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SkillsLogic wins Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) ePortfolio Project

30 Oct 18 Dan Bespoke Software

SkillsLogic has been awarded a three year contract to deliver a bespoke ePortfolio system for the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). The system will be used to support ETF's Advanced Teacher Status programme (ATS) - the badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training.

A Learning Management System and more for Practice Index

01 May 18 Dan Learning Management Systems  / Bespoke Software

In 2017, Practice Index, an organisation providing a wide range of services to General Practitioners, approached us about developing a learning management system to deliver online training courses to GP practices in the UK. Practice Index found themselves in a common predicament. They had spent some time configuring a hosted virtual learning environment (VLE) solution provided by a big player in the market but were unsatisfied with the inability to modify the system to better support their business model.

Serving thousands of concurrent learners with NGINX

28 Feb 18 Dan Bespoke Software  / Learning Management Systems
At SkillsLogic we develop and maintain bespoke learning management systems on various server operating systems, but our preferred option is Linux and we tend to use Apache as we have tons of experience configuring, optimising and keeping it running smoothly.

Ready for GDPR? Try our free GDPR awareness online course

31 Jan 18 Dan Education & Training  / Bespoke Software  / E-Learning
Skillsby, the easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) from SkillsLogic, is offering a free GDPR course online titled 'GDPR Awareness' to help large and small organisations get to grips with the shake-up in data protection legislation.

Useful scripts for checking Postgres replication lag

25 Nov 17 Dan Bespoke Software
We have been using Postgres replication successfully now on a number of projects - mainly to ensure that we have data backed up in real-time to a separate disaster recovery site. But a useful side effect of having this up-to-date backup on a Postgres instance, is we now have the ability to take regular snapshots of it without affecting performance of the live site, and to provide read-only views onto the data with the benefit of it being bang up to date.

SIR Data Insights - Getting Ready for the 2016/17 Workforce Data Upload

21 Jun 17 Mike Education & Training  / Bespoke Software
SIR Data Insights - the national FE sector workforce data service - is ready for the 2016/17 SIR25 upload window. All FE colleges in England are encouraged to submit workforce data - the staff individualised record - to the online service when the upload window opens at the start of July. Independent training providers, charities and adult and community learning organisations are also encouraged to make a submission.

Why you should develop a bespoke learning management system to deliver compliance training to multiple clients

07 Jun 17 Mike Learning Management Systems  / Bespoke Software  / Education & Training  / E-Learning
From time to time we get asked to develop a bespoke learning management system for a training provider that wants to use e-learning to deliver compliance type training to multiple client organisations. Most of those training providers are already using an established off the shelf system - either Moodle or a commercial Software as a Service (SaaS) solution.

Working with a software development company - why your project management matters

24 May 17 Mike Bespoke Software
Effective project management is an essential part of any software development project and most software development companies will use a dedicated project manager to deliver the project on time and budget. Even small projects - just 1 developer - need someone to keep an eye on costs, progress and overall quality.

Bespoke software development and why you should pay for bug fixing

24 Mar 17 Mike Bespoke Software
Why should I pay you to fix bugs in software you've developed? That's a totally reasonable question that we sometimes get asked by a new client when we're discussing what happens after their software is launched.

Why do some software development projects fail?

20 Mar 17 Mike Bespoke Software
Sometimes we hear about a failing software development project and occasionally we're asked to help get one of those projects back on track. The projects are always different but most seem to go wrong for similar reasons.

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