A fantastic short break in Wales this month, and a visit to AstroCamp. A superb event, full of friendly astronomers under very dark skies in the Brecon Beacons. A helpful bunch too thankfully, as we got to grips with the 8inch reflector and our posh camera. From bumbling novices on the first night we were aligned and taking astro photographs in no time.
Our initial efforts to capture the Andromeda Galaxy (a staggering 2.5 million light years away), are posted below, together with a photo of our own astronomy HQ. At times you think you're staring up at thin cloud cover, turns out to be the plane of the Milky Way itself!
Next year's AstroCamp is already in the diary.
An interesting request this month from one of our oldest London based clients. Their requirement was for an office based wireless surveillance system, but one that was not dependent upon on-site hardware disk storage. Additionally, remote viewing via mobile devices, together with automatic event triggering (and recording) was important to protect the office around the clock.
Surveillance systems are not generally part of our core business, (we are normally locking down web-servers from intrusion), but we were happy to research, install and configure a system. Our installation also featured passive infra-red night vision and motion detection with audio, with instant 'Event Notifications' sent to the business owner; and of course with any suspicious activity automatically and safely recorded off-site to cloud storage.
Brighton based business and long term customer stylechapel, offer an eclectic mix of jewellery, accessories and homewares that are off-beat or a bit out of the ordinary. We have just relaunched their website with a host of changes: front-end redesign; new categories; new filters; full Google ecommerce tracking and other enhancements. We think the site looks great and is a great new shop window through which to promote stylechapel's new ranges..
As ever, it was great to work with Raphael Chapell, owner and 'chief stylista' at stylechapel.
The Sir John Cass Foundation is one of London's oldest and largest education charities. Founded in 1748, it supports education for young people in London through its grant programmes for individuals, schools and organisations, and its support for a number of institutions bearing Sir John Cass's name.
We were delighted to win the bid to re-design and deliver the Foundation's new website, including original graphic design, a plan to meeting its fundraising objectives, WordPress CMS web build, hosting and Mailchimp newsletter integration.
It was a pleasure to work with the Foundation and we're delighted that they are pleased with the new site.
Lilac Blue source and supply some of the most exclusive handbags in the world, the Hermes Birkin and Hermes Kelly - and for some of the world's most exclusive clients. Their new website, designed and built by us, allows them to promote their business securely online, and via their Mayfair offices. Strictly by appointment only.
Delighted to help MediaLab with their site re-design, brand refresh, and a migration onto one of our newer faster 100mbps servers.
MediaLab are an industry leading media planning agency, and currently manage the largest direct response media portfolio in the UK, across postal, email and SMS data and third party Inserts - reaching over 23 million consumers.
Another good evening at this year's Direct Margarita International Party at the Atlas pub in London, organised by The Global Marketing Alliance, whom we continue to proudly support and host. The Direct Margarita International party is held in advance of the TFM&A (Technology for Marketing and Advertising) event at Earl's Cout, at which the GMA also host a networking and lounge area for delegates. The GMA touch down and meeting area for members is provided by Matt Edgar, (head of the GMA and Direct Marketing International).
Thanks for another fine evening Matt- trust you had a good show.
Based at the The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Cella Energy is an advanced materials and technologies company specialising in safe, low-cost hydrogen storage technology. Cellas long term goal is to produce a new source of low-emission transport fuel whose ease of use and cost is competitive with fossil fuels.
This is a tremendously exciting field, and it was great to work with Professor Steve Bennington and his team on the design and marketing of their new website. Our work principally involved graphic design, technical build, server hosting and training on the WordPress CMS platform.
Very pleased to have been able to help out The Haslemere Osteopathy Clinic this month, with a complete migration of their website to the WordPress CMS platform. The clinic now have all their content and media, including their new YouTube channel videos, under their control. Its testament to the usability of WordPress, that after a single short training session they were editing away, creating their own clinic blog and constructing custom menus.
Together with our marketing partners MediaLab, and as part of a Save the Children UK fundraising campaign, The Happy Homemade Halloween Guide is a fun guide to making all sorts of goulish treats and decorations at home - for parents and children. SystemCore successfully delivered on original graphic desgn, email communications design and cross browser data capture; together with secure response tracking and reporting.
A further campaign was successfully designed and delivered for MediaLab, to support ageUKs UK campaign for staying healthy in later life.
Our work included original graphic design, email communications design and cross browser data capture; together with secure response tracking and reporting.
