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Retail Tech Lessons From Sochi

Is determining how to best connect 10 retail stores in one state that different from connecting the different Olympic venues?
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The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi have broken all sorts of records: It's the most expensive ($51 billion), has the most events (98), and has the most nations in history competing (88). Twelve of the events are new. It is an enormous undertaking that takes far more than four years to pull off. Technology plays a huge role.

For example, according to ABC News, luxury watchmaker Omega "makes sensors for bobsleds that measure speed every meter along the dizzyingly fast course, along with acceleration rate and gravitational force."

Solution provider Atos is, for the seventh time, Worldwide IT Partner of the International Olympic Committee. According to its website, Atos is using 400 servers, 5,600 PCs, and 3,000 technologists to monitor the games. In addition, Atos has spent 100,000 hours testing the processes.

Many retailers are faced with networking different devices, and even small retailers often have a variety of machinery that must work together (POS, computers, tablets). Is determining how to best connect 10 retail stores in one state that different from connecting the different Olympic venues? I began to wonder whether solution providers could learn something practical from those involved in bringing the Sochi Olympics into our living rooms every night for two weeks.

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Comments

Money sink

I wonder how much of the technology involved was another way for Putin's pals to make billions? 

Still, hopefully it opened up some jobs for local Russians. It's awful how many have been displaced to make way for new Olympic buildings. 

Providing a Good Example

Such large-scale technology implementations can teach many of us working with and in technology lessons. I especially want to highlight the importance of testing. We saw the necessity of thorough testing with the rollout of the Affordable Health Care web site a couple of months ago. But too often, it's left on the cutting room floor, the victim of budgetary shortfalls or, sometimes, sheer ignorance.

Re: Money sink

Still, hopefully it opened up some jobs for local Russians.

That would be a good thing, especially if it gave Russian hackers an alternative and legitimate income stream! 

Re: Money sink

I wonder how long those jobs will last, though, now that the Olympics are over.