The UK Government and MIS Systems
I don't suppose this is a new idea. But seems how every school in the UK pretty much needs an MIS system, and that they are an expensive piece of software (licensing, support and training). It appears to me to that the UK government should develop an Open Source and Free MIS system for use in schools. Obviously third parties can provide support for this system and turn a profit.
I am of course vary aware of the fact that this would not be a very cheep option for the government. But I think the cost would be offset in the long-run, by not having to budget for software licences from large companies such as Capita. By releasing open source it encourages third-parties companies and end-users in school to contribute, significantly lowering the cost of development later on in the systems life.
The reason I post this is because I would like to see what other thought of this idea. Have I missed something plainly obvious, or is it indeed a good idea.