History of Class
With each new generation of Class, Infospeed have provided clients with the migration tools needed to convert their existing system data over to the new format with minimal effort. Our first Class site Kings School Bournemouth (1989) still uses Class today… the latest version of course!
Late 80s: Class ‘Classic’
This was launched back in 1989 when MSDOS was king… for those that can remember that far back! Through continued upgrades and enhancements, Class ‘Classic’ stepped its way up to global recognition to become the leading Language School system. The last ‘Classic’ installation was carried out in 1997, but the systems use continued on until Dec 2005, when the last client finally converted over to the new generation of Class. It stood the test of time for 16 years!
1997-2001: Class ‘Access’
This was the first Windows-based Class system and was initially written in Microsoft Visual Basic 4 with a Microsoft Access database for data storage. Document production was handled by integration with Microsoft Word 97. Reporting and Statistics were generated with the use of Microsoft Excel 97 and Crystal Reports 5. Full accounting was achieved with integration to the ‘Enterprise’ accounting system. This version of Class saw the introduction of email and electronic faxing of documents. The system was successfully upgraded using Microsoft Visual Basic version 5, with integration to Microsoft Office 2000/2003 and Crystal Reports version 6 and 7.
2002-2014: Class ‘SQL’
Established in 2002 and regularly updated. The entire system was rewritten to make use of Microsoft SQL Server version 7. Document production was handled by integration with Microsoft Word. Reporting and Statistics was generated with the use of Microsoft Excel and Crystal Reports 7. Just to mention a few, this version of Class saw the introduction of the Class account ‘Ledger’, SMTP emailing, Internal messaging, Agents’ promotions, SMS texting, and Class Web for on-line web bookings and agent/student/host family access of Class data via the web!
The system’s document and statistics production was upgraded to use Microsoft Office XP/Vista and Crystal Reports version 8.5. Microsoft SQL 2000 and 2005 were now the supported database versions. Class boasted over 1,500 users signing on every day, and was firmly established in all corners of the world as the leading product for language school administration.
We invested over two years in redeveloping Class into all new .net technologies, not only to bring our system up to date but also to ensure that our client’s systems keep running for years to come. Class.net runs with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and above and also integrates with Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. It also supports the latest Windows 7 operating system. Class.NET was out on beta release during 2011 and became available for all clients in January of 2012. The new system advanced Class beyond its predecessor’s functionality and included drop down quick menus, agent room allocation management, host family pictures and pictures for schools, teachers, agents and contacts & payment plans to name just a few. Class.NET continues to be supported and will be for the next few years but our strategy is to move existing .NET customers over to the Cloud in preparation for the introduction of Class Web.
2017-Today: Class Cloud
This is the latest version of our Class system effectively a move of Class.NET into the Cloud. Infospeed has invested heavily in bringing Class to the Cloud. Class is a powerful and extensive solution for language schools with financial integrity at its’ very core. Class Cloud has all of the features of Class.NET but on the Cloud giving you web access from any location. The look and feel of Class remains the same. However many back end features and changes have been introduced relating to the sign on and security required for Class to be available on a secure multi tenancy web environment. Class is now available on the Cloud to all new customers and a new subscriber model has been introduced. This is just the first phase in our move to the web (see Class Web below). New features are constantly being added to Class Cloud and we are constantly working to keep Class the most sought after new product in the market!
The Future: Class Web
With web technologies reaching a level of maturity that gives us the confidence that a system with the complexity of Class can be safely transferred to the web, we are currently working on the next generation of Class, a complete overhaul and re-working of Class into Class Web. A fresh interface, online access from anywhere on any device and with hundreds of user function improvements and exciting features. Class Web will be launched in stages (iterative releases) and the first of these is expected to be avaialble to our Class Cloud customers early in 2018. Iterative releases allow us to release sections of the Class Web interface to the customer as early as possible to gain feedback on useability and make sure we are creating the very best software for our customers. Class Cloud customers will be able to use Class Web and Class Cloud. Class Cloud use will then ultimately reduce as the web product grows into the full Class platform. We are fully committed to the ongoing development of Class and Class Web will ensure that Class remains the worlds leading language school administration system as the product and the company transitions into a pure web based software development company.