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IBM Cloud in Europe

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IBM has announced partnerships with six European firms using its cloud services.

With Dutch Logistics firm Koopman Logistics, it wil work to build a track and trace solution using IBM’s blockchain technology. Koopman transports consignments across Europe and was looking to replace its current paper-based tracking process.

With Italian multimedia organization Gruppo 24 Ore, IBM is using its Watson AI services hosted on the IBM Cloud to help tax professionals respond to questions about the Italian tax coding system.

French bank Credit Mutuel is using IBM Watson on IBM’s cloud environment to power its virtual assistants as well, in this case to help the company’s 20,000 relationship managers advise its customers.

Teckel Medical is running its digital health checker on IBM Cloud.

RS Components is making use of IBM’s Cloud platform, building its peer-to-peer marketplace in IBM’s London Cloud Garage, helping startups to promote, test and sell their inventions online.

And with Osram AG, a lighting solutions company, IBM has helped the company switch to a digital environment using IBM Cloud, resulting in greater operational savings and flexibility.

Written by turbotodd

July 5, 2018 at 10:57 am

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Europe Keeps The Cup

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The memory of former Ryder Cup captain and player, Seve Ballasteros, was never further than the flap of the Euro teams’ golf bag in this weekend’s “Miracle at Medinah,” when the Euro team came back after a 10-6 trouncing by the U.S. on Friday and Saturday to retain their title and the Ryder Cup. Both sides celebrated Ballasteros’ life and contributions to golf throughout the entire week, highlighting the critical role the Spanish golfer, who succumbed to brain cancer last year, played in breathing new life into the once-every-two-year event and in making it “must-see” golf television.

For true golf fans, this past weekend’s Ryder Cup delivered on its promise as the most exciting event in golf, and maybe in all sports.

I wrote in this blog on Thursday that the Europeans had the advantage going into this year’s tournament, and boy did they prove it.

After a weak start by the Americans on Friday morning, the U.S. team turned the tide on Friday afternoon in the fourballs, with Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson coming to life.

After Saturday’s rounds, both foursomes and fourballs, the U.S. went into Sunday’s singles matches leading 10-6 — that meant they only needed to garner 4 1/2 points  on Sunday to take the Cup back from the Euros.

It wasn’t meant to be.

Euro captain Jose Marie Olafabal had other things in mind, including a similar 1999 comeback by the U.S. in Brookline when he was a player on that year’s Ryder Cup team.

Hovering over the entire event was the spirit and memory of great Spanish golfer Seve Ballasteros, who tragically succumbed to brain cancer last year.

Ballastero’s image was imprinted on each Euro player’s golf bag, and the spirit of Seve’s commitment and championing of the Ryder Cup as a great golf event was pervasive on all sides.

Ultimate, I believe it was that spirit that was channeled through and displayed by Olafabal’s European players.

Ian Poulter on Saturday afternoon eked out a single point in a close match played with Rory McIlroy against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, demonstrating nerves of steel in his play and especially his putting.

Yesterday, Poulter was at it again, beating U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson 2 Up in a heated singles match.

Justin Rose demonstrated sheer brilliance on the last three holes yesterday, sinking one unbelievable putt after another, matching Phil Mickelson’s also exemplary play stroke for stroke.

Rose had mentioned in interviews this week that Seve Ballasteros had been a calming influence on him earlier in his career, assuaging him after he’d missed the cuts in a long run of tournaments several years back.

And Martin Kaymer’s six-footer to seal the entire deal was made with a calm and cool demeanor that was German to its core, and perhaps finally reversed the pain of a missed similar putt by Bernhard Langer in 1991’s Ryder Cup, one that would have retained the cup for Europe that year, the so-called “War By The Shore.”

No matter which side you were rooting for, this was definitely one for the ages, and my congratulations to the Euros on their holding on to the Cup — they earned it, and then some.

I watched every moment of the tournament that was aired on TV — some 26 hours worth — and it was nerve rattling sport from the first tee shot to the last putt.

You can refer to it as “Poulter-Geist” or “The Miracle at Medinah” or some other clever moniker.

I’m just going to remember it as another great and dramatic Ryder Cup, and bite my lip while I wait a long two years for the next one.

Written by turbotodd

October 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Showdown At The Ryder Cup

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What a weekend at the Ryder Cup.

If you’re a golf fan, you certainly couldn’t complain about the action in Newport, Wales this weekend.

This year’s Ryder Cup brought all the drama, heartbreak, and yes, even sportsmanship that one comes to expect from the gentleman’s game, in one of the most celebrated golfing events around the globe.

If anything, the weather in Wales was the bogey for this year’s tournament, but what did they expect from Wales weather in October?

After rain delayed and compressed, and even altered, the tournament schedule, for the first time ever the Ryder Cup bled over into a Monday morning, altering business productivity across Europe and the U.S., and probably parts beyond.

What I didn’t expect was that the Cup would come down to a 13 1/2-13 1/2 point tie between Europe and the U.S.A., with this year’s U.S. Open victor, Ireland’s Graham McDowell, and Dallas’ own Hunter McMahan, playing the final two holes for the match.

After the Saturday foursome and fourball matches, it looked as though the Europeans had taken the U.S. out to the woodshed, but never underestimate the Americans in singles play.  Tiger, Phil, Zach, and several other U.S. players stepped up after some weak team play yesterday, but on the 17th hole, it was too little too late, as Hunter Mahan flubbed his chip up to the green and, after missing the long putt for par, conceded the hole to the Europeans.

Congratulations to Europe — they took back the Ryder Cup.

Despite the outcome, I was glued to the TV all weekend and will remember a menagerie of key moments from the 2010 Ryder Cup: Jeff Overton’s enthusiasm and crazy chip in yesterday from a dizzying backspin….Stewart Cink’s laser-like putting….Tiger and Phil’s singles come back after mediocre team play….Luke Donald’s gorgeous iron shots…Miguel Angel Jimenez’s finally winning his first single’s match in a Ryder Cup….Euro vice captain Sergio Garcia’s enthusiasm providing moral support, not playing, to his teammates….”Captain” Colin Montgomerie’s smile walking amidst the crowd off the course in victory.

Through the rain and all, it was a thrill ride, and I can’t wait for the 2012 Ryder Cup and a chance for the U.S. to bring the cup back home.

In the meanwhile, congrats to all my friends across Europe, and their fans around the globe, for a very close but much deserved Ryder Cup 2010 win.

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October 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm

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