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Fun times at Arlo, including being locked in a vault

July 7, 2015 10:35 am, Published by

At Arlo we know how creating a closely-knit, happy and productive A-team fosters a great work environment that people enjoy and want to succeed.

Our team building on Friday night not only gave us a great laugh, it helped to increase communication amongst our team and also formed some great memories we can share.

Being locked in the Escape Mate vault in the basement of an old building in the CBD in Wellington trying to stop a band of organised criminals from committing their next crime, led us to some adrenaline pumped action whilst we raced against the clock to stop theses criminals for good.

Solving the many clues to work out the final combination for the lock to our freedom and nailing the bad guys proved a seriously complex but fun activity.

Given roles as police, we ended up acting more like combination of James Bond and Sherlock Holmes.  Every clue solved was a team victory and while we were stoked to have figured it out (with a couple of extra clues from our hosts), it ended all too quickly!!!

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And what sort of team activities does your workplace do?  Are there any you’d recommend for others to give a go?

Motorcycle madness

June 12, 2015 3:10 pm, Published by

When you’re looking for a training management system, you want to know that it will work for the training you provide.  When it comes to motorcycle training, you may have a core features list something like:

  • Connects to your existing website or creates a simple website if you haven’t got one
  • Options of how attendees can pay, as well as financial integration
  • Ability to report to governing bodies
  • A great Client Relationship Management Tool

But is that enough?  What about

  • Being able to customise your registration form to include things important to your courses
    e.g. current motorcycle licence, what type of bike do they ride, do they need to hire a bike for the course
  • Be able to include multiple sessions and additional options to the course
  • Quick and easy way to schedule recurring courses
  • Automatic feedback surveys
  • The Ability to tailor your marketing campaigns based on your clients skill level and/or courses attended

If you think this is what you need, then Arlo is for you.  If you need just a little more convincing, let this video show you more of what we have to offer;

 

Agile Testing

April 10, 2015 7:45 pm, Published by

One of the ‘down sides’ to working in a company dealing in Training & Event management is you get to see an incredible number of courses that you want to attend.  The up side is we do get to ‘test out’ our clients from time to time.

Rebecca, one of our Testers, got such an opportunity when she attended a course on Agile Testing run by Assurity.  In her words:

It was great – incredibly informative and Katrina kept what could have been a very long course engaging and interesting. There was a lot of excellent information and I’m looking forward to applying it to how our teams at Arlo work.

One of the key areas of the course focused on Performance Testing, which is not just testing the functionality of what we’re developing, but essentially how it runs.  Does it run fast when it needs to?  Can it handle as many active users as we expect?  What about spikes? And so on.  It was great to hear how we are incorporating this as well as other aspects of the training in our own development.

Having one of our own have such a great experience with one of our clients, I couldn’t help but wonder how they felt about us

We chose Arlo as our Training and Event Management SAAS when we launched Assurity’s Education Unit in 2013. It’s been rock solid and has enterprise quality to it. Our web team have had no major issues integrating it into our web properties. We’ve been able to create a seamless look and feel , it easily handles any tactical promotions we want to run and, from an operational perspective, Arlo gives us confidence to deliver to our customers.

So, if you’re interested in improving software delivery in your business, Assurity have a range of courses that embed new skills and confidence in your team. Find out more here

New Experience With New Release

March 31, 2015 1:05 pm, Published by

The last few weeks have seen our biggest ever release at Arlo. The team has worked incredibly hard to get these features and enhancements into your hands. We really hope you enjoy the results of their hard work.

So what do you have to look forward to in this release?  There are a number of new key features as well as an even larger number of enhancements.  Some of the feature highlights are:

  • Event presets – the ability to create favorite event settings (or a set of them) that can be applied to events as needed.
  • New Order Lines Report – new report which can include the details of the order, lines on the order, payment, and registration.
  • Multi-region Xero integration – multi-region customers can now integrate with multiple Xero accounts.

And a few of the Enhancements are:

This is only a sampling of what’s available. Our latest newsletter will follow on from this blog and will outline the full set of features and enhancements.

For those of you reading our blog that aren’t clients, if you’d like to have a look at what we’ve mentioned in this post, you can sign up to try it out for free on our Demo Site.

And there’s still more to come – watch out for the next release at the end of April, as more strategic functionality becomes available. 2015 here we come!

Exciting E-Learning Feature Demo

March 17, 2015 8:19 pm, Published by

In case you haven’t already received the email invitation, on behalf of Arlo, I would like to invite you to a demonstration of our new E-learning features.

These features include Arlo’s Online Activities as well as Arlo’s Moodle integration.

One of our product specialists will present two 30 minute sessions on Thursday the 19th of March, at 10:00am and 4:00pm (session times in NZT)

So if you agree that this could take your company to the next level, or just want an idea of other services you could offer in the future, register now.

Scheduled Maintenance – Sunday, 8 March 2015

March 3, 2015 8:06 am, Published by

Our hosting provider (Rackspace) will be performing key maintenance on their network infrastructure on March 8 between 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM (March 9, NZT). This maintenance will affect Arlo’s systems.

Your platform will remain online and working normally for the majority of this maintenance period, but service may be disrupted briefly for up to 10 minutes.

