russdev (13th February 2012)
We've been trialing Impero v3 over the past 2 months and have been very happy with it. In fact it's been so good we're looking to replace Ranger for Networks and Ranger Remote with some help from Win2k8 Group Policies and Impero.
Just wondering what you was quoted? I've been quoted £8 per workstation yet it's been brought to my attention that it's £5~$8 on their website and prices reduce the more you purchase.
impero is not worth it. with the right combination of GPO and landesk or smartsync etc you can do the job just as well with less of a cost!!
never used or seen either of the products that you mention ( LAN Desk or smart sync ) - I have seen impero in comparison to ab tutor and other products and maybe this is biased but I thought Impero was brilliant
I would echo mac_shinobi's comments there's alot in Impero 3.
We have V2 of Impero and it is great, easy for teachers and loads of features all in one tool. We paid about £2000 for a site license as many desktops as we like and I think off the top of my head 20 Teacher consols. We were offered an upgrade to V3 for about £1000.
We have been using impero v3 for a while here and found it very good - also works on wireless laptop trolleys ok - don't think you could reproduce all the features with cheaper software. Once you have bought licences then support/software assurance is £1000 annually if you have 700 machines or less which is not bad.
Also logs come in useful for child protection type issues - can flag keywords and take screenshots automatically.
I invited a representative from Impero to our Durham Network Managers meeting today. Demo of the product looked good and he mentioned an average of £5 per machine. We are hopefully looking to but a bid together a if a few Durham schools are interested to bring the cost down. Annual support is generally 30% of the capital purchase.
Indeedy, we'll I've had an interesting dialogue with a sale rep for Impero. She can't budge on the £8 per workstation * 450 machines unless we purchase today and pay in April. We're in no position to be purchasing this sooner as we've got higher priorities but consider buying after April if there's funding. I'm glad the vast majority of you are positive about the software. The teachers are very happy as it gives them more control over password resets etc and we can maintain better control over which teacher see's what classrooms. Centralised Management and AWESOME logging capabilities!
Interesting idea Sylv3r, any schools in Northamptonshire interested in purchasing?
Was that last bit meant for me or Sylv3r? Not too sure if anyone in Northants is interested, but I know some Northants folk have previously asked about similar tools (RM Tutor, AB Tutor Control, iTalc, etc)
In my last school we used Impero v2 it was very good, we then moved to v3 had loads of issues and I was far from impressed!
I understand that the majority of the issues have now been resolved and I personally found the team very helpful, and the original offer we got was good too.
My current school uses LanSchool, and initially I wanted to replace with Impero given the initial good experience I had, but this time the cost was prohibitive. Current school, current climate, cant afford it. So going to stick with LanSchool, and also Securus.
Not my first choice but between them they do what we need them to do.
Impero has some fantastic features, but they are only good if they are used.
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