TechWorld has an strange piece on the Brumbies using their sponsor Computer Associates’ “Clarity” project and portfolio management (PPM) product in a cloud based environment.
(Cloud computing is the latest buzzword of the techno-utopians but at the end of the day means, if implemented properly, data is stored redundantly across multiple locations to deliver seamless high availablility and accessibility)
Through the technology, the team captures player and performance data including information on opposition sides, body weight mass index, player injuries and player performance. Once the data is in the system, Brumbies Rugby coaching staff can analyse player performance and recovery through dashboards and reports.
Brumbies Rugby chief executive officer, Andrew Fagan, said in a statement that it planned to use PPM to achieve a number of goals including individual player training, injury management and recovery profiles.
“In the future we may even use the information solution to assist in at game decisions such as team combinations and [player] substitution timings” Fagan said.
The trouble with this sort of stuff is that the entry of data can be highly subjective, creating a false sense of credibility to the numbers produced.
For example a player who wanders over to every ruck and puts his hand gently on his flankers back could appear to be as useful as a player who actually does something useful, but less often.