Mariner Joins Other Microsoft Gold Partners in Five-Event Microsoft Experience Tour

Southeast Area Businesses Given Opportunity to Learn from Microsoft’s Noted Partners and Win a Free Assessment

April 19, 2011 – Charlotte, NC – Mariner is joining forces with Microsoft and several other Microsoft Gold Partners to provide the Southeast’s business leaders with the opportunity to learn about hosting applications to the cloud, launching mobile applications, improving collaboration, and implementing enterprise reporting solutions.

In a five week span, five events will take place in the Carolinas as Microsoft’s partner team presents the Microsoft Experience Tour: The Latest in Cloud, Mobile, Collaboration & Reporting. The tour is in response to customers’ requests to know how to fully leverage their investments in Microsoft technology and understand the latest options for moving programs and applications to the cloud.

Mariner, a leading provider of business intelligence, data warehousing, business scorecards and performance management dashboards, will focus on the latest in reporting and visualization. Shash Hegde, Business Intelligence Solution Specialist and Microsoft SQL Server Virtual Technical Specialist will be showing how business people can benefit from SQL Server 2008 R2, PowerPivot for Excel, and SharePoint.

“This is a rare opportunity for attendees to meet in a single setting the region’s thought leaders as they share the latest in Microsoft’s approach to cloud technology, collaboration and reporting.” said Peter Darragh, Mariner’s Vice President of Core Group.

Technologies that will be discussed and demonstrated during the Microsoft Experience Tour include the following cloud, mobile, collaborative and reporting solutions:

• Microsoft Office 365 Suite
• Business Intelligence with SharePoint and Excel
• Cloud-based Customer Relationship Management
• Enterprise Infrastructure Management

The events, scheduled as follows, are open for registration at the links provided:
May 3 Winston-Salem, NC
May 10 Greenville, SC
May 11 Charleston, SC
May 18 Charlotte NC
June 1 Raleigh, NC

Discussions and demonstrations will be led by the professionals that live and breathe these solutions every day. Presenters will demonstrate technologies and share tips that will help attendees unleash the power of the Microsoft platform.

Attendees will automatically be entered to win a free assessment from one of the presenting partners and will be able to choose from:
• CRM Assessment
• SharePoint Deployment Assessment
• Reporting Platform Assessment
• Infrastructure Optimization Assessment
• Business Productivity Assessment
Other participating Microsoft Gold Partners are:
Customer Effective – innovator in relationship management solutions
SHI – a global provider of information technology products and services
Eastridge Technologies – leader in providing Information Worker Solutions, Data Management, Business Process and Integration, and Custom Development Solutions
InfraScience – deliverer of proven infrastructure expertise

About Mariner
For more than a decade, Mariner has helped clients in the education, utility, healthcare and other industries organize, use and share data to improve productivity, collaboration and decision making. Mariner specializes in helping clients leverage their data through the use of business intelligence, data warehousing, business scorecards and performance management dashboards. Equipped with our solutions, organizations achieve financial and operational goals and improvements in organizational alignment – from senior managers to front line workers. Mariner has emerged at the forefront of performance-based, improvement-centered technology solutions, earning recognition as Microsoft’s 2010 US Public Sector K12 Education Partner of the Year, TDWI’s 2009 Best Practices Implementation Partner Award Winner and Microsoft’s 2008 Worldwide Partner of the Year in Performance Management Solutions. Mariner is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner with competencies in Business Intelligence and Data Platform. Mariner-Insight to Achieve. www.mariner-usa.com.

For additional information:
Contact Sally Phillips, Director of Marketing, Mariner
Tel. 704.943.5222
Email [email protected]

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