New Orleans software company scores major league contract

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Local software developer Solutient Corp. has landed three significant contracts with Major League Baseball.

The company will develop new software to help the league manage key data, including player statistics. The firm also will develop software to track the progress of youth baseball players in cities across the country for the Urban Youth Academy, MLB’s program for amateur baseball players.

Solutient President and CEO Robert Sternhell said the contracts are relatively new but growing territory for the firm, which has offices in New Orleans, Cleveland, New York and Terrebonne Parish.

The company, founded in 1983 as an information technology service firm, has invested most of its efforts in hazard mitigation after Hurricane Katrina.

It’s most recent contract with Major League Baseball is its third in three years.

Sternhell said that after Katrina the company had to readjust its focus and decided to invest their efforts helping local government agencies manage Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars pouring into the state.

Solutient kept a handful of its IT personnel on staff and continued to work with clients developing different types of software including document management software.

“At the time, we just wanted to figure out a way save the business,” he said.“We kept a couple of programmers who wrote for us a significant piece of software to help us manage our hazard mitigation work.”

Developing new management tools led the company to work in community development and transit management.

Sternhell said MLB in particular was interested in its asset management software. That interest led to the first contract with the league.

He said Solutient’s success is an indicator New Orleans is gaining recognition as a tech center.

“When we first started with MLB three years ago, there was nothing going on in New Orleans. But the reputation of the IT industry in the city has improved significantly,” he said.

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