Barcrest I have worked with CMS systems and have worked on NHS systems in the past such as the patient records. In my own opinion, I see this quite similar.
I really wish they were, there would be more scope for industry to invest and cross sell into this market... but it isn't
Slight correction on the years - it wasn't 10 years ago, it was nearly 22 years ago back in 1992 when EARS - the big idea was invented!
Also in 2002, we had an LA that "hosted" their schools electronic registration application and database remotely on their servers. This was a big idea too for its time.
Since @GREED found it interesting history under general chat forum - I copied pasted the 'grey folders' history here for this forum too.
Thank you @GREED.
We only want to correct and qualify some of the comments made so far - as follows:
Bromcom 'grey' folders were invented in 1992. It was covered in December 1992as invention in the Times new paper dedicating a half-page and was on BBC Tomorrow World's TV show in January 1993. Cost was £245 each, batteries lasted 6 months and transmission range was very similar to WiFi however speed much slower. Because packets sent/received were miniscule (say under 8Kbyte), with good wireless coverage a class list was downloaded within 1-2 minutes. We wouldn't be surprised if some will say it took longer than this but that is all to do with coverage of wireless network and make up of the building - just as one can have coverage difficulties with WiFi today.
The 'grey folders' did evolve into:
· QWERTY versions circa 1994
· A5 size circa 1996
· WiFi versions early 2000
· Finally touch colour screen with Microsoft Windows CE in circa 2005
'Software version' was known as “WinFolder” that run on any laptops and PCs as a 'client software'. This was a small an EXE (as today's 'apps' concept) and which only needed TCP/IP connection. "WinFolder was introduced late1990s, was very popular and was replaced with web version called “WebFolder”. WebFolder is still widely used today as a 'stand alone' product and also formed part of today’s Bromcom Cloud MIS.
Anyone referencing ‘grey folder’ should also be referring to ‘DOS’ bases TEXT screen MIS software of 1990s to 2003/4 and in fact at that time contemporary and competing product ‘OMR’– yes paper based, Optical Mark Readers! I am sure some OMRs will be still in use.
We hope the above is read as interesting history and not leveled at anyone.
Thanks Ali, just be careful not to milk the leniency too far!
GREED about the DX project?
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