Minneapolis, MN – April 4, 2005 – Sagebrush Corporation, a leading provider of technologies and information resources for K-12 districts and schools as well as a strong proponent of the SIF initiative since its inception, is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Edustructures. Effective immediately, Edustructures will resell, provide implementation and offer customer support for Sagebrush's SIF compliant applications for their Sagebrush Athena and Sagebrush Spectrum library automation systems.
Sagebrush's SIF CERTIFIED applications, the first to receive SIF-compliant certification, allow schools using the SIF standard to share student information from non-library applications with their Athena or Spectrum library automation system. The applications act as communication bridges between Spectrum or Athena and the SIF Zone Integration Server (ZIS). Any additions and changes to student information made in other SIF compliant applications can be used to automatically update the library's patron records, eliminating the need to update patron data in multiple systems and saving library staff time.
"As the first independent SIF application integrator, Edustructures is the expert in the SIF infrastructure," said Jim Zicarelli, Sagebrush CEO. "They have the most experienced and skilled personnel to facilitate the entire implementation of SIF infrastructure. We feel confident that partnering with the most prepared and qualified SIF integration professionals is the best approach for our customers because they will get the expert support they need throughout the whole implementation process."
"Sagebrush Corporation provides K-12 educators, librarians, and administrators with access to key information—information that is essential to assuring student achievement and making certain no child is left behind," says Dr. Gary Johnson, Vice President of Sales for Edustructures. "We are very proud to have a market leader like Sagebrush choose Edustructures as its SIF technology partner."
About Sagebrush Corporation
Sagebrush Corporation is a fast-growing leader serving K-12 schools in their efforts to improve performance by providing students access to relevant information, stimulate interest in reading and manage information across the education process. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sagebrush features the award-winning Sagebrush Accent, Sagebrush Athena, and Sagebrush Spectrum library automation systems, the smart research tool Sagebrush Pinpoint and Sagebrush Analytics for informed, data-driven decision-making. Sagebrush Education Resources provides an ever-increasing title selection, instant online collection analysis, and time-saving tools through the online bookstore, www.sagebrushbooks.com. Sagebrush also features top-rated customer support, a wide range of training options and complete data enhancement services. Visit www.sagebrushcorp.com or call 1-800-533-5430.
The education industry's first independent SIF application integrator, Edustructures develops comprehensive application integration solutions build upon the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) standard for K-12 school districts and state Departments of Education. Edustructures is the first company dedicated to delivering a truly independent enterprise application integration platform built on the SIF standard. Through its SIFWorks® technology platform, comprehensive professional services, and business relationships with technology providers and educators, Edustructures connects the systems that power education. Visit www.edustructures.com.
About the Schools Interoperability Framework
The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) is a K-12 technology initiative comprised of over 100 companies (including Sagebrush and Edustructures), school districts and regional organizations that are jointly building the set of rules and definitions needed to enable K-12 software applications to share student data quickly, dynamically and securely.