IBM Selling Watson, See My 2012 Prediction

IBM announced that it sold Watson, the Jeopardy winning computer spend-a-thon marketing ploy that was at best a failure in AI. I wrote in 2012 that it was an advertising gimmick, and that it wouldn’t succeed. I was in a meeting with Sam Palmisano (then chairman), who said that it wasn’t that big of a … Continue reading IBM Selling Watson, See My 2012 Prediction

Was IBM’s Watson a Breakthrough or Very Cheap and Creative Advertising?

Update 1/8/14: Only $15 Million in sales for over $5 billion invested so far as IBM struggles to turn Watson into a business The worst news in the above link is that companies like Google can do the the same for far less and that Watson doesn’t even work with other IBM technology. Update: Watson … Continue reading Was IBM’s Watson a Breakthrough or Very Cheap and Creative Advertising?

My Take On The Jeopardy Guest Hosts And The Replacements

It is probably the greatest game show created. It’s intellectually challenging. The others are generally tripe that targets those needing mindless entertainment or try to rip off Jeopardy. I’ve realized that Alex Trebek was one of the best ever at this type of job and was significantly a reason for it’s success. I recall him … Continue reading My Take On The Jeopardy Guest Hosts And The Replacements

IBM Software Group Surpasses Oracle in SW sales to become Number 2

Usually, I wouldn’t view being in second place as something to brag about, but let me develop the thought. The first point to this is that IBM is not a Software Company.  Although we have a good Software business, we are about solving customer problems with a myriad of solutions.  Unfortunately, upwards of 80% is … Continue reading IBM Software Group Surpasses Oracle in SW sales to become Number 2

Scoble has a big set of attachments/Customers do matter

Kudo’s to Robert Scoble today for calling out his own company in public, that took big….uh….attachements. Why, if you go to the end, he talks about Microsofter’s having to work for other companies because the customers will leave. 12 reasons why not to work with Microsoft . I read Thomas Watson’s book about IBM. It … Continue reading Scoble has a big set of attachments/Customers do matter