No rest for the brave
The 1948 International Wheelchair Games were the vision of German-born Dr. Ludwig Guttmann of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, who organised a competitive tournament for injured World War II veterans to coincide with the London 1948 Olympic Games. The successful and well-received events were an early precursor of what became the Paralympic Games, the first official competition taking place in Rome in 1960.
The Paralympic Games today regularly take place in the month directly after the Olympic Games in the same host city, and have a growing public profile and global reach. For the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games an estimated 175 nations will compete.
For us, being the Worldwide IT Partner and lead integrator of the technology team charged with delivering the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the time between these major sporting events is manically frenetic. After having had many months (and even years) to get everything in place for the Olympic Games, now everything must come together for the Paralympics in a matter of just over two weeks. IT kit needs to be dismantled and re-assembled under immovable deadlines and significant pressure.
One of the things critical to get right is the co-ordination and orchestration of all the fellow technology partners and suppliers – which is what we do, through our proven track record as Service Integration And Management (SIAM) leaders. The benefits are the same sorts of benefits we offer to other companies for any and every SIAM engagement. These include:
- Better, integrated management of Change and Transformation
- A single point of accountability for service, with us acting as the trusted advisor
- Less time spent on reporting due to single trusted source of information
- Improved end-to end service visibility and transparency
- Improved IT service performance quality and consistency
- Higher customer satisfaction: we manage complex incidents across multiple towers
- Access to new technology and innovation quickly: speed to market for new services
If you need to partner with a company with a wealth of experience in managing complex change and transformation in a multi-supplier environment, contact us now.Read all stories from the games
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