Making SIF a Reality
Data is the lifeblood of vision in K-12 Education. Not the stale data that IT and school administrators have had to settle
for in the past, but rather data that is up to the minute and accurate ...data that lets educators monitor vital signs instead
of post-mortem statistics ...data that empowers educators to help each child attain her or his best.
Visual Software makes this new world of real time integrated data possible through products that move SIF, the Schools Interoperability
Framework, from an abstract idea to a working reality, and beyond.
The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) specification establishes rules for synchronizing student and staff information
between software applications in school organizations. These applications typically support functional areas such as Registrar,
Transportation, Media, and Nutrition.
Visual Software products turn the specification into robust SIF Zone deployments:
...products that route and guarantee delivery of data (ZIServer, our SIF Zone Integration Server)
...products that manage large deployments, making them more reliable and match records when learners attend
more than one school. teachers teach at more than one school or parents have children at more than one school (Envoy, our Virtual
...and products that unlock the value even in legacy and home-grown applications for which a SIF Agent is
not available off-the-shelf (ZIAgent).
Automated, real time data sharing between existing applications is a new paradigm for educational IT; but, it’s not one you
need to discover by trial and error. Visual Software will work with you, providing assistance where necessary, or can introduce
you to one of the integration partners with whom we work who can provide local, experienced deployment