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There’s nothing like not knowing what you need to know at the moment you most need to know it.
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Such an instance can give you that anti-deja vu feeling, like you’ve never been here before and that you never knew what suddenly you realized you ought to.
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It happens to me all the time.
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So today IBM has announced the creation of a new consulting organization completely dedicated to helping you know those sorts of things before you ever really needed to know them.
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The IBM Business Analytics and Optimization Service is going to draw on IBM’s deep expertise in vertical industries, research, mathematics, and information management to help clients improve the speed and quality of business decisions, while also helping them also understand the consequences and business outcomes of those decisions.
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Yeah, I wish we’d had this practice in place before September 15th of last year myself, but better late than never.
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Also, worth noting as a milestone, this is the emfirst/em launch of a new service line by IBM’s Global Business Services unit since the 2002 acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.
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This new practice will feature more than 4,000 consultants around the globe, along with 200 mathematicians and advanced analytics experts.
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To learn more about the practice, visit a href=http://www.ibm.com/gbs/analyticswww.ibm.com/gbs/analytics/a.
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emNow/em you know.
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After watching The Masters this weekend, I had to go to the doctor this morning to get my blood pressure checked.
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Actually I was already going to the doctor, but it makes for a better story to say I needed to get my blood pressure checked after watching that final round in Augusta.
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Anybody who watched knows exactly what I’m talking about. And anybody who still doesn’t think golf can be dramatic…even on TV…well, you just don’t have a heartbeat.
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As Master’s sportscasting stalwart Jim Nance and the CBS announcer crew suggested, yesterday’s final round was like watching two tournaments: the first with the drama of the Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson pairing, and then the finish by the top of the leaderboard and the playoff between Chad Campbell, Kenny Perry, and Angel Cabrera.
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When Kenny Perry almost hit that 8-iron in the hole at 16, I thought it was a done deal — that he had it in the bag, so to speak — as I’m sure so did many others.
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But that’s golf, and stuff happens — even — or should I say, especially — on the last two holes of Augusta.
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Then, on the first playoff hole, when Angel Cabrera tried to bend his shot around the Augusta pines, and instead ran smack into one…well, I didn’t quite feel so bad about my own previous attempts at hitting a golf ball through immoveable 100+ year-old objects (like tall trees, for example).
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They say this about The Masters many years, but this one was definitely one for the ages.
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I’m still waiting to hear news from our friends at The Masters, and the IBM team that helped out with the technology, as to what this year’s stats were, but if yesterday was any barometer, I would imagine those Web servers were burning it up.
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Congrats to the team in Augusta at The Masters for hosting another gem of a golf tournament. There’s simply nothing else in the world quite like it, and I hope they continue to keep it that way.
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As to 2009 winner Angel Cabrera, Viva Argentina and mucho felicidades!
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I’m not going to lie, I was very proud to see fellow Texan Chad Campbell come out with such an aggressive start in The Masters yesterday, much as I am admittedly a Tiger Woods fan.
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Speaking of Tiger, did you see that shot he made out of the woods on number 11?
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What is it with Tiger and magical shots out of the trees on 11 at August? Last year, he snapped a four iron making a shot there, and this time around, he put backspin on the ball coming out of the pine needles landing the ball just on on the green a few yards short of the pin.
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emIncroyable.
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brFor my money, it’s still anybody’s Masters, although Campbell is already tearing it up again at Augusta this morning (he’s minus 9 after four holes). Yesterday it was all soft greens, easy (relatively) pin placements, and no wind.
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Today’s a whole ‘nother story.
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Item was/em noteworthy to me that the former 50 year-old plus Masters champions — Larry Mize, Greg Norman, Bernhard Langer — are outscoring the flatbelly teenagers. Since I’m closer to 50 than I am the flatbellies, I have to give some shout outs to Mize and company.
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If you’re not using the a href=http://www.masters.orgMasters.Org/a Web site and/or a href=http://www.masters.com/en_US/interactive/mobile/iphone.htmliPhone application,/a you’re either not at work or traveling or you’re not a golf fan.
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My full take on the second round: I hope the players enjoyed those simpleton pin placements yesterday.
