Long established as the first choice solution of the rugby union web market with seven governing body and tournament websites and eleven top-flight union clubs, provinces and regions amongst the client base in the UK and Ireland, the decisionof both Leeds Rhinos and Harlequins RL to team up with SOTIC sees the company making its first foray into the world of the engage Super League.
Launching a website for the reigning engage Super League champions, Leeds Rhinos, saw the first usage of rugby league statistics on a SOTIC website and required an extensive rethink of the database structure to ensure that rugby league data was delivered with the same accuracy and depth as the company's rugby union sites and provide it with future compatibility with other sports.
Leeds Rhinos's website also saw the introduction of SOTIC's 'in-page' flash player to deliver the club's vast array of multimedia output. The new multimedia solution allows files to sit smoothly and cleanly within the context of news article.
The partnership with Harlequins Rugby League sees SOTIC's presence at the Twickenham Stoop extend beyond its ties with the rugby union section of the historic club.
Commenting on the launches, John Ludlam, SOTIC's Operations Director said: "We are delighted to be able to produce websites for both Leeds Rhinos and Harlequins Rugby League. Providing a web service for the reigning engage Super League champions is an immense honour and provides us with the best shop window with which to introduce the SOTIC product to rugby league fans and clubs."
Leo Mindel, SOTIC's Technology Director commented: "SOTIC's approach has always been to output excellence through an approach of product flexibility. With some minor upgrades to our database systems we have been able to furnish rugby league with the same level of service that we provide to the rugby union market, and now have the functionality present to offer that to further rugby league clubs, or other sporting genres.
"We look forward to a fruitful partnership with both Leeds Rhinos and Harlequins RL over the coming seasons."