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    Poll: In your current MIS, what is the biggest reason you might consider changing?

    I had a rather interesting chat with a school yesterday, prompting me to ask this question:

    In your current MIS, what is the biggest reason you might consider changing?

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    Cost of MS licensing and the fact that SIMS is utterly useless for BYOD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Cost of MS licensing and the fact that SIMS is utterly useless for BYOD.
    You were too quick I was still creating the actual poll!!! But cheers anyway!

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    Where's the we're being forced to change to something option?

    Ben

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    We moved from Capita UNIT-e to Corereo REMS about 18 months ago, and it hasn't made many people happy at all.

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    I'd agree on the cross-platform support. Specifically a cross-platform WebUI included, not as an add-on, with decent fallback modes for mobile clients. By all means have a fat client for heavy lifting, but if I want to mark Jenkins absent, give him a detention or lookup his Mum's phone number, all I should need is a recent web browser that supports SSL.

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    As above. If SIMS was browser based, it would open things up so much. Would also make upgrades, SOLUS etc so much simpler - one server doing everything.

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    How about adding 'Painful to upgrade' to the list?

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    Better assessment and a decent web front end, if not completely web based (though not necessarily hosted, in fact the option to keep it in house would be a definite plus)

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Where's the we're being forced to change to something option?

    Ben
    I did think that after I posted Ben, but to be fair right now we would know who that is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
    How about adding 'Painful to upgrade' to the list?
    Lacking modern features?

    Doesn't take a master to work out what system you have

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    SIMS is utterly useless for BYOD.
    Would you really want staff to use their own devices to access sensitive data? I know at work they're looking at it, but it means they can remotely wipe your entire phone\tablet remotely. Get the web\cloud argument, but not heard the BYOD one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Would you really want staff to use their own devices to access sensitive data? I know at work they're looking at it, but it means they can remotely wipe your entire phone\tablet remotely. Get the web\cloud argument, but not heard the BYOD one!!
    No, but surely with BYOD being a mainstay of education today a system should be able to accommodate this? Whether it be cloud or other security method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    Whether it be cloud or other security method.
    Doesn't matter if it's "secure", it's only as secure as the weakest point, with BYOD, the device would be the weakest point. If I am allowed to connect using my personal equipment, how would you cope with the fact I've got a guy in china watching my screen and my keystrokes, I'm not saying it doesn't happen with work kit, it just at work, they'd come take it off me and deal with it. They can say, hey, you can't install that, your can't disable that, you need that installed. If it's my kit they'll have to give me kit to use and block my device... which isn't BYOD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Would you really want staff to use their own devices to access sensitive data? I know at work they're looking at it, but it means they can remotely wipe your entire phone\tablet remotely. Get the web\cloud argument, but not heard the BYOD one!!
    It sort of happens with Citrix/rdp access or products like emerge anyway - the data doesn't live on the device, it still lives on a server. Granted someone could screenshot the data and then 'loose' it on a bus or copy it to the internet, but that can happen anyway.
    Besides I can remotely wipe staff ipads and androids if I want :-)

    My main gripe is that there are many more complicated products than a database frontend that are already written for multiple operating systems (I never though the Citrix receiver could be HTML5, but it is now!) There is no need to without re-write for Mac,iOS,Android (multiple versions), Linux, Windows 8, WindowsXP, Windows7,64bit 32bit bit blah blah blah. Why do companies seem to think it is still acceptable to write for one platform? just to cut costs on developers because they can only find old hat .net people?

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