With several Olympics under its belt, Atos is supporting one of the largest IT infrastructures in sports history. If it succeeds, it's an unheralded hero. If it fails, it gets crucified.
A year before the 2010 Winter Olympics are set to start in Vancouver, the technological backbone is nearly ready.
Two teams in London will deal with crimes such as attempted hacks on computer systems and fraudulent ticketing Web sites.
When the torch is lit to signal the start of the 2012 London Olympics, 900 servers, 1,000 network devices, and 9,500 computers will be working overtime. They are being extensively tested first.
The Winter Games in Vancouver, which kick off Friday, rely on thousands of servers and PCs to manage everything from scores to travel plans. Magnus Alvarsson has to make sure everything is working.
Thierry Breton, chief executive of IT services company Atos SA, refuses to e-mail, which, he says, cannot replace the spoken word. The bon mot, it seems, is best delivered in person.
Testing has begun on the computers that will keep the 2012 London Olympics running, jumping, diving and trampolining.
The many Acer computers that dot the Olympic venues are running Windows, but it's the venerable Windows XP rather than one of Microsoft's newer operating systems.
USB thumb drive with passwords turns up in pub parking lot, prompting government site to shut down to protect sensitive data of 12 million English citizens.
While problems and controversy have found the games elsewhere, it's been smooth sailing inside the main technology center.