TV Re-runs, Watson and My Blog

When I was a wee lad … back in the 60s … I used to rush home from elementary school to watch the re-runs on TV.  This was long before middle school and girls.  HOMEWORK, SCHMOMEWORK !!!  … I just had to see those re-runs before anything else.  My favorites were I Love Lucy, Batman,Continue reading “TV Re-runs, Watson and My Blog”

IBM at 100: TAKMI, Bringing Order to Unstructured Data

As most of you know … I have been periodically posting some of the really fascinating top 100 innovations of the past 100 years as part of IBM’s Centennial celebration. This one is special to me as it represents what is possible for the future of ECM.  I wasn’t around for tabulating machines and punchContinue reading “IBM at 100: TAKMI, Bringing Order to Unstructured Data”

It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s ACM! (Advanced Case Management)

ECM and BPM evil doers beware!  The days of creeping requirements … endless application rollout delays … one-size fits all user experiences … and blaming IT for all of it are over! Advanced Case Management is here to save us.  Long before this superhero capability arrived from a smarter planet, we’ve had to use aContinue reading “It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s ACM! (Advanced Case Management)”

IBM … 100 Years Later

Nearly all the companies our grandparents admired have disappeared.  Of the top 25 industrial corporations in the United States in 1900, only two remained on that list at the start of the 1960s.  And of the top 25 companies on the Fortune 500 in 1961, only six remain there today.  Some of the leaders ofContinue reading “IBM … 100 Years Later”

IBM at 100: SAGE, The First National Air Defense Network

This week was a reminder of how technology can aid in our nation’s defense as we struck a major blow against terrorism.  Most people don’t realize IBM contributed to our nation’s defense in the many ways it has.  Here is just one example from 1949. When the Soviet Union detonated their first atomic bomb onContinue reading “IBM at 100: SAGE, The First National Air Defense Network”

IBM at 100: The 1401 Mainframe

In my continuing series of IBM at 100, I turn to our data processing heritage with the IBM 1401 Data Processing System (which was long before my time). While the IBM 1401 Data Processing System wasn’t a great leap in power or speed, that was never the point. “It was a utilitarian device, but oneContinue reading “IBM at 100: The 1401 Mainframe”

Watson and The Future of ECM

In the past, I have whipped out my ECM powered crystal ball to pontificate about the future of Enterprise Content Management.  These are always fun to write and share (see Top 10 ECM Pet Peeve Predictions for 2011  and Crystal Ball Gazing … Enterprise Content Management 2020).  This one is a little different though … Continue reading “Watson and The Future of ECM”

IBM at 100: UPC … The Transformation of Retail

In my continuing series of IBM at 100 achievements … this is one of my favorites of all the ones I plan to republish here. The humble Universal Product Code (UPC), also known as the bar code, along with the related deployment of scanners, fundamentally changed many of the practices of retailers and all organizationsContinue reading “IBM at 100: UPC … The Transformation of Retail”

Humans vs. Watson (Programmed by Humans): Who Has The Advantage?

DAY 3 UPDATE:  If you are a technology person, you had to be impressed.  We all know who won by now so I won’t belabor it.  Ken Jennings played better and made a game of it … at least for a while.  He seemed to anticipate the buzz a little bit better and got on a roll. YouContinue reading “Humans vs. Watson (Programmed by Humans): Who Has The Advantage?”

IBM at 100: A Computer Called Watson

Watson is an efficient analytical engine that pulls many sources of data together in real-time, leverages natural language processing, discovers an insight, and deciphers a degree of confidence. In my continuing series of IBM at 100 achievements, I saved the Watson achievement posting for today. In an historic event beginning tonight, in February 2011 IBM’s WatsonContinue reading “IBM at 100: A Computer Called Watson”