December is always a big month for our 247Sports technology team. Typically, we’ve wrapped up new products for the year by now and are in full preparation for National Signing Day (NSD). We’re close to that this season, but have a few things still lingering.
There are three major things going on right now.
1. Final bug fixes for the year: This is the time we go back through our logs and look for bugs we’ve put off for recruiting season, or things that need to get fixed before NSD. There’s a small chance we might make simple enhancements to products, if they are safe and contained.
2. Site optimization: In order to survive NSD after nine months of adding features and changes in how the site functions, you need to look at things again. 247Sports CTO Cory Lovelace and his team take 4-8 weeks to optimize those processes. Sometimes a bug leads us to a solution that enhances our network’s speed, but rarely do we get that lucky. Instead, we take some additional time for load testing, and digging much deeper into things like response time, requests per second and CPU utilization to be prepared to handle the immense increase in traffic in January.
3. Board rewrite release: We didn’t get this out in the Fall because we did not like the way it was testing heading into our largest traffic months of the year. Next week, we hope to begin full testing on the next generation of board tools for our users. The plan is to begin release of our board rewrite within 10 days of NSD, so we have a lot of work to do to get it ready before then.
In addition to these projects, we just hired a new team member that we’ve got to get up to speed. Sounds easy, but it does take time and involvement from the entire team.
Board rewrite makes this December one of the most important months in the history of our company. Surviving NSD is always the priority, but this December needs to be big in many others ways to help us get to the next generation of products we want to in 2014.