August 14, 2012 // By: Heather McIlvaine // 3 Questions for the NBA’s CIO
2. What made the NBA decide to move this statistical experience from an internal tool to the masses?
We always wanted to make our expansive basketball data more widely available. After NBA All-Star this past season, we ran a test project and opened up these advanced NBA statistics for our media. The feedback was tremendous, and we knew the next step was to provide our fans with access.
To make this available to our fans, SAP is going to assist us with scaling our system. We are transitioning enormous volumes of basketball data that was being used by a few hundred media, to one that will be used by hundreds of thousands of fans.
3. Was the NBA considering any other providers for a real-time platform? What made SAP stand out?
We were already familiar with SAP and their products, as we use the SAP Sybase ASE platform for our NBA Statistics. Once we saw the capabilities of SAP HANA, we knew this technology could help us accomplish our goal and provide our fans with access to an innovative and groundbreaking statistical system next season.