Updates & News from the RapidBI Team
Business is all about Transition and change, it may be fast or slow.
Our goal is to innovate continuously. To continue to provide you with practical tools to use with your clients.
With that goal in mind this page will keep you up to date with some of our thinking.
New product/ service development
RapidBI are currently exploring collaborative arrangements with providers of other credible tools and methods to help you, the change agent, add even more value to your clients. If you have a product that you thinks fits our portfolio please contact us.
Sees the first of our long waited series of online live training courses. Highly interactive 1 hour long course led by some of the UKs leading trainers in a range of topics. The frequency and diversity of these session will grow, so visit back regularly
Start of a new series of regular posts, business based cartoons from Randy Glasbergen http://www.glasbergen.com/ . Initially we have signed up to 365 cartoons…enjoy
An exciting new business arrangement with PowerHour brings new ready to use materials to our store
New web interface, and store look. Over the last 6 months we have noticed our site getting slower, with a new developer and host on the team, you will see significant speed improvements over the coming months
Developing a new relationship with a world leading research body with the view to making researchers available for managers and OD/ learning professionals. More on this exciting opportunity soon
Work continues on more downloadable materials and resources
Server move appears to have been successful, we have done some work on the speed of the site too.
PrimePractice our new safety and environment diagnostic is finishing development
Our third server move in 12 months - hopefully this server is a lot faster and you should not experience the same outages as we have been experiencing recently
New Diagnostic Tools Platform
Website performance challenges persist, and the team are working hard to resolve
A new product range for managers and trainers (or tutors/ instructors) is under development for release in 2013 – ready-to-use-training handouts. Follow the success of our ready-to-use training course packs, we are finalising a series of low cost handouts for you to use on your workshops.
Our developer is starting to code a new diagnostic tool – PRIME PRACTICE – a tool for identifying environmental & health & safety issues in firms
Problems with site performance means we are moving our site to different hosts
Completion of the language packs for the diagnostic tools is now drawing to a close – an exciting opportunity for 2013
We are now developing a range of on-line live training solutions, more information in early 2013
The big change this month, is taking our prices back to GBP. We have had to do this in order to offer customers the option of using Google checkout in stead of PayPal.
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We are currently training a firm of consultants in Oman to take the BIR to the Middle East region – this is an exciting partnership
It’s been a while, but we are nearing the completion of a “language pack” for the BIR and EESS, allowing development in a wide range of languages.
If you would like to get involved in translations, and promoting the tool to an exclusive region and take a 50% of all sales, then please contact us.
We have formed a strategic alliance with another training company to offer even more “ready to use” training materials. these should be available later in the year.
We are working with a new organisation for partnering with new “classroom” based training materials. this will mean we can increase our offer of available programmes at a faster rate. Watch for announcements in the late spring
After considerable hosting problems we have had to move the site to a new host, hopefully things should be more stable for website users.
We were invited by a TV production team to help out as technical advisers to the BBC TV show The Food Inspectors
Having been active on several social media platforms, we have revitalised our ecademy profile. there you will find a more regular commentary on small business, human resources and other training related matters
We have now separated the BIR/ EESS servers from our site. We used to run these all along with our website on tomcat servers, however as the site has grown we felt the need to change the way we work. This helps by building more redundancy into the way we deliver our services
Now available 400+ slides in our PowerPoint slides containing more management models
Also available are the first 10 of our ready to use training course materials packs. Everything a manager or trainer needs to deliver a 1/2 day workshop. All fully customisable, with some of the most detailed trainers notes available on the net today.
We are working on releasing a completely re-developed BIR & EESS survey product & platform. We are testing and aim to go live in April.
Just one month after changing hosts we have had to change again, hopefully things will be much more stable. We have also changed our cart provider as due to inconsistent product delivery we could not continue. Still not sure if the original problem was the hosting or the software?
Our web stats hit a new record with over 10,000 unique visitors in just one day, more than we used to get a week!
After a challenging holiday period our new site is up and running, although there are still some problems to solve.
A busy period for the RapidBI team with lots of exciting developments in terms of new products.
RapidBI site checked by SafeSurf as suitable for all.
Multiple language versions of the BIR
We have achieved “verified” status from CallingID the internet security and site verification service.
Employee Engagement Surveys
Social media & blogging
Management Models download
In addition we have launched a US & UK version along with a set of blank graphics with no text for total user configuration.
