Hedgehog Development wins Sitecore Site of the Year Award in Best Leisure/Healthclub Category

Holbrook NY, March 13, 2012 – Hedgehog Development, a leading custom application development company and a Sitecore technology partner, announced today that it has been named the North American Sitecore Site of the Year category winner. Selected from several customers, Hedgehog Development is being recognized for its use of Sitecore’s Web Content Management (CMS) and digital marketing technology to develop more effective business processes and advance Web strategies.

Equinox Fitness Clubs , worked with Hedgehog Development, a technology partner of Sitecore, to build a Model-View-Controller (MVC) site using an Enterprise CMS.  As a team, they succeeded in doing so, using Sitecore and a custom MVC consuming framework, resulting in more control over Equinox’s web architecture. The solution included direct integration into Sitecore data from Omniture, IBM WebSphere, and EdgeCast. They also performed integrations for a variety of other systems to have a full experience for the end users, including Facebook and Twitter integrations. Equinox now receives a significant portion of its revenue from online sales, and can be traced back to originating as a visit to the website. With Sitecore, Equinox accomplishes this without the need of a technically savvy editorial staff.

 “Once I weighed all the inherent benefits of MVC plus the investment we’d made in Sitecore, the best content management system you can get, I knew that running Sitecore in MVC was the way to go and that if anyone could make it happen, Hedgehog could. We’re thrilled that they did, and so quickly, too” said Dan Oved, Equinox Fitness Club’s Senior Developer.

“With our extensive partner network, we have the benefit of working with companies like Hedgehog Development, that bring the creativity and design expertise that is essential in building engaging digital strategies,” Jason Crea, VP Client and Partner Engagement, Sitecore . “Hedgehog Development has demonstrated excellence in creating an engaging website that accelerates business strategies.”

Sitecore’s Site of the Year contest recognizes organizations that have leveraged Sitecore’s technology to develop the most outstanding websites. Nominations are judged on creativity, integration with rich data sources and applications, the ability to engage, educate and motivate an action, and the overall user experience. The Sitecore Site of the Year contest is divided into four regions, International, Denmark, UK, and North America.

About Equinox

Equinox is the preeminent luxury fitness company in the U.S. today with 8,000 employees. Committed to offering a full service wellness experience to maximize life, Equinox offers a totally integrated approach to fitness. With a reputation built on world class programming and an unparalleled member experience, Equinox has continuously expanded its lifestyle concepts and product categories to offer its discerning members full service spas, healthy gourmet cafes and upscale stylish athletic clothing boutiques. Equinox operates in key cities across the country and each club is architecturally distinct and custom designed to reflect the energy and culture of its neighborhood

About Hedgehog Development

Hedgehog Development is a recognized leader in Sitecore Web Content Management implementations, custom application development and integration services. The company is headquartered in Holbrook, Long Island, NY and serves clients around the world. Hedgehog’s specialties include .NET development and Visual Studio Team System, SQL Server, Cloud Services Development, and SharePoint development and implementations. A field-managed Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and three-time recipient of the Customer Satisfaction Prize, Hedgehog was also recognized as a Partner of the Year in Microsoft’s New York/New Jersey Area Partner Awards Program for Application Development. Hedgehog is also part of Microsoft’s Inner Circle program for Visual Studio Team System. These hard-earned distinctions represent a host of exclusive benefits for Hedgehog clients ranging from access to early adopter software to priority customer support services.

About Sitecore
Sitecore redefines how organizations engage with audiences, powering compelling experiences that sense and adapt to visitors both online and in-person.

Sitecore’s leading Content Management System software is the first to cohesively integrate with marketing automation, intranet portal, e-commerce, web optimization, social media and campaign management technologies. This broad choice of capabilities enable marketing professionals, business stakeholders and information technology teams to rapidly implement, measure and manage a successful website and digital business strategy. Businesses can now easily identify, serve and convert new customers with Sitecore’s Digital Marketing System, part of its encompassing Customer Engagement Platform.

Thousands of public and private organizations have created and now manage more than 32,000 dynamic websites with Sitecore including ATP World Tour, CA Technologies, Comcast, Heineken, Microsoft, Omni Hotels, Siemens, The Knot and Verizon.

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