28 October 2013

Bad Weather- are You Prepared?

Last night the UK saw its worst storms since 1987. With wind speeds up to 80 mph we've woken up this morning to surface flooding, fallen debris and major travel disruptions. Thankfully this weather system has arrived during half-term thus minimizing any disruption for pupils, teachers and parents but how prepared are we to handle such occurrences during term time?

When disaster strikes reaching your parents and pupils in a limited time frame is of immediate priority. At Paritor we understand that it is at these very times when you need a communications system that you can rely on. As such, our company offers a range of simple solutions to assist you in your hour of need.

Using our communicative tools it is simple and affordable to reach your important people in real-time. With the click of a button you can send an SMS message which will reach all of your parents wherever they have a phone signal. Many schools and music services across the country use SMS messaging in a similar way with great success.

For example Gwent Music Service in Wales claim that the Ensemble SMS facility is "is ideal for cancellations of Music Centres due to bad weather, informing parents that their invoice is on its way, and staff notifications such as important reminders, prompts and urgent messages." whilst also commenting more generally that "Overall, the service saves us at least 10 hours a week in manpower, as well as printing and postage costs."

If you think that your organisation would benefit from real time communications and you would like to learn more about the solutions we offer at Paritor then please get in touch with our communications expert Danny Wordsworth on 01395 445092 or via email on danny@paritor.co.uk,




Photographers take a risk to get good shots of the storm waves along the coastline of South Wales

21 October 2013

Resource Management

At Paritor we understand the pressures of running a busy tuition service and we know that keeping track of your resources is no small part of this! That's why, we're proud to announce the launch of our brand new product Ensemble Resource Manager.


Our Resource Manager can be used on the move to enable you to know where your stock is, with whom and when. Keeping track of your instruments, sheet music and other equipment using a Ensemble Resource Manager will save you time and will ensure that you always have a clear picture of any hires, loans and repairs. What's more? It's really easy. Simply scan each instrument as it comes in and out of stock or select the location of it's whereabouts. 

Wave goodbye to missing resources or unidentifiable damages. Keeping your records up to date using the Ensemble Resource Manager is easy, affordable and unmissable. 


14 October 2013

Cloud Computing and Tuition Management

At Paritor we are passionate about providing our customers with the most up-to-date and secure solutions for their services. We achieve this by bringing innovative technologies to our customers and showing them how to use these to promote a more connected music or performing arts provision.

Over the last few months at Paritor we've been able to release some of our most exciting solutions yet including Live Teacher, Live Parent and Paritor Mobile resources. This new generation of products is based on The Cloud, a new technology which is enabling users to access the people and information they need wherever and whenever they need it.

But what is Cloud Computing really going to offer tuition providers?


At Paritor we believe in Cloud Computing and we believe that it represents a reliable and safe way for tuition providers to offer the best possible service and here's why:

FLEXIBILITY

  • Hosting your data on the Cloud enables you to access your data wherever you need it
  • It allows you to work from a variety of platforms and;
  • It ensures that whatever is going on in your offices (snow/strike) you will still be able to access the information you need from home


SECURITY
  • Holding your data in a box in your office isn't safe. Hosting your data on the cloud protects you from loss damage or theft of your important information.
  • Cutting edge data centre security procedures mean that you will benefit from economies of scale and will achieve a much higher level of data security than is obtainable in-house
  • Cloud hosted data is backed up daily, weekly, monthly and annually 


COST & MAINTENANCE

  • Hosted data solutions are often a lot more flexible financially. As opposed to buying a one off license you can now pay on a monthly basis and "bump-up" the number of users you pay for as your business grows.
  • Using Cloud solutions also means that you no longer have to worry about the maintenance of your systems or your data as everything is automatically upgraded.
  • Increase your independence from your IT department as more of the services you need are taken care of automatically


PEOPLE

  • The most beneficial element of cloud computing is the ability to put more people in touch with the information they need wherever they need it. This is enabling us to bring together more people than ever before and enable your parents, teachers and schools to access real time information. 

If you're unsure exactly what the mysterious "cloud" is please see our blog post Cloud Computing for Dummies.

Cloud Computing for Dummies

With the world going mad for cloud computing are you keeping up with the jargon? At Paritor HQ there's a bunch of us who don't "speak tech" and that's why, with the help of our techno-geniuses we've put together this quick guide to explain what Cloud Computing is.

