IBM and Wimbledon: alliance for innovation and digitization

Cutting-edge technology for the world's most famous tennis tournament with a bold taste of AI and an enhanced sports experience

IBM and Wimbledon: The partnership between IBM and Wimbledon is a union that transforms the world of tennis
The partnership between IBM and Wimbledon is a union that transforms the world of tennis

IBM plays a key role in Wimbledon, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.
The US company's advanced technology and consulting services are essential in managing the huge amount of structured and unstructured data generated during the show.
This data, from a variety of sources, is captured, protected, filtered and analyzed in real-time to enhance the digital experience of sports leagues.

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IBM and Wimbledon: Artificial Intelligence at work in transforming raw data into valuable insights
Artificial Intelligence at work transforming raw data into valuable insights

Manage and route news across multiple locations and multiple clouds

The digital experience of The Championship relies on a massive volume of structured and unstructured data, all of which needs to be captured, protected, filtered and analyzed in real-time.
Wimbledon information is instantly routed to multiple clouds in different locations, where it feeds a variety of applications that are containerized and built on top of Red Hat OpenShift.
This hybrid cloud architecture allows Wimbledon to write applications once and run them everywhere.
IBM Consulting works with the London event's digital team throughout the year, using the IBM Garage and IBM Design Thinking methods to map user journeys and develop innovative and engaging features for the Wimbledon App.
Throughout the UK tournament, teams work hand in hand, monitoring the entire digital operation from start to finish.

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That transformation of raw data into meaningful insights for AI

Wimbledon uses several AI capabilities to transform raw data into meaningful insights for the digital experience.
The process is fully automated, helping Wimbledon's digital team produce content quickly – from pre-match insights to post-match highlight reels.
IBM Match Insights analyzes scores, stats and expert opinion, producing predictions about each player's likelihood of winning and their IBM Power Index, a measure of players' form and momentum.
In 2023, Wimbledon also introduced new AI features to enhance the spectator experience.
For example, AI Commentary is a new feature that adds AI-powered narration to video highlight reels on Wimbledon.com.
This is achieved by using the great language models and generative AI services accessible through WatsonX, which have undergone additional specific domain training and Wimbledon data to produce relevant and reliable narratives of match highlight reels.
Another new feature is the so-called 'AI Draw Analysis', which uses the IBM Power Index and odds-of-winning predictions to assess each player's potential path to the final.

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Big Data security and privacy for athletes as well as fans

Data security and privacy are of paramount importance to IBM and Wimbledon.
All information collected during the tournament is handled safely and securely, ensuring that personal information of fans and players is always protected.
IBM uses advanced data security technologies and data management practices to ensure that all information is handled in compliance with privacy and data protection laws.
The partnership between the American multinational and Wimbledon is an excellent example of how technology and innovation can improve the sporting experience.
With the use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing, IBM is helping Wimbledon stay at the forefront of tennis by delivering an unprecedented digital experience to fans around the world.
As we look to the future, we can expect this partnership to continue to bring new and exciting innovations to the world of tennis.

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