Hello - slightly late to the party - am a entrepreneur thinking of creating a product to address some of your concerns - do you still hold them or have you managed to work the system somehow?
Capita address any faults & evaluate omissions with SIMS on a regular basis! It is obviously impossible to keep up with current demands anyway - especially when DfE move the goalposts all the time and expect the software houses to respond virtually immediately!
One wonders at your motives and which company you represent - you have been very quick to ensure that nothing shows on your profile!
I think entrepreneur means you represent yourself. But I could be wrong.
One can never say that about SIMS. It takes a great deal of time and effort on my part to keep up with all the innovations.
And it is all the new functionality that keeps me still interested in working, after over 4 decades serice in schools, rather than subsiding into retirement. I am always eager to see what is around the corner.
Ever seen any demos of SIMS Discover, Alternative Curriculum, Extra Curricular (as per CHQ - the new Capita SIMS Partner)? The first two projects aren't even on general release yet (Spring 2011) and the third is a brand new concept that very few schools yet have access to!
As a side thought: it is possible to publicly thank User Posts. I reckon that there should also be a way of doing the opposite, 'Unthanking', or some such appropriate term! Yes - I know! I would get most of 'em. It would be well worth it though.
And before anybody gets back at me, this comment is not aimed at RichH for his previous posts!
I feel the same as many here, that the level of MIS systems in education in the UK is extremely low. I have found some good US ones that can be modified to the Uk though.
However I have defined specs for my own database system and if others are of a like mind, we could build our own.
If anybody is interested please email me or reply here.