The Real Heroes of March Madness

It’s March and you know what that means.  It might mean you’re about to close the books on your 1st quarter.  It might mean that 25% of your selling year is almost over. Well, if you are a fan of college basketball it means one thing it’s time for March Madness.   This is the single elimination tournament that captures minds and hearts of audiences globally because of the sole possibility of your team reaching the final four and ultimately bringing home the championship.

Who can forget where they were when Villanova, a true underdog, beat Georgetown in 1985?  Or the scene when the late great coach, Jim Valvano’s NC State team beat Houston 54-52, and Jimmy V ran to the floor looking for someone to hug?

Even better yet, where were you when Carolina’s young freshman guard, Michael Jordan, hit a jumper from the left wing with 17 seconds to put Carolina on top, 63-62 for the 1982 championship crown?   What about the unbelievable Grant Hill to Christian Laettner combination, at the 1992 east regional final, that sent Coach Patino and Kentucky packing and led the way for Duke’s national championship?

Many of these memorable moments have one thing in common, heroes.

While guys like Grant Hill, Michael Jordan, Dean Smith, John Wooden might go down in history as the hero to the basket ball fan, the real heroes of March are IT professionals!!!

That’s right IT.  They are the men and women of thousands of business enterprises keeping networks up and running to manage airline, car rental and hotel reservations.  They are up all night monitoring the global supply chain and inventory management systems to ensure consumers of all ages can get their beverages, snacks, jerseys, hoodies or the coveted final four tee!!!

They work countless hours collaborating with their carriers and solutions providers to ensure cloud solutions and hosting infrastructure is built out to handle the demand.

The demands are huge and its high risk and reward.   The heat is on especially for the network companies, CBS, Time Warner, etc.  The networks who carry the games live over wired broadband or wireless Internet include:

ESPN Bracket Bound & Score Center

Yahoo! Spiracular

College Basketball Scoreboard

CBS Sports Mobile

v  NCAA Sports, Turner Sports

Fox Sports Mobile

It’s as real-time as you can get and they can’t afford to miss a beat or a last minute shot.

So who is your team this year?  Who is your favorite?

My final four – IT, Operations, Advertising & Digital Media

 I look forward to your comments.
Michael Nigro Application Sales Manager AT&T About Michael