SystemCore are proud to now officially support the move towards convergent tech in the form of Ubuntu Edge. This is a project being developed by Canonical to produce the first truly convergent device, fusing a high performance mobile phone seamlessly with the Ubuntu desktop environment when docked. In other words ... your phone IS your PC.
We love the way this technology is moving, and we are long time fans, and day to day users and developers of the free Ubuntu Operating System, for both desktop computing and webservers.
Individuals and companies can pledge their own money towards the record breaking crowd funding campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge
Together with MediaLab, we have completed a further project, this time for the British Heart Foundation UK awareness campaign. The campaign features a free guide and the option to donate to the charity directly, via a text donation.
Our work included original graphic design, email communications design and cross browser coding; together with secure response tracking and reporting.
Together with MediaLab, we are very pleased to have completed work on the recent Alzheimers Research UK awareness campaign.
Our work included original graphic design, email communications design and cross browser coding; together with secure response tracking and reporting.
Another new project goes live - this time for start up company, KiddingAround.co.uk. Their new mobile friendly site aims to bring together information for parents with children who are looking for not only great places to visit, but also a clear idea of child friendly facilities that are available at any given venue. Their new website features a rolling blog, a data driven directory of businesses and venues, and a clean responsive design. Great working with you guys, we wish you well. Visit: KiddingAround.co.uk
Working against the clock and with a requirement for responsive behavior and HTML5 validation, we were very pleased to see YoungKato's website go live. Working with partners SteadyGo, and their clients in the music industry, the tactical announcement for the band's forthcoming new single went live, on time and on budget. The build also included a customised jQuery slider, social network integration and Google Analytics.
Together with MediaLab, we were very happy to work on another trio of 2013 campaigns.
Our work included cross email client and cross browser code up, with secure response tracking for Jamie Oliver, the Canal and River Trust and Money Week magazine.
SystemCore were again happy to attend this year's Direct Margarita International Party in London, organised by The Global Marketing Alliance, whom we proudly support and host. The annual party is held in advance of the TFM&A (Technology for Marketing and Advertising) event at Earl's Cout, at which the GMA also host a networking and lounge area for delegates. This dead handy touch down and meeting area for GMA members is provided by Matt Edgar, (head of the GMA and Direct Marketing International). Thanks for a damn fine evening Matt - hope you had a good show.
Running from a SystemCore managed MediaLab server, we're pleased to see the Investors Chronicle's January campaign up and running. The campaign includes hosting, data capture and tracking under secure 256-bit SSL.
Together with MediaLab, we were very happy to work on this year's Shelter Christmas Appeal on behalf of Britain's homeless children.
The campaign was a powerful awareness, and most importantly, a fundraising effort across multiple delivery channels. This required some complex data capture, logging and tracking work to ensure that successful donations could be made directly via the recipients' mobile phones, and over the web. Robust tracking and reporting was also essential for the campaign to be accurately measured.
We are delighted that the campign was a success and raised significant sums for the work that Shelter do on behalf of Britain's homeless.
Anderson Harvy (AH) ...are a specialist technical provider to the telecoms industry, providing network routing analysis and data services to the chief UK and international mobile operators.
We got a call from AH with a request to plan and manage the migration of all their business activities over to Google Apps from legacy systems (including Office365), with attendant backups, installs, DNS, A/MX and CNAME configurations, mobile devices and training. The project went very smoothly given what we thought at first to be only cursory documentation by Google about such migrations. Dig deeper however and Google have done a pretty good documentation job - some of it's not immediately accessible but it's all there, and the responsiveness of Google's servers and storage speeds continues to impress.
Of note here were Google's migration and synchronisation tools for Outlook, which worked pretty much flawlessly - and better (and faster) than other plugins I've seen for Outlook, written by Microsoft themselves.
To have successfully completed our largest Google Apps project to date is a great positive, and adds to our experience and expertise in this service area.
MediaLab Group ...are one of the UK's leading direct marketing and media agencies, providing a complete range of fully integrated direct marketing services, targeted direct marketing promotions, data and fulfilment solutions, marketing campaign planning and direct media planning.