When is the maintenance?

  • For New Zealand: (UTC+13): Sunday, March 8 between 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM
  • For Australia Sydney/Melbourne (UTC+11): Sunday, March 8 between 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM
  • For Australia Brisbane (UTC+10): Sunday, March 8 between 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM
  • For Australia Perth (UTC+8): Sunday, March 8 between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • For United Kingdom (GMT): Sunday, March 8 between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM

What will happen during the maintenance window?

During this timeframe, there may be a short period of degraded performance of your platform (including your public website and management platform) which may last for up to 10 minutes. Outside of this 10 minute period, your platform will be online and functional.

Can people visit my website and register for courses during the maintenance?

Yes. Your website and management platform will be online during the maintenance, except for the brief period where the service may be slow or disrupted.

Where can I track the maintenance progress?

You can follow us on Arlo Twitter (@ArloSoftware) which will track the progress of the maintenance. We will also keep this page updated. If you have any questions please contact us at support@arlo.co.

New Arrivals

February 13, 2015 1:49 pm, Published by

So there’s been a number of changes around the office, including quite a few new staff members.

In December we had two new arrivals.   The first to arrive was Adam, “I’m Adam, from Hungary, which is far-far away. Not as far as Mars, so I’m not an alien. Here in Arlo I’m the one who creates beautiful UI things for our customers, so if you see something odd or weird in your browser at Arlo, it was me  :)  And I’m also part of the development team, adding new and astonishing features (not bugs) to the system.”

Also, just in case you haven’t emailed or called us since then, we also gained a new Support staff member…me.  My core function at Arlo is assisting clients to resolve issues, but I’m also dabbling in Tech Support, looking after our Social Media, and working with new clients to get their Arlo Platform live (I like to keep busy 😉 )  When not at work, I’m being constantly astonished (/terrified) at how quickly my little man is growing up (1st birthday next month)

In January, our Sales Team expanded to include Cathey & Josh

Cathey is Arlo’s BDM, a former teacher, and an intrepid traveler, backpacking around the world with her first child. Cathey’s goal is to make training and events easy for businesses to manage, and to show it can be done from down under.  And when she’s not leading the sales at Arlo she’s raising her kids, Paige, Luca and Nico.

And Josh gives a fantastic personal introduction, “Well I’m Josh. Not a whole lot to me really – couple arms, couple legs, a nose and a lovely phone voice. At Arlo I’ll be at the desk firing through emails, or on the phone to potential customers communicating the exciting software that we have here, helping to make people’s lives easier.”

And finally, our Development Team gained Johannes.  Taking on the role of resident code monkey, he’s here to implement awesome new features for Arlo’s amazing customers. In his spare time he transforms into a travelling circus/adventure playground for his 6 month old daughter, cultivates his backyard jungle by day and rescues kittens by night.

So a lot of new additions in the last couple of months

But it’s not only the company having new additions.  One of our amazing staff members, Natalia is has a new addition on the way in just a couple months.  It was our pleasure to transform our boardroom this afternoon for a special surprise baby shower

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We’d considered calling Alex to say he had to come in, but to not spoil the surprise, we’d be left with excuses like ‘Code you wrote while working here seems to have gained a mind of it’s own’, or ‘Your wife may have gone into labor’…neither of which sounded like the best idea

But jokes aside, we are so happy for both Natalia and Alex.  The office hasn’t been the same without Alex performing his code magic dances, and not looking forward to not seeing Natalia’s cheerful smile in the office, but they’re on a great adventure and we wish them the best.  Thankfully we still have Natalia for a few weeks yet

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That’s all for this week, but we’re looking at releasing some amazingly good news for you next week.  Until then, Happy Friday the 13th everyone 😀

Happy New Year

January 9, 2015 3:10 pm, Published by
Fireworks
Welcome to 2015!

We hope you all enjoyed your holidays and have had as awesome a start to the New Year as we have here at Arlo

  • We’re excited to have a range of new clients coming on board this year as well as what existing ones are getting up to
  • You’ll be hearing more from us as we are going to be increasing our Social Media outreach
  • More coming. Soon :)

It’s an exciting time as we get back into it.  Our Developers are hard at work coding, our Testers determined to win hide-and-seek with bugs, and our Support staff are ready to help you along your way; not to mention the new hires and the things they will achieve.


Thank you for making Arlo part of your year


May it be an amazing year for everyone

Introducing Arlo!

September 12, 2014 12:57 pm, Published by

We are excited to announce our fresh new name and brand: Arlo.

Why Arlo?

We wanted a name with a bit of personality, something that was catchy and a little different from the rest.  Arlo is also friendly sounding and approachable – just like us, really!  And what’s more it is nice and short with a short URL: arlo.co.

What was the catalyst for change?

The name “LearningSource” was well positioned for the use of our service as a training management system, but as we’re sure you know, we do more than training; Arlo offers a powerful event management system as well.  We needed a name that worked well for both.

Over the next month you will see a change in focus from the name LearningSource to Arlo. But don’t worry, everything you’ve come to know and expect about LearningSource will remain the same, and we’ll continue to work hard to deliver a product and service that meets your needs.

Arlo - Making training & events easy!