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Michelle Elia, President of CPSI, Ltd., was selected to present the technical community the SIFA (Schools Interoperability Framework Association) North American Board of Directors for the upcoming year.  Elia joins the other 14 Board members from various school districts, states, organizations and educational companies.

Asked why she wanted to be a member of the Board of Directors, Elia replied that, “I think the Association needs to market themselves better and show how they are still relevant. The best way to do that is to participate and be part of the solution. We support are other education standards that are available but SIF has been consistent over the years.”

The main goal of the Association is to be an advocate for and promote software that supports the movement of data between applications in educational environments with the goal of improving the quality and efficiency of learning, teaching and communication. Schools will be enabled to better utilize data by implementing technology in a manner that leverages the promise and capabilities of interoperability between disparate applications. The SIF Implementation Specification enables diverse applications to interact and share data efficiently, reliably, and securely regardless of the platform hosting those applications. It is not a product, but a technical blueprint for enabling diverse software applications to efficiently, reliably and securely share data related to entities in the educational marketplace, regardless of the platform hosting those applications.

Michelle Elia is the third person from CPSI to be on the Board of Directors.  Gay Sherman, Director of Sales, completed a two year term in September, 2005. Aziz Elia, Chief Technical Architect also served a term in 2008.

About the SIF Association

The SIF Association is a unique, non-profit collaboration composed of over 3,200 schools, districts, local authorities, states, US and International Ministries of Education, software vendors and consultants who collectively define the rules and regulations for educational software data interoperability. The SIF Implementation Specification enables diverse applications to interact and share data efficiently, reliably, and securely regardless of the platform hosting those applications. The SIF Association has united these education technology end users and providers in an unprecedented effort to give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach. For further information, visit http://www.sifassociation.org.

About The Author

Ariana Bauer shares the role of Product Management and Development with Franco Francis. She is also one of the lead software architects with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. She is also a supporter of Share Our Strength and Girls Who Code.

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