Unisys Excels in High-Pressure
The IT demands of major golf events such as the U.S. Women's Open
in South Hadley, MA are very similar to the challenges faced by today's
global organizations. Over the years, Unisys has earned a
stellar reputation for its performance at these pressure-packed
sporting events, where action is measured in real-time and
results must be processed instantly, accurately and distributed
immediately to a worldwide audience.
One sports official who has witnessed the steady progression
of our technical excellence is Mike Butz, Deputy Executive
Director of the U.S. Golf Association. Recently, he applauded
Unisys for the advances we've made in delivering reliable,
real-time scoring systems.
"We certainly have an enormous amount of pressure on
us from both the media and the public -- all trying to get
real-time scoring information," said Butz. "For
the last year, we've been trying to continue to improve the
scoring network and the things that we can do -- whether it's
graphically, whether it's information that can be available
to the public and how can we best do that.
So, we have been working very closely with Unisys to try
to improve the scoring system to make it faster information
and to provide more information, more interesting information
and Unisys has always been there for us."
Each day, some 50,000 spectators flock to the championship,
not to mention those who congregate in the nearly 150 corporate
hospitality suites during the week. From a media standpoint,
the U.S. Open in 2002 hosted nearly 1,600 credentialed journalists
and crew who were reporting, recording and broadcasting the
action to more than 80 countries worldwide.
Butz said: "The immediacy of real-time scoring is very
important to the media, and we want to make sure that we're
keeping up with their needs. Unisys has always been there
to try to help us through the thinking process, so that we
make sure that we are on track with the media."
What's more, Butz said journalists are "always looking
to go back and find statistics and research and investigate
what happened in previous Open championships. So, the ability
to be able to create a database and an archival system that
they can access the stats they need, and make it readily available
to them, is very important."
Thanks to its involvement with the U.S. Open since the 1980s,
the USGA has come to rely on Unisys as a trusted IT partner.
In Butz's words, "If Unisys wasn't there right now, I'm
not sure where we would go."