Historically, most data and information that schools, music services or teachers have has been held on a computer in the corner of the office. Sound familiar? We all feel comfortable with our data held in this way, somewhere you know, with the people you trust. But what happens if:


  • There is a fire at your school damaging your computers
  • You're the unfortunate victims of the most recent spate of PC burglaries 
  • The computer you hold your data on has a melt down
  • or even just that the office is closed because of snow

Cloud Computing experts would argue that in the above instances your data is better off with them.

At Paritor our cloud hosted data is stored in a highly secure data centre in Canary Warf. By storing our data in this way we make use of an economy of scale and can directly benefit from the data protection team at the data centre whose sole job is to protect our important information. Not only does this reduce liability for us but it also provides peace of mind because we know that our information is protected with cutting edge data security tools, a dedicated team and daily, weekly, monthly and annual back ups. This isn't something that ourselves or our customers have the resources to achieve in their own offices.

So if the data is actually in a data centre then where does the cloud come in? Cloud computing is a way of accessing your information through a complex network involving the internet. Instead of just accessing your data from the box in the corner, you now access your data via an internet connection. This gives you so many additional benefits which you can learn about in our Cloud Computing and Tuition Management blog post.

NMC Music Education Awards Ceremony

"The National Music Council sits at the centre of a complex network of national music organisations, and is a key organisation that exists to promote the interests of the music sector as a whole."

On the 15th of November we will be in Manchester supporting the National Music Council with their annual Music Education Awards. The Music Education Awards celebrate the 
Hubs and local authorities that are able to demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision. 

We are delighted to be involved in the celebrations this year and to be sponsoring the New Music Award. The award recognizes a local authority or Music Education Hub that has undertaken especially imaginative and interesting work in the area of new music and/or composition, and has encouraged creativity as an important part of the music making of children and young people. We're very excited to meet with award winners Soundstorm and congratulate them on their achievements over the last year.

If you're not coming the awards then come and find us at the conference dinner afterwards in Manchester Town Hall.  

11 October 2013

Product Launch at the November Music Show


We're very excited to be presenting at the upcoming Music Show in association with Music Mark this November. Not only are we looking forward to catching up with some customers and talking about Live Teacher but we'll also be able to announce the launch of two brand new products!

Ensemble PDA Software

and 

Ensemble Live Parent


Join us on stand C30 to learn all about our product range and to see how Ensemble could help you in your day to day tuition provision. 

7 October 2013

Five Ways With Texts


Do you make the most of the text messaging facility within Ensemble?

When you need to make contact with people in a limited time frame, texts can provide a great solution. As an Ensemble customer you can access texts directly from the software and get in touch with the people you need as soon as possible. There are loads of ways that our existing customers make use of the text facility but if you're not sure how they could help you with your service, here are some ideas.

  1. Email parents to let them know about emergency school closures
  2. Send overdue payment reminders
  3. Let parents know about upcoming concerts
  4. Remind pupils to bring instruments to lessons 
  5. Inform teachers about meetings or schedule changes

The text message facility within Ensemble is already there for you to use, if you'd like to find out more about how to make the most of this tool then please get in touch with Danny via danny@paritor.co.uk or on the phone via 01395 445092.

2 October 2013

Ensemble Live has Arrived!

After months of careful development we are pleased to be able to announce the launch of our Ensemble Live range.


The brand new Ensemble Live makes use of highly secure cloud technology by enabling users to access front end administrative tools on the move, saving your team time and expenditure. Ensemble Live tools can be accessed via iPads or PCs and enable users to access the information they need, wherever they need it. 


Our fantastic Live range consists of three innovative solutions:


Live Teacher
Access and update your schedules directly from lessons, complete registers remotely and record deliver and non-delivery of lessons.


Live Parent

Enter your children onto waiting lists for tuition, register for courses or events, pay for tuition online and keep track of how your children are getting along. 

Live School

Coming soon!


Online Demos

In response to our expanding client base we are very excited to be able to announce the launch of Ensemble365 online demos. 
By simply booking a time slot and visiting a website we can arrange for you to have an online demo and consultation with our Ensemble consultant Will Parslow. The demos take around 45 minutes and will showcase what Ensemble365 can offer and also how this could work specifically for your business. With some great feedback coming out of last weeks demos we're very keen to encourage users to make use of this online demo facility.

 For more information about our online demos or to book yours, please get in touch with Stacey on stacey@paritor.co.uk or via telephone on 01395 445092.