Training tool drives US dotty

Training tool drives US dotty

Brisbane Internet software developer WebRaven's Dynamic Online Training System (DOTS) has been proving popular in the US.

DOTS has been taken up by US educational services provider Advanced Academics, which provides computer-based educational services and programming, for organisations such as secondary schools, colleges, universities and businesses.

David Bevan, WebRaven's managing director, said the company had not targeted the education sector specifically. "They found us. We have a corporate focus and it's just coincidental that we've been picked up by these educational bodies."

He described DOTS as part of a suite of products developed by WebRaven, to target what was perceived to be a hole in the marketplace. "We could see that e-learning was going to be required on the Internet," Bevan said. "It's just perfect for that type of information transfer."

DOTS is integrated into WebRaven's Web Application Management System (WAMS), which is a corporate intranet/extranet system where users can interact and manage information across multiple offices, departments and user groups.

Advanced Academics' CEO Gary Gallagher said DOTS allowed students across Minnesota to study English, mathematics and science courses in a distance learning program which "offers participants an alternative to the traditional classroom environment".

Bevan believes WebRaven's product has been popular because of its pricing, flexibility and the functionality. He said the product had been around for almost three years and the software developer is planning to launch version 4 within the next couple of months.

According to Bevan, WebRaven had started out as a Web development company five years ago. "But we didn't want to be a service company, we wanted to be a product company," he said.

WebRaven has a strong focus on the overseas market, particularly the US. It also has plans to target Europe, followed by the Asia Pacific region. As part of this international drive Bevan said the software developer plans to open offices in the US by the end of this year, probably with a main office in Boston. "We've been growing at over 200 per cent for the past three years," Bevan said. "And we think that we're just starting to hit the steep curve now. We're expecting really explosive growth in the next 12 to 18 months."

Coupled with the overseas drive has been a growing interest from the Australian marketplace in WebRaven's offerings. "The interest we're getting here in Australia is just growing in leaps and bounds," Bevan said.

WebRaven is a privately-owned company which Bevan describes as "wholly self-funded". He added that in the next three years the software developer will probably look at listing although at this stage he is not sure where.

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