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World Cup Fried Calamari

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I think everybody needs to get off Paul the octopus’ back.

I mean, really.

First, he’s a German octopus.  So he clearly could have been biased.

Second, he’s just calling these World Cup games like he sees them.

Err, correction: How he feels them.

Third, it’s a long way down from the top. 

Or rather, it’s a long way up from the bottom.

Anyhow, you know what I mean.

I find it most interesting that Paul started predicting soccer matches during the 2008 European Soccer Championships.  That year, he was four for six.


Paul the Octopus contemplates the outcome of the World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands.

Now, he’s on his way to six in a row, the odds of accurately picking correctly which are 216 to 1.

I’m thinking that if Paul keeps this up, he may want to find an aquarium in Vegas and soon.  He certainly has a better record in selecting winners than many of the so-called experts.

Of course, they’re not exactly crying for Paul in Argentina, whose loss to Germany led many to suggest a mission to capture, kill, and serve Paul with potatoes (Personally, I like my calimari with rice, but that’s just me).

The Germans don’t seem to be much happier with Paul now that the eight-legged traitor also accurately predicted their own loss to Spain, with many calling for grilled octopus in the restaurants of Berlin and beyond.

What’s a poor soothsaying octopus to do?

Well, Paul could follow the LeBron James model established just last evening. 

He could call his own press conference and provide some massive prediction about the fate of the Democrats in this year’s U.S. mid-term elections or something similarly yawn-inspiring.

Of course, as is so often the case with such instances, social media is the big winner for a story like this.

“Paul the Octopus” and “Pulpo” (Spanish for Octopus) are trending bigtime on Twitter search, and you can’t navigate YouTube without stumbling across Paul sliterhing his way over to the Spanish flag.



I see at least a minor opportunity for helping the distressed Spanish economy:“Pulpo for FIFA Presidente” T-shirts for everybody!

Me, I’m off to Istanbul for a few days’ business.

Come Sunday evening, I plan to be firmly ensconced in a bar somewhere along the Bosphorus enjoying some kalamar tava, a Turkish-style fried calamari, as Spain proves Paul to be a true underseas Kreskin and takes World Cup 2010 to its most logical and seaworthy end.

Written by turbotodd

July 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

IBM Leads Social Platform Software Market

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For those of you in the U.S., I hope you enjoyed the long holiday weekend.

For those you not in the U.S., I hope you enjoyed not having to hear from your U.S. colleagues yesterday!

I survived my trip back from Bangalore, but just barely.  The horrible weather in Houston (remnants of the minor Hurricane Alex) left me spending the night Friday at the Houston Intercontinental airport Hilton Garden Inn.

Thanks for the hospitality, Houston. 

It appears during my flight homeward that we made an announcement I wanted to be sure and pick up here in the Turbo blog, and that was the announcement that IDC has ranked IBM as the worldwide marketshare leader in the Social Platform market (and based on total software revenue in 2009).

Worldwide, the IDC report states that revenue for social platforms was $369.7 million, representing growthof more than 55 percent.

This is the first time that IDC has published a report on worldwide social platforms by revenue. 

According to IDC, social platforms emerged as one of the leading technology trends for organizations, based on the recognition that people –- customers, employees, business partners, and suppliers –- are looking for ways to more easily collaborate interact and share data. 

The report states that "social platforms are centered around, but not limited to, social networking applications that allow people to connect share, and interact on the Web around a common goal or interest."

IBM’s portfolio of social computing, mashups and Web 2.0 technologies, including blogs, communities, profiles, activities, shared bookmarks and more, can help organizations of all sizes work smarter, become more agile, and foster innovation.

IBM Lotus Connections

IBM Lotus Connections profiles feature helps workers find the people they need based on their expertise, projects and responsibilities.

IDC characterizes social platform software as "promoting transparent and authentic two-way dialogue that is open, synchronous, and unstructured." 

"Social software helps enterprises define their collaboration agenda," said Alistair Rennie, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "The use of social software can transform the way people work increasing the speed of business."

According to the 2010 IBM CEO Study, 98 percent of CEOs need to restructure the way their organizations work. 5.3 hours is wasted per employee per week due to inefficient processes.

Two hours is spent per employee per day looking for the right information and expertise within an organization.  Social software can help alleviate this problem because it helps keep global work teams better connected and more able to deliver results.

We use these tools inside IBM to manage our own business, and I’m finding them to be extremely helpful in helping to try to bridge the big gaps that can occur between time, space, and people! 

By way of example, I run a weekly team call on Fridays that’s been in operation for over 4 years now.  I use my own Lotus Connections space for that call to manage all the assets related to the call, to email the extended participants info about the call, and even to help self-manage the access control. 

It’s a huge time saver and provides the necessary context and materials required for running the ongoing call.

Global Adoption of IBM’s Industry Leading Social Software

According to IDC, the social platforms market includes IBM Lotus Connections as well as the cloud based offering, LotusLive Connections

IBM Lotus Connections is software that empowers business professionals to develop, nurture and remain in contact with a network of their colleagues; respond quickly to business opportunities by calling upon expertise in their network; and discuss and refine new creative ideas with communities of coworkers, partners and customers.

LotusLive Connections is an innovative set of Web-based collaboration services combined with social networking capabilities. LotusLive Connections features include file sharing, business instant messaging, activity management and networking.

Over 35% of Fortune 100 companies have adopted IBM’s social software offerings.  IBM Lotus Connections clients include Berlitz International Inc., Sogeti, Digital China Holdings Limited, and Rheinmetall AG.

For more information about IBM social software, visit www.ibm.com/software/lotus.

In the meantime, listen to IBM’s (and Austin’s!) own director of marketing for Lotus, Kathy Mandelstein, expound on the virtues of social software in the video clip below:

Written by turbotodd

July 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm

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