In many ways our journey with iSAMS reflects the original iSAMS story, particularly how it was born out of schools’ need for a more accessible Management Information System (MIS).
We’d adopted our previous MIS simply because it was seen as the “industry standard” – but for us, as an international bilingual school, it fell far short of the mark. We were growing increasingly frustrated by our old MIS, with our hands tied in so many ways as we were locked into an antiquated way of doing what should and could have been simple tasks.
Besides setting up complex remote access and customised VPNs there was no access to our data off site; even Student Report writing had to be done by ridiculously complex export / import routines. Plus, myself and the Admin staff were becoming just as frustrated by the constant requests for data outputs from teaching staff and managers, as they were having to rely on us for it. I remember thinking “Surely a teacher, manager or administrator should be able to access and output data themselves”!