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Register Star goes live with SAXOTECH Editorial™ on the biggest day of the year in major league baseball – the hometown Chicago White Sox Win the World Series
Tampa, Fla. – November 14, 2005 – The go-live date was set in June: October 26, midway through the World Series – Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven game championship match-up to crown the best team for the year. The Rockford Register Star´s sports section would go-live on SAXOTECH Editorial, completing a rollout of the newspaper´s new enterprise-system to plan, create, edit and publish one of Northern Illinois´ major daily newspapers.

But plan to go-live during the World Series? "That´s all right," said Greg Newell, the Register Star's assistant sports editor, when the planning was finalized in June. "It´s not like we have to worry about one of our teams being in the World Series." Good point; the last time a Chicago team had appeared on baseball´s biggest stage was 1959. The chances of going live on the day that a local team would clinch the World Series ...

Well, that's exactly how it turned out. SAXOTECH Editorial made its debut in the sports department on one of the biggest days in Chicago baseball history. And, in baseball-speak, the system hit a home run. SAXOTECH Editorial met the challenge and delivered the new sports section on time and with a headline readers waited 46 years to see.

The Rockford Register Star, a Gannett newspaper, has completed implementation of an 85-seat publishing platform. Three daily sections went live first, with the sports section to follow. SAXOTECH Editorial was implemented seamlessly across all sections of the newspaper. But the paper´s first sports section on SAXOTECH Editorial will be one of the most memorable.

"We figure that Oct. 26 go-live will be the stuff of system installation legends," joked Linda Grist Cunningham, executive editor. "Sports is often the toughest of the go-lives, so we positioned them last, never once believing we'd be worried about a World Series championship in our backyard. Strong collaboration among our staff, the SAXOTECH folks and our information technology staff made it an almost seamless night. What could have been a disaster was nothing of the sort."

The sports staff made use of SAXOTECH Editorial´s planning tools to help organize its night, making sure early stories were processed timely to make way for the late game. Further, the news desk was able to have two Page A1s ready, one for victory and one for a loss.

“We are excited the Register Star had such a successful Editorial launch and it couldn’t have been on a more exciting day for sports fans,” said Anders Christiansen, president and CEO, SAXOTECH. “SAXOTECH Editorial enables the delivery of news in the most efficient manner possible. And with the combination of our Online and Editorial publishing solutions, the Register Star will be able to streamline operations and focus on what they do best – report and deliver the news.”

The Register Star is part of Gannett Co. Inc., a Fortune 300 company with assets of more than $4.4 billion. It owns newspapers, TV stations and other media and support operations in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Great Britain, Germany and more than 6.7 million, including USA TODAY, the nation´s largest-selling daily newspaper special section.

About SAXOTECH SAXOTECH is a software development and systems implementation company founded in 1993 to exclusively serve the publishing industry. Our scalable, easy-to-implement solutions are used to plan, create, edit and publish news for multiple channels and are backed by world-class customer support. Today SAXOTECH´s software products are used by more than 400 news organizations around the world.

Rockford Goes Live with World Series Win

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