Virtual Education Space Chooses FUJITSU Software Corporation’s I-Flow to Streamline Curriculum Development for Massachusetts Public Schools
San Jose, CA –September 25, 2001 – Fujitsu Software Corporation (FS) today announced that Watertown, Massachusetts-based Virtual Education Space ™(VES), has selected FS’ i-Flow workflow engine to help streamline development of standards-based curricula, assessment and instruction for Massachusetts public schools.
VES has created an open e-Learning Pre-K-12 platform for educators, students and parents in Massachusetts, and has selected i-Flow to help educators manage workflows for the creation, editing, approvals and delivery of standards-based curriculum, assessment, and instruction within schools and school districts. VES expects its Curriculum Library Alignment and Sharing Projectä (CLASP) online tools using i-Flow to save districts thousands of hours in the management of standards-based teaching and learning when completed in Spring 2002.
“The integration of the i-Flow Web-based workflow engine into the VES portal environment will help districts transform many complex, paper-based collaborative processes into much more streamlined online ones by leveraging VES communications and collaboration, and by bringing enterprise-class workflow tools and functionality to Pre-K-12 teaching and learning,” said T.S. Vreeland, Chief Technology Officer for VES. “VES brings to schools and districts the tools that enable educators to share and collaborate. Whenever that happens, teachers are more productive, curriculum is more focused, and the quality of student achievement rises. The diverse processes now employed by districts to manage and align curriculum, will benefit tremendously from the Web-based workflow engine provided by i-Flow.”
Fujitsu Software Corp.’s i-Flow was selected by VES for its excellent Java-based design, it’s open standards based architecture and the professionalism of the Fujitsu Software Corporation team.
“The professionalism of the Fujitsu team offered us the kind of partnership we were looking for,” said Vreeland. “And because Java XML technologies were at the core of our applications, we also really felt the whole Java-based design of the workflow architecture was the right choice.”
i-Flow is the first Java-based and only 100% browser-based business process automation engine, making it a natural choice for new Web-based systems. i-Flow’s easy integration capability underscores FS’ position as a best-in-class provider of flexible, reliable workflow solutions. i-Flow facilitates, tracks and automates business processes to help customers operate efficiently and seamlessly, enabling i-Flow customers to get up and running faster.
In addition to i-Flow’s smart design, VES cited several other key i-Flow features that distinguished it as VES’ workflow product-of-choice. They include:
- Robust integration capability, ensuring quick production time
- Expert technical support and a user-friendly graphical interface,
VES is a public initiative of Massachusetts school districts and the Massachusetts Department of Education. It is an open architecture, standards based eLearning platform, and a powerful set of collaborative tools for educators, students, and parents, designed to raise student achievement and transform teaching and learning one classroom at a time.
The VES online platform is available free to all 80,000 Massachusetts educators. OpenVESä is a way of assuring that the VES eLearning platform is available free to other states using an open education licensing model, and that the technical standards necessary to share educational services, content, curriculum, assessment and instructional objects are widely available.
“Fujitsu Software Corporation’s partnership with VES demonstrates our commitment to helping the educational community advance its goals by providing more effective collaborative tools,” said Shizuo Inagaki, President of Fujitsu Software Corporation. “i-Flow will enable VES to handle the rapid information processing, editing, verifying and approving that is essential to helping Massachusetts continue to implement high standards for all students in its public schools.”
About Fujitsu Software Corporation
Established in 1991, Fujitsu Software Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited. Fujitsu Software Corporation offers i-FlowTM, a 100% Java workflow engine for automating business processes; INTERSTAGETM, a suite of enterprise application server products that supports applications written in Java, ActiveX, C/C++ and COBOL; QoEtientTM, a Web site monitoring and reporting service; and SystemWalkerTM, a comprehensive family of products for network and systems management. For more information, visit http://www.fs.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu is a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Its pace-setting technologies, best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and worldwide corps of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.48 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001. Internet: http://www.fujitsu.com/
About Virtual Education Space
VES Educational Collaborative is a non profit educational collaborative established in April, 2001 under the provisions of Chapter 40 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the purpose of improving teaching and learning in Massachusetts, through the development, evaluation, and research of the Virtual Education Space(VES) Project in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Education.
VES has been designed by public educators, state education officials, and technical experts to provide teachers, student, and parents with a web portal containing an integrated suite of tools that will improve their ability to teach students in a standards-based, high-stakes environment.
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