MediaLab Group are one of our oldest customers with whom we have now completed a trio of high profile, time critical, charity sector campaigns for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the RSPCA and the Prince's Trust Institute. SystemCore's work focussed on the technical aspects of data capture and campaign tracking, cross client / cross browser coding, and staging server broadcast tests for each campaign.
saSafari goes live!
saSafari.com ...the leading company for the creation of personalised itineraries in Southern Africa are now live with their new webiste. The site features multiple languages, French and English (using WPML), with a WordPress backend, original graphic design, Google Maps API integration, extensive galleries and a live Skype mini switchboard feature.
Another new ECS ecommerce site goes live!
It's Our List ...the leading independent online wedding gift list and engagement gift list service. It's Our List offer the ultimate wedding gift list and wedding presents service.
With a super clean design by SystemCore, a great logo by designer Kitch and module development with our ECS partners Holbi, we are delighted to see It's Our List open its doors for business. We wish you well!
SystemCore were happy to attend the 2011 WordCamp, based this year at Portsmourth University. WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress, and attracts bloggers, designers, developers, code gurus, social media fans, startups, corporates, communications professionals and marketeers.
WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
Over 25 million people have chosen WordPress to power their websites, including global brands and organisations. Surrounded by a great development community, WordPress leads the way in Open Source, GPL software development.
Its always good to put names to faces and our thanks go to the key organiser of this years event, Tony Scott, Mike Little a founding member of WordPress itself, and to the key contributors including Kimb Jones, John Read, Dave Coveney, Martin Beeby, John Adams, Paul Gibbs of BuddyPress and many others.
Next year SystemCore plan to present a technical workshop on WordPress development for enterprise and the potential use of WordPress as a business applications development platform.
Armed with a new E7 smartphone, it was time to spin up a couple of Symbian apps using the Ovi fast App Wizard.
Avaialble now is a handy duo of SystemCore applications...
"Live Hosting Status RSS" will update customers with system status updates on all our web hosting platforms - for both shared architecture and dedicated servers.
"SystemCoreUK Latest" is a simple app to push our latest Tweets to your Symbian device. Both apps will soon be avialable free via the Ovi store with "Live Hosting Status RSS" coming soon for the iOS and Android operating systems.
A new ECS ecommerce site goes live!
"Stylechapel showcases unique jewellery, creative fashion accessories and original products from new, emerging or just simply fabulous designers. Whether youÂ’'re after unusual gifts for yourself, for your friends or for your home, they offer the innovative and the individual".
With a great design from Kick Creative, and module development with our ECS partner Holbi, we are delighted to see Stylechapel open its doors for business. We wish you well!
SystemCore were again happy to attend this years TFM&A (Technology for Marketing and Advertising) show at Earls Court, London. The show features key providers in the fields of direct, email and social marketing, SEO, SEM, CRM and CMS. Our visit was punctuated with regular and welcome stops at the GMA Lounge. The Global Marketing Alliance whom we proudly support and host, had sponsored a sit down and networking area on stand C12. This dead handy touch down and meeting area for GMA members was provided by Matt Edgar, (head of the GMA and Direct Marketing International). Thanks Matt - hope you had a good show.
SystemCore were happy to launch a new website for design and marketing agency, Northern Design Collective.
The new site includes data driven content management based on the WordPress 3 platform, remote RSS aggregation, and Twitter and Flickr social networking feeds.
Northern Design Collective is an independent design and marketing agency, providing copywriting and ad design, campaign management, product launch, brand development and identity work. We were delighted to team with designers Kick Creative, and the directors of NDC itself in producing the new website.
SystemCore are happy to provide email broadcast marketing and campaign tracking for GTV Sports as a managed service.
Since 1991 GTV Sports have been one of the leading distributors of Activewear in the UK and are devoted to the distribution of leisurewear and associated products to the print, embroidery and retail trades. Having been in the sportswear industry for over 30 years, offering leading quality branded T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Fleece Jackets, Childrens T-Shirts, Childrens Sweatshirts and Schoolwear, GTV now offer over 1,200 different product lines.
Representing a significant extension to our email broadcasting software, the new MailProV3 application adds a raft of new features for corporate class email campaign management. MailProV3 additions and enhancements include: custom online surveys; split campaign open and response testing; list segmentation management; dynamic 'subscriber specific' content insertion; Google Analytics integration; 'in-browser' email client testing; sophisticated trigger behaviors, WYSIWYG template editing and comprehensive campaign tracking and statistics.
For more details and upgrade information contact us at: email@example.com.
More information will be coming soon on our Campaign Management amd MailPro SaaS pages.
