From what link2ict and Sims bods said yesterday I think we've got five years guarenteed with Sims.net in its current format after that it will be a new version. Possibly hosted but they couldn't confirm it.
I was in the secondary presentation of progresso and it was very well received with many colleagues around me commenting that they would wish to move to the system as soon as possible - especially when they saw the potential of the analysis tool in comparison with other systems on the market..
Having spoken to the schools currently using running the software it appears they are fully aware that they are currently 'Pioneer' schools and are therefore in effect doing final user testing of the software - hence the glitches / bug fixes mentioned - afterall any new system is going to get some bugs..
My main concern would be choosing to go through the lengthy and costly process of migrating systems in say 12months and then having to do so again in another 3-4years....
I guess the best answer at the moment is to wait and see how things develop over the next few months or so...
yes, the pioneer schools did know they would be doing some fine tuning and that's fine I understand that and it's part of the develoopment process, I'd be interested to see how the schools are finding it in a months time and if the issues mentioned regarding speed and freezing reports panes are still occurring.
I know i keep saying this but it would have been nice if the product we saw in the afternoon was a finished example and not a prototype / demo site with limited functionality. Imagine for example if you went to a car dealer to look at their new model and all they offered to show you was a preproduction model with no engine, you be pretty miffed and would go elsewhere, and sadly I think a lot of people in the afternoon session will go to sims.net or something else because what was shown clearly didn't match the hype/marketing and expectations of the people there.
Serco bods if your listening and I know you are please show us the real potential of Progresso.
I'm keeping an open mind and am not making judgements on either until I've seen live versions working in bgfl school, as I don't think it's fair to base the purchase of a major package like this on a 40min presentation.
The SIMS bumpf-pack addressed this (I know - I'm surprised I read it too!!!):
"....the next generation of SIMS, which will be a web-based, cloud solution.....[will not be] mandatory before April 2018 at the earliest"
PS Short time lurker / First time poster - hi all :cool:
I went to the conference yesterday and was appalled byt the serco presentation. Progresso just didnt look like a finished product, the presentator just fumbled around and really didnt tell you anything and looking at the costs of progresso vs sims then how can a school justify spending £10k more on a product that just didnt work in the demo.
My headteacher and I were very annoyed and felt that we had wasted our afternoon. As a result we will be moving to sims which is a shame as I had high hopes for progresso.
easy really when it looked so un-professional. After the conference I dont think i could persuade the head to even look at progresso again even if i wanted too. Unfortunately first impressions count and after that the head will always have that experience in her mind.
I was in the primary conference by the way, not sure how the secondary one went