Becta happy that Ramesys lessons learnt

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Becta happy that Ramesys lessons learnt

Following the revelation that Ramesys was mis-selling Microsoft software licences to schools over a two-year period, Becta has said it is confident the issues have been resolved.

It recently emerged that the Nottingham-based education LAR was profiteering from the practice with schools in the London Grid for Learning and the Schools and Academy Trust.

Becta, the government trade body that oversees the procurement and delivery of ICT in the academic markets, last week told MicroScope it had no concerns about the situation happening again.

"Ramesys has fully informed Becta about this issue. We have been reassured by Ramesys that all schools that have bought the software do have the correct licences for their software," said Becta in a statement.

"Schools have paid the correct price for that software and are not at risk from being incorrectly licensed. Becta expects the very highest performance from its framework suppliers."

Becta said it would to continue monitoring the performance of all its framework suppliers.

Resellers reacted angrily when it emerged Microsoft had refused to withdraw its accreditation of one of the UK's biggest software suppliers to the education sector.

But Clive Longbottom, service director at Quocirca, said Microsoft had taken the "pragmatic approach" as the upheaval of removing Ramesys may have prompted schools to review their software line-up.

"Microsoft is not forcing schools into a review position with new supplier contracts and account managers," he said. "Schools may have looked at other options on the market, like open source."

Microsoft has previously refused to elaborate on its resolutions with Ramesys and its customers, and no spokesman was available last week to comment on the measures it has taken to prevent such things happening again.

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