A unique, international brand, the Global Marketing Alliance (GMA) is connecting the market with a world of benefits, enabling conversation among multi-national, like-minded business associates and providing top-level editorial coverage of news they can use and best-in-the-world commentary.
Membership of The Global Marketing Alliance allows privileged access to a senior marketing community.
A unique blend of original animation, data driven content and fresh design is delivered for London marketing agency MediaLab Group Ltd.
MediaLab are a fully integrated direct marketing agency based in LondonÂ’s West End, offering clients a comprehensive range of targeted direct marketing data and fulfilment solutions. Our brief was to completely overhaul MediaLab's online presence with something that was clean, modern, functional and memorable.
As part of our continuing work with Direct Marketing International, 2010 sees the relaunch of DMI-NEWS.COM.
The Global Gateway to Marketing News Powered by DMI Magazine is the international source for breaking marketing news. The site features time senistive global aggregated marketing RSS feeds, in addtion to stories directly from the News Desk of DMI Magazine.
SystemCore-Webhosting.co.uk is a new simple stand alone site for our popular small business web hosting packages. A focused site and easy checkout allows our customers to buy a Linux or Windows web host package, register a domain name and add email accounts quickly and simply.
All hosting packages have free set up and are designed to meet the scalable needs of start-ups and small to medium sized businesses. We also provide business class emailboxes with webmail, and corporate class Hosted Microsoft Exchange email accounts.
SystemCore are proudly supporting the British Science Festival this year with campaign management assistance, promotional HTML email design, broadcasting, tracking and measurement. The Honesty Lab email campaign will reach over 50,000 people in the UK, and with luck will add significant and valuable data to the study.
The British Science Festival is one of Europes largest science festivals, taking place each September. The Festival is in a different location in the UK each year, bringing visitors the latest in science, technology and engineering. The week long, jam-packed programme has loads of events for everyone. Each year thousands of people join in for talks, plays, debates, hands-on activities and more. This year the Festival is hosted by the University of Surrey in Guildford from 5-10 September with events taking place across Surrey.
More details can be found at: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/web/BritishScienceFestival/index.htm
Contribute to the first ever international study to investigate public perceptions of dishonesty. The Honesty Lab will gather views to help answer the following questions:
The British Science Association and ESRC support the Science: [So what? So everything] campaign.
The research is being led by social scientists Dr Stefan Fafinski and Dr Emily Finch at Brunel Law School.
The results of the Honesty Lab will be available at the British Science Festival in September.
For More details (and to Take the Test yourself) please visit:
SystemCore, together with our partner company Datalink UK, enjoyed a successful two days at the London EXCEL centre launching our joint venture ecommerce solution: EcommerceSupermarket.
EcommerceSupermarket ticks all the boxes for companies that need a professional online shop right now, with no fuss, simple online configuration, safe credit card checkout, transparent monthly rental charges, search engine optimisation (SEO), Sage integration, scalability and no long term contract.
More details can be found at: www.ecommercesupermarket.co.uk
The show was opened by the BBC Dragons Den entrepreneur Richard Farley, and attendance was good; our stand was very busy from the kick off. Manning the stand and presenting on the day, were ECS Directors: Rob Cain, Al Cain and Vadym Gurevych together with Alex Gritsenko, Nikki Gay and Sophie Peyton. Thanks to all for a great exhibition. There was a real buzz around the stand and our new service created much interest from new and growing companies looking for a simple, reliable and extensible ecommerce service.
Rob, Al and Vadym were also available during the show to offer one on one advice to new companies with specific smart marketing and e-marketing queries. The consulting booths were a great idea and we hope to have helped out some entrepreneurs along the way.
More details about the show and forthcoming events can be found at:
SystemCore have produced a further web video solution for our moving image partners Focal Point Television. Focal Point produce high profile television programmes, documentaries, TV Ads, music videos and 3D graphics for many household names. Using Flowplayer, we have implemented a switchable aspect ratio, multi-instance player for their TV and 3D graphics examples pages.
Our implementation of Flowplayer had to address two common issues regarding online video:
And the MP4 .h264 codec, as now supported by good old Flash, also allows for good quality video at modest file sizes in a player and plugin that are universally supported.
This month saw the launch of DMIONLINE, the second of a trilogy of data driven sites for the Direct Marketing International Magazine, featuring deep content articles archives, site membership, innovative word cloud navigation and a powerful Editorial and contributor content management system. Visit the site here.
