Welcome to Xperimental
This page highlights new apps and services undergoing technical evaluation
The following is a list of new software applications (mostly web-based) which are currently undergoing technical evaluation and demonstration.
We have decided to group them together on one page to make it easier for staff to try them out, and learn more.
Note: These sites may only be accessible inside College and not from the wireless or from home whilst they are in development and they may be subject to unnannounced discontinuation...
As part of the drive to make efficiencies, none of these applications has a cost - they are free! We are using Open Source software (which freely available but with no commercial support unless purchased). Therefore, it will not matter how many teams/users we have at the College who wish to use this software...
Project and Task Management
Service Request Tracking
Digital Media Asset Management
... a resource booking management system that could be used for assets/venues which are not handled by the timetabling system
... A CRM application that is based on the well-known SugarCRM. This would be aimed at student engagement or business engagement areas where the College needs to create and manage contacts and relationships with new clients.
... a general purpose website builder tool that could be used to replace smaller websites such as the Zone, and Shelleys as well as to provide website authoring training.
The demonstration site is a replica of the current Zone website (literally copy and pasted including the images) based on a Wordpress 'theme' or layout.
Xibo Digital Signage
This is actually live on screens in North Block at the Pink Lifts, Atrium, Learning Curve and across the Bridge in South Block. Other locations are being proposed. Content can be customised per location. The Marketing team will manage the content on this system.
The current intranet is based on Microsoft Sharepoint Online. A faster alternative may be OpenAtrium, which is specifically designed as a document management portal.
Evaluation will be required to see whether OpenAtrium could replace Sharepoint outright, or work with Sharepoint and Odoo together to provide a better intranet experience for staff.