Cricket and Soccer (football) contrasts

This has nothing to do with SAP, Sapphire and so on. 

I watched the champions league final last night.  I enjoy football but I'm really sick and tired about how everyone blames the referee. The managers, the players and so on.

Wenger and Henry both criticised referee Terje Hauge and his linesmen because they thought Eto'o's goal was offside.

Henry said: "I don't know if the referee was wearing a Barcelona shirt. If the referee did not want us to win he should have said so from the off.

"Some of the calls were strange. I believe the referee did not do his job. I would have liked to have seen a proper referee."

Wenger had no complaints about Lehmann's sending off, for a trip on Eto'o, but was furious about the Cameroon striker's goal.

The Arsenal boss said: "My biggest regret is that the first goal was offside.

"When you are 11 against 10 and you concede an offside goal, it's very difficult to accept.

Every game seems to be the same. The referee gets the blame. I think the commentators are the worst of the lot. more time is spent moaning about the ref than is spent on the game.

In cricket, the umpire is equally important. But if you show any dissent, it is called bringing the game into disrepute, and you get fined a big chunk of your match fee. In Rugby you get a card, or 10 metres on the foul.

My suggestions to fix football.

1. any dissent. Yellow card. Second time Red. The player will be fined a weeks wage, and the money donated to  charity.

2. All managers should be a referee for a season before they get their licence to manage a top team.

3. All commentators should ref at least one game. This would be televised and critiqued by a panel of referees.

Football needs the referees. It is about time they got some respect.

yet another post about the world is flat

I have realised that if you have a blog, it is compulsory to write a post about the book "the world is flat."  I read the book on the plane flying to home to South Africa from Germany last month. It was a good read, if a tad repetitive, and occasionally naive, and a lot of it reads like basic common sense.

The flight was made interesting by the guy I sat next to. He is an artist from Mozambique, Mankew Mahumnana, and he had just come from an exhibition in Germany. I have no portuguese, he had little english or german, so we communicated in zulu. I say communicate, because my zulu is very very very  shabby, but somehow we got on well. His art is really cool stuff.


He drew me a picture in the back of my world is flat book, and signed it. I now want to get him to do something for my lounge at home.

The world is flat. I meet an artist from mozambique on a plane and hopefully he will  do something for my lounge in Germany.

supporting innovation with Lego (real Lego not ESA Lego)

While wading and wallowing through the best part of three weeks email, I picked up on an internal announcement about SAP and Lego. My priotisation skills being what they are, I read it and decided to post it so that you could read it too. 

Lego has come along way since I was a boy….funny how now it is used by almost everyone to describe software architectures…I'm not sure Lego deserves this treatment.

Anyway, SAP employees volunteer time to coach kids to build robots, and these kids then enter a competition. The best ones go through to a international competition. The SAP sponsored and supported teams did really well. see link here

FLL: SAP Teams Clean Up!

Six SAP-sponsored FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams qualified for the finals of the international robot competition FLL Challenge 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia and Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The winners have been chosen, and once again the SAP teams got the edge on the competition. The SAP All Stars from Germany received the coveted Innovative Robot Award, as well as commendation for their professionalism. "The SAP All Stars perform the art of engineering at its highest level. We didn't see the BMW logo on the front of the robot, but we're certain that BMW would have loved the design," an impressed member of the jury said.

The Japanese team SAP Edison, as well as SAP Eleven, gave a convincing performance on account of their exemplary teamwork. They received a commendation for the excellent programming of their robot. The Alliance Award went to SAP Marine against Pollution from Paris. The jury was impressed by the teenagers' effective cooperation with three other teams. Furthermore, the members of the SAP Light Bird team from Japan were notworthy for the exemplary presentation of their ideas and their good cooperation. The Leimbach SAPmarines were also successful in the finals.

The FIRST LEGO League is an international robot competition for children and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 16. The goal of the event is to get the "generations of tomorrow" interested in science and technology. SAP employees across the world are encouraged to act as mentors and coaches for the FIRST LEGO League in helping interested children and teenagers in individual project teams. In September 2005, teams started preparing for the competition, with the theme "Ocean Odyssey." Eighty-five teams with a total of more than 170 SAP employees from 19 countries took part in the initiative. A total of about 7,000 FLL teams participated worldwide.

Anything that makes kids take an interest in technology is a good thing.  

Lego is an SAP customer. They threw out Oracle a while ago. thought I ought to mention that in passing….

Meeting Redmonk.

On Friday after working in London, I met up with James Governor of Redmonk fame at his local wine spot, Bedales. 

The theory was to meet for a glass or two of wine, but the scope of the project soon expanded. Clever concept Bedales, a mix of wine shop and wine bar, great selection and very well run by the lovely Emily. We did that odd english thing of sitting outside because the sun was vaguely shining. The wine helped us keep warm.  Next time I'm in the city, I'll return.

We spent some of the time talking about compliance, web 2.0, SAP, IBM, Oracle and so on, but we spent more time talking about kids, former lives, and the South African software mafia. James has an excellent grasp of the enterprise software space.  SAP should be talking more with Redmonk.

I met James through his blog, and I read his research because it was free and easy to obtain, unlike the traditional analyst stuff.  I will continue to read more because it is good. The Redmonk paper on compliance architecture  remains the best piece I've read on compliance and software. Hopefully after our chat he can update it with the SAP stuff! Building a sustainable architeture for compliance is a key SAP play at the moment, the Virsa acquistion is part of this plan. I think this will be a big part of the sapphire story, so expect to hear a lot more details from Neetin and the compliance team.

I'll write more about compliance after my workshop this week, then I'm off to South Africa to see the family.

not marathon sales cycles but real marathons and charity.

Hello Vinnie

I'm going to let the software R&D theme rest in peace.

You  mentioned charity  so I will pick on that instead. I was recently working with the UK team on a global talent and contract staffing application-platform proposition and my colleague Chris Taplin mentioned he is running the london marathon this weekend. He is raising money for A bone marrow transplant charity.  Instead of that lunch you were going to buy me  check out his link and sponsor him as he runs 42 and a bit kms for a worthwhile cause !-)

Great to see charities using the web to reach more donors and reduce SGA (innovation again)

There is more to life than RSS and ERP.

There is an interesting discussion on one of my regular feeds, roughtype ,at the moment about the superficial nature of reading blogs and RSS, and how it may be destroying or compromising a slower, contemplative thought process. I read it in a vague nodding my head kind of way, but then something happened yesterday that changed my mind.

gapingvoid has become my favourite site, I find the cartoons funny, and they normally bring a smile, or even make me laugh outloud. This is a good thing. This cartoon, though, made me pause and remember something really significant.  

Nearly 20 years ago. as a shy Politics and English Lit undergrad, my ability to recite this poem after a couple of beers enabled me to catch the eye of a girl who I had admired from afar, but I not had the nerve to try and talk to directly using prose.   William Blake, I owe you a big one. Charlotte and I have been married for 10 years and have three great kids. (they

currently holidaying back home in South Africa, while I earn the crust here in Germany)

What has this got to do with the roughtype post, well quite a lot really. Hugh's blog reminded me of that poem and of the joy that reading a good poem can bring. Probably a lot of people remembered it, and may even have read the poem again.

I quickly googled some of the old favourites, and I spent several hours last night with Keats, Yeats, Healy, Wordsworth, Dunn, Auden, Plath, Thomas and so on. I've taken the poetry books down from the bookshelf.

Most importantly though. Hugh's post  reminded me how much I love my wife.