Bharathan is a Director of Product Management at Microsoft Corporation. He has been associated with the company for over twenty years now, in varied engineering roles, of which product management is a significant set. In the journey to building empathetic products for end users, he has honed his product management skills over the years and helped several people grow and thrive in this domain. Outside of technology, Sports has been one of his core passion areas – including recreational participation, games analysis. He loves to talk about the impact of technology in sports. Bharathan holds Bachelors in Information Systems from BITS Pilani in India, Masters in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and an MBA (Technology focus) from University of Washington, Seattle. He can be reached at [email protected]
New technology is helping in the prevention of sports injuries by facilitating better practice and training sessions, educating players on game fundamentals, and inventing new protective gear. Innovative mouth-guards and wearables gather performance data and can even help prevent brain injuries.
Big data is expected to revolutionize sports and strengthen its industry. However, there is also a dark side to big data, where businesses place too much faith on the analysis, and other challenges around its security, ownership, and curation. It's increasingly important to ensure the data quality.
High-tech cameras are improving how sports are watched and played. Whether it is tracking plays, recording with previously unheard-of precision and accuracy, or providing a whole new depth to game analytics, these cameras are changing the overall sporting experience—for athletes, coaches, and fans.
Sports is one discipline where technology adoption has been growing tremendously in recent years, and 2015 is shaping up to be an important year in building a pronounced acceptance for technology across many sports disciplines—for the teams, the leagues, and even sports fans themselves.