A recent SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing) campaign for a confidential client achieved high global Google rankings for key phrase promotion, including a Google global postion one and Google global top five positions. The campaign focused on structural changes, content revisions, sector anlaysis and a responsible linking strategy.
This month saw the launch of DMI Online Sales, an ecommerce site for the Direct Marketing International Magazine, featuring subscriptions purchases and additional product sales for the Direct Marketing Association. Visit the site here.
For the ever powerful and popular WordPress CMS and blogging application, we now have 3 flavours of WordPress hosting to suit all requirments and budgets. More inforamtion and pricing details will appear on our hostng page very soon:
For users of SystemCore Standard or Advanced mailboxes SystemCore announce the launch our new enhanced Webmail service. New webmail adds significant extra functionality to our customers' webmail delivering great benefits to everyday usability.
We can provide POP3/SMTP Business class email or Microsoft Exchange 2003 mailboxes. Hit the enquiry button below... Enquire...
DMI magazine, the only global business title for direct and interactive marketers use MailProV2 for their international mid monthly News Updates.
MailProV2 subscriber control also handles all DMI's online registrations.
Two SystemCore articles written originally for Direct Marketing International, are now included in the knowledge base of the IDM website. A link for IDM members can be found here.
SystemCore develop www.theknowledgecentre.co.uk. Part technical blog and part developer's resource, The Knowledge Centre will be a new source for technical discussion and essential links for coders. Also avialable at www.thetechtimes.co.uk.
SystemCore provide further online services for production company Focal Point Television, with additions to their successful customer Video Vaults service.
SystemCore were again happy to attend this year's TFMA (Technology for Marketing and Advertising) show at Earls Court, London. The show features key providers in the fields of email marketing, SEO, SEM, CRM, and CMS including the attendance of Google this year with a series of Google University SEM Master Classes.
A sponsor of this year's show, Direct Marketing International Magazine (DMI), are also one of SystemCore's customers with whom we are preparing a re-launch of their DMI Online and DMI News websites in 2008.
SystemCore MailPro broadcasts the flagship edition of First Data's Middle East Executive Financial Briefing.
Once again we are delighted to have worked with Penna PLC to produce animated recruitment marketing solutions for their high profile clients.
As a service for business relationship consutlancy Organizare, SystemCore have successfully coded, broadcast and measured First Data's September Quarterly Briefing using our new MailProV2 application. The project featured multiple language broadcasts (English, German & Greek) with multiple platform and email client support (Outlook | Lotus Notes | Entourage | MacMail | Blackberry | PC | MacOSX)August 2007 - SystemCore epromotion techniques praised by 'Tech Blog'
Thanks to Imarstech for describing our emarketing at DMI Online as a 'Turn of Genius'.
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D.A.V.E. is a powerful webware tool for monitoring, analyzing and performing statistics of the traffic to any website.
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Powerful, enterprise level, all-in-one email marketing just got better - provided as an end to end service for our customers, via customer's own online accounts or as installed software, MailPro V2 is now live... Click here for more details.
SystemCore develop a patient facing website for the Border Pratice NHS GP surgery including SSL online security. Our next project with the practice will be the development of a surgery intranet to improve workflow and reduce paperwork.
In a programme of ongoing work for the health sector, SystemCore deliver functional and interface database enhancements for the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. Our thanks to the Head of Vocational development for a great testimonial....
Following sponsorship of a long haul 'Trabant' run, all the way to Banjul in The Gambia, our logo got a free airing the BBC website. The impressive drive in 'Trudi' was undertaken by Andrew Fuller and Simon Banwell - whom we thank for this photo. The car and team made it! Bloody well done we say.
SystemCore launch our updated website featuring our very own 'KISS' Content Management framework based on php, java script, css, and Ajax.
For the second year in a row a SystemCore viral online game is shot listed for the Recruitment Industry Marketing Awards. Our 'Elfrunner' game was developed for Argos for their Xmas 2006 Recruitment campaign.
SystemCore provide secure online streaming video vault for Focal Point Television utilising our new high bandwidth 10mbps un-throttled dedicated servers.
Our new dedicated Linux servers offer unrivalled connectivity - plugged directly to the backbone of the internet, every server now enjoys a fully redundant Tier 1 connection mitigating any slow-down or service interruption for our customers. High bandwidth UK Data centres for lightning fast websites with 10mbps high speed data. We now also provide strong 256 bit SSL encryption from GeoTrust, supporting high turnover ecommerce sites.