Score Big Points With the Right IT Infrastructure for Your Fantasy Football App
Fantasy Football Needs Strong IT Infrastructure
It’s game time for fantasy football mobile app developers. Football season is in full swing, and fantasy football players — up to 41 million in North America, according to the New York Post — are cheering on not only their favorite NFL teams, but also their fantasy football teams.
What’s more, most of these fans will be using their mobile phones to manage their teams. Last year alone, Nielsen reported that the number of unique fantasy football mobile users shot up by over 800 percent.
But without the right IT infrastructure, fantasy football apps will likely disappoint die-hard fans. To keep fans engaged and to ensure their mobile apps can withstand this season’s heavy use, CTOs should consider whether their IT infrastructure has the speed, access and availability to handle the challenge.
Run Data Down the Line Faster
Traditional football may not be a game played on speed alone, but for fantasy football fans, real-time access to player stats and analysis is critical to their ability to make quick decisions that could make or break their matchup.
With fantasy football apps rapidly gaining new users, more data is being generated on both ends. To keep up, you need a managed IT infrastructure that can rapidly scale up, reduce bandwidth, diminish latency and move data in a bidirectional manner at a faster speed.
Score More Points by Providing Access to All Data
Managing a fantasy football team is all about sorting through data from a host of places — social media, weather reports, videos, articles and more — to glean insight. If your users can’t access all this data, they can’t make the critical decisions they need to outperform their peers.
Providing access to all relevant data requires a shared and secured infrastructure environment that is designed to capitalize on the integration of social, mobile and cloud technologies. Also necessary is an infrastructure that can seamlessly integrate back-end systems with mobile devices, applications and engagement platforms.
No Time Outs for Fantasy Football
Delivering fantasy football fans the data they need is only useful if fans have access to the data when they want it. If your mobile app goes down, there are plenty of other offerings for fans to turn to.
For optimal availability of football data and analytics, your IT infrastructure must have self-healing capabilities, enterprise-grade continuous infrastructure management and both single-site and multisite clustering solutions.
The fantasy football fan base continues to grow, which means there’s a lot of promise for mobile app developers to increase their user base. But there’s also a lot of competition for these fans. If you want to keep your app in the game, IT infrastructure matters. Without the support systems necessary to deliver rapid, robust and readily available stats and analysis, fans will leave your app far from the goal line.