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PGA Tour Is On Par With Linux - page 3

Linux and Golf... Smooth As A 20 Foot Putt Right Into The Cup

  • June 9, 2003
  • By Rob Reilly

Evans plans to beef up his IS game by developing an internal training program for Linux certification of his staff. For web development, he wants to eventually have staff training and certification in Perl. His team is broken down in the following chart by function.

Function Number of People Description
Development 11 Developers using Java, C++, Notes/Domino, RPG, DB2
Data Center 3 MCSE, Notes Certified Administrators
Operations 5 Primarily focused on feeding live scoring data to in-house clients like pgatour.com
Customer Service/Help Desk 13 people supporting approximately 1600 seats and various business support functions
Management Team 4 IT Professionals

He also mentioned that he might look into using VMWARE on IBM blade servers. Blades have the capability of running multiple functions on a box and are very reliable.

"It was interesting when the PGA Tour was at Linux World," Evans remarked. "While everyone was interested in the Linux technology, many of the attendees were also interested in golf and how we were applying the technology to the sport. Golf was an interesting icebreaker and helped the Linux attendees relate to the physical world connections," he said.

The PGA Tour has come a long way since the early Web days. Tourcast and Linux based 'on-demand' server units have helped provide entertainment and timely tournament information to countless golfing fans, which lets the PGA keep hitting it long with Linux.

Rob Reilly (aka: "Dr. Torque") is a professional writer and senior technology consultant, whose work includes Linux, business systems integration, innovation training and occasional hot rodding excursions. He frequently writes and speaks about these and other topics. He has 17 years experience in the high technology, manufacturing and the utilities industries. He is always 'on-the-lookout' for stories and projects that focus on Linux, business and the cutting edge.

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