April 7, 2022
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Hello, and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: how baseball players are using AI tools to improve without full control over their data, Atlassian endures a multiday Jira outage at a bad time, and this week in enterprise tech moves.
Purdue University outfielders Cam Thompson and Curtis Washington Jr. are among thousands of college baseball players with access to more data-juiced tech than ever to use in the hopes of getting to the majors.
“I was the slowest on the team,” said Thompson in a video describing Purdue’s use of 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) technology developed by Intel, which captures video footage and applies computer vision and deep learning to digitize an individual player’s skeletal data and calculate biomechanics. The data and analytical insights gave Thompson and his coaches information revealing that he was bent over just slightly when launching himself from a base.
The use of data measuring players’ agility or injury recovery progress — or revealing the impact of nutrition, sleep and hydration on their performance — has implications not just for betting, but an athlete’s entire career trajectory. Those athletes have little control and few rights over the data associated with the very bodies that dictate their futures.
Access to the 3DAT system has nothing to do with betting for John Madia, director of Baseball Player Development at Purdue.
But while representatives of Intel and AiScout tout the potential benefits for AI-based phone apps to level the real-life and figurative playing fields for athletes and non-athletes alike, future uses of the data gathered and created by these systems are largely unknown, leaving unanswered questions around data ownership, control and privacy risks.
Player data gathered, combined and analyzed over time could create unintended consequences for athletes, Black and Houser said.
DuckDuckGo has an all-in-one privacy solution aimed at simplifying online privacy protection. DuckDuckGo’s app can be used as an everyday browser with private search, tracker blocking, encryption, and now email protection built-in. It’s the free, easy button for online privacy.
Outages are a fact of life for cloud service providers, but in general, it’s best to avoid them to whatever extent possible during a big week for your company.
Atlassian found itself in that situation this week, enduring a multiday outage to its key Jira bug-tracking tool that started on Tuesday and was still ongoing as of Thursday afternoon, according to its status page. TechTarget reported that Atlassian blamed the outage on “a routine maintenance script” that went awry and “a small number of sites were unintentionally disabled, which resulted in them being unable to access their products and data.”
Any outage stretching more than a day is bad enough, but this week was also Atlassian’s big Team 22 conference, during which it introduced several new products and hosted customers in Las Vegas. The company told TechTarget that “hundreds” of engineers were involved in the recovery effort, which will lead to Atlassian adopting automated recovery processes in the future.— Tom Krazit (email | twitter)
Net zero. Carbon offsets. Scope 3 emissions. These are just some of the terms you’ll find in Big Tech’s climate plans. Understanding what they actually mean is vital to ensuring the industry is meeting its goals — and understanding whether those goals are the right ones.
Join Protocol’s Brian Kahn for a virtual event on April 19 at 10 a.m. PT, where he’ll talk with some of the people responsible for setting those goals and experts who are monitoring them to find out what tech companies are really doing. Joining Brian will be Suzanne DiBianca, the chief impact officer at Salesforce, and Jamie Beck Alexander, the director of Drawdown Labs and Project Drawdown.
Over the past week, Micron added new C-suite members, Nutanix gained another exec from VMware and Anaplan added new leadership after its purchase by Thoma Bravo a few weeks ago.
Mark Murphy is the new CFO of Micron Technology. Murphy was previously the CFO of Qorvo, and held leadership roles in electronics at MEMC Electronic Materials and Praxair.
Fran Dillard is now the chief diversity inclusion officer for Micron. Dillard formerly led diversity efforts at Lockheed Martin Corporation and Texas Instruments.
David Tuhy is now VP and GM of Intel’s Optane Group. Tuhy has held various leadership roles at Intel in the data center and AI, storage and desktop products groups, among others.
Shyam Desirazu joined Nutanix as head of Engineering. Desirazu was formerly VP of Engineering at VMware and helding engineering roles at BlueTalon and Zynga.
Mark Micallef joined Anaplan as SVP for Asia Pacific. Micallef was formerly the VP of Asia Pacific and Japan at Cloudera, and held leadership roles at Citrix.
Kuntal Vahalia joined ThoughtSpot as SVP of Channels and Alliances. Vahalia was previously a VP at MuleSoft and worked as a director at Salesforce.
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Shortages of chipmaking tools continue to exacerbate the chip shortage, as wait times for chipmakers trying to expand production have stretched out to 18 months.
IBM was sued by investors claiming that former CEO Ginni Rometty and other executives used revenue from its mainframe division to prop up other divisions the company was trying to emphasize.
Early reports that Russian hacking efforts in Ukraine were relatively few and far between are looking premature as more information about Russia’s offensive operations comes to light.
Thanks for reading — see you tomorrow!