Columbia, Ill., Oct. 8, 2006–Aziz Elia, the Chief Software Architect of CPSI, Ltd., was elected to a spot on the SIFA (School Interoperability Framework Association) Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Elia joins the other 13 Board members, with ten of them being elected during this year’s SIFA Annual Conference held in Richmond, VA, during September.

Asked why he wanted to be a member of the Board of Directors, Elia replied that “I wanted to make a positive change for the future of SIFA. It is also important for the organization to expand into all 50 states and the USDOE, and I wish to assist with that expansion process.”

Elia was one of the new members elected for a one-year term. He is working on the Legal and Human Resources Sub-Committees, as well as the regular duties assigned to the SIFA Board of Directors, such as planning for upcoming specification releases and international activities. The main goals of the Board is to develop the “highest quality interoperability specifications and certification processes for schools” and to “drive the adoption and implementation of the specification”.

Elia is the second person from CPSI to be on the Board of Directors. Gay Sherman completed a two year term in September, 2005. She is currently co-leader of the Certification Sub-Committee at SIFA.

About CPSI

CPSI was founded in 1989 and is committed solely to K-12 education. CPSI has been a member of SIFA since 1999. CPSI’s hallmark application, Visual CASEL, was developed specifically for schools with extensive input from teachers, technology coordinators and administrators. With the addition of several SIF based products, CPSI has proven itself in the industry as a developer of solutions for K-12 institutions. To learn more, visit http://www.vcasel.com.

About the Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA)

The Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to an industry initiative to develop an open specification for ensuring that K-12 instructional and administrative software applications work together more effectively. The SIF standard is not a product, but rather an industry-supported technical blueprint for K-12 software that will enable diverse applications to interact and share data seamlessly; now and in the future. SIF makes it possible for them to communicate using a common interface and standard data formats. SIF certification is managed through a third-party agency, the Open Group (http://www.opengroup.org/sif/cert/cert_prodlist.tpl). For additional information, visit http://www.sifinfo.org/.

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