SOURCE: Computer Software Innovations, Inc.

Computer Software Innovations, Inc.

May 13, 2011 13:10 ET

Computer Software Innovations, Inc. Listed in the "Cool Vendors in Education, 2011" by Gartner, Inc.

EASLEY, SC--(Marketwire - May 13, 2011) - Computer Software Innovations, Inc. (OTCBB: CSWI), CSI Technology Outfitters ("CSI"), today announced that it has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the "Cool Vendors in Education, 2011" online report by Gartner, Inc. Authored by Gartner Researchers Bill Rust IV and Jan Martin-Lowandahl, the report explores key challenges faced by educational institutions and discusses the CSI@K12 Cloud solution for education CIOs who have issues keeping up with regulations such as CIPA in their collaboration environment. The complete report is available to view and download at "Cool Vendors in Education, 2011."

The Gartner "Cool Vendors in Education, 2011" report identifies technology companies in education that are:

  • Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before
  • Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology)
  • Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months

According to the report, "Keeping up with laws such as the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be a challenge when all your students, teachers and parents are communicating online. Vendors that can put the law into programmable code and set up alerts and checkpoints can be a help."

"We are thrilled to be mentioned as a cool vendor by Gartner," said Andy Sakalian, Vice President, Cloud Strategy, CSI. "Gartner is a world leader and Bill Rust's opinion carries significant weight in the global marketplace, so this report certainly represents important affirmation of our work in Cloud technology for schools."

About the Gartner Cool Vendor Selection Process:
Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. or its affiliates. The Gartner listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to identify interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Each year, Gartner identifies a Cool Vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: innovative -- enabling users to do things they couldn't do before; impactful -- have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); and intriguing -- have caught our interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

About Computer Software Innovations, Inc.
CSI provides software and technology solutions to public sector markets. CSI software solutions have established the Company as a major software provider in the southeast education market including through its award winning financial management solutions for the education and local government market sectors. CSI's Version3 products, which include identity and access management and cloud based communication and collaboration solutions, expand CSI's presence throughout the US. The CSI@K12 Education Cloud provides the education community with enterprise class, hosted voice, hosted email and hosted web solutions.

The CSI 21st Century Connected School solution has established the Company as a major technology provider to the southeast education market. CSI 21st Century Connected School is a seamless integration of instruction, collaboration, and network solutions. CSI financial management applications and the 21st Century Connected School solutions have been a significant factor in nearly doubling company revenue in the past four years to over $50 million and increasing education revenue contribution to approximately 90% of total revenue.

The CSI solution portfolio encompasses proprietary financial management software specialized for the public sector, lesson planning and identity and access management software, cloud-based communication and collaboration solutions, SharePoint development, network infrastructure and end device solutions, IP telephony and IP convergence applications, network management solutions and managed services, and interactive classroom technologies. More information about CSI (OTCBB: CSWI) is available at www.csioutfitters.com

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