There was a thread from April 2011 about the SIMS Technical Roadmap.
I've just read that Capita will end support for XP and Server 2003 in Autumn 2013. Anyone know about this. I was hoping we could eak out our system for a little longer.
sims is SO expensive when you cost in the system requirements.
Half their stuff (intouch, discover) doesn't even work with terminal services.
I really believe that some of the restrictions that capita impose on us is detrimental to teaching and learning. If we didn't need to upgrade so many pc's all the time we could spend that money on equipment for students.
Funny enough I got asked this today, Windows Server 2003 is one release eariler by the way. Office 2003 is going soon too. Out of interest, how often you you refresh admin hardware? Do you buy licenses outright as well?
CyberNerd (23rd February 2012)
Last thing I heard was Capita was working with Cambridgeshire CC to get Discover working in their hosted environment. Will try and find out how it's going.
You'll be suprised. Microsoft has excellent support and it's pretty straight forward moving. How many developers had to do ALOT of work because of PHP safe_mode, or moving from PHP4 to 5. Most likely more work then going from .NET 2 to .NET 4. It's also alot easier to get a Windows developer - ok maybe I should re-word that, it's a lot 'safer' getting a windows developer as Microsoft due standardised testing. So you can get a proper developer rather then a person who's spent 10 years tweaking joomla themes.
(Can of worms open ~runs for cover~)
To be honest, support for Windows XP (SP3) ends in April 2014 (the 8th to be precise), so I guess Capita have a point in ending their SIMS XP support a little early to ensure end users have migrated in plenty of time.
matt40k (23rd February 2012)
I know alot of schools have been forced to upgrade to Windows 7 because that's what students are using at home, is this just a Suffolk thing? Or is admin side of things suppose to be in the darkages? IT in education is a bottomless pit, you just need to keep throwing enough money into it so it doesn't eat too much. IE have a replacement plan and stick to it and don't end up getting more equipment then you can realistically afford to support (or need). If you don't keep on top of it and you don't plan, you end up with a school full of computers that are useless.
Naah.. it's not Capita's place to arrogantly (there is no better word) shrink Microsoft's life-cycle, if anything they should be supporting XP until say summer 2014 to give the terminally stupid/poor a chance to sort themselves out.
PS: How much tax-payers money do they earn from SIMS? [Rhetorical]
We've got SIMS Discover running through terminal services (2003), just the standard install. However, according to the copy of the technical roadmap I have they're dropping support for the SIMS.net client on Server 2003 with the summer 2012 update
CyberNerd (24th February 2012)
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