Abel Solutions to Deliver Custom Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Solution in Support of CARE Strategic Plan

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Atlanta-based humanitarian relief organization will use SharePoint solution to meet organizational objectives for measuring worldwide impact.

In the past we have focused more closely on staffing and finance

Abel Solutions, a leading Microsoft SharePoint solution provider, announced today that CARE, the Atlanta-based humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, has selected the company to develop a custom solution supporting CARE's new organization-wide focus on performance metrics.

"One of the new organizational focuses of the 2008-2015 CARE USA Strategic Plan is around Measurement and Impact, with the goal to increase our ability to measure our impact and hold ourselves accountable not only to those who fund our work but also to the poor communities we serve," explained Raul Pino, Director of IT Strategy and Planning.

In order to meet the mandates and deadlines specified in the plan, CARE has engaged Abel Solutions to create an automated solution that will facilitate the collection of operational metrics from across the organization to help CARE measure and compare the performance of poverty-alleviation activities.

"In the past we have focused more closely on staffing and finance," stated Greg Sjogren, CARE's project manager overseeing the implementation. "The intent of the new system is to roll up those metrics with key performance indicators from the field to provide transparency and better accountability across the organization."

The finished product will collect data from across the country offices and at headquarters to provide an executive dashboard of both operational and financial data. The solution will be developed using a combination of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS 2007) - already established inside of CARE as a standard project management platform - combined with Microsoft SQL Server and some custom programming.

A pilot release covering eight countries is scheduled for August with subsequent roll-out to almost 40 country offices by the end of 2008.

"We are pleased to have been called upon by CARE to extend our relationship and provide support for this critical worldwide initiative," concluded Kevin Abel, President of Abel Solutions. "As long-time supporters of CARE, we are proud to be working with this great organization."

About CARE
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Last year, CARE programs improved the lives of 65 million people in 71 countries. Recognizing that women suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places a special focus on working with women to create permanent social change. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of way and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives. For further information on CARE's mission and programming, please visit http://www.care.org.

About Abel Solutions, Inc.
Abel Solutions employs innovative technology to increase the productivity of businesses by making the right information available to the right people at the right time. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Information Worker and Integrated E-Business Solutions, Abel Solutions is widely recognized for their SharePoint-based solutions, custom application development and innovative delivery methodology. Abel Solutions has been delivering custom solutions for businesses, state and local government and non-profit organizations since 1997. For additional information, visit http://www.abelsolutions.com.

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