Plus ca change…plus c’est la meme chose…
Posted August 23, 2013on:
With the news, just announced, that RM have won the tender for the secure authentication and portal for GLOW for the next twenty-five months, the question now has to be asked, are we any further forward after two years of consultation, lots of money spent, and countless hours of debate and hard work by many people around the country? In the letter today from the Scottish Government announcing the contract award, Liza McLean said this..
“Some of the key long term benefits for Scottish Education of these recent improvements to Glow will be
MS Office 365 tools at no charge, provision of free, creative and relevant learning content, no licence fees, reduced printing and copying costs and free storage
A secure environment with any place, any time, any device access
A user-focused environment, providing the ability to widen learning opportunities and strengthen community partnerships
An open system which is agile and responsive to our changing environment”
It is disappointing that the migration of the current GLOW to the Microsoft 365 platform is reported to have run into trouble, Charlie Love details this in his latest blog post. I don’t think Glow as it stands now, or will for the foreseeable future, comes anywhere close to the aspirations Liza sets out in the extract from her letter, above. There is lots which could (and probably will, in time) be said about the journey which we have made so far together with the procurement process which has lead to this latest contract award, and I’m sure many will now wish to comment.
I have, so far, been cautiously optimistic about the progress towards the GlowPlus solution we outlined in our Excellence Group Final Report in January, and so for the moment I’m going to confine myself to saying this – After all the effort, struggle, dialogue and consultation, when the current contract extension for GLOW ends in December, we will move from an RM-fronted GLOW running on Microsoft Sharepoint to…… an RM-fronted GLOW running on Microsoft Sharepoint.
Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose….
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