If Capita cut the price in half, people would still moan it's too much. SIMS is a LOT bigger then other MIS packages, with alot more legacy stuff and alot more add-ons from 3rd parties.
Anyone fancy re-writting Nova-T in .NET?
Lovely buzz words, still doesn't mean it's easy to keep 20,000 odd projects up-to-date.
Sysman7 is pending SOLUS3 P2 begin finished. Believe it's going to be the same lucky\poor development team.
Also, 20,000? What?
Agile and Scrum are just ways of working. They only help when you need to improve the way you work, Capita's problem is they need more bums on seats, ie more developers. You think a number of them are already working 6 days a week.
In programming terms, SIMS would be a solution, it would be made up of loads of little projects. I'm guessing around the 20,000 mark.
You're throwing up excuses - there are no valid excuses, plain and simple.
I'm sure Phil would be happy to send you the bill for the extra developers.
The reason I bother to humour you with a reply, is because it's not fair you slating Capita. I've got alot of respect for them, they work extremely hard and all people (not everyone) seems to do is moan about how they've made a little mistake, which they quickly fix or how they don't instantly support that shinny new programs\os etc.
They are the biggest for a reason.
It is perfectly fair to slate any company I do business with, which doesn't provide what is needed. I'm not asking for 'instant' support - but 2 years after an OS has been released (as they are planning) is a bit ridiculous.
You appear to be blindly supporting them. Yes, they fix some issues reasonably quickly, but one good deed doesn't fix all the problems.
I will admit, as I have various times, that some aspects of SIMS.net are very good. But I will not sit back and allow those good aspects to tie my hands when it comes to the issues I (and others) face.
Just to give you some numbers. The average fee paid, according to wikipedia, is £2.50 per pupil for licensing. Now, depending on how much of the market they have - some say it is 95%, some say it is 85%. I'll go with the lower to be fair, that is £17m income a year. Now, if the company can't employ enough developers, manage new OS releases etc... and still make themselves a profit on that then they are doing something very wrong.
That figure doesn't include support contracts by the way - just license costs. Oh and those figures are from 2005, so won't include the large number of SLG customers they now have also.
Also take into account the origins of SIMS...Quote:
Originally Posted by Wikipedia, with sources on that site
Would question why you have a server for 2 workstations. Central hosting could be another way forward. They're are other options.
Here we go... I don't want to get into Capita "good" business methods - buying other companys etc.Quote:
Originally Posted by localzuk
Sorry? R2 hasn't been out for 2 years - July 22, 2009 (Windows Server 2008 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). Windows Server 2008 has and is supported.Quote:
Originally Posted by localzuk
I know a number of companies going Vista because Windows 7 isn't mature, even though they are going to be stuck with it for many, many years.
I stick by my statement of Capita needs more people or at least open source some of it (yes, lets start that argument!)
PS: Wonder why Capita is keeping quiet ;)