Impero year in review
21st December 2015
Is it just us or do the years get shorter? It seems like only yesterday we setting up for out first ISTE Conference, and now we’re just 3 weeks away from the FetC show in Orlando, if only we can get a few team members to leave their cozy desks and venture to sunny Florida. (Don’t worry…we’ve ample volunteers)
It’s been an exciting year at Impero with lots of changes and, as is convention at this time of year we wanted to take a look back at some of the highlights.
A new head office – we opened a brand new, purpose designed head office to home our growing team, complete with great conferencing technology to communicate with all of our clients and team members worldwide.
A new CEO – Sam Pemberton joined us to drive Impero though it’s next phase of business growth. Sam has extensive experience driving international expansion, particularly in the US, and has a strong track record in the technology sector.
A new CTO – Darren Forster was appointed to head up the technical side of the business having held a range of director and VP positions in tech companies, affording a strong background in both technical knowledge and commercial understanding.
A new customer portal – we launched a brand new online portal so customers can log in and raise support tickets or access information from the Impero knowledge base.
Over 500 new customers – we welcomed on board a record number of new customers in 2015 and look forward to meeting them all at industry events and Impero seminars over the coming months.
Over to 1.5 million active licenses – at the last check there were over 1.5 million active Impero licence now out in the field.
Attendance at over 30 shows – we’ve hit the road and taken to the sky this year, totting up air miles to be in attendance at over 30 tradeshows and industry events. These events are a great opportunity to talk to customers and industry experts and feed useful knowledge back into the business.
A new customer referral plan – with so many customers referring us to other schools, we decided to introduce a referral scheme so we could reward our biggest advocates. This gives customers the chance to earn Impero credits and enter into quarterly prize draw (this quarter it’s for an Apple watch!).
New SMART partnership – we announced our SMART Technologies partnership, which will allow any SMART customer to upgrade their SMART Sync installation to the full feature set of Impero Education Pro at a greatly reduced partnership price, through one of our trusted partners.
The development of a counter terrorism, extremism and radicalization keyword policy – in response to customer demand, and following the introduction of the UK Government’s Prevent strategy, we partnered with a number of expert organizations to develop a keyword library addressing this new threat online. The policy is currently in the final stages of a pilot and due for release in the UK and the US in early 2016.
Hosted two internet safety seminars – we introduced an impressive line-up of expert guest speakers from across the industry, to advise schools on the changing nature of internet safety.
And if you think that was a lot, wait until you hear what we have in store for 2016! Come and see us at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FetC), to find out what we have planned before another year has passed us by.