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Wayne Houlden
Coffs Harbour, Australia
CEO of Janison, vibrant, growing ISV in regional Australia
Interests: reading, hiking, swimming, squash, and I guess working too
Recent Activity
The team at Janison has come together to get one last CLS release out the door before the holiday season. v1407 was all about polish. Making existing features easier to use and adding tweaks you've been asking for. Have better Discussions, now with Notifications These days the Internet is used... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Janison Blogs
Excitement is building regarding the impending launch of our first customer on the new Microsoft Azure Australian data centre. The new data centres based in Australia represent a significant investment and commitment on Microsoft’s part to our Australian region. Our software has been running on Azure infrastructure since its inception... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Janison Blogs
Just recently, Janison and Canopi released a new version of the Australian Sports Commission web site. The new web site now utilises the Janison CLS and introduces a number of new online courses, a short preview of the Community Coaching General Principles course is provided below. The new course... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Janison Blogs
On Thursday 23 January 2014, the Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance, Michael McCormack, announced the successful consortiums to provide services to Comcover Fund Member agencies. Major Training Services Pty Ltd (MTS) will be providing insurance and risk management training and education services to Fund Members on behalf... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Janison Blogs
There is a lot happening at our office at the moment and we would really like to find a few more people to help us with the projects we have lined up and some of the new opportunities that are being planned for the future. What’s it like to work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at Janison Blogs
We are very proud to be switching on our solar power system this week. With almost 100 panels spread across our office's roof, all of our operations during the day are now powered by the sun. This includes our air conditioning and our test cloud server platform that is used... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Janison Blogs
Janison and Deakin University have launched a highly innovative, all-Australian Massive Open Online Course. Leveraging an existing partnership with Deakin University, Janison were asked in late April 2013 to develop a MOOC platform for Deakin University’s open learning space, DeakinConnect with the first course “Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters”.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at Janison Blogs
Janison has introduced new and fresh Discussion Forums capability to the CLS. After a few years of using Facebook and Google+, people expect highly engaging, interactive and modern discussion forums. Janison combined some of the best features of social network discussions with some creativity of our own to produce CLS... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Janison Blogs
In mid-June, the Fair Work Ombudsman launched a series of online courses using Janison’s Cloud Learning Suite. The courses are entitled ‘Difficult Conversations in the Workplace’ and are designed for both employees and managers. There are two(2) separate courses assisting manager and employees to prepare and conduct a ‘difficult’ conversation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Janison Blogs
This week we were very pleased to hear that one of projects had picked up another international award. James Sanders, from Deloitte, attended the GSummit conference in San Francisco which is the top conference for gamification globally. As a part of the conference, they held their annual GAward ceremony which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Janison Blogs
Over the past year, Janison has worked closely with The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to design and build their MoneySmart Teaching Online program, which provides educators with the knowledge, skills, strategies and teaching materials to teach consumer and financial literacy. MoneySmart Teaching Online comprises two modules one for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at Janison Blogs
When your organisation focuses on one key area such as online learning, you quickly gain an appreciation for the creativity, innovation and commitment of many organisations who work in the area. It's not just our competing vendors, we see so many of our clients and other education focussed organisations seeking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Janison Blogs
We are very pleased to announce the latest learning web site to move to our Cloud Learning System (CLS). We have worked with the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia for a number of years and are pleased to now host this client in our latest technology platform. RLSSA... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Janison Blogs
As we release new tasks and new languages for SolveIT we also add the ability for students from different countries to collaborate - regardless of their language. This video demonstrates how it works. SolveIT demonstration from Janison on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at Janison Blogs
Today Janison's first Windows 8 Store app was published in the Store. You can find out more details about the app online at It is a great example of the wonderfully skilled people we have working at Janison. Tyson Benson and Ben Clark-Robinson have worked on this project for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Janison Blogs
Well here is our last post for 2012, what a year it is been for us and for many of our clients. We know that for many business and organisations it hasn't been the best year, budgeting measures and changing economic settlement has caused many organisations to rethink their priorities... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2012 at Janison Blogs
At the beginning of this week, a new web site using Janison's Cloud Learning Suite was released.. The Netball Australia Mentoring web site helps provide a range of training for netball umpires, players and coaches. The new web site utilises our platform to provide an engading library of content and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at Janison Blogs
It was great to have the opportunity to attend this year's Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague. I spent a fair bit of time talking to education leaders about how Janison is working to provide new and better assessment systems for education systems and formally presented some information about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at Janison Blogs
It’s on again, the annual online science assessment that brings all year 8 students in NSW, Australia together on one day to do an online science assessment, the next one is November 13. Each year we make this happen by using the best cloud platform technologies available and the latest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Janison Blogs
By Patrick Griffin, University of Melbourne There may be a new way to assess students' ability to collaborate and problem solve. Flickr/Lars Plougmann Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently announced a new goal for Australian schools – they would reach the top five ranked school systems in the world for reading,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Janison Blogs
This month four of our staff travelled to the Microsoft TechEd event on the Gold Coast. It was a great opportunity for them to learn about some of the new technologies in the pipeline and to meet and make connections with other developers in Australia. It's one thing we miss... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Janison Blogs
Above from left: Microsoft Australia Managing Director Pip Marlow, Janison COO Aaron Witmann and Craig Foster Microsoft Australia Enterprise and Partner Group Director Innovation, competitive differentiation and customer value while showcasing the benefits of using the Windows Azure platform were the key objectives that catapulted Janison to number one at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at Janison Blogs
The Short Sharp Film Festival began in 2007 and was warmly embraced by the local community. The Festival aims is to help develop a screen culture for the Coffs Coast region and beyond by providing a creative stepping stone for existing and budding local film makers. The Short Sharp Film... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Janison Blogs
After a busy year, where we continued to invest our R&D efforts in a number of new products that capitalise on Microsoft's latest technologies including Windows Azure and SQL 2012, we are very proud to once again be selected as finalists in two categories for this year's Microsoft Australia Partner... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Janison Blogs
We are hiring! Do you want to live on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW where there is no shortage of surf, sun and fun? Are you also a talented and committed front end Developer who is looking for a sea change? Then we may just have the position... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at Janison Blogs