US Olympic Committee Passes the Torch to SharePoint 2010

Greetings from Vancouver, host city of the XXI Winter Olympics, February 12-28, 2010!

 

I arrived here on Sunday to support the broadcast of the Olympics on NBC, which will share the Games with US audiences in high definition on its many networks and online at NBCOlympics.com. If you’ve read my columns and articles over the years, you know I was lucky enough to act as the Microsoft Technologies Consultant for NBC at both the Torino and Beijing games. In fact, it was during Torino that I fell in love with SharePoint and its ability to support rapidly deployed, “big win” solutions to collaboration in an enterprise.

 

I am looking forward to sharing with you some of the things we’re doing with SharePoint here in Vancouver, but I am pre-empted this week by a really cool announcement from Microsoft itself, also about the Olympics and SharePoint 2010.

I’m particularly thrilled to share with you that Microsoft and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have teamed up to bring Winter Games content and information to reporters through a new press portal powered by SharePoint 2010.  That’s right, the USOC’s PressBox site  is powered by the beta version of SharePoint 2010 which, among other things, is a real testament to the strength of the product even in its pre-release state.

 

Through the site, the USOC is able to provide journalists covering the Games a single destination for accessing information about events, participants, and venues. The site features articles, statistics, photographs, and athlete information, adding depth and color to coverage. Building the site on SharePoint 2010 technology, the site exposes RSS feeds to enable real-time access to breaking news and personal updates from athletes who are using Twitter, Facebook, and blog posts.  SharePoint’s enhanced search enables rich sorting of athlete information, sporting events, article authors, and more.

 

Deploying content for an event like the Olympics is a high-stress, big-stakes undertaking.  The USOC is able to leverage the capabilities, manageability, and scalability, of SharePoint 2010 to tackle the challenge.  And journalists can take advantage of the content in new, dynamic ways. 

 

It’s pretty amazing to me that all of this is being entrusted to a version of SharePoint that is so new, it’s not even “finished” yet.  In the midst of a week that was characterized by hype around unreleased devices, here’s an enterprise putting a tremendous amount of faith in a product we can all get our hands on today.

 

Join me again on Monday for more news from Vancouver!

Dan Holme

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