As Head of Product Strategy, my role here at SIMS is all about looking outwards onto the horizon, thinking about the future of SIMS and what schools need it to be able to do. Through my blog posts, I’ll be revealing more about how we turn these needs into software that many of you use every day.
I’ve worked at SIMS for many years, but before working here I was a teacher, and then a deputy headteacher for four years at Levenshulme High School in Manchester. This is where I learned to use SIMS and began to see its potential for driving school improvement.
Here's a photo of me taken a few years back (or more!) when I was first starting out in teaching.
At Levenshulme, I was lucky to be supported by a very good local authority support team (hello Manchester LA!) and, although they helped me get the best out of our SIMS system at school, the SIMS company always seemed distant. I used to wonder where SIMS came from, how it was made and why things were the way they were. Did SIMS ever listen to schools when building their software? How did they go about testing it?
So I will introduce you to some of the colleagues I work with to help explain some of the successes, challenges and issues we have when we build the SIMS software so that hopefully, unlike me when I was working in school, you can put a human face to the SIMS name.
I’ll take you on a tour of SIMS explaining how we decide what we put in it, how we build it, how we test it, how we support it, sell it, show it off, and so on. You never know, I might even reveal a few sneak previews along the way!
Keep an eye out for this icon for my 'Behind the scenes' blogs. I want them to be as interactive as possible. So, if you have any questions for me about SIMS, the products, the company or you want to know why we do some things well and others less well, let me know below and I'll respond on this blog. You can also contact me on Twitter.
Before I sign off for today, here's one more early days pic of me. Is that a curtains-style haircut I spy?
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If you are, you could also pop along and see me at the SIMS stand at location B250. In the meantime, take a look at our dedicated web pages for live updates from the show.