Known as BFC to their customers, they offer custom solutions to schools, academies, councils and academy trusts on Microsoft technologies.
BFC Networks were founded in 2009 as part of a joint venture to host the Learning Gateway Conference at the Belfry in Birmingham, UK and then again in 2010. In 2011 they started fully trading offering consultancy in the SharePoint and education industry.
Since Microsoft announced the free offering of Office 365 for education, they have deployed their customised solution to over 250 schools across the UK helping the teaching and learning of thousands of students.
BFC Networks are always on the cutting edge of technology and always looking at how other industry wide products can be used with Microsoft solutions such as Moodle and mobile devices. You will soon see new and exciting products coming out that will allow you to connect to SharePoint and only be 1 click or one figure swipe away from getting the information you require.
BFC Networks are very proud of the relationship they have with Microsoft which allows them to understand future changes to products and features. With Microsoft cloud technologies always being updated, it is important to have a supplier/partner who understand these changes, how they affect you and any custom solutions you may have.
BFC Networks have been awarded Microsoft Cloud Essentials for the technical knowledge and delivery of cloud solutions.
Alex is the Managing Director & founder of BFC Networks.
With over 14 years’ experience in the IT industry, Alex has work on numerous private and public sector contracts in the UK and aboard. In 2001 he started working full time at BFC Networks (Founder and CEO), an education supplier of SharePoint & Office 365 Education who have now effected the teaching & learning of millions of students across the world.
Alan is the Cloud Solutions Architect of BFC Networks.
Alan Richards has been working in IT for over 17 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. He has led teams that have been among the first to roll out Windows, Exchange and SharePoint, many of these successes have been showcased in Microsoft case studies.
cloudclassroom is your all in one assignment tool in Office 365. Create your classroom and add students to your class before assigning them their own work which you can monitor, comment and provide feedback.
Read, watch and learn about cloudclassroom from our range of Sways and Office Mixes ranging from Creating a Classroom, Assigning Work and uses of OneNote in your classroom. Let us know of others you may want.
OneNote - One of the best educational tools around is fully integrated with cloudclassroom allowing you to share class notes in the browser but also add handwriting & audio commentary on the work required by the students. Read more.
Office 365 Education is free and so is cloudclassroom. We take all the great features of Office 365 and bring them to you in an education context for you to us in your classroom with students. Read more.
Quickly create your classroom in the cloud and work with students in and outside of the classroom with ease.
Assign students work and use the features of Office Online in Office 365 to see where they are working in real time.
Leave comments on their work while they are working or as a review once the assignment is complete before giving a final mark is given.
Share class material using OneNote while students can take any notes from the class in their personal Notebook all accessible in the browser.
The need to have parents logging into Office 365 has been around for some time now ever since the product was made available to the education sector.
When schools were deploying SharePoint On-Premise, the licensing options allowed them to have parent log into different content across their environment.
Parent365 from BFC Networks allows you to have content in your Office 365 Education made available to parents through a secure login.
They can either login through a custom identity that you control the usernames and password and enable Multi Form Authentication (user receives a SMS and then enters the code) or they can log in with their Facebook, Google or Microsoft account (you allow the email address access).
Parent365 doesn't require Office 365 Education licenses so you know you are able to share this information as well as keep it secure
Parents can securely login into Parent365 and Office 365 to see content that only you have decided for them to see
Add the latest news from the school, share the parent handbook in OneNote and let parents see the latest school calendar
Enable multi form authentication so parents have to enter a code as well as their username and password to log in at no extra cost
Through our SharePoint App, you can access student data in their OneDrive. Students land on their normal SharePoint page and don't realise the magic is happening.
As the only person who can give permissions to their OneDrive is the user themselves, they are giving access to whoever you have configured.
Teachers can access the students OneDrive through the Directory App by typing their name and opening the link allowing them full access to content, the recycle bin and all OneDrive settings for that user.
Maybe you don't want it for teachers accessing students but instead you as the IT team want access to all users so you can provide a better support services when they have issues.
Its easy in OneDrive Config as we change the query to IT Staff see all users.
Easily access student OneDrive for Business allowing you to control what they are doing within their area
Manage the recycle bin, administrators, version history of files, much more than any other solution
Update students OneDrives to remove the blog features, set a theme and delete the Shared with Everyone folder
Teachers & support staff can access students OneDrive from the OneDrive Config directory
Whether it is creating 600 Office 365 Education tenants, creating over 60,000 users and migrating over 29 million email items or migrating 1 TB of Exchange 2007 and SharePoint 2007 content to Office 365 or migrating shared storage space from any location on your servers to Office 365 - BFC are your specialists.
A snap shot of some of our key projects to date:
Talk to us about your identity requirements for your school, groups of schools, single tenant or multi-tenant.
Migrating from Exchange On-Prem, RM EasyMail or any other system, we will migrate it for you, even from another Office 365 tenant
While we migrate, we can ensure you fit into best practise for the cloud allowing you grow under the cloud conditions
Any custom developments can be done through Office 365 Add-ins, Next Generation Portals or custom styling.