evolve their processes to stay in business, let alone remain competitive. As usual, we believe technology has a vital role to play, particularly where operations impact key services, like healthcare and the infrastructure that supports it.

Our client, Freedom Technology (part of the CSI leasing group), runs innovative salary sacrifice and 1:1 schemes to give organisations, employees and students affordable access to the latest technology, via the software solution we built. The sales teams of HP and Lenovo use this software to get the best tech into the hands of key workers across the NHS and education sector. This is vital to ensure these services continue to operate and meet increasing demand.

Happily, we helped Freedom Technology to streamline their operation, so they’re well equipped to cope. We built four portals in a new custom framework, to handle distinct customer segments, while devising and implementing a simple online ordering system. The process is smooth for customers and convenient for Freedom Technology and their partners, allowing clear visibility of all orders via the portal, and removing human error from the process. Everything operates in a secure and stable environment, hosted and maintained by Salpo Technologies.

The web portals Salpo built seamlessly connect our sales, admin and CRM, making our process around three times faster and allowing us to allocate resources elsewhere.”

James Gunson, Freedom Technology

Obviously Freedom Technology face many other challenges, as we all do, but their core business can continue to function.

Our software allows their workforce, partners and customers to perform all necessary actions online, so everyone can quickly access what they need.

Why wait? Act now…

We’ve helped many other clients solve business problems, supporting them to improve processes, save time and drive profits. As the business landscape changes, the best businesses will adapt and thrive. Now is not the time to panic. And it’s not the time to sit back. If you can make your business more efficient and effective now, why wait? And if you’re being relied on by key services, you must act quickly. Talk to us now.

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