New Frog Release, “Newton” coming

Sir_Isaac_Newton_by_Sir_Godfrey_Kneller,_BtNew reports and contextual data in Progress, loads of improvements to assignments, including integration with the student calendar, awesome (genuinely awesome) Google integration, and a whole set of learning content (videos) now in Frog Play, along with loads of other bits and pieces.

Click below to get a proper look at what’s coming:

Release Guide – Newton V7.1

Frog partners named the Most Innovative Service Provider of the Year at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards

YTL, our partners in Malaysia, recently won an award for the most innovative service provider of the year at the Asia Pacific awards in Singapore.

I know it’s not directly relevant to the UK, but I thought I’d share it anyway in case anyone was interested:

WINNERS: Lee (fourth from left) holding up the accolade the company won for its Yes 4G mobile Internet and voice service. Also present are (l-r) senior device manager Alex Tang, deputy chief executive officer Jacob Yeoh, vice-president of customer relationship management Leong Chee Sung, chief marketing officer Reggie Chee Pok Jin, chief financial offcer Lee Nyit Toong, head of core networking engineering division Behnam Neekzad, and vice-president of IT strategy and development Jason Heng.

PETALING JAYA: YTL Communications Sdn Bhd was named the Most Innovative Service Provider of the Year at the 2012 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Singapore for its Yes 4G mobile Internet with voice service.

 

The Yes 4G service is a mobile Internet platform that brings together mobile broadband, telephony (voice and SMS) and cloud-based services across multiple devices, all with a single Yes account.

 

“We pioneered an identity-based network architecture that allows all these services to be accessible with a single Yes ID for convenience and cost savings,” said Wing K. Lee, YTL Communications chief executive officer.

 

Lee said YTL Communications is honoured to have received the award and that it is a testament to the company’s vision and hard work.

 

Founded in 2004, the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards seek to recognise companies and individuals that have pushed the boundaries of excellence and demonstrated outstanding performance across Asia Pacific.

Frog UK Operations Update

There are loads of things happening at Frog UK that I thought I’d share with you. First off we have a major restructure of the business and a number of key new hires.

Guy Oliver joins us as our new Operations Director. Guy spent 21 years in the financial services sector. Because there’s a lot of money at stake in this market, Guy has had to learn how to make very demanding customers very happy. Guys latest position was to head up a £7.5M business unit with responsibility for customer services, professional services delivery and software development.

We asked Guy if he wanted to say something. This is what he came up with, “I am very excited by the opportunity that I have been given to help guide Frog on the next stage of its incredible journey.  Frog has very clever people producing game changing software that is streets ahead of the competition.  My challenge is to channel that creative energy, compliment it with some rather boring, but essential processes and procedures in order to enable Frog tomeet its commitments to all its customers whilst continuing to lead the field in the development of Learning Platform applications”

Shaun Geoghegan joins us from RM.  Shaun was previously responsible for the development team of the RM Integris MIS product.  Shaun is now building a team of people around him, and absorbing our current MIS integration team of 3 people, to build very rich integration with the UK’s main MIS systems, allowing us to provide you with fully integrated web based interfaces to your current MIS.

 

Jack Nattress joins us to build a Programme Office in Frog, introducing processes and procedures in our business. We have grown exceptionally quickly and this has caused us growing pains on a number of different occasions. Jack is building a growing team of people to both create procedures and ensure they are adhered to.  Jack is also introducing a dedicated QA team to supplement the quality assurance and testing done within the development team.  This process has already reaped fantastic rewards with the robustness of our latest release of Frog4OS, and we fully expect it to create big improvements with the other areas of Frog.

Our support team has grown to 17 people. While there will obviously be a period of “bedding in”, we have deliberately over-hired in this area in order to create excess capacity. This will improve not only our response times, but will allow us to spend more time with each school, improving the quality of the help we can give you. There are also some significant structural changes happening in our support team.

We have had an army of new developers join us over the past few months, in fact, we are struggling for space in our offices now and have had to introduce home working and hot desking (sometimes two at a desk) to fit everyone in until our new offices are ready to be moved in to. And we’re still looking for more developers. Lots more.

Susan Banister joins us from Uniservity (and previously Espresso Education) to head up our UK sales team. I’ve been told by one eminent educationalist than one person that Susan understands schools and their issues better than any other sales person he knows and that I should listen to everything that she says. So far, so good, I’m happy to report ;0)

 

Graham Thorpe rejoins us from Capita, after taking a little journey through Ramesys. Graham is currently focussing all his attention on the Malaysia project. Adam Hepton rejoins us after taking leave of his senses and thinking that the grass was greener somewhere else! As does Alan Burgoine.

Frog4OS Sneak Peak

As promised, here is a quick sneak peak at Frog4OS.

First a little background.  We built a completely separate development team here at Frog UK back in 2011 and have been secretly working on this project.  This new version already has more than 6 man years of development on it, and this is just the beginning.  As you’ll know from my other blog posts, we are currently hiring developers at Frog as quickly as we can find them.

This is only a two minute video and all I’m showing you is how applications run in Frog4OS and how you upload files.  If you want to find out more (and maybe get a proper demo ;) then you’ll need to come to our conference on June 19!  I’ll also be outlining Frog’s bigger vision for the future, and there will be some surprises!  Click here to find out more about our conference, hope to see you there!

I recorded this in a low resolution so you can see it more easily in YouTube, obviously it looks loads better on a screen with more pixels on it!

I suggest you change the quality to 720p and make it full screen for best silky smooth viewing…

Frog – The World’s first Learning Platform Designed for Tablets

Lots of things are changing at Frog at the moment. I’ve been dying to tell everyone about it, but we’ve had to keep quiet about much of it. Even now, there are only a few thinks I can leak out. I’ll put things into a series of blog posts as and when I’m able to talk about them.

For those that aren’t already aware, Frog recently won the contract to supply a Learning Platform to all 10,000 schools in Malaysia.  Because the technical landscape in Malaysia is slightly different than in the UK, we’ve built a completely new interface to Frog. This latest version of Frog is now already being rolled out to 4 million students and 2 millions parents.

We’ve also been listening carefully to what you’ve been telling us over the last couple of years, and obviously we’ve been learning how we could have done things better over the last 12 years.  While we’ve been developing this new release for Malaysia we’ve made sure that everything we’re learning is going into this release for the UK, too, because if you have a full maintenance agreement with Frog you will be be receiving this upgrade later on this year.  There are still a few bits and pieces we need to do to integrate some elements back in to Frog 3.

Please be assured that we haven’t forgotten about Frog 3.  I’ll be blogging about current developments here too, very shortly.

We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved with the latest version of Frog, which we’ve called Frog4OS (verbally, FrogOS.)

Announcing the world’s first Learning Platform designed specifically for tablet devices (imagine yourself sat in front of your TV with a glass of wine and creating tomorrows learning resources on your iPad, or Android tablet.) Most importantly, this isn’t just a mobile interface, this is a complete application including content creation, that will run on mobile devices – you can even drag and drop widgets in it.  And don’t worry, your Frog 3 built content will run seamlessly inside Frog4OS.

There are loads of other advancements in Frog4OS, too, but I’ll pass those along in a few short sharp blog posts.  I’m sure you all have loads of questions, please fire them at this blog and not my mobile ;)

Folks, this is the beginning of something much, much bigger.  This is just the first step on our future journey.  Frog is about to revolutionise education in a number of different ways.  As ever, thank you to all of our customers that helped us to get here and we look forward to changing lives with you over the next few years.

Here’s a quick video that our friends over in Malaysia created: