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ESS SIMS responds to concerns over data migration

We have posted two articles recently around concerns raised over ESS SIMS’ warning to schools and to other MIS providers around using the SIMS backup files for data migration purposes. In this post we let you hear what ESS SIMS have to say about this subject.

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Does this amount to a declaration of war?

Arbor have today published an open letter to all SIMS customers.

The letter argues that SIMS recently announced position that their customers can no longer use a database backup file to transfer data to a new MIS supplier is wrong, pointing out that using backup files for this purpose has been standard industry practice for at least the past 10 years.

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Pressure on all fronts!

Bromcom had already taken the lead in this battle and had fired the first shots offering a full indemnity to schools and by applying to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to halt what they describe as ‘this anti-competitive behaviour by ESS Ltd.’

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BETT 2024 review

In recent weeks we’ve been posting a fair amount about BETT which took place between 24th and 26th January at ExCel London.

This year over 40,000 visitors from more than 140 countries attended the event. The overall exhibition space seemed smaller than last year and was split over two halls.

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The importance of good business ethics

MIS Market Ethics

Over the past couple of months, we’ve published four articles on the topic of ethics in the MIS market. Now that there’s more churn than ever before, we think that all providers should ensure that no barriers are put in the way. However we’ve had sight of the latest missive from ESS to their SIMS Support Units which makes some worrying points. 

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MIS Referral Fees – Comments from Industry Insiders

On the 29th November we published part 3 of a series of blogs relating to MIS referral fees, or as some people have said ‘Kickbacks’

In a supporting LinkedIn post we asked for comments, and in this final blog on the subject we thought we’d share some of these comments.

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MIS Market Churn – Winter 2023

The census data is in, and the new MIS market share stats are here!

Our thanks, once again, go out to our good friend Joshua Perry who analyses each set of census data and provides insights into the MIS market players, how many schools they have, the ‘winners and losers’ etc. in his blog which we urge you to read.

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MIS referral fees – part 3

We asked MIS providers how much they pay external support teams for providing support to their schools and how much they pay in referral fees when a school purchases their platform after being referred by a partner.

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What’s going on in Scotland?

We’ve been hearing misgivings around the delayed roll out of both the new SEEMiS Schools MIS as well as the SEEMiS Early Years Management System that have long been planned by SEEMiS (Scottish Electronic Education Management Information System).

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MAT Leaders’ Challenges

Our colleagues at Strictly Education carried out a survey of MAT leaders in July 23.

Whilst this survey isn’t specifically related to the world of Management Information Systems it does address issues that affect all schools which is why we thought we’d share some of the key elements.

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The wellbeing of IT staff in Schools/MATs

Are IT, Admin & Data professionals, and the specific nature of technology roles in schools and MATs, given enough weight in the wider discussion about staff wellbeing?

We think they certainly should be.  Which is why we wanted to shine a light on the wellbeing of IT, Admin and data professionals in schools and MATs across the UK.

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Managing your Management Information System (MIS)

Procuring your MIS is just the start – managing and maintaining a School Management Information System (MIS) is a critical task for educational institutions. MIS systems play a pivotal role in managing student data, staff information, and various administrative processes and need to function efficiently at all times.

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Court case between ESS and Capita

ESS SIMS Versus Capita – Part III

On 14th August we posted an article about ESS’s claim that Capita Managed IT Solutions is using SIMS in Northern Ireland schools without licence. On the 17th we posted Capita’s counter defence. Here’s the Court’s initial judgement on the case…

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MIS Market churn – Summer 2023

SIMS continues to lose market share; Arbor and Bromcom continue to gain; The Key, with 3 MIS brands in their portfolio, look set to become the biggest MIS provider in England within the next year, although Bromcom have now captured 14% of the academies.

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MIS Demo #5: HUBmis from WCBS

HUBmis is specifically designed for independent & international schools and includes an interesting overview of admissions, assessment & wellbeing. Here we have a product demo

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Stephen Bilboe, CEO at WCBS

Interview with Stephen Bilboe, CEO at WCBS

Continuing our series of interviews with senior leaders of MIS, we now turn our attention to WCBS  – a long-standing player in the market, with solutions for MIS, income and admissions software for Independent and International schools.

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MIS churn: Spring 2023

So, what is happening to the MIS players? Have schools continued to switch away from SIMS to other providers or has the slide been halted?

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