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Could the Rio Olympics Bring Enterprise Network Problems?
Source: govtech.com
Source Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: Brazil
Created: Jul 24, 2016

Despite an unusually long list of serious concerns, I expect the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil to exceed expectations overall. But is your business or government ready?

No doubt, the global media is highlighting many issues surrounding physical security, infrastructure, the Zika virus and other problems.

So why am I optimistic? Because the "success" bar has been set so very low for these 2016 Olympic Games. 

But barring a major terrorist incident, I expect the Brazilian hosts to pull off some positive surprises. Perhaps they will even win over the hearts and minds of the world in the opening and closing ceremonies. Just as they did with the 2014 FIFA (Soccer) World Cup, event organizers should be able to overcome short-term sporting event (and large crowd) obstacles and deliver a memorable few weeks of summer fun for the world to watch.

Once the opening ceremony begins and surprise winners and losers start to emerge, I expect the negative stories will quickly evolve into a series of positive smaller stories that will become viral in social media channels. I have no idea who will win various events, but there are always upsets and champions that emerge as our new heroes.

Back at Home (and at the Office)

Which leads to the rest of us back at home. Regardless of whether things go poorly or well, one thing is clear — the eyes of the world will be on Brazil from Aug. 5-21. Whether, good, bad or ugly, everyone will be watching events — both live online and in various other forms (from tape delayed to media summary snippets.)

As far as the event schedule goes, NBC has published their plan here. The viewing opportunities include numerous TV channels and websites. As the article states, “NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream 4,500 total hours — including all Olympic competition for the third consecutive Olympics. ...” 

Keeping in mind that Rio de Janeiro is one hour earlier than U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), plenty of events will fall during normal work hours. This also means that the opening and closing ceremonies will begin during work hours on the West Coast and Hawaii.

Sports events that occur during the workday, such as the Olympics, World Cup Soccer and March Madness, can bring down or significantly impact office network speeds and even business ability to process important operational tasks.

(BY DANIEL LOHRMANN)
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