On Thursday 19 September 2002 01:38, k.williamson
IMHO, SIMS is not so much a bad system, FMS is
horribly useful, and we
totally rely on it.
I just wish they didnt tie themslevels down to Microsoft Products.
"superSTAR" (as claimed below) is Microsoft .NET, FMS is some wierd SQL
implementation, Most of our SIMS is wierd old DBASE files, and frankly its
an utter mess.
Yes, I'd like to see Capita driven to allow other programs to patch on to
its databasing, etc. I'd also like to see Capita Compitable Alternatives.
Especially when there really isn't an excuse not to have it. For a company
the size of Capita, why does it take 10s of years to develop a fairly
straightforward SQL data base that is technically well-documented?
Unless it's a sign of big companies being inefficent when it comes
to producing software.
Because its only in the customers interest not theirs
to do it and without
proper competition there is little incentive. The DfES could do 2 things to
change the situation.
The DfES getting involved would certainly address the issue we have
of LEA acceptance.
1. Only approve school admin software that uses a
standard SQL data base that
is fully documented and open with a time scale of say 18 months to
2. Put a small amount of money, say £1m into say 2 independent open source
projects to provide a starting point for competition.
Given the revenues from schools for SIMS over the years, £1m is a small
amount of money and since te Gov is keen on Public Private Partnerships this
would fit the model, government finance but with competing private sector
All too often government, at all levels, likes to make exceptions
for software. At least in my experience.
interests. Capita would be free to bid for some of the
1 million subject to
the same constrains as everyone else, ie the final product is open source. It
would be perfectly feasible to be profitable on selling services and support
without the need for licensing. If they don't want to do it, plenty of others
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