I don't think RM are going to go out of business. The board is clearly responding to the situation and taking steps to put the company back on an even financial footing. The sale of non-core assets will add some £1.3M onto the profits.
However, I do agree that the anti-competitive practices of companies like RM, and especially Crapita, make it difficult for small companies like mine to get a foothold in the market. We would certainly be looking to recruit more staff, given even a slightly bigger share of the market. However, we face a constant battle against suits from the big companies going in to LAs at high level, promising the moon on a stick, charging the earth and sweeping up exclusive deals. We have gone through such an exercise last year and lost 4 customers to SIMS SLG. Fortunately, all 4 came back this year after finding out it didn't live up to the hype.
RM did win a lot of tenders but they certainly aren't the only winners. Perhaps they were just good at their job in putting together winning bids?
Could it be that there's rather going on than simple 'RM are really good'?
Anecdotal evidence of someone not liking their software or their hardware is not evidence of the company being 'bad'. I've seen plenty of people on here who have ended up working for RM through the BSF programme who have said they are a great employer. They won an award for being a good employer a couple of years back for example. Hundreds of schools use their gear, as do many universities.
A monopoly is a company that is the only one in the market. Anti-competitive behaviour is where they use a monopoly to force their way into another market, or to prevent other companies entering the market. Considering there are dozens, if not hundreds, of competitors (Northgate, Capita, Viglen, Stone, BlueChip, Insight, European Electronique, etc...). None of those companies are 'small'...
Looking at some of the latter posts, could we please add some emoticons after the posts as I can't decide wether i'm in the middle of a genuine flame war or sarcastic posts... lol
RM love em or loathe them, its always emotive
PS. It isn't flaming, it is semi-sarcastic/semi-trolling/semi-serious!
Righty, I will throw my 2p into the pot
I personally dislike RM for their poor service, and poor solutions (in my opinion, not everyone else's).
RM however, are a business, and won contracts based on the fact that they are VERY GOOD at contract bids (they won a large bid for the Olympic IT infrastructure and systems along side Cisco!)
RM are not good employers (I know friends who have been pushed out by lies, deceit, poor management, constructive dismissal).
RM do provide solutions that work, albeit sometimes overpriced (their all in ones are for more expensive than Acer's for example).
I do not personally care if they go under or stay up, I used them as a licencing bid, and they were very close to winning and this was without any form of negotiation, they gave their best price the first time round and it battered everyone elses, then others put in the best price and RM lost out by 20p per licence!
RM also, were merged at one point with a construction company dealing in the software for construction accounts (redsky I think it is now), and RM split to focus solely on education, and then they diversified where as redsky is now the worlds leading construction accounts software.
All disjointed I know but stating facts as I see them
I being one of those people! I initially did like Rm, but after the hell I went through with the school, I quickjly found that RM had no interest and seemed too quick to get - the only saving grace is that my union ensured that i walked away with a good reference and no stains on my otherwise exemplary record... Had it not been for the union, the story could have been far different
The worrying thing was that even though I only got as far as an investigatory meeting - RM stated that if I didn't resign, then I would have been dismissed!! Meaning the whole "investigatory" meeting was just for show and so that they could say that they had done their bit - even though they had already made up their mind!..
You asked for evidence of RM being "bad." I gave a situation as to why I feel they are bad. If you now want evidence against all 2700 employees then you are moving the goalposts. You are saying that to complain about a company we must have evidence that every employee at said company is in the wrong.
RedSky was Ramesys for a bit. Not sure they ever had anything to do with RM.
What I said was that to say that a company is abusing their position or that they're a monopoly, or similar (which was what was said), you need evidence. You are, as always, entitled to your own opinion on any company, but publicly stating that they abuse their position as Flatpackhamster did is basically libel.
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