IJIS Institute Appoints Microsoft Architect as New Technical Advisory Committee Chair
Ashburn, VA, August 29, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The IJIS Institute—a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security—is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Byford of Microsoft as Chair of the IJIS Institute’s Technical Advisory Committee (I-TAC).
Joel Byford is a justice and public safety architect at Microsoft and a technology strategy consultant who has been working in the field of public safety and justice for over 12 years. His roots are in accounting and management information systems. For five years, during the “dot-com boom,” Mr. Byford worked in the software industry where he actively participated on a product team utilizing eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and web service technologies to facilitate information sharing. After returning to the public sector, he leveraged what he learned in the industry to begin leading public safety agencies in planning and implementing web services to break down information sharing barriers between agencies.
In his capacity as Chair of the I-TAC, Mr. Byford will ensure the committee focuses on its priorities outlined in its founding charter. The I-TAC develops policies, programs, and training or educational materials in support of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) information sharing initiative that can be adopted or disseminated by industry as a whole.
IJIS Institute Board of Director’s President Mike Davis, who appointed Mr. Byford as Chair of I-TAC, added, “Joel was selected because of his extensive IT and management consulting experience in information sharing and standards. His knowledge of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and Unified Modeling Language (UML), and his skills in management consulting for courts, law enforcement, and juvenile justice agencies to improve their operations and information exchanges, directly align the mission of the IJIS Institute.”
About the IJIS Institute—The IJIS Institute unites the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing for those who protect and serve our communities. The IJIS Institute provides training, technical assistance, national scope issue management, and program management services to help government fully realize the power of information sharing. Founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with national headquarters on The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the IJIS Institute has grown to over 280 member companies and individual associates from government, non-profit, and educational institutions from across the United States. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.ijis.org/; follow us on Twitter @ijisinstitute; read the IJIS Factor Blog; or, join us on LinkedIn at Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing.