Stanford Graduate School of business is one of the oldest and most respected business schools in the world. With close connections to nearby Silicon Valley, its alumni include many well-known entrepreneurs, technologists, thought leaders and bureaucrats. It’s Leadership in Focus program looks to extend Stanford’s unique brand of learning beyond its on-campus student population with an online collection of videos, case vignettes, teaching and learning resources designed to enhance leadership development for individuals and organizations.

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Calcey helped Stanford develop a new responsive eLearning solution for this program, which was released in Feb 2014. The principal goal of this project was to provide an improved user experience for this portal when viewed through both desktops and Smartphones. Calcey replaced the ColdFusion technology in the legacy website with Django, a Python based web framework. This choice of technology helped Calcey deliver the project within a few months. The mobile and desktop websites are hosted on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and connected to a MySQL back-end. Calcey also bridged the website with Single sign-on (SSO) technology for Leadership Program’s enterprise client base.


Today many top business schools, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and the US Military use content from the Leadership in Focus program to train their staff. Some of the prominent business leaders featured among the video case studies available on the portal, include Bill Campbell (Intuit), Gordon Bethune (Continental Airlines) and Anne Mulcahy (Xerox). Stanford provides exclusive access to the program’s content via the portal, for large enterprise clients.