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    New features - SIMS .net

    I've just had a school ask about a new feature in SIMS .net, I've done a quick search and found two simpliar features.

    If people could please vote, I would, like anyone who deals with staff training and SIMS would be most grateful.

    0805-340678

    Description: Reminders for First Aid Certificate end dates
    Notes: Reminder for First Aid renewals


    0809-387189

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    Global messages available from .net login

    Notes:
    Could a messaging system for staff logging in to SIMS .net be considered? I have schools who wish to send a message to multiple staff, perhaps all teaching staff, and would like the message(s) to be available when staff are logged in to SIMS .net. At the moment the only mechanism would be to set up a bulletin or a 'Message' category event on the diary.

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    is the message a specifically SIMS related message? and are you saying you need to send to teachers almost as a pop up box within sims

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    Sounds like a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

    Why not just use something in the login script?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klawd View Post
    Sounds like a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

    Why not just use something in the login script?
    Lol.. I think you miss the point.

    You have a error message in SIMS, you contact your LEA, they say you need a patch. You check SOLUS and they've approved it to you. You need to get it done ASAP, you can then Message everyone on SIMS, either by the homepage or a popup or whatever.

    You can't do it as part of the login, as they would already be logged on. You can't email them as not everyone is logged onto email\has email, you can't net send them as you SHOULD have disabled this.

    It's just another communications method. Ideally you want it as well as all the current ways. I assume there is no arguements about the training expiring reminds, seems a bit of a waste to repeat the work by putting them into Outlook, unless SIMS wants to intergrate into Outlook??

    PS: They wasn't logged by me, I've just found them and they look useful and I think Capita should do them, which means more people need to agree with me... note I'm not asking for your soul... yet

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    Another idea would be a way to kick everyone out of SIMS/FMS when an update needs to be installed

    Mass Password Reset feature!

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    There was that option, as well as displaying a list.

    There is a mass password reset tool... It's called drop SQL logins!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post

    You can't do it as part of the login, as they would already be logged on. You can't email them as not everyone is logged onto email\has email, you can't net send them as you SHOULD have disabled this.
    If they don't have SIMS open? I'd rather they make some way to lock sims or kick out those in it. I just know if a message comes up they will just click OK or Cancel and think they will be ok for another 5 mins. Or they will have logged themselves in and gone home/gone for a drink so a message won't make any difference.

    & I think I missed the memo about disabling net send as we use it quite happily with no ill effects.

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    0805-340678

    Description: Reminders for First Aid Certificate end dates
    Notes: Reminder for First Aid renewals

    not really that essential as this can be run from a report and set within the remonders section of the homepage.
    0809-387189

    Description:
    Global messages available from .net login

    Notes:
    Could a messaging system for staff logging in to SIMS .net be considered? I have schools who wish to send a message to multiple staff, perhaps all teaching staff, and would like the message(s) to be available when staff are logged in to SIMS .net. At the moment the only mechanism would be to set up a bulletin or a 'Message' category event on the diary.[/QUOTE]

    I would agree this functionality would be nice but since it ought to be possible to use external tools to do such a task I don't think that Capita will spend a lot of time on this. Equally there are more essential elemements of Sims that need to be fixed first.

    I would favour a gp controlled netsend which only allow SIMS machines to receive messages. But even this would not sort out staff that have left their machines at the homepage and gone off to do something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    There is a mass password reset tool... It's called drop SQL logins!!
    That'd be a breach of the T's and C's though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    That'd be a breach of the T's and C's though...
    It's part of SIMS!!! (dbattach, DROP SQL logins!)

    Yer, if they've left the computer logged into SIMS I think a shotgun to there head would be more efficent. Specially if it's unlocked!

    The cost of developing it over the cost of developing over things would be rather low.

    I really want to see them fix the Ethnic codes.... last time I checked you can't change your ethnic codes, so why does it remember by previous ethnic code etc?

    Bah, I'm ranting... VOTE FOR THEM lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    It's part of SIMS!!! (dbattach, DROP SQL logins!)
    Ooh, didn't know that. Cheers!

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