If you have a machine that runs Windows 7 with aero etc ok, then Discover will be find, that 5 year old XP machine however is another story.
hey guys slow down. some great thoughts as usual, but that's been covered elsewhere.
i want some questions to ask, not for us to start up a big debate again.
so how do we put it all succinctly?
There is increasing demand for portability and OS independence, with that in mind what plans are there for creating a web version, and what sort of timeframe can be expected?
Please advise to amend if required.
Schools face a certain amount of lock-in, due to the difficulty involved in changing MIS, how do you appease these resistant users..?
Not sure about that one, or exactly what i'm getting at yet.
Portability and OS independence is a difficult one, if things continue, ie next few year they're making more job cuts and general budget cuts, hardware won't get replaced and the idea of install Google OS onto desktop will seem like the answer. Most of the web MIS systems I've seen are either, problematic and feature limited or look like they're built back in 1995 and lack features that would be a must nowadays.
General grilling questions are normally:
- LA schools converting to Academy - would they need to re-license.
- Migration from other MIS package to their package - what's the sort of % what can be migrated (remaining will need to be re-entered) - 100% isn't realistic answer
- SIF Support
- How often do they update
- Roadmap for the next 1/3/5+ years
- Testing of new releases
- Licensing model
- Hosted \ self-hosted
- Support times and SLAs
- Interface for LA (eg SIMS > ONE)
- Web portal (parents \ students \ staff)
vikpaw (10th January 2012)
cheers matt. for the bottom 5/6, do you just mean to ask, Do you have..? or What is your ..? ? I think those will be a given unless it's a new company, i'm hoping to see some. The top ones are spot on the sort of thing i was looking for.
Every company will have a 1/3/5 year plan. Timescale might be different. Might be better to ask long term where are you heading and what do you have coming up in the next release and in next few releases (other then bugfixes).
Yer, how do you test releases. Basically politely asking if your going to be a guinee pig and if you are, how you will you be feed. Just remember to have you sales filter on. So if they say something will happen in Summer, ask what Summer and get it in writing. Normally they change the date at this point
@ VikPaw - If you happen to speak to anyone at RM about Integris:
1. When will you start asking for input on the design and features of the MIS from people who use the software?
2. Why after being "Live" for three years is the product still unfinished?
Schoolbase is very simplistic compared to sims though. That said, more staff find schoolbase easier to use.
If I got the chance to meet a few of the big players in MIS' i would definitely want to know what their thoughts are on the following...
Who would win in a fight between a badger and a fox??
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