In conversation with Phil Neal – June 2015

June 2015: SIMS Annual Conference
June 2015: SIMS Annual Conference

As I mentioned in an earlier article, Phil Neal (Capita SIMS Managing Director) very kindly agreed to meet with me to discuss his views on Education, and his products in general. My continued thanks to Olga and Cath at CLPR (www.catherinelane.com) for arranging the meetings.

So Рon to the actual discussions! We started off looking at the development of the Azure Hosted platform. You can read more about this solution launch here. This has led to a shift in support from Capita SIMS explained Phil Рas this meant they were now supporting 24/7 working. This is a pattern that has grown of late Рstarting with the Agora payment system launched at BETT in 2013 Рand one which will only continue as new products and services are launched.

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SIMS Annual Conference Keynote 2015

CIRWExeWcAACGubThe Capita SIMS annual conference opened with a change this year – gone was the “external host”; and instead we had a welcome return for Graham Cooper – Head of Product Strategy. Grahams opening had one key message – “where SIMS is used well in schools, it has the power to make a difference to children’s’ future”. Fitting, in a time where there is so much focus on the complete journey of a child.

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