From what I have heard on here is very much the same, they demand money for support and development then they only do what they want to anyway. You just end up paying people to be mean to you which is generally not pleasant to the majority of the bell curve.
Some good points there, can't really argue with them.
I should have extracted useful info and just posted up certain extracts directly on here, apologies for not doing so sooner.
Bear in mind this response is dated Jan 2012 and was from an interview I had with Graham Cooper, Head of Product Management and Jonathan Wood, Product Manager Deployment and Technical at BETT 2012
When asked about an MSI this was Jonathan's response:
With regards to SOLUS 3 and some of the issues, members have requested an MSI, can you tell us
if that is on the cards?
It’s fair to say, that the rollout of SOLUS 3 hasn’t been as smooth as we wanted unfortunately. We have extended the support date for SOLUS 2 that has moved to Summer 2013 so there’s a greater time span to move over now.
What people are really requesting is a package that they can deploy themselves, whether that’s by Group Policy or using third party tools to push out. We normally find that’s the case with secondary schools that have their own IT budgets, like many of the EduGeek members. The vast majority of other schools around the UK do not have that budget and we think SOLUS 3 is the right tool for them to ease the upgrade of SIMS throughout their site.
Specifically regarding those schools with IT teams who can competently address the issue of upgrades for a number of systems around their school, SOLUS 3, we believe will do the job, however, an option we’re considering is to enable SOLUS 3 as a downloadable option as well. That’s not confirmed, but it’s an option we’re considering and that would allow you to download the update package which you can distribute yourself. The form of it, whether it’s an MSI package or another type of file, has yet to be decided, but that’s something we’re looking at.
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sparkeh (6th May 2013)
We but gave up with SOLUS3 ages ago and haven't tried since (I was happy to get rid of the bloatware that is the solus3 agent too). Might be better now (anyone know?), but Capita released it in a state that was awful and it would appear forced our LEA (presumably others) to install it in schools despite them knowing it was absolutely full of holes. Once bitten twice shy I think is the saying that fits.
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