Capita announced earlier this year that the popular education administration tool SIMS™ will no longer be supported in Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. The changes will take place from Spring 2013 and will affect any schools using Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP. Capita have contacted all of the schools who use their product to let them know of the changes, and we want to help clarify what the changes actually mean for schools.
Put simply these changes mean that any updates that are released for SIMS™ will no longer work with machines running Windows XP or servers running Windows Server 2003. Should any issues arise, Capita will no longer be able to fix the issue. This means that functions such as finance management, teaching timetables, pupil information, class registers and Ofsted requirements will no longer be available.
So what are the options?
The answer is fairly straightforward; the only option is to upgrade your Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 computers to at least Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This is sadly not a simple process and requires specialist support.
At Resolve IT we specialise in network upgrades such as this (having installed small, medium and large networks for a variety of businesses, charities and educational organisations) and can help make the whole upgrade process as pain-free as possible. We've even made a quick, free system checker to assess whether your systems will need upgrading.
If you would like us to help upgrade your systems to keep them SIMS™ compatible, or if you would like some more information on the changes, give us a call on 0114 2994050 and speak to Pete or Andrew who will be more than happy to help.