Business software major SAP is set to launch the SAP Sports One solution for soccer.
This will be an updated version of its existing SAP Match Insights solution.
The company has conducted preview of key features at the SAP Sports and Entertainment Forum held at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
The first sports-specific cloud solution powered by the SAP HANA platform aims to provide a single unified platform to manage teams and players as well as handle analytical insights for performance optimization.
Earlier, SAP introduced SAP Match Insights solution, developed for the German Soccer Association for its preparation for the world cup in Brazil last year.
Stefan Wagner, general manager – Media, Sports & Entertainment at SAP, said: “SAP technology can open up untapped potential, providing new insights for better performance.”
Team management, training planning, player fitness management and performance analysis will be some of the components of the IT solution. It is expected to provide a simple-to-use collaboration platform to engage players and teams better on any device.
The SAP solution will support tracking of injuries, medication and performance diagnostics for health history of players. The platform will support the integration of content providers such as Opta Sports Daten and Prozone Sports to customize training, prevent injury, adapt tactics and develop the entire team.
Team managers and sports directors, coaches, scouts, video analysts and medical staff will be the main target audience for SAP. The first release of SAP Sports One is specifically designed for soccer, aiming mainly at the European market.
SAP will release a version of the platform for ice hockey as well. Currently the Czech national ice hockey team is using an adapted version of SAP Match Insights for Ice Hockey World Championship that starts in the Czech Republic May 1, 2015.