Yesterday morning I wrote of the complexity of offensive and defensive military systems. On the public battleground of sports, there's a similarly complex system in the form of support for the Olympic games. This system is on my list for study in the Handbook and yesterday, following a dialog I had with Graham Berrisford, I came across a case study from Atos Origin on their development of the systems in support of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, systems known as the Information Diffusion Systems (a large intranet for public and local access to game results, biographies, historical records, and other background information) and the Games Management System (addressing the operations of the games, from transportation to VIP handling to housing to athlete and attendee management). Atos Origin has the contract for the next several Olympic Games. IBM developed and operated the Olympic systems for 40 years, but ultimately business and economic issues driven by the International Olympic Commmittee led to a new contract with SchlumbergerSema, who was ultimately acquired by Atos Origin in early 2004.
The Atos site has a wealth of interesting information, and the blog by Claude Phillips, Atos Origin's chief technologist, makes for some compelling reading in his daily operational diary.