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FirstClass Depot has gone back to its original name, Dowdell Incorporated.  We made the change because we've really expanded our portfolio of services and products beyond just FirstClass and the old name no longer really fits.  We are an innovative systems and communication company that specializes in providing consulting, application developement, software sales & support and training to small and medium business, and the education sector.

Our solutions capabilities include custom web and web application development, traditional database development, FirstClass Application Services (FCAS) Applications, Workflow and all things related to the FirstClass collaboration suite and Web Services.  We are FirstClass® Platinum level resellers and can help you with all aspects of the FirstClass suite of products.4262009_82644_0.pngFirstClass Depot has developed the Rapid Web Designer (RWD), a highly successful enterprise solution for web content management that has been adopted by over 150 school districts as well as other organizations in North America, Europe and Scandinavia.
edsby_sm.pngWe are also very proud to be both resellers of, and developers for the Edsby platform, an all encompassing student and parent engagement platform that connects directly to a school district's information systems.


 


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If you are new to FirstClass, or are planning to start using FirstClass, we can help you to understand the best way to use this remarkable tool to get the most out of it.  Regardless of where your server is located, we can assist with you with:

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Sales and Installation of new FirstClass servers, additional licenses
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Pre-sales and sales of Rapid Web Designer and other Add on products for FirstClass
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Branding your FirstClass system
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Building and managing conferences and workspaces
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Set-up of user groups and managing the security of your FirstClass system
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Migration of data from existing groupware applications to FirstClass
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Building Calendars and Calendar groups
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Batch admin (setting up large numbers of users, group memberships, etc.)
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Website development - using the Rapid Web Designer
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Complete outsourced administration
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Hosting your FirstClass server for you

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RWD a Hit with the Community Thu, Apr 30, 2015 7:32 AM The recent award of an RFP in Hillsborough County Florida to RWD is now in the implementation phase. As part of the process, 15 pilot websites were created and the subjected to a district-wide evaluation of how closely RWD met the claims we made in the R Full Story...


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RWD 7 wins Big in large RFP Thu, Apr 30, 2015 7:19 AM RWD 7 was recently awarded a huge win at the Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) and the platform is now in deployment. FirstClass Depot was awarded top marks across the board on the HCPS RFP with an overall score of 401 points out of a possible Full Story...


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MobileGeddon Wed, Apr 29, 2015 11:38 AM On April 21, Google changed it's site ranking algorhythm to take into account user experience on mobile devices as highly important when users search for something from their phones (which, let's face it, is a LOT of users). If you are using RWD 6 and ol Full Story...

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The FirstClass 12 API Interoperability. This is a key capability of any modern communications and collaboration system. FirstClass traditionally has required specialized knowledge and skills to connect to other systems but FirstClass 12 changes everything. With standard web Full Story...


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Introducing FirstClass 12 This video features a preview of the FirstClass 12 Web Client. On track for delivery in late May of this year, FirstClass 12 represents a giant leap forward in FirstClass, and opens up a host of possibilities for future expansion of the product. The int Full Story...


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What's New in RWD 6 We are excited to provide a detailed look at the new features and upgrades that constitute our 6th major release of Rapid Web Designer. New objects and methods abound with a solid emphasis on integrating other web content into your system. Presented D Full Story...


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About Rapid Web Designer What is RWD? A basic look at the Rapid Web Designer system with some discussion about how it can leverage your FirstClass content and your user's existing skills to publish great looking websites that are easy to maintain. Presented Nov 27, 2012. Full Story...

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 The product and the process have been truly amazing! Our partnership with FirstClass Depot to use RWD to build a custom portal for parents (myOlentangy) has allowed us to build a system to give specific information about each child to their parents in a secure setting.  We are able to create a custom page Full Story...


Currently deploying 350 plus websites, 20,000 teachers! "RWD promised an easy solution to publishing, maintaining and managing websites. They delivered a system that works in our environment and is well suited for education. Teachers are excited about the potential of having their own websites for classroom c Full Story...


Thanks RWD! RWD has dramatically changed the nature of web publishing in Wolf Creek Public Schools. We're moving towards what we term the democratization of web publishing. Instead of a single webmaster who struggles to keep up, we now can distribute web publishing Full Story...

 

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