West Sussex County Council (WSCC) have achieved something extraordinary. They have led a procurement exercise for a modern MIS and finance software system for their 200+ maintained schools. This is not an optional framework like the one I procured in Hackney, which I will discuss in this paper. This project has the agreement of all these 200+ schools who will, at some point in 2022, be using a new modern cloud-based MIS and finance system purchased by their local authority.
This paper examines local authority aspects of switching to Cloud management information systems (MIS). My last paper identified distinct and quantifiable benefits from Cloud MIS for multi - academy trusts (MATs,). Local authority (LA) contexts are different, however. Can these benefits and cost savings be translated to LA - maintained school contexts? And what steps are needed to lead and manage this change locally?
This paper highlights why Cloud matters in the management of information and data across schools, and why leading Multi - Academy Trusts (MATs) are shaking off outdated and expensive legacy systems in favour of modern, cost - effective Cloud - based infrastructure and management information system (MIS) software. Harris Federation switched to a new MIS solution last year, achieving crucial operational benefits as a result and making annual savings of 70% on the cost of MIS ownership in the process.
Executive summary In a recent procurement exercise, using the Gov.uk Digital Marketplace, a Local Authority with responsibility for 200 schools educating 66,446 pupils, chose to move all their schools to the Bromcom SaaS MIS. By doing this they were able to reduce their annual costs by £2million. Over five years this returns £10million into school...