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To have that many players come in under par on the first round surely had the Augusta course superintendent grinning as he and his team started scheming on the placements today.
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Also, the greens are expected to firm up as the days wear on (unless Augusta gets some rain today, as had been suggested), making it more difficult to nail the increasingly tough pins. I fully expect a lot more pars and bogeys and a lot less birdies and eagles.
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Tiger will have to come roaring back today to make up lost ground (Much has been made of his coming back from first rounds of 70, but never has he had to do so with so many ahead of him).
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He needs to start dropping a lot more of those putts he wasn’t nailing yesterday, or put himself in better approach positions (although I’d take 30 putts in a round any day of the week!)
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I would also be keeping an eye (beyond Campbell) on Hunter Mahan, Shingo Katayama, Jim Furyk, as well as some of those minus fours (Angel Cabrera, Mike Weir), and minus threes (Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington), and even a few in the long tail.
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In other words, it’s only the second day at The Masters and it is emwide open./em
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IBM and MIT recently conducted an analysis of social networks inside IBM.
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As the study’s introduction explained, it presents new empirical evidence on the relationship between information worker productivity and social capital generated from social networks.
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Writer Stephen Baker summarized the research in a recent emBusinessWeek/em article, explaining that this research assign[ed] a dollar value to e-mail interaction with an employee’s managers.
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Out of several thousand consultants inside IBM, those with strong virtual links to a manager produced an average of $588 of revenue per month over the norm.
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The research also found that the average email contact was worth $948 in revenue.
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To discover this insight, Baker writes that the researchers used mathematical formulas to analyze the email traffic, address books, and buddy lists of 2,600 IBM consultants over the course of the year.
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So, all you virtual wallflowers out there, it’s time to start doing some serious social networking…that is, if you want to keep your organizational capital up there with the rest of the big boys and girls.
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You can read the full research report a href=http://smallblue.research.ibm.com/publications/Utah-ValueOfSocialNetworks.pdfhere/a.
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From where I sit, the implications of this research are profound.
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If there are some individuals in an organization who are emmore /emeffective in socializing ideas, initiatives, etc. in the organization, don’t I want to know who those individuals are?
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Wouldn’t I want to improve my organization’s competitive advantage by giving those stars the opportunity to maximize their reach and impact, both inside and outside the organization?
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One can also imagine scenarios where the network topology of an organization is mapped to understand better who the key influencers are internally, for the purpose of ensuring one’s salespeople are talking to the emmost/em influential individuals throughout the organization, from top to bottom.
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What do you think?
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What’s emyour/em email address worth?
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And do you think there’s value in this type of research? Potentially other uses beyond some of these scenarios?
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Round one tee times for The Masters have been released. You can see them a href=http://www.masters.com/en_US/scores/groupings/index.htmlhere./a
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Apparently my tickets to attend The Masters got lost in the mail once again.
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That’s okay, my Sony Bravura HD demonstrates the blades of grass at Augusta National quite brilliantly, and I can make my own mint juleps in the kitchen without having to fight my way back to the concession stand.
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This Thursday, in the opening round, Tiger Woods tees off at 1:52, and is partnered with Stewart Cink and J. Singh.
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Just in case you were curious.
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And as Tiger’s score hopefully goes down down down, Facebook’s continues to go up up up, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg announcing in his a href=http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=72353897130blog/a today Facebook’s 200 millionth user.
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Did the 200 millionth user get a free virtual beer or anything? Nothing??!
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Maybe the option to revert back to the old Facebook home page, perhaps??! Doh!
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Inquiring minds definitely want to know.
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Of course, not emeverybody/em around the globe uses Facebook, as I found out last week during my Asian-Pacific travels.
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Instead of writing a long blog post on the topic, developerWorks’ Scott Laningham grilled me yesterday PM which resulted in a href=http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/scott?entry=turbotech_reflections_on_todd_sthis podcast./a
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Go a href=http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/scott?entry=turbotech_reflections_on_todd_scheck it out./a
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In it, Scott and I chatted about my impressions during last week’s seven-day swing through Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan — everything from economics to broadband and mobile use to China’s 50 Cent Army, all in 14 minutes and 47 seconds.
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Whew, no wonder I’m so worn out!
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