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Award Winning Website for Leading Sports News Agency

A leading national news organization made the decision to spin out its sports news division into a separate website. With hosting several upcoming sporting events of global significanc, there was a growing demand for a modern dedicated sports news portal.

Client

Our client is the leading national sports news agency. 

The Challenge

A leading national news organization made the decision to spin out its sports news division into a separate website. With hosting several upcoming sporting events of global significanc, there was a growing demand for a modern dedicated sports news portal.  (Previously, sports news were published on the larger news website under a separate tab). Given the aggressive timeframe for the delivery of all required functionality, the client elected to rely on a software engineering partner. First Line was selected as the lead supplier on the project in late 2011.

First Line’s Solution

First Line’s team was responsible for the bulk of the front-end development, as well as the interaction between the front end and the proprietary Perl-based server part. The project was extremely challenging due to its aggressive schedule and the highly fluid requirements. Another difficulty had to do with the almost complete lack of documentation for the proprietary underlying content management platform. Still, in spite of all the challenges, First Line was able to deliver on time and on budget.

Results

Only months after its initial launch in 2012, the new website moved into the #1 position as the most popular sports content portal among local Internet audiences. Additionally, in late 2012 the portal also won the prestigious national prize from the Ministry of Mass Communications as the best sports web portal in the country. The client and First Line continued their collaboration to launch several special websites.

Team size: 4
Total effort: 100 person-months

About Us

First Line Software is a premier provider of custom software development, technology enablement services and value-add consulting in big data engineering, digitalization, intellectual integration, industrial Internet, and IoT, digital media and marketing, and enterprise content management as well as healthcare IT.

Headquartered in the US, First Line employs 500+ staff globally. First Line team and company culture is centered around subject matter expertise, technical excellence, consulting capabilities and proven methodologies, with a strong focus on Agile and Intellectual Integration.

The company has been recognized with multiple annual rankings and awards by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), Global Services, CorporateLiveWire, Insights Success and CNews. We were the first to be awarded the Scrum Capability Medallion by Scrum, Inc. Most recently, research firm Gartner included FirstLine in their first ever Market Guide for Technology Integrators (2014) and the Cool Vendor in Applications Services 2015 Report. We are active members in Object Management Group and Industrial Internet Consortium. FLS is also an EPiServer Premium Solutions Partner.