Posted by: kurtsh | February 23, 2010

NEWS: TeamUSA Olympic press room… running on Microsoft Cloud Services

image Check out the new website developed for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for the media:

The USOC was faced with an issue of how to support all of the journalists information needs in a timely fashion.  They wanted to create a truly rich experience with real-time access to athlete information spanning history, event coverage, and live Twitter feeds.

Slalom created the Virtual Press Room built on Microsoft SharePoint 2010 with Silverlight technology utilizing Search.  These new technologies utilize web parts to assess information from all sources, the new search capability allows them to quickly find their data needs and the Silverlight web browser works on all major browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.  This site is also hosted on Microsoft’s new Business Productivity Online Service (BPOS) and demonstrates how computing in the cloud can be scaled to support fluctuating volumes.

To explore the new site and to check out the latest features designed to enrich the media experience, visit online at: http://pressbox.teamusa.org and read the press release issued by the USOC.  

Below are quotes from the Press Release from the USOC, Microsoft and Slalom Consulting:

  • “The new generation of Pressbox is one element of the USOC’s digital media strategy designed to motivate Olympic fans to engage in the Olympic Movement online,” said Trevor Miller, USOC Managing Director of Information Technology.  “Using Microsoft technology, this re-designed site showcases our commitment to innovation and captures the power of new media technologies and audiences to enable journalists to bring the best stories of Team USA to Americans.”
  • “Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is providing the USOC the power to create a dynamic, easy-to-use Web site for press covering one of the biggest sporting events in the world,” said Janice V. Kapner, Senior Director of Communications, Information Worker Product Management Group.  "The Pressbox.org site demonstrates why more customers are choosing SharePoint’s enhanced capabilities for Internet sites including the ability for customers to build solutions that support rich media capabilities such as video, audio, and Silverlight.” 
  • “The USOC’s Virtual Press Room is a terrific example of how Microsoft platforms can integrate social with traditional content for a new kind of media experience,” said Jerry Kaczmarowski, general manager for Slalom Consulting.  “At Slalom, our expertise with Microsoft technologies runs wide and deep, and it’s rewarding to couple that proficiency with our social media and web site development knowledge to produce an easy-to-use resource for the National Governing Bodies uploading content to the site, and for media covering the Olympics.”

Slalom Consulting is a business and technology consulting firm headquartered in Seattle, with offices across the United States including Los Angeles to support its unique client service model:  local expertise with national reach.  


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