We are certainly going to the Serco 'Progreso' demonstration on 12th July at Birmingham FC and will be looking with interest at this as the way forwards.
SIMS seems really expensive to move to as the quote a colleague has received doesnt include any of the migration costs or more than the most basic training. I would think that moving more than the basic CTF transfer which is quoted for would not only be very time consuming but could also cost ££££ and probably not result in a complete data set.... nightmare!
As we use really complicated assessment structures I will be interested to see if serco are able to migrate all the data and structures straight into their new system as re-creating them in SIMS for example would be really time consuming (a friend uses assessment manager and I know!!)..
Just as a thought, are Link2ict offering us the opportunity to look at other systems, or are we being sold SIMS due to the Capita ownership... it certainly seems that capita are trying to get schools to sign up now... are they worried about the competition?
We are not yet looking at being an academy but its probably on the horizon - why do we have to re-licence at all when the only difference is a change of legal status - we dont want anything else from the mis supplier - just a new licence and the support we have now! - seems like the big boys see this as a licence to print money