Thanks for all the great input guys. Don't forget, it's not necessarily one MIS i was considering, but i see where you are with some of those sims questions.
It's not just that this is a public event, i'm not planning on getting up on stage with a microphone, just wandering what info people might like.
Anyone can ask these questions, but with 25,000+ schools, if everyone raised there hand, they'd spend a year writing responses and not developing the products, this gives us a chance to push some questions collectively and share the responses.
My question... what? No chocolates at Christmas! My birthday's in March, what you getting me?
Personally if you're high look at either SCCM (which with the new MS licensing is peanuts) or SOLUS3 (can be a pain, but free)
Terminal services or remote apps??
But saying S3 'can be a pain' is an understatement :p
More money tho isn't it and another set of problems.
Mmm... I don't think web 2.0 is the answer to all the problems. HTML5 should be a good step forward, but not the miracle. Certain things can't be done and I think it's important to remember that.
Personally the biggest problem is, soon as Capita release a web MIS, they're going to be stupid and force only hosted, which lets face it, they're pants at. Let's hope I'm wrong about them forcing it.
Zoho looks rather basic IMHO - nothing I haven't seen before on Google Apps. BT are pushingAspen - they're on stand J6 if your going to BETT -Online gradebook and school administration software | Follett Software
Hey CyberNerd, Silverlight isn't that bad, besides, it could be worse, it could be flash!!
Just need a bit of moonlight - Moonlight - Mono
Seriously, Capita aren't that stupid to lock themselves in to Silverlight... I hope. Or at least have non-silverlight option... I hope.
There is a school near me which mainly uses the SLG web-parts for their classroom teacher to do the majority of the stuff they need to in sims. But I think they have put away a whole web development team together to setup the system over a few years. Is pretty good though.