Deflating the Football by 2 PSI — Is It Really an Advantage?


The National Football League (NFL) is buzzing with accusations about the New England Patriots reducing the PSI – pounds per square inch — of the footballs used in their recent game against the Indianapolis Colts.   Why does anyone care?  There is plenty of speculation that a reduction in PSI gave the Patriots a competitive advantage against the Colts.  Commentators say it let them better grip the ball as well as more quickly pass the ball — i.e., better and faster execution.


 It remains to be seen how the balls got deflated, and even if it really did make a difference to play with a deflated ball.  There are questions about the benefits of the 2.0 PSI reduction. But the likelihood of it being a real advantage for the Patriots is looking more and more dubious.  In fact, it is beginning to look like a disadvantage — the Patriots head coach is spending precious time on addressing media and NFL investigators instead of preparing for the Super Bowl game.

So what does this have to do with workload automation?  Just like in football, every team or business is looking for a competitive edge – and speed is a big one.  Automation continues to be one of the major areas that companies can turn to for speed.


In today’s world of digital services, speed makes a difference.


Users/consumers are willing to wait about 3 seconds for a web page to load before they abandon the web site. They have a little more patience on their mobile devices, willing to wait up to a whopping 10 seconds.

One of the biggest IT trends today is big data.  Why is everyone so interested?  Ultimately it is the speed at which results can be delivered – whether that is delivering a time-sensitive location-based marketing offer or quickly gaining insights that better inform short-term business decisions and long term business strategy.

Speed is a major differentiator today in many aspects.  And workload automation is a way to gain speed.

Don’t put your business at risk by choosing the wrong tool or methods.  Control-M can help you define, connect and manage the business technology supply chain that delivers your business service and customer experience – and at a pace that can give you a winning advantage.

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Robin Reddick

Robin Reddick

Robin Reddick is a solutions marketer for performance and analytics solutions that help organizations manage their multi-cloud environments. Robin joined BMC in 2010 with 20+ years of experience with infrastructure management software solutions.