Dr Simon Foxall (a senior examiner for Edexcel) came to us asking for our expertise: he had developed a good product - a Silverlight based piece of music education software that he wanted to distribute to schools online, but he didn't know where to start.

We worked closely to re-architect his product, including having it re-written in HTML5 to support Apple Mac / Linux machines. Simon needed a solution that would give him the best flexibility and extensibility for the future whilst keeping the system secure and scalable on a tight budget. It was a challenging task and within 2 months we had the first beta version up and running.

"These people are real experts. Tom and Kris have been helping our company for a number of years now, in particular setting up and maintaining servers in the UK and Australia. They also developed a highly effective online database and user registration system for us when we first started out.

It's comforting to know that whenever we have a problem they're always there to provide a rapid solution. I never seem to have to wait for a response - a great company to deal with."

Dr Simon Foxall, Managing Director: Focus on Sound Ltd

Simon now has a central control panel giving him an overview of the entire system, which now has servers running 24/7 across 3 continents to serve American, European and Australian markets.

Soon after the software was launched, Focus on Sound was bought by MusicFirst, part of by the multi-national Music Sales group.


Focus on Sound does a fantastic job making a long-held dream a reality
Five stars John Kelleher, Music Teacher magazine
An amazingly useful resource .... an excellent piece of software
Richard Crozier, Music consultant, formerly Associated Board course director
A landmark resource . . . . none of the apps I have seen so far come close
What fabulous resources you have created. The quality of the descriptions, examples, pictures and videos is excellent. Everything works easily both on computer and on my iPhone. Superb!
David Beeby, Poole Grammar School

What did we build?

Safe and Secure

Custom authentication system to securely verify software licenses, trials and school accounts

Flexible and Extendable

An extensible backend controller, allowing us to quickly add in new applications to the Focus on Sound family

Global Connectivity

Localised application servers on multiple continents - putting the software as close to the user as possible for the best user experience

How Can Switch Systems Help You?

We can provide professional experts with a huge depth of knowledge, just like we did for Simon, helping to bring his product to market and to commercial success.