I was more interested to read in the same article that Crapita acquired Synetrix in December. Synetrix are currently the ISP for a majority of London schools, via the LGfL.
Just been sent this
Capita tipped to acquire Ramesys
seems ramesys are going bump.
Has anyone else heard anything, and what does this mean for us, we are supposed to be tuped over soon.
Perhaps Capita want to take on RM..... if Ramesys & Synetrix are absorbed by Capita who is left to bid for BSF contracts?
Perhaps a few BSF bidders who now have contracts are considering playing a waiting game ... consolidate what they have (due to funding limits perhaps), learn from mistakes and then pick up the pieces of failed contracts later on.
Don't forget that BSF contracts are being offered EU wide, so foreign companies may bid...
Thats interesting didn't realise they were so in the red, maybe time to stock up on my SSAT Agreement licensing before Crapita discontinue the partnership
Our covercard company is bidding for the BSF in our area... (No its not Russell House/Bedford i-Tec, if you are from Bedfordshire and are wandering!)
hopefully they get it as they are not idiots and can do a good job, they have helped in the redevelopment of our infrastructure (each building got fibre connections and 90% of wall sockets got Cat6). They have offered me jobs at their company, however due to a lack of a drivers licence (due to a phobia of being behind the wheel), I have turned them down...
It is likely that i-Tec will bid for the borough BSF project though, but in a completely different guise and setup following the 'proposed' disaggregation of the shared services engaged by Central Beds. As long as partnership education don't get it I'm not worried either way, it's so unlikely we will be asked for our technical input the outcome won't be affected by those of us who actually run school IT departments.
I can also confirm that Capita has baught Ramesys, the deal was closed over the weekend.
Capita have now purchased a LARS in this process ... now competing directly with RM for software sales of MS products. Capita had already purchased a number of groups to deliver managed or partially managed services so it doesn't make that much of a difference to what they can do in the future ... but it means that they have some bigger contracts now.
I was waiting to find out about whether the resale arm was going to be spun off separately but apparently that is retained too.
In the education arena (as far as it affects most of EduGeek) Capita now have the leading MIS, a large Edu ISP, a BSF solution, a technical service, infrastructure services, a hardware supplier, a software reseller, a learning platform ... in fact the only thing missing is a content provider and a middle-ware product.
Also remember that they have an extensive education consultancy service too ...
So, now people have resigned themselves to the fact that moving to RM might not be as scary a prospect as they thought ... how do people feel about the chance of moving to Capita?
Ok ... slightly leading question. Capita, in a model similar to many other companies, segment their various arms. In all likelihood Ramesys will still operate in their own bubble, but based on Capita's operation model and with some move around of senior staff. I can't see it making much difference in the next 3 years ... but after that who knows.
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