So it seems SIMS Discover has already been delayed according to a post on SupportNet, the good news is that it's for adding additional functionality. Let's just hope the Spring release isn't delayed as well!
I'd be interested to hear from any field triallers on how quick it is in practise and what spec machines it was tested on. I have a fear it may be too power hungry.
SIMS Discover Update
SIMS Discover was shown at BETT 2011 last week on the SIMS stand and was warmly received by all who saw it. Users were amazed at how easy it was to use, that it was SIMS software and that they would be getting it on upgrade in spring. We were able to show how the Assessment Graphs can now be set up by the school to allow them to show their own, locally defined, Assessment data.
The Discover Field Trial is coming to an end and has been a success, with schools liking and using the software to interrogate their student data. Most schools on the trial have shown it to their neighbouring schools and have had a positive reaction to it. The schools have given us a lot of feedback and most of it has been enhancement requests for future versions. I would like to take this opportunity to thank these schools for their efforts on the field trial.
We have decided to add some additional functionality (‘Graph to Graph’ filtering) to Phase 1 of Discover. To allow this, we have had to detach the release of the Discover.exe from the main SIMS.net Spring release. We are now planning for Discover to be available 3-4 weeks after the Spring release goes out.
Posted: 20th January 2011 by Chris Sherwood
The spring release is on track with the exception of Discover.
Discover does require a higher spec than the rest of SIMS but believe me it's worth it and you don't need Discover on every laptop. We have improved performance from the field trial and there is probably more that we can do after the first release. If you saw Discover at BETT be prepared to be blown over by the filtering - I know I would say it but it is staggeringly good and you've never seen me make such a claim before!
Filtering is what I and many of the others spoke up for at the first workshop. I am delighted that this functionality has been added so soon and it should prove to be well worth the extra month's wait.
I hope that we can get at least a sight of it at the next workshop in Feb!
I really can't wait to demo this to SMT, will make the SIMS discussions more interesting
What is it?
Are capita giving any info on a min spec to run Discover?
@PhilNeal: I suspect I know the answer, but is there going to be an additional charge for Discover?
There is a current minimum spec but we are all hoping that this comes down at some stage. Performance issues are dependent on a number of factors but some surprisng results have been observed. Until the results of the Field Trial are analysed it would be inappropriate to try and give out a minimum spec here! The performance issues and machine spec will also be re-addressed in a future version (after Spring)
I had installation problems so did not have time to test on more than one machine. The installation problem was helpful in the sense that the developers have to address the issues for the Spring Release
Discover is part of the entitlement in the SIMS Assessment suite. It is currently delivered via the route: Focus, Assessment, Discover.
Last edited by Sivadam; 21st January 2011 at 10:31 AM.
Yeah I remember a post a few weeks back about the minimum spec given out to field schools, it was horrendous!
Hopefully the demand won't be so high once it is out though, surely they can find a way of improving it.
If I can run Doom on my machine then I should be able to view a few graphs!
EDIT: Before anyone says it, no, I don't mean the old Amiga Doom, I'm talking about the much more recent version!
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