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Aspect

July 07, 2010 08:12 ET

Aspect Helps Renew Face of Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, With "Web 2.0" Website Design and Development Supported by Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

CHELMSFORD, MA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) -  Aspect, a global provider of unified communications and collaboration services and software, today announced that it has completed a project with the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, to develop and launch a more engaging website for the organization that includes many new "Web 2.0" features, including blog capabilities, enhanced usability, links to social networking sites, improved searches and a robust content management system that enables the council to provide the most up to date site content possible. The website is supported by the Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010, and was developed under the worldwide Rapid Deployment Program, as an early adopter for the recently released version of the business productivity platform.

The Council selected Aspect to help them update their organization's website to attract their target younger audience, as well as to improve online communications with parents, volunteers, donors, and staff members. With old server hardware and software, site maintenance and support was difficult and expensive, which made the deployment of new features challenging. In addition, the previous site was not capable of accommodating newer "Web 2.0" features such as blogs, wikis, and other social media facets. Aspect provided The Boy Scouts of America with the business strategy and planning for the website, visual design, web and SharePoint development.

"Aspect has such a strong grasp and understanding of what we needed in a website in order to accomplish our objectives in making a more appealing website for our troops and volunteers," said Joe Mueller, director of public relations for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. "This project continues to remain as strong as it was from day one, and we're looking forward to everyone experiencing the benefits that the new capabilities and site provide."

"As an early adopter of SharePoint 2010, the Greater St. Louis Council has created a solution that allows their full time employees to work easily with more than 15,000 volunteers in the community. Together with Aspect they are setting the bar for how SharePoint can be used to streamline the way people work together," said Jared Spataro, director of SharePoint, Microsoft Corp.

The new site allows the Council to easily disseminate up-to-date information to staff members, parents, volunteers and Scouts. The intuitive, interactive design enables site visitors to find what they need quickly and it harnesses the passion of volunteers by making them more empowered and engaged. Further, the site has greatly reduced costs by eliminating ongoing site maintenance and support.

New functionality powered by the latest release of SharePoint includes the ability to:

  • Post content and blogs about Scouting experiences
  • Create communities where any group of people with common interests can exchange ideas and best practices
  • Develop an interactive "how to" section of the site where people can share information and tips about skills
  • Leverage wikis to collaborate on songs, stories, games and honing other skills
  • Allow for external content editing from more than 50 Boy Scouts of America authors

"The new release of Microsoft SharePoint offers organizations endless opportunity and possibilities for enhanced collaboration and information sharing," said Manish Chandak, vice president of Microsoft Services, Aspect. "The Boy Scouts of America are taking advantage of all of the flexibility and functionality that Microsoft SharePoint 2010 offers and showcasing how an organization can use the key capabilities to deliver an engaging site."

Aspect has considerable experience and domain knowledge delivering Microsoft SharePoint services to customers and in developing customized solutions on the SharePoint platform. Aspect supports all phases of enterprise portal development, including strategic consulting, planning, governance, design, implementation, integration and training.

About Boy Scouts of America
The Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boys Scouts of America provides educational programs that build character, teach participatory citizenship, and develop personal fitness. The Council's geographic area includes 27 counties in Eastern Missouri, and 10 counties in Southern Illinois. Approximately 56,000 young people participate in St. Louis Area Council Scouting programs each year as members of 1,100 Cub packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Council employs 80 people and coordinates more than 15,000 adult volunteers. For more information, visit www.stlbsa.org.

About Aspect
Aspect is a global software and IT services firm specializing in applying Microsoft unified communications and collaboration to help customers achieve optimal results through enhanced business processes across the enterprise and in the contact center. Aspect provides IT consulting, integration services and business applications. For more information, visit www.aspect.com.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Meredith Obiala
    Aspect
    +1 630 227 8238
    Email Contact


    Joe Mueller
    Greater St. Louis Area Council - Boy Scouts of America
    +1 314 256 3030
    Email Contact