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Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] Free school administration software - project has started
- From: Chris Duncan <chris.duncan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 15:53:55 +0000 (UTC)
- Message-id: <1051890639.3eb293cf1d7bf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Quoting "adrian.wells" <adrian.wells@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> Unfortunately many of these decisions are made ultimately by bursars who
> like to be able to point the finger at listed companies rather than a
> of like minded geeks (no insults intended). It's about accountability
> intended). When it goes down the tubes for whatever reason, "..but we
> them £1000's for the software" has much more clout than "... yes, but it
> free!" or "...every other school in the country uses it" as opposed to
> our computer whiz said that we ought to try it out"
Hopefully there would be a rigorous evaluation of ANY software that is being
considered for adoption by an organisation. The fitness of the software for the
purpose intended, support options and cost would all be evaluated according to
their relative importance to the organisation. If a product is chosen that
isn't up to the job, I would be inclined to take issue with the process. If a
product is chosen on the say-so of a 'computer whiz' alone, then the parties
responsible for the decision ought to be looking for alternative employment.
I'm not sure why you suggest that because you pay £1000s for software, you
would have more clout with the software vendor. Real world experience says that
a company in a near monopoly position is not going to be too bothered by
complaints if enough units continue to be sold.
> It's not the users that you have to convince; you can teach monkeys to do
If your users find a computer system too difficult to use, they will simply
find ways not to use it. I would contend that you DO need to convince the users
in order to ensure that you gain measurable benefits from the computer system
instead of paying for a system that hampers staff.
> it's those taking the flack if it goes wrong, bursars and governors. Not the
> most dynamic of audiences!
> Having said that, we do appear to be getting more IT literate/happy
> governors on boards as time goes by.
The school budget is one of the major issues in many schools at present. If
governors/bursars can be shown a positive improvement of the bottom line over a
reasonable period of time as a direct result of introducing free software, I
think they may be interested.
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