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What If the 2015 NFL Playoff Teams Were IT Solutions?

Posted January 26, 2015by Nate Teplow

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The Super Bowl is this coming weekend! Hopefully you’re as pumped as I am (although I doubt it unless you’re a fellow Pats fan). But even if my team wasn’t playing in the big game this weekend, I’m still a football fan and always enjoy watching the games. 

So in honor of the Super Bowl this weekend, I asked some of my other football-fan co-workers the question: What if each of this year’s playoff teams were IT Solutions?

Here’s what we came up with.

 

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks-antivirus
image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23471940@N02/11873606346

Antivirus Software

It’s all about defense baby! Seattle’s defense is fierce and they work together to keep their opponents out of the end zone, just like AV software works to keep malicious programs out of your clients’ systems. Wouldn’t you want Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Bruce Irvin defending your clients’ networks? I certainly would.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New England Patriots

Patriots-rmm
image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdn/10563140515/

Remote Monitoring and Management Software (RMM)

The Patriots have been around for a while and are still a dominant player in the space. They’re always alert, always tuned in to the game and can make adjustments on the fly, based on what they see on the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

Colts-IoT
image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/Andrew_Luck_2013.jpg

The Internet of Things

Everyone talks about them as the next big thing, but they haven’t quite proven that they’re at that elite level. Each year they keep getting closer. Will the 2015-2016 season be the year they finally grow into their potential?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Bay Packers

Packers-FSS

File Sync and Share Software

The Packers are built around one core component (and one of the best in the league, I may add) who effectively distributes the ball to many different people on offense. They’re quick, agile and work efficiently. Unfortunately, they can’t seem to close out a Championship game up by 12 points with 5 minutes left…

Don’t let that deter you from file sync and share solutions though.

 

 

 

 image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/Aaron_Rodgers_-_San_Francisco_vs_Green_Bay_2012_(13).jpg

 

Baltimore Ravens

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Voice Over IP (VoIP)

As the 6th seed in the AFC, they were destined to play on the road the whole playoffs and have had to find ways to call plays and connect with each other clearly in hostile environments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Joe_Flacco_under_center_vs_Pittsburgh_Steelers_12-2-12.jpg 

  

Denver Broncos

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image source: https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3935/14932554463_8d4059c198_b.jpg

Business Intelligence Software

They have a quarterback who can process lots of information and make quick, informed decisions on the fly. Say what you want about his age, but he’s still one of the smartest QB’s to have ever played the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolina Panthers

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image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/Carolina_Panthers.JPG

Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR)

The Panthers also heavily rely on defense to win games. It’s what they turn to as a last resort when all else fails in their environment (aka the NFC South).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys-virtualization
image source: https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8199/8246718940_276cd7175c_b.jpg

Virtualization Technology

The Dallas Cowboys have one of the strongest offensive lines in the league, which allows them to get the most out of their resources on offense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detroit Lions

Lions-cloud
image source: https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8171/8044893085_3ea84cc027_b.jpg

Cloud Technologies

The Lions have some serious weapons on offense that allow them to air it out. No matter who is covering Calvin Johnson, he seems to be accessible anywhere, anytime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona Cardinals

bengals-mdm

Break-fix Services

The Cardinals had some tough breaks this year with a lot of injuries. They just couldn’t quite pull it together and be effective with all of the fixes they had to implement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image source: http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/146/593/9aeb37d70b536f134e4a9eba6150febb_crop_north.jpg?w=630&h=420&q=75 

 

Cincinnati Bengals

bengals-mdm

Mobile Device Management (MDM)

They seem to be primed for success, but they just haven’t quite taken off like most people have expected them to. Sure, they can be highly effective in certain games, but not against every team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/Andy_Dalton_2014_Bengals_training_camp.jpg 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers-onsite

On-site Backup Solutions

The Steelers can still be effective, but they’re definitely outdated and in need of a few upgrades. If they don’t refresh and revamp their strategy soon, they’re going to be way too old to compete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e8/Roethlisberger_being_sacked.jpg


So there you have it, our list of 2015 NFL playoff teams as MSP technologies. What do you think of our list? Have any other ideas for the teams we have listed (or other NFL teams for that matter)?

Let us know in the comments section.

Nate Teplow is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Continuum, currently managing the company's RMM marketing initiatives. Nate's experience spans inbound marketing, content strategy, marketing communications and B2B lead generation. A proud Miami Hurricane alumni, Nate enjoys staying active, traveling to new places and performing A/B tests.

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