Straker strikes ‘ERP for sports’ deal

Local software developer Straker Interactive and Scottish services and software company Loghar have struck a deal to sell each others' systems.

Local software developer Straker Interactive and Scottish services and software company Loghar have struck a deal to sell each others’ systems.

Straker’s Shado content management and web application has just been released in version seven and will be ported to the upcoming next version of Loghar’s products, which include sports management systems.

While Loghar has products in other areas, it is sports where it and Straker see the greatest opportunities, says Loghar managing director Archie Paton.

“Our systems manage all participants, from viewers to high-level players.”

The web-based sports management systems were developed in a ColdFusion environment and have pre-defined templates for different sports. They include customer management and legal-insurance aspects, the latter of which is becoming increasingly important as sports organisations take on more liability for accidents.

“Going forward, what we’ll be offering is a web-based ERP system for sports,” Paton says.

Straker will be looking to sell to sports organisations in New Zealand and overseas and Loghar will be offering Shado 7 as an option for its customers.

Paton says sports organisations, especially those which have all or mainly voluntary staff, often duplicate resources and run numerous databases. Having Shado 7 as a platform means Loghar can concentrate on the sports modules and not the underlying architecture, he says.

Says Straker’s Grant Straker: “Lochar has the process, we have the technology.”

Straker already has several partners in the UK and one in France. Shado is used by customers both in-house and on an ASP-hosted basis.

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