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    FMS cost

    Does anyone have a cost for FMS over and above SIMS?

    We currently have the Sims installed but not FMS. We have a new finance manager who would like to know an approximate price for FMS.

    Currently Sage costs us around £850 a year I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittech View Post
    Does anyone have a cost for FMS over and above SIMS?

    We currently have the Sims installed but not FMS. We have a new finance manager who would like to know an approximate price for FMS.

    Currently Sage costs us around £850 a year I think
    Give Capita a ring. As someone who supports Sage and FMS, I'd make sure that the benefits of FMS (integration with SIMS) outweigh losing Sage support.

    (Our lot love Sage and hate FMS).

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    We pay about £1700 for FMS, but we don't have Sims - so they might've bumped the price up.

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    the cost will depend on the number of pupils on roll and whether you are a LA supported school or take your support direct from Capita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittech View Post
    Currently Sage costs us around £850 a year I think
    Don't forget to take training in to account - I think our move from QuickBooks to FMS was priced at around £6,000 including training for 5 or so admin staff. That strikes me as pretty reasonable for an enterprise-type application, and Capita consultants were on hand to answer queries. In the end we decided it would be easier all round if we simply kept using QuickBooks (which, with 5 staff doing accounts, is really all we need), which we now run from a TS server. The cost of the software might be quite small compared to the cost of re-training staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Don't forget to take training in to account - I think our move from QuickBooks to FMS was priced at around £6,000 including training for 5 or so admin staff. That strikes me as pretty reasonable for an enterprise-type application, and Capita consultants were on hand to answer queries. In the end we decided it would be easier all round if we simply kept using QuickBooks (which, with 5 staff doing accounts, is really all we need), which we now run from a TS server. The cost of the software might be quite small compared to the cost of re-training staff.

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    And add to that the fact that FMS is completely hideous - wish I could get our lot to move onto a "proper" accounting system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    And add to that the fact that FMS is completely hideous - wish I could get our lot to move onto a "proper" accounting system.

    I'm sure they would if any "proper" accounting system would link into SIMS. I guess we're stuck waiting for FMS7 with all it's shinny goodness.

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    FMS6 might be hideous but it works!
    ...and it links to SIMS
    ...and the new link to Web Ordering looks like it will be a big help when the initial teething problems are sorted.
    Roll on FMS7! (.... and EO7 .... and Sysman7! Anybody think of any others?)

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    Options.... they wimped out of that.

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    When is FMS 7 due - is that a net version with SQL server ?

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    7 is basically .NET in SIMS terms.
    FMS already uses SQL (2005/2008).

    I wouldn't hold your breath. Assessment seems to be Capita(ES) main goal for 2010/11. Having said that, they want SIMS .net to be Windows 7 ready (or whatever the MS fancy word is now), which means they (should) need to make everything .NET.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    I'm sure they would if any "proper" accounting system would link into SIMS. I guess we're stuck waiting for FMS7 with all it's shinny goodness.
    As I said - we don't have SIMS - just FMS

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    What is your MIS?

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    Having worked with both FMS and Sage, the benefits of Sage far outweigh the SIMS integration of FMS.

    It would be much more sensible if Capita just made a SIMS connector into Sage and resold Sage tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sivadam View Post
    . and Sysman7!
    While we're chasing mythical beasts, can I have a unicorn*?



    *may accept pony with cornetto attached

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