Microsoft donates over $700K to The Georgia Aquarium

Awesome news!  

The Microsoft Greater Southeast District has awarded The Georgia Aquarium, based in Atlanta, a software grant valued at $734,110!

The aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium featuring an array of animals in more than eight million gallons of water.  Microsoft software grant will address much needed upgrades and improvements to the aquarium’s IT infrastructure.  Maintaining a thriving venue locally in Atlanta is crucial to the aquarium’s success and strong community presence.  Last year, the aquarium announced a new Dolphin exhibit, to be completed in late 2010.  In the next two years, their goal is to increase attendance from 2.1 million guests annually to 2.5 million.  To help with this effort, they plan to use Microsoft solutions and technology to drive this effort.   Technology will play a key role in improving the guest experience, the launch of new membership programs, the growth of corporate sponsors, and the creation of a collaboration community for its members, guests, sponsors, and corporate event planners that utilize their venue.

The Microsoft solutions donated include:  MS Exchange Server, OCS, SQL Server 08, Performance Point, Project Server, Windows Server 08, Windows Vista, and MOSS.

For more information on the Georgia Aquarium please visit:  http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/

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Such great news for the folks here in Atlanta!

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Cheers, MurraySignature

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