The National Aquarium in Baltimore

In the spring of 2013, Steve Rockwell, the CIO at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, signed on LTA for a SharePoint project.

The project was to create a Vendor Space, where vendors could enter daily gross receipts; and SharePoint could retrieve actual and projected/budgeted Attendance and Revenue numbers – and put it all into a single space where analysis can take place and trends can be tracked.

Our team worked closely with the management team at the Aquarium and deployed SharePoint Lists, an InfoPath Form, and PowerPivot to create a space where all of the relevant data comes together and a flexible set of graphs and reports can be generated and viewed.

Was fun to work with another world-class organization.

If you have never been, you really should! If you are passing by Baltimore, make it a point.

Be sure to check out the live cam of the Black Tip Reef Shark exhibit:

Fun, right?

Technologies – summary

The Lighthouse Team has expertise in a wide range of applications that foster collaboration, including:


The Wikipedia SharePoint article leads with this: “Microsoft SharePoint is a Web application platform developed by Microsoft. First launched in 2001,[3] SharePoint has historically been associated with intranetcontent management and document management, but recent versions have significantly broader capabilities.[4] It is the dominant software for creating organizational intranets with a recent survey indicating that around 50% of all intranets are developed using SharePoint.

You can read more here:

LTA supplements SharePoint with InfoPath, Workflows, PowerPivot, and a thorough understanding of the issues in audience and permissions to create innovative SharePoint solutions.


The WebEx tagline is: Connect with anyone, anywhere, any time

One of the beauties of WebEx is that you can join by PC, Mac, the WebEx Mobile App on your pad or smartphone, or by phone only. The LTA Meeting Support Services team works closely with our clients to determine where opportunities for deploying web conferencing lie; and in developing the skills that Presenters, Hosts and Attendees need to make those meetings effective.

We work with our clients to build a culture where virtual meeting complements face-to-face meeting in ways that enhance effectiveness and cohesion while reducing costs.

Google Hangouts On Air

When Google first released their Hangouts I looked askance at the name. But now I think they got it right, let the kids play and the grownups learn.

Now NASA uses the Hangout technology to connect us with space, how cool is that?

With up to 10 people in the conversation, the capacity for thousands of viewers, and the ability to archive the meeting on your YouTube channel – all that free of charge, Hangouts definitely have their sweet spot.

Also, definitely fits into the “looks easy” category.

Fitz worked closely with the American Friends Service Committee to create this:


Skype turned the world upside down back in 2003 with its free calls, instant messaging and web cam connections. At first it was the techies, then service men and women overseas, kids studying abroad, and now millions and millions of users worldwide.

Skype might not be central to your communication strategy, but you can’t live without it. We’re old hands and can help you find the fit.

Ready Talk

Audio conferencing is still foundational to meeting. We like the people at Ready Talk who provide a rock solid platform, attentive support, and a focus on the non-profit marketplace.

Also, we have worked with numerous audio conferencing platforms and know the in and outs. If you are already using a conference call vendor, we can work with yours


Reach out to LTA if you’d like to know more.

Living Dangerously: Syria’s Resistance turns to Skype

This Saturday, the New York Times ran an article titled For Syria’s Rebel Movement, Skype Is a Useful and Increasingly Dangerous Tool.

The story is full of interest and insights for anyone engaged in international work and international communications, especially for organizations doing relief and development work.

Recommended reading

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