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Bronx Bombers

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I went to my first and only ever American League division baseball game at the old Yankee Stadium back in the late 1990s.

A buddy from work was there with me, and every time the Texas Rangers did something right, my buddy would stand up and yell.

Then, without fail, about two thousand New York Yankee fans’ heads would turn our way and glare.

I tried to remind my friend that we were in the Bronx, at the revered Yankee Stadium — admittedly, hallowed ground where baseball is concerned — and perhaps we should just keep our Texas Rangers fandom to ourselves.

Of course, it didn’t really matter, as the Yankees made mincemeat out of the Rangers.

On Saturday afternoon, Texas took the Yankees on their home turf of Arlington, Texas, 7-2, their first ever post season win at home.

Last night, Cliff Lee led the Rangers to an 8-0 shutout in the new Yankee Stadium there in the Bronx.

That game marked the first time the Yankees have ever been held to fewer than four base runners in a postseason game and the second time they have been held to fewer than three hits in a postseason game (they were two-hit by Warren Spahn in Game 4 of the 1958 World Series).

I don’t have enough superlatives to describe Lee’s pitching last night. I’ve never seen a single pitched so confound a swarm of Yankees (and please remember, I’m a Yankees fan…right behind the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros).

From Jeter to former Texas Ranger Alex Rodriguez, it was a tour de force pitching demonstration, with 13 strikeouts in eight shutout innings, and giving up only two singles and a walk.

As Rodriguez said in a New York Post interview, “He is a handful…He was hitting his spots. Pretty much a masterpiece.”

Also said the Post, this is the 30th time in the 41-year history of the ALCS that a team leads 2-1. In the previous 29 occasions, the club with that advantage advanced to the World Series 22 times.

Though I won’t be counting any chickens before they’re hatched, I can hardly wait for this day to be over so I can watch game 4.

The Yankees will be out for blood after the bludgeoning they took from “Mr. Automatic.”

Tying this back to performance metrics, Lee is now 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight postseason starts (with three of those wins coming from the Yankees, including two in last year’s World Series against Philadelphia).

As for Yankees pitcher Andy Pettite, he pitched just fine, but that hanging cut fastball over the middle of the plate was a gift to Josh Hamilon in the first, which he delivered into right field for a two-run homer.

But there’s one stat that jumps right out at we Texas Rangers fans: In their postseason history, the Yankees have won 8 of 11 best-of-7 series they’ve trailed 2-1 after 3 games. 8 of 11!

As I Tweeted on Friday night, when the Rangers had a heartbreaking loss in game 1 after taking an early 5-0 lead, “Never…ever…underestimate the comeback potential of the New York Yankees.”

Written by turbotodd

October 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

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The IM Software Future’s So Bright

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It was one of those rare sports weekends: All my teams won!

The Longhorns beat Mizzou, the Cowboys beat Atlanta, and the Yankees took the ALCS.

I should come to Vegas more often…I get good odds here.

Of course, wagering on the past is just Monday quarterbacking, and here at the Information on Demand Conference, it’s the future most folks are concerned about.

IBM information management (IM) market insight analyst Stacy Novack held a session yesterday to give us the lay of the land, and the future seems to be so bright for IM software that you gotta wear a two-phase commit.

First, in broad strokes, Stacy indicated that the IM market is expected to be $237B next year, with software being about $63B of that (the other slices are services and hardware).

Though the clouds are starting to lift on IT budgets everywhere, their recovery will be tied to continued GDP improvement, but Novack expects relative resilience in software spending as companies prepare for the uptick.

The recovery is expected to vary widely by region (ranging from -2.0 to +2.0) in 2010, and the information management software opportunity is expected to grow twice that in “growth” countries versus the G7.

Some CAGR expectations: 5.9% from 2009-2013 for the overall IM software market, with analytics applications leading the pack at an expected 7.8% (some $9B in 2010).

Business intelligence isn’t far behind at 6.0% (~$12B next year).

And there are big picture trends and forces shaping the climate: Global recession has led to cost cutting, govt stimulus, the “hyperconnected” enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and, ultimately, the drive for more security and transparency.

On the tech front, factors include continued proliferation of data, content, and information — Did you know the digital universe, by 2011, is expected to be 10 times the size it was in 2006??

And that’s not even yet counting last night’s killer live concert by U2 on YouTube!

Seventy percent of that digital universe is created by individuals (you know, like Larry from down the hall who likes to take pictures of the stuff growing on the office coffee pot and post them on Facebook), yet enterprises are responsible for the security, privacy, and compliance of 85% of that content.

Shhh, nobody tell the lawyers!

Many companies are increasingly seeking information-led innovation that treats information as an asset, not a liability, but there are challenges: need to improve the levels of integration, analytics capabilities, the breadth of access, the currency of information…there are still substantial gaps.

But the opportunities are prevalent and often immediate: Information management software capabilities are well positioned to address immediate and emerging business challenges.

Though cost reduction initiatives brought about by the downturn continue to be a priority, many organizations realize effective analytics capabilities can help drive short-term results, even as those organizations prepare for longer term IT investments.

To take advantage of those, IT leaders need to translate those solutions so they meet the needs of business decision makers, and work to link those shorter-term investments to longer-term infrastructure visions.

IBM’s Global CIO study found that CIOs spend 55% of their time on activities that spur innovation and help the business, including leveraging analytics to gain competitive advantage.

There are good odds that your time spent here in Vegas at IOD will help you along the way.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go find some breakfast…along with 6,000 of my new closest friends!

Written by turbotodd

October 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Hot Air

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TGIF.  Again.

So I missed the whole boy in the balloon over Denver episode yesterday afternoon…I was too glued to CNBC keeping an eye out for IBM earnings.

But trust me, I was able to catch up real fast this A.M.  This story even made the BBC.

Turns out that Falcon Heene, the wee lad who was thought to be floating thousands of feet over Colorado, was instead hiding out in his family’s attic.

And hence the nomenclature “Balloon Boy” floats into our public lexicon.

As to whether you believe it was all a hoax or not…well, that’s something you still get to decide for yourself.

Though apparently, this morning Mr. Falcon did take ill while doing the requisite round of morning TV news shows.  Perhaps he didn’t like answering all those questions with bright lights beaming in his eyes?

Speaking of public interrogations, I’m going to be doing an interview later this morning (10/16/09) at 11 AM CST / Noon EST on “The Stark Marketer,” a live Internet radio show, where I’ll be discussing blogging.

Seeing as it’s live, anything could happen, so stop by and watch me dangling from the high wire…although I’m fresh out of weather balloons, so if I need to make a fast getaway, The Weather.Com will have to do as my proxy balloon.

As to L.A. Dodger fans, and to Adam in particular, I can only say hey, that’s why they play the best of seven!

Written by turbotodd

October 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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