Sorry for the cross-post - I put this in Administrators too, but I wanted an SMT perspective. I'm a borough consultant, and part of what I do is helping people use their NOVA and Assessment Manager modules to better effect. My experience is that people who b1tch about SIMS tend not to have realised what it can do and aren't using it properly - usually, when I train them, they come around (although I will admit that if you have a slow computer, using SIMS is a real snooze). However, I'd be interested to know if anyone has experience of using CMIS or any of the other SIMS competitors. I'm particularly interested in how they handle electronic parental reporting, since many of my client schools find the fees for SIMS Learning Gateway a bit on the steep side. My response to them is generally "yeah, but it works well, doesn't it?". A well-administered SIMS db is a great thing, and many of the problems people have with their SIMS are just as a result of poor data discipline and bad training. Anyway, I'd just like to have a better sense of what's out there, as I feel a bit underinformed on the competition. Thanks!