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The Design and Technology Association support and champion design and technology education in schools.

The Design and Technology Association are focused on giving educational institutions the tools, knowledge and information they need to become more effective, more experienced and more efficient at teaching Design and Technology. With our help they had an almost 100% increase in membership in a 12 month period.

Against a backdrop of reduced central funding, the D&T Association were working hard to find new sources of revenue. They were however significantly hampered by technology that relied on an obsolescent membership system, poorly integrated to a locally developed and supported Joomla website.

Alongside the replacement of the membership system and the re-organisation of the internal IT team, Technical Labs were selected to build a new web platform.

We developed a platform comprising of Umbraco CMS, ASP.NET C# MVC, Web API and AngularJS to help deliver the main goals of the project. The web application needed tight integration with their CRM system, processing new membership signups, event bookings and e-commerce purchases of products and resource downloads. 

A Sage Pay payment gateway was developed to facilitate receipt of payments made across the site, along with the integration of a paperless Direct Debit system.

The project delivery represented a significant and successful outcome for the Design and Technology Association.  Careful prioritisation led to a focus on the features that added most value, allowing benefit to be achieved within short timescales and limited budget.

The new web site was well received by users and staff and alongside the other changes made to the membership products led to a 95% increase in membership from January 2014 to January 2015. Quarterly sales of resources have increased from less than 3,000 in Q4 2013 to an average of over 20,000 since, peaking at circa 33,000 in Q4 2014.

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The Design and Technology Association support and champion design and technology education in schools.

Technologies Used

  • CRM Integration
  • Payment Collection
  • Umbraco
  • E-commerce
  • Angular JS
  • SQL Server
  • Web API
  • Zendesk

Technical Labs were introduced to us by IndigoBlue in 2013 as we urgently needed a digital supplier willing to work very collaboratively, and flexibly to demanding deadline. As a small organisation we lacked in-house expertise and wanted to rely on expert advice from a supplier, placing a lot of trust in them in this respect. We were not disappointed! The project was complex and required a balance of technical integration and design, integration of payment systems, CRM and the implementation of paperless direct debit. They have invaluable knowledge of how to balance user experience with the critical commercial aspects of a site like ours, which is effectively my organisations shop front. The project was completed in September 2013, it proved at times very demanding and required good ongoing communication and significant additional effort at no additional cost to deliver successfully. The project was recognised in the 2014 Agile awards as the Best Project in the Not For Profit Sector, for its excellence in approach to project management. Since then we have continued to work with the team through 2014 and 2015 on numerous other projects and we remain impressed by their drive for quality and focus on delivery at affordable prices.

Richard Green MA, The D&T Association

Richard Green MA Chief Executive, The D&T Association

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