I saw the NCC solution today and I'm not very happy about it.
It is just sharepoint, nothing else, even the creation tools were the free ones supplied by microsoft. I can only see that we are expected to pay for external hosting. But with only 2Gb provided we will inevitable need more storage space and no one is telling us how much that will cost. So from next march we'll have a minimum of £6000 plus storage fees on top, which could be anything.
Collaboration is hardly worth mentioning, each school has their own site with their own resources, it would only benefit students who have to move between schools, but they still have to log on to the portal. Hosting sharepoint internally they can go straight on.
Speed was also an issue which we witnessed during the demo and from comments from other schools, if it's slow now, what will it be like when the whole county is on?
NCC should have produced their own, cheaper more manageable and faster.
Or even better I think the schools should get together and create their own, several schools banding together, sharing resources would be far better financially and benefit the students and teachers too, then schools wouldn't be creating the same resources which are available in another school already.
Some people in schools tend to forget that sometimes the most expensive option is not the best and just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean its right. It is worth considering all the options however I cannot recommend NCC's solution to my school.