SAP and university partners launch 2010 FIFA World Cup

First prize an iPAD for best World Cup dashboard using SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius

SYDNEY, AustraliaSAP Australia and university partners Victoria University and Monash University have announced the 2010 FIFA World Cup Dashboard Competition. Students are challenged with creating the best interactive dashboard enabling the Soccer fans to gain a detailed understanding of the performance of team’s competing this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

As the competition name implies, the entrants use the SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Dashboard technology to analyse different statistics from the Australian Soccer Team’s three World Cup matches, including goal attempts, free passes and penalty kicks as well as drilling down into details such as which players have previous tournament experience? Is there a particular area of the goal that a goalkeeper is less successful in defending? Is one player receiving more yellow cards than the others? This information will also make it possible to analyse the location of a player, such as Brett Holman, when shooting for goal and therefore search for patterns of successful play. This statistical data, which could form the basis of the dashboard, can be sourced from a variety of websites or inputs, with the final dashboards judged on the creative design, quality and functional.

The winning dashboard’s creators will receive an Apple iPad as a prize as well as having their dashboard displayed on the SAP and SAP Australian User Group web sites.

“Xcelsius dashboards turn seemingly mundane reporting tasks into a live, up-to-date experience that translates endless amounts of data into measureable info, even for events like the World Cup,” said Paul Hawking, one of the competition judges as well as, the SAP Academic Programs Director at Victoria University. “We are hoping for entries that creatively sort through the Australian team’s stats to tell the fan what all the info means to them.”

SAP has provided several free resources for the competition, including a trial download of SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius, as well as the SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Tutorial and SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius User Guide.

The competition is available to all Australian university students. The details of the competition, software downloads and tutorials are available at http://www.sap.com/australia/about/Soccer_World_Cup/index.epx. All entries are due by July 18 at 5:00 p.m. Teams can be made up of individuals or pairs.

Further information:
Peter Sertori, SAP Australia and New Zealand, +61 2 9935 4845, peter.sertori@sap.com

Imogen Rimington, Burson-Marsteller, +61 2 9928 1530, imogen.rimington@bm.com