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Brumbies lost in the Cloud?

By johnboy - 7 April 2011 4

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.

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4 Responses to
Brumbies lost in the Cloud?
georgesgenitals 12:31 pm 07 Apr 11

This has nothing to do with cloud.

There are few genuine cloud implementations beyond virtualisation of servers and desktops, which is not new. Government is struggling to work out what to do about it.

shadow boxer 11:27 am 07 Apr 11

Technology has some uses like using the GPS to monitor miles run and then plan the weeks training, I know the Brumbies try to run less in preparation for a SA game than a NZ game.

The above is just gobbldeygook though

ABC129 11:25 am 07 Apr 11

“Brumbies Rugby coaching staff can analyse player performance and recovery through dashboards and reports”

Doesn’t make a lick of difference the team then either sacks them or completely disregards what they say.

Have they got an App for getting highly paid players full of their own self worth to do as they’re told?

edlang 10:34 am 07 Apr 11

““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.”

All of that is meaningless if they’re not using iPad 2s on the sidelines to help inform their clouded judgement.

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