Ryder Cup CTO Michael Cole says the PGA European Tour is going through the biggest period of technological investment ever, as it looks to create a “connected course” and drive the global transformation of golf.
This push includes developing deep partnerships with HPE and networking infrastructure provider Aruba.
Cole said that the investment was a part of a two-year programme which he referred to as his ‘2020 vision’ including moving more systems to the cloud, redeveloping business applications, and the integration of back-office systems.
“It’s really recognising that the European tour requires a transformation of its technology if it’s going to support the transformation of global golf,” said Cole. “What does that mean in reality? It means we have to reinvest in some legacy systems that haven’t changed in perhaps 20 years.
“It means that we need a more robust and secure environment, so we are moving more of our systems out to the cloud to give us the security, accessibility, and the flexibility to move forward. We are migrating digital systems onto next generation platforms and we’ll see that come to life in the early part of 2019.”