AUCKLAND RUGBY KICKS INTO CYBERSPACE

Auckland rugby fans can now email their favourite players. The web site, www.aucklandrugby.co.nz is part of technology strategy to respond to expectations of fans, officials and players.
“Four years ago we had four personal computers. Today we have close to 25 and are exploring number of internet-based opportunities,” says Auckland Rugby finance manager Matthew Fleming.
He says the software system has improved the union’s ability to communicate by simplifying and speeding up the processing of information.
The website has Lotus Notes ?back end’ and offers fans player profiles, match results, news email service, draws, merchandise, email correspondence with Auckland Blues players and number of news and information feeds.
Fleming says that although investment in new technology costs money, “the savings in photocopying, postage and salary bills are such that we would estimate the solution to have repaid itself within 12 to 15 months”.

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