Columbia, Ill., Oct. 25, 2006–Maine Department of Education (MDOE) purchased SIF products by Computer Power Solutions of Illinois (CPSI), leading provider of data integration tools based on the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) standard, as a result of a contract between MDOE and Enterprises Computing Services, Inc. (ECS). MDOE wanted an easier way to electronically compile reports using ESC’s reporting tools to accomplish their long term goals. The SIF solution will enable MDOE to electronically integrate financial data, creating budget and seamless reporting vertically between the School Administration Units (SAU), districts and state levels. Maine Education Data Management System Financial System (MEDMS/FS) will be the first financial system using SIF solutions, in any state.

SIF communication was extended by CPSI to include new data objects by using specific rules for data validation, allowing transportation of data reports using Excel format. The integration allows the recording of long term historical data and future projections.

The CPSI products being used for this communication are the Universal Agent Suite and the SIF Connect Server. The pilot phase of implementation began in August, using a small test group of districts. This allows for opportunities to test data validation and data warehouse storage. Full production for all 290 districts is expected in December of this year.

About CPSI

CPSI, founded in 1989, is committed solely to K-12 education. Its 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. Learn more http://www.vcasel.com. Media contact: Melissa Mace, melissa@vcasel.com.

About MDOE

Maine is a rural state with 206,000 students (2005-06 school year) enrolled in 700 schools in 290 districts with 150 superintendents. Maine provides all the State’s 32,000 7th and 8th grade students and 4000 teachers with one-to-one access to wireless notebook computers. For information, see http://www.state.me.us/education/.

About ECS

ECS is an Atlanta-based software development and services company. Founded in 1994, ECS provides innovative and cost effective software development solutions and professional staffing services. Their software development vertical expertise lies in education, healthcare, financial and telecommunications industries. Committed to the highest quality standards, their development teams specialize in database design, software development and user support services for data warehousing and other management applications. For information, visit www.ecsinc.net.

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