World Cup IT blogger gives us exclusive pictures as tension is finally releases

So the big day has arrived and the opening ceremony and the first match between the host nation and Mexico.

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This is the fourth of a series of blog posts from Dilbagh Gill who is head of Sports at Mahindra Satyam.

He has the enviable task of making sure the event management software, that Mahindra Satyam has built for FIFA for the 2010 World Cup finals, runs smoothly. Dilbagh has agreed to blog from the event during the competition, which begins this month.

See his first and second and third blog posts.

World Cup IT blog 4, by Dilbagh Gill  

The last couple of days have been an exciting – if extremely intense – few days of activity as we see the culmination of months of preparation and thousands of man hours of work. I’m sure like the teams in their pre-match warm-ups, we have a similar sense of nerves combined with real excitement to be a part of this global event.   There is now a tangible sense of World Cup fever across the city – in fact Johannesburg is pretty much gridlocked with traffic as visitors, teams and of course the world’s media descend into the city.

From our perspective,  I’m pleased to report that things have run pretty much to schedule  and, whilst no project is without its challenges, we have done all that we can to ensure that the systems for logistics, IT assets and transportation are running as planned .  As more visitors arrive, the accreditation process has continued to run smoothly and have now completed some 120,000 accreditations, 50% of the way there!  We feel privileged to be able to report from our vantage point at the Command Centre, at the heart of the action.

The Soccer City Stadium was empty this morning at 08:00 Hrs (see picture below) –  the ambience as I write 2 and half hours before the game is amazing. You can hear the vuvuzelas everywhere, there are some rehearsals and the stadium is still empty.

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Dear Mr. Gill and the mahindra Satyam team, I have read with much interest and pride (I was born in India before partition but now live in the U.S.A) your very lucid with a touch of humor details of the undertakings of Mahindra Satyam in ensuring that the games run smoothly.

Congratulations on the hard work that you and your group have done so far to make all Indians proud of your achievement. Keep it up and may God give you all the success that you all rightly deserve. I am sure with an able leader like you, everything will turn out well and I,a small shareholder of Mahindra Satyam, will be able to boast about your performance with my American colleagues, best of luck.