“Baseball is very much a game about data,” said Joe Inzerillo at FutureStack16 San Francisco. And as CTO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), Joe knows what he’s talking about. But how exactly do data, software, and sports intersect?

To illustrate, Joe played videos of two batters (Eric Hosmer and Jason Kipnis) sliding unsuccessfully into first base during crucial World Series 2016 games. Based on the data at his fingertips, Joe definitively showed that both men would have been better off staying on their feet and running through the bag. In other words, data proved that Kipnis should have learned from Hosmer’s mistake.

Those kinds of learnings are available to software companies, too, if they pay attention to the data from their software. If not, well, “Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is exactly what you don’t want to do when you’re building software,” Joe said.

To learn how MLBAM and BAMTech (a global spin-off valued at $3 billion) use data and monitoring to make sure their infrastructure is providing a consistently awesome fan experience (hint: AWS and New Relic are star players in the MLBAM stack), watch Joe’s presentation “Winning a High-Stakes Game” in the video below:

Watch other great presentations from the event:

You can watch all available FutureStack16 San Francisco presentation videos, including the keynotes, at our FutureStack16 San Francisco YouTube playlist.


Photo: © Andrew Weeks Photography.

B.J. Hinshaw is a freelance writer based in Northern California. View posts by .

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