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Using New Technology to Build a Winning Hockey Team

Vancouver—Next hockey season don't be surprised to see the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs thanks to technology designed to help the club select the best draft picks. Today, Habanero Consulting Group, in partnership with Microsoft, unveiled the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Scout Portal at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The solution was built using Microsoft Office SharePoint 2010, which was also officially launched today. The portal allows Oilers scouts, who are spread across the globe, to easily share player information with each other and with Oilers executive management. The portal gives a player-centric view of potential draft picks with a look-and-feel similar to popular social networking sites. Video footage of a particular player's shifts on ice and key information such as media reports, statistics, ranking lists, and NHL fitness test results can all be viewed on a particular player's page where scouts and management can use a number of collaboration features.

"The technology allows scouts to browse player videos online, read detailed player stats and review comments made by each of the scouts—all in real time. Previously it took days for questions or discussions to be resolved. The Edmonton Oilers scouting portal is already proving to be a tremendous asset to the Club," said Habanero Senior Consultant Rick Martin.

Habanero has had success building solutions on the SharePoint platform since its first release. The company uses the technology to enable its clients to improve employee productivity, increase organizational collaboration, and ultimately deliver real business value in a number of new and unique ways.

"There are real benefits to be had for the Oilers from an administrative and cost savings perspective, but the greatest business value is to help the club win the Stanley Cup. That's an exceptional business case to be able to make, and I absolutely think the Scouting Portal can help them do it," said Martin.

For Information on SharePoint 2010 Solutions:

Rick Martin
604.709.6201 x 101

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