Minor League Baseball Builds a Digital Dugout
The Digital Dugout system is a web-based system used by Minor League Baseball (MiLB) to streamline management and sharing of information throughout the MiLB organization. MiLB staff, clubs and partners access the system with their secure credentials from a desktop, tablet or phone (literally in the dugout) to view and edit club, personnel and league information.
Minor League Baseball was in need of an information system to enable central office staff to manage club personnel information, surface that information to each club and league in their system and enable dispersed club and league staff to update contact and assignments information. Currently MiLB utilizes two different legacy systems: an Access Database and an Exchange Global Address List. The Digital Dugout will be aimed at helping MiLB start using some basic information sharing to replace existing systems used by MiLB to manage information.
Data, Automation and Cloud
The Digital Dugout coalesces and surfaces an abundance of Minor League Baseball from league to club to individual staff. Prior to the Digital Dugout this information was either spread across multiple locations or stored in a central location that was accessible to only a small number of constituents. With the Digital Dugout, all participants in a range of minor leagues can access and update MiLB-wide data.
The Digital Dugout automates the hard work of updating league-wide contact and club data all the way down to individual staff contact information. The central repository of the Digital Dugout is backed by Exchange in the cloud that makes this information available across Microsoft applications like Outlook AND the Digital Dugout on phone, tablet and desktop.
One of the wonderful things about Minor League Baseball is the far-reaching geographies it covers across the United States. That also means that very few MiLB stakeholders share a network or physical location and also has a dispersed set of IT environments for each club. The Digital Dugout lives in the cloud and empowers all club and league staff to access the key league data, make updates and consumption from anywhere in the world.
We developed Minor League Baseball’s Digital Dugout using these core technologies:
For iPhone app construction using native Swift and Cocoa coding. Full native Xcode development provides a higher level of fidelity and code tuning that hybrid solutions like Cordova cannot match. Proximity notification and mapping are two key capabilities the Shine app needed to optimize.
The new MiLB Digital Dugout is now the primary source of truth for all of MiLB’s 4,000+ contacts.