The world of sports is now being swept by a new revolution – analytics fueled by an explosion of data. The rise of what IDC calls the “Third Platform” – combined with Big Data solutions and the ability to collect and access massive amounts of information in real time – has delivered newer and more powerful analytics. Not only do these solutions allow real-time and intuitive reporting, but also increasingly predictive analytics that extends and enhances its value in exciting new ways.
Having discussed the hockey fan experience in a recent blog series over the past year, I thought it would be interesting to examine the impact of analytics on the game of hockey. As a former hockey goalie, I always believed that the best seat in the house was the one where you can see the entire game unfold. So I reached out to an expert who clearly knows the game: former NHL goalie Brian Boucher, hockey analyst for the NHL on NBC Sports, CSN and the NHL Network and the holder of the modern-era NHL goaltender shutout record.
Fred Isbell: Brian, you recently spoke at an event focused on business and leadership challenges. What was your experience in making a seemingly seamless transition from player to broadcaster? How did you prepare for a career after hockey?
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About Fred Isbell
Fred Isbell is the Senior Director of SAP Digital Business Services Marketing at SAP. He is an experienced, results- and goal-oriented senior marketing executive with broad and extensive experience & expertise in high technology and marketing. He has a BA from Yale and an MBA from the Duke Fuqua School of Business.