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benefits of membership for end users

“SIF should not be viewed purely as a technical solution. Successful data integration is now business-critical in Warwickshire and is becoming more so on a daily basis. We would not be able to offer the services that we do to our schools or the local authority without our SIF infrastructure being in place.”

John Parmiter - Service Manager, ICT Development, Warwickshire County Council - United Kingdom

“Interoperability standards enable our schools to capitalize on existing software investments while improving data quality and redirecting scarce resources toward instruction.”

Bethann Canada, Director - Information Management, Virginia Department of Education, United States

 
Schools, Academies, Districts and Local Authorities benefit from the SIF Association every time they choose a SIF Certified application or require SIF certification in their RFPs or ITTs. Becoming a member of the SIF Association offers end users many additional rewards, including:

 

COMMUNITY

​End-User

(non-voting)

​End-User

(voting)

Access to the A4L Community Site – THE collaboration area developed to provide a working environment to address some of the most pressing issues facing educational data access and utilization ​restricted ​X
The opportunity to share effective best practices with a wide variety of education decision-makers -- as well as software developers and vendors/suppliers ​X ​X
The opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded individuals to resolve marketplace issues and policy’s ​X ​X
Network with vendors and local, state and national education decision-makers ​X X​
The opportunity to nominate and vote in our annual local elections ​- ​X
The opportunity to vote in any Functional Group, Project Team, Task Force or Committee. ​- ​X
The platform to propose ‘real-life’ Business Use Cases to mold specification development to ensure it meets your marketplace demands. ​X X​
Discounted ‘Member’ rates at all A4L Community meetings ​X X​
Use of A4L Community Member logo ​X X​
Use of A4L materials – i.e. presentations, tutorials for external use – with the appropriate attribution to the Association ​X X​
Listed in A4L Community Member Directory, with organization description ​X X​

 

 

​LEADERSHIP

​End-User

(non-voting)

​End-User

(voting)

The opportunity to participate in the growing A4L Community – join Functional Groups, Project Teams, Task Forces or Committees in your chosen interest area. ​X ​X
The opportunity to participate in one of our Management Boards, and help to define strategies and future direction ​- ​X
The opportunity to participate in one of our Technical Boards, and help to define the future direction of the SIF Specification ​- ​X

 

​RESOURCES

​End-User

(non-voting)

​End-User

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Access to additional website ‘Member Resources’ including:
  • online training videos on SIF and SIF 3.0,
  • technical ‘discussion boards’,
  • RFP/ITT language and documentation to help in your procurements
  • all the latest RFP/ITTs requiring SIF technologies
​X ​X
Webinars to help you better understand major specification developments, and any changes in the education landscape ​X ​X
Direct access to and support from Staff, Community members and your peers ​X ​X

 

​COMMUNICATIONS End-User
(non-voting)​
​End-User
(voting)
Bi-weekly Updates & Reminders, so you never miss a thing! ​X ​X
Quarterly Newsletter, keeping you up-to-date on all SIF activities ​X ​X

 

TECHNICAL ​End-User
(non-voting)​
​End-User
(voting)
Participate in SIF Pilots and Proofs of Concept ​X ​X
The opportunity to influence the development of the SIF specification to ensure that it meets yours, or your customers, marketplace needs ​X X​
The opportunity to vote on specification releases ​- ​X
Participate in our ‘connect-a-thon’s’ - helping you develop solutions and providing direct access to technical support ​X ​X
Free access to the SIF Certification Test Harness prior to certification ​X ​X
Opportunity to participate in the SIF Certification Program ​- ​X *
 

* open to Regional Entity level voting end-users only.

 

 

To review Membership Benefits across the Community, please review our Membership Matrix.