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    SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    Hi All,

    New to the forum and the wacky world of schools IT :-)

    I am currently having a discussion with SLT about who's responsibility it is to carry out the SIMS end of year procedures - techie or admin?

    Your answers greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Andy

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admi

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    End of year (and most upgrades/patching/fixing) is a collaborative effort between me (NM) and the deputy head responsible for SIMS.

    The combination of technical knowledge and insight into the arcane workings of certain SIMS apps is a useful one.

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    Hi Pete,

    Thanks for the reply, I should have added "collaboration" to the options!

    Getting people to communicate and work together is proving a little difficult though!

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    Invariably, like all things SIMS related, it falls to me (purely because I have been using SIMS since its DOS days). Which is odd, because as nothing more than a technician I have nothing at all in my job description relating to SIMS management

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    A mixture ... the data administrator does her bits (she also works with the Timetabler as an assistant so that covers chunks of academic as well as pastoral), the NM does stuff (mainly the upgrades and database checks and makes sure things actually work) and I look on so they have someone further up the chain to blame if it all goes Pete Tong.

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    If it's not in the job description....
    I personally have nothing to do with SIMS, so it's an admin job here.

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admi

    admin job here

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    at my previous place they had a support contract with the LEA with regards to SIMS, so i never really got involved in that side of things... so it was left down to the Admin team to sort out and if any issues arrised then they would just call the LEA

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake
    Invariably, like all things SIMS related, it falls to me (purely because I have been using SIMS since its DOS days). Which is odd, because as nothing more than a technician I have nothing at all in my job description relating to SIMS management
    Ah you were caught holding the clue candle hence it becomes your job.

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    I do all the general updates / technicial problems etc.

    But I also help the data person with regards to end of year procedures. Im more person to turn to if she has any questions rather then sitting their inputting all the data - thats her job!

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    It's an admin task, it doesn't require in-depth technical knowledge. Though as NM, I'm on hand to offer help if required.

    In the "old DOS days" I used to be MIS Manager as well, but now it's so ingrained in schools usage, it "warrants" it's own dedicated person.

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    SIMS involvement scores lots of kudos points with manglement, as they see it as more important than most other stuff, in reality it's just because they actually see the importance of it.

    Admin here with assistance from LEA SIMS support. Neighbouring tech gets involved in lots of it, even does timetabling and NovaT for them.

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    I basically agree with Diello, it's an admin task. IT doesn't add new students to SIMS, we don't record leavers, so why do this SIMS task?

    That said, I went through it with our timetabler this year, assisted by information provided by the relevant person in admin. Next year, I hope to leave it more to the timetabler, but he's new to the game so I helped him this time - I'm nice like that :-)

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admi

    Here all the upgrades and back up falls on me.

    Also help with any finctionality problems and have had inout into setting up permissions and acess levels for staff members.

    Again, not in the job description though!

    Alex

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    Re: SIMS end of year procedures - who does it techie or admin?

    Unless it's a SIMS installation on staff laptop I have nothing to do with it.

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