Some new products about to come on line – watch this space
Well a busy month for me and Chris at Asterisk software, as we have moved the server to a new and faster platform. Why do these things always take longer than expected and cause problems that could not have been anticipated?
Following interest from a chamber of commerce, we are developing a version of the BIR to be able to benchmark finances as well as culture and performance issues.
We have been a little quiet on the news front – but a lot has been happening:
New content access
January 2009 – EESS take off
With an increase in the interest in the EESS we have started aFAQ page on the micro-site
Following request from several users we have introduced a new section which will contain short management, leadership and business tips and thoughts. These pages can be found at short management articles
December 2008 – a round up
November 2008 – no accreditation required
November 2008 is proving a land mark month for RapidBI in many ways:
October 2008 – New graphics & Products
This is the first of a number of site structural changes over the coming months to make the site easier to use.
Resources for consultants
September 2008 – EESS, NFEA and CIPD
Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey (EESS)
RapidBI will be showcasing our BIR with enhanced reporting and the new to be launched EESS.
CIPD annual Conference
June 2008 – SA BIR & Creatrix Certification
What this means is that users can purchase just one BIR without completing our accreditation process. Do it all on-line – order, setup, and run off reports yourself. No pre-registration required. We will always advise clients to use certified consultants but this enables free choice. It will be available from the end of the month in the BIR micro site
RapidBI.com to be archived
May 2008 – Stats and more
RapidBI Website Stats
BIR Product Changes
No more training required
Certified Learning Practitioner (CLP)
April 2008 – A record
Record site statistics
HRD Week – Conference and exhibition
Automated Action Plans
January 2008 – RapidBI site verified and more free content
2008 A New and Busy Year
RapidBI Website Verified
October 2007 – Benchmarking & Coaching
September 2007 – Benchmarking & New Developments
Well a lot has been going on behind the scenes here at RapidBI.
Health & Safety
March 2007 – micro sites
Supporting The BIRTM
Supporting The CreatrixTM
Creating CreatrixTM Normative data
New ILM development awards
Febuary 2007 – on-line payments
Online course booking system
December 2006 – new diagnostics tools & services
New Diagnostics Tools
Organizational Development for Trainers
November 2006 – New product development
Performance Management System – Rapid appraisal
October 2006 – Training developments
Organizational Development Workshops
Low cost training & Leadership Resources
Business E-Learning Modules
Working with KnowledgeWise we have commissioned a range of e-learning modules that will help consultants and end users alike.
If you would like to be involved in the pilot phase of the modules please Contact us
July – 2006
Congratulations to those who completed the programme.
ILM endorsed management programmes
A number of our management Development programmes are now endorsed. Watch this space for the announcments of our Consulting package being an endorsed programme.
June 2006 – New BIR variants available
New versions of the BIR are now available:
The BIR-c is a full review aimed at very small businesses (1-5 employees) and is ideal for coaches and advisors to use as a coaching or mentoring vehicle towards business development.
The BIR-hr is a version looking exclusively at management style, skills, people development and processes. As well as being used as an HR scorecard, it is ideal as an Investors in People diagnostic or internal benchmarking metric. To request information click here
Creatrix reliability & validation data published
An article on Creative Dialogue will appear in our resources section soon.
April 2006 – RapidBI launches its new Branding
New exciting look
The New revised BIR will be available for BETA testing at the end of April 2006.
New Creatrix Articles
BIR Coaching version under development
March 2006 – Creatrix Certification training in the UK
CreatrixTM Training is coming to the UK in July 2006 – email us for details.
Established author and developer of the CreatrixTM Jacqueline L. Byrd, PhD will be facilitating this one-off workshop.
New On-line BIR
We have entered into a new joint venture to undertake a unique survey of the current and future skills requirements of people developers. Called developing the developers this is a research project starting in late 2006, with initial results expected early 2007.
See the web site developing the developers for details click here
New Instant Business Improvement Review Diagnostic
The London Innovation Conference – March 2005
New products for improving Innovative capacity – Jan 2005
Research and development on the RapidBI tool set is continuous. We welcome feedback from our users. All adaptations are based upon ideas from users.
Watch this space for the findings from our 8 years of conducting reviews with companies. What they are good at and not so good at!
Accessibility methods since Jan 2004
What else would make your life easier? Tell us & we will see what we can do for you. Contact us for details.