SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – Interview with John J Leffler of IBM


Added: 1/6/2015 John Passed away on 3rd January, 2015 in an unfortunate accident, while vacationing with his family. My tribute to him can be found here https://andvijaysays.com/2015/01/05/rest-in-peace-john-leffler/ Most of you know that I work at IBM. IBM is probably the biggest partner of SAP globally – on Hardware, Software and Services. I have spent a good…

SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando, Day 1 Wrap – speed, simplicity, personalization


SAPPHIRE is a week of sleeplessness and schedule conflicts, and this time is no different.  Right up front – Big thanks to Mike Prosceno, Stacy Fish and Andrea Kaufman for the excellent meetings they arranged for bloggers. Today’s agenda included meetings with Rob Enslin ( who heads global sales), Sanjay Poonen (heads Global solutions) and…

IBM Watson – what better use of analytics than fighting cancer ?


From 1992 – when I joined the mechanical engineering degree class in TKM College, till today – I have been a fan of Analytics.In fact, I am pretty sure it is the engineering education that put this fascination in me. And it was my statistics professor Mr. Kalyanaraman who took it to the next level….

Innovation and the Time dimension


On labor day, I was vacationing in CO, and picked up this blog post by Vinnie Mirchandani ( @dealarchitect on twitter) to read while my family was getting ready for the day’s activities. http://dealarchitect.typepad.com/deal_architect/2011/09/ibm-we-need-more-innovators-less-integrators.html . Vinnie had earlier penned http://www.enterpriseirregulars.com/40863/we-need-more-applegoogleamazon-moments-less-ibm-moments/. I picked up a lively and healthy debate with Vinnie on twitter, and then Martijn…

Are you an expert?


Experts come in many flavors. A couple of weeks ago, my 4-year-old daughter made a statement that warmed my heart…”My daddy works for IBM, and My uncle works for HP..guess what, IBM is bigger than HP !”. My euphoria  didn’t last long – pretty soon I figured out that she didn’t have any grandiose ideas…