Sony PlayStation Network: Global CMS Rollout for more than 50 countries

About the Case Study

If you want to see, listen to or play the latest movies, music or PlayStation offers, PlayStation Network is the place to be. PlayStation Network is the combination of all the digital services offered by Sony. Customers can access the service via smartphone, Sony Tablet, Sony TV, PlayStation or PC. Sony opted for the open source expert AOE to migrate the legacy portal.

Business Benefits

  • The portal automatically redirects visitors to the appropriate country or mobile version.
  • Scraper function improves user friendliness
  • AOE developed special modules for the maintenance and automatic updating of content.
  • The new platform enables the convenient maintenance of more than 2000 redirects.

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Dynamic Content

Dynamic content is directly obtained and rendered from three different XML APIs.

Redirects

AOE significantly expanded the Redirect Management Module to maintain over 2,000 redirects.

Scraper Feature

The scraper feature indexes legal information and publishes it to the portal.


Management Summary: Full control over the entertainment portal for the first time

Sony contracted AOE to migrate the current static portal completely for on-demand access to videos, games and music to a new Enterprise Web Content Management System (CMS) – in 14 languages for 57 countries. In 17 cases, this meant migrating a complete localized website; the remaining country versions only contained important legal information at that time. Sony publishes new content on the portals twice a week. This was also the case during the migration period to the new CMS.

After six weeks, the migration was completed. Up to twelve developers and project managers worked on the project at AOE to get the portal up and running on time. To ensure that the portal remained constantly available during changes, AOE relied on synchronized content. This procedure was also used for all localized, mobile versions of the portal. Thanks to the migration of the existing portal, Sony gained full control over the global portal for the first time with less dependence on the IT department.

John Dawson
With AOE’s fast reaction time and unusual integration support, Sony Entertainment Network was able to migrate its formerly static websites into a fully functional TYPO3 environment within just six weeks!
John Dawson
Web Team Leader
Sony Entertainment Network

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