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MIS Systems Thread, Online Payments in Technical; Originally Posted by GeeHubb Hi jmak, that's good to know. It'll be great to be able to at least get ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeeHubb View Post
    Hi jmak, that's good to know. It'll be great to be able to at least get the dinner registers completed in class! Do you know what the take up has been like on the online payments among your Primary age pupils?
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    We don't take cash (or cheques) in school now. The next lot of school trips will use ParentPay too. We sent out a letter giving 6 weeks notice, then a letter with account details home and told the parents to start using it. Part of the project plan was that I would be available near reception for an hour every morning for the first two weeks with a laptop to help people get started and deflect some flak. In that time I had precisely two visitors! Everyone else just got on with it. Bad debt is down. Time saved in the office is measured in hours per week. No cash in school or to be transported to the bank. Zero complaints. Beginning to sound like an evangelist. I knew it would be worth it in the end, but I really expected the change to be painful.

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    We use Tucasi and its pretty good - especially the support. It's an awful lot cheaper than ParentPay which IMHO is a rip off - certainly when we looked at it a couple of years ago.

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    Thanks for all the useful information everyone. I think the key for us is that we already have Sims with a parent portal set up and we don't want parents to have to remember another username and password, which I'm guessing they would with Tucasi?

    Can anyone tell me where the data is stored for Agora and Tucasi? Am I right that Tucasi stores it in a local Access DB? Where does Agora store its data? In our Sims SQL DB?

    Thank you.

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    Agora holds its connection data in the cloud.

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    Tucasi is local, in an Access DB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Tucasi is local, in an Access DB.
    Does anyone know if they are even going to launch a cloud version?

    I asked them years ago and they said yes it was coming but never heard another thing about it.

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    This may be too late, but FWIW, we looked at Tucasi, ParentPay & WisePay a year or more ago and went with the latter, and it's been superb. Entirely web based, links in with CMIS (does SIMS as well), works with our new cashless system from NRS, fantastic support, and a genuinely nice website layout - both for parents and in the back end admin system (that our finance team also adopted). Thoroughly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Does anyone know if they are even going to launch a cloud version?

    I asked them years ago and they said yes it was coming but never heard another thing about it.
    I think the next step is a hosted database with a view to going web based entirely further down the line.

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