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MIS Systems Thread, Room Management/Booking in Technical; So I was asked by our head of ICT if SIMS can handle tracking the booking of ICT rooms by ...
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    Room Management/Booking

    So I was asked by our head of ICT if SIMS can handle tracking the booking of ICT rooms by other staff, specifically to make sure that they aren't deleting other's bookings from the excel book that currently tracks it (so professional).

    I told her I'd look into it, but from what I've looked at, beyond giving a list of free rooms, there isn't really a way to book them through SIMS.

    Anyone have a cheap solution to this?

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    RoomBookingSystem integrates with SIMS (and Aspen to an extent, I would like to say!), chaps there are very good and a solid product.

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    MRBS is a great little system that is free, all it takes is a little bit of time to work out how you want to set it up and you can either host it internally or use the schools webhost.

    I don't think it supports SIMS integration but we've been using it for the past few years now with booking ICT suites and trolleys of laptops and it's done a fine job!

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    We use Room Booking System - Online Room Booking Software which we bought from Capita. It's a fully integrated booking system with SIMS compatibility that syncs timetable information, cover changes, room closures and suspension rules. So pleased with the software and service we are looking at the companys parents evening product as well

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    Room Booking System - Online Room Booking Software is excellent. Works perfectly with Sims and all cloud based too.

    We use it for all our room bookings in school.

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    If you're running Exchange or Exchange Online through Office 365 (obvious this next bit is a little useless if you're not!) you could always set up your rooms and other "bookable" resources as resource mailboxes and manage it view Outlook / OWA.

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    +1 for Room Booking System - we recently trialed it and thought it was great - we will be looking to purchase it before September.

    Quote Originally Posted by NickBryson View Post
    o pleased with the software and service we are looking at the companys parents evening product as well
    We currently use their parents evening software and it has been really good - we have had an amazing response from parents who have gone out of their way to tell us how much they like it. This is the reason we looked at their room booking product in the first place!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbmarshall View Post
    If you're running Exchange or Exchange Online through Office 365 (obvious this next bit is a little useless if you're not!) you could always set up your rooms and other "bookable" resources as resource mailboxes and manage it view Outlook / OWA.
    You could but it won't work for timetabled rooms if you're running a 2 week timetable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    You could but it won't work for timetabled rooms if you're running a 2 week timetable.

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    Wouldn't setting recurrence to every 2 weeks do the trick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbmarshall View Post
    Wouldn't setting recurrence to every 2 weeks do the trick?

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    It would work right up until your throw a half term into the mix

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    We use MRBS and the IT staff just pre-fill in their lessons before hand.
    We also have OPSoftware's Helpdesk, which has a room booking capability that will import from SIMS, but i've not tried to implement yet. If it worked well, you'd also get an IT helpdesk out of it.

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    Thanks to all - that MRBS I'll have a look at - we use the PES, didn't think they offered the Room Booking System as well, might have to go down that route.

    the OWA is a good idea, but we run a 2 week timetable that ends up getting messed about at half-terms.



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