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    Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    Hi there.

    Just wondering how many of you all out there use the Bromcom system and what you think of it, any problems with it, etc.

    http://www.bromcom.com/

    We have it and one other school in Powys (who we dont hear from in our discussion email group) so I'm just wondering what the actual techies think of it, etc.

    Due to cost were gonna have to go down the Winfolder route as the main use for registering, with the wireless folders we have been using primarily now becoming as a secondary option. Any thoughts about this and other aspects of it?

    Cheers,
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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    I have heard a few stories about Bromcom not being all that it's cracked up to be and in one instance, a school that was using Bromcom actually binned it and bought a new solution because the TCO would be lower!!!

    We have Nedap here - it's pretty cool B)

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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    Hi,

    We use BromCom here. It seems to work well with the WinFolder, and you don't need to install it on every PC. Staff can access it from just an Icon.

    We've also recenty started to use the E-Markbook side of things as well. It's been a learning experience!

    I think the wireless folders are redundant technology these days. It's much clearer and easier to give the teachers laptops or have them use a local PC on the network.

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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    You can install it to a shared folder cant you?

    They are looking into a .msi version so u can deploy it if needed via GP.

    Its pretty good overall tho, tho indeed, some of the modules are a bit of a con and dont do everything you'd expect them to do.

    Think we are going for the markbook instead of the old EGB. Not sure exactly as I like a hands-off approach to it lol and just do certain things regarding it - dont actually *use* the system really.

    Cheers and keep the comments coming ppl
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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    My school have been using BromCom for 4-5 years now.

    The staff at my school hate it and the product costs a bomb in maintenance.

    We are looking to get rid and use SIMS or TALMOS for our registring, they are a lot more user friendly.

    We only use BromCom for registring though as we can do everything else in the new SIMS.net

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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    My wife's school uses BROMCOM. She used to complain a bit about it but not so much now. Just teething problems I guess.

    We are just about to start using PARSql (although we have been just about to start using it for about the past 4 years!) I am assured it is a definite this time from September - looks good on the surface, but as we haven't actually used it yet - we shall see. Anyone else using PARS?

    Andy.

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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    We did use the bromcom system but again found it un-reliable and very costly. we have now started using the Lesson Monitor module in SIMS.net
    and so far so good.

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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    To those that do use Bromcom, have you setup a vpn for Bromcom support/helpdesk, and if so, does the vpn connection you've setup require them to use a VPN client piece of software?

    I highly doubt they are gonna want to use the VPN user client i have to use to access the school network [woot woot - cant believe it works btw ]

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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    We used to use BromCom in our school when I first started back in October of last year, but that was as much to do with the fact that the school didn't have a full network as such, and the staff could fill in the register 'wirelessly'. There were several problems running the system, and the annual cost was/is high. We eventually moved to SIMS, which is not perfect, and seems to have a new patch/upgrade everytime you log on. (By the way, has anyone come across a better system than SIMS?) When it came to renew the contract with Bromcom, the company got in touch with us and we told them not to bother, at which point (and here's the clever bit) they turned round and told us that as the equipment was only on hire from them, then we could buy it off them for just over a grand, or, they would have to come and uninstall it themselves for something nearer two grand. Whoever signed the original contract...
    Funnily enough, the people from BromCom got in touch with us some weeks later to inform us that they couldn't access 'their' server. My collegue (yup, 2 techies to one school here) told them that we quickly needed another server for something else so we'd decided to format theirs as it was the least important. Talk about the left hand not knowing what the right's doing.
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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    We are using Sims/Winfolder - PE are 'meant' to use the wireless tablets - but don’t.

    Winfolder work wells and Bomcom support is very good. The DAT tape in our Bomcom server broke down - well out of warranty and they sent a technician around to fix it for us - saved me getting my hands dirty

    We are waiting until Sept the 1st to see if everything rolls over correctly... figures crossed - we have followed Bromcom's and Capita's guides very carefully!

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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    good luck

    cheers
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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    Optimus - are you using the software version of winfolder ? (I assume not)

    We are planning on doing so and have the existing wifi/folders one as a backup/only used for those teachers who have no pc in theit reg rooms, as the maintainance cost of using the software version is - as you'd expect - alot less

    Its a "either/or" situation regarding maintainance - tho i believe there might be a half-half maintaince regarding hardware/software maintainance costs.

    Its an attempt to give IT more money - but i bet you it wont work lol

    Regards
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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    @beeswax: We use Nedap (http://www.nedap-education.co.uk/) which works rather well. Like all systems there are some niggly problems but I rarely have to do anything other than re-print cards for the numpties that lose them!

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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    thanks for that. I'll take that info with me to my next school

    cheers
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    Re: Anyone use the Bromcom system?

    @beeswax: You're welcome to come for a demo - I also have some leaflets and spherical dice to give away!

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