Problem is, nobody knows what's going on at the minute as the providers haven't made their offerings. That's probably why you were pointed to EIS.
We are in a similar position here ... so schools have a group where they can look at what the school needs to think about for the next couple of years. It has access to the SoR (and folk have been along to the meetings) for the next version of EMBC but it also makes schools think about what they are doing if they want to do something different (Academies, etc)
If any Northants schools on here are wanting to take part in this sort of of discussion I can put you in touch with Alastair over at Duston, who is collating technical responses. We are trying to make sure this is a school led group and not an LA thing.
No idea how the Leics group got formed, it seemed to be a closed group! No idea who is in it either.
TonyJF, the meetings were held at the Samworth Enterprise Acadamy in Leics. There has only been 2 meetings with the 3rd cancelled when the snow hit in Dec. I've been to both with russdev who presented on both occasions. Not heard anything recently from the organisers at Samworth though.
The meetings were useful as the agenda was led by network managers, so we got to network, but hasn't been much in developing it further, time I guess?!
Also, there is also a need for these groups to have mainly senior leaders and teachers in ... folk who are going to be making use of it all .. and in the right proportion there needs to be tech representation. Again ... this is not always passed on.
This then leads into an interesting discussion about procurement by technical specification versus requirements ... last had ... ooh .. about 4 years ago if I remember rightly.
There's a lot of referencing in the various material I've seen to 'commercial providers' and how they cannot provide the same level of service etc.
Are Virgin Media, for example, not a commercial provider? I fail to see how the connection they provide is going to be any different. Other than potentially not having access to SSO, Pathe etc.
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I think that some of the information coming out of the LA is.. how can I put it... not 100% accurate?
For example the idea being bandied about that LA services will not be available outside of an embc service. I can't see that LEAMIS (being a fully traded company) will turn paying customers away from using a service like Remote SIMS backup because they are not on embc. There's no technical reason for this not to be doable. EIS is another one that is cited when there are already schools out there that don't have an embc connection who have been offered/have access to EIS. Plus being the main source of LA info I can't see that they could reasonably bar you on the basis of the ISP you choose.
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