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    Viglen opinions??

    Hi - we're up for some serious system updating shortly and one of the shortlisted companies is Viglen - I don't really know much about them - has anyone here been involved in a biggish Viglen project? Did it go OK? Any one used the Cohaero product they push or "Its Learning"?

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    Hi there,

    We were a Viglen school for about the first 8-9 months I worked at my current school. In truth, I wasn't a fan, I found it very restrictive (having come from a Vanilla Windows background). Thankfully, for me at least, we were given the funds to do a very major update and although we looked at upgrading with Viglen, the decision was made to move to a Vanilla Windows Environment and I haven't regretted it for a second.

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    Viglen was a great company but are now owned by Amstrad. IMHO, there's a lot better kit out there. Do you have any other approved companies you can use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Viglen was a great company but are now owned by Amstrad. IMHO, there's a lot better kit out there. Do you have any other approved companies you can use?
    Echo that.

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    Hardware wise, they're excellent. Microsoft licensing side, excellent also.

    Never tried their software side.

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    We use it's learning. Ugly as sin, but does the job i guess, and we've only have a couple of short outages in the 3 years we've been using it. It's hosted in Norway IIRC.

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    Im not sure about them, the CEO on the apprentice said ISP standard for Internet Service Protocol

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Im not sure about them, the CEO on the apprentice said ISP standard for Internet Service Protocol
    How does the CEO's knowledge of acronyms affect how a company performs?!

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    When I hear the word Viglen I want to run for the hills! Moved away to a vanilla 5 years ago. Software was awful, support was awful, sales overpriced...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    How does the CEO's knowledge of acronyms affect how a company performs?!
    I didnt say it did..... i was joking
    Last edited by FN-GM; 30th March 2011 at 12:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain.Faulkner View Post
    Hi there,

    We were a Viglen school for about the first 8-9 months I worked at my current school. In truth, I wasn't a fan, I found it very restrictive (having come from a Vanilla Windows background). Thankfully, for me at least, we were given the funds to do a very major update and although we looked at upgrading with Viglen, the decision was made to move to a Vanilla Windows Environment and I haven't regretted it for a second.
    Pretty much the same as above. As well as finding it restrictive I wasn't impressed with their engineers or their telephone support plus thought the salesman was one of the worst I had ever encountered, although that was 2004 so they may have improved.

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    We've used Viglen for about five years for our software, mainly Microsoft licensing. Good prices, great service.

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    Nobody using that Cohaero thing?

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    Were looking to kit our school out in Viglen hardware from now on, its around 250 quid a workstation cheaper than its main two lettered competitor.

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    From my limited experiance with them, hardware seems good, Classlink seems expensive and largely pointless.

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