The Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora, Illinois, needed an easy to manage, on line team collaboration solution to record and track their animal’s feedings, behavior, health and training. The collaboration application needed to be accessible from multiple devices, including iPads, be secure and allow Zoo personnel to add and update the status of the animals in the Zoo’s care, without involving IT personnel. Most importantly, the Zoo needed to ensure the information and the collaboration application were on a system that was reliable and supported by a strong company.
Peters & Associates created a collaboration application using SharePoint 2013 that provides on line forms to enter data about animal behaviors, feedings, training and medications. Using wireless connections and iPads, Zoo Personnel can access data about animals in real time, enter new information and create notifications to other Zoo Personnel from across the Zoo. Integration with Microsoft Active Directory ensures Zoo personnel have access to the right functionality and data. SharePoint lists allow non-technical user’s to add and edit animal data. The data recorded about animals can be viewed in different ways using SharePoint views and can be easily downloaded via Microsoft Excel for further analysis. Notifications are easily viewed from the application’s home page.
By using Microsoft technology, the Zoo is confident that their collaboration application and data will be available and supported for the long run. The Zoo now has a way to manage information critical to continuously improving animal care.