Global Charity Tied Together By Confluence Wiki

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Mercy Ships announced today that it has received a generous gift from Australian software developer Atlassian. The Sydney based company is providing Mercy Ships IT with Confluence, the most popular commercial wiki.

It was always left to the end of the project, and often never happened. Even when we did produce documents, they were buried in the developer's personal directories. Confluence makes documentation so easy we're churning out documents concurrent with development. Since it’s web-based, visibility is no longer an issue, even for our all-volunteer team scattered around the world.

Mercy Ships announced today that it has received a generous gift from Australian software developer Atlassian. The Sydney based company is providing Mercy Ships IT with Confluence, the most popular commercial wiki. The timely gift allows Mercy Ships IT to better support the charity's hospital ships as they bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor.

"In the past it's been very difficult to capture meaningful documentation," says Mercy Ships Chief Information Officer Kreig Ecklund. "It was always left to the end of the project, and often never happened. Even when we did produce documents, they were buried in the developer's personal directories. Confluence makes documentation so easy we're churning out documents concurrent with development. Since it’s web-based, visibility is no longer an issue, even for our all-volunteer team scattered around the world."

Atlassian has over 3,000 customers in more than 55 countries around the world. Cisco, World Bank, GE, Raytheon, Nikon, McDonalds, Pfizer; their customers span the Fortune 1000, and organisations across all sectors including the academic, science and technology sectors. Atlassian's Confluence software is an enterprise wiki designed to facilitate online collaboration and knowledge sharing. Confluence is currently being utilized by more than 700 organizations in over 40 countries.

Mercy Ships is the leader in using hospital ships to deliver free world-class health care services to the forgotten poor. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, the newest Mercy Ship is the Africa Mercy, due to be commissioned from London spring 2006.

Statistics include: treating more than 300,000 people in village medical clinics, performing 18,000 surgeries, 110,000 dental treatments and completing close to 350 construction and agriculture projects, including schools, clinics, orphanages and water wells. Each year more than 1,600 short-term volunteers serve with Mercy Ships.

To download a fully functional free evaluation, try an online demo, or just find out more about Confluence please visit:

http://www.atlassian.com/c/PR-C/10726

The story of Mercy Ships is told in Ships of Mercy, published in 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton UK and Thomas Nelson US and is available at:

http://www.shipsofmercy.org

For more information, please contact:

Kreig Ecklund

Mercy Ships Chief Information Officer

+1-903-939-7156

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