Publishing in Germany: The Transformation Process Continues

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on April 30, 2012

Last week, more than 300 experts and executives from German publishing houses met in Berlin near the famous Brandenburg Gate in order to talk about the current situation and the challenges within the publishing industry in Germany.

The conference widened the scope this year and invited quite a number of speakers from the US, Canada and the UK, which was very fruitful for the discussions going on.

I think that three different areas were in the center of the presentations and workshops:

  • The general transformation process of publishing houses with regard to the rapidly changing user behavior and the user expectations (“Digital natives”)
  • The transformation process from a (print) product centric view to a content centric view and the accompanying challenges around metadata and content enrichment, context and discoverability of content
  • The rapid growth of mobile applications, mainly in the area of tablet PCs, but also around smartphones

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Desktop Optional: 6 Tips To Go Completely Mobile

Raymond Blijd
Written by Raymond Blijd
on April 27, 2012

I rarely use my laptop at home. All the major tasks I used to do on my laptop, I now do on either my iPhone or iPad. Yet, I’m still tied to my desktop at the office. However, I’m now slowly migrating these office PC tasks over to my iPad or iPhone and i’ll reveal my secrets. Here is a guide to help you do regular office tasks with apps on your iOS device. Read further >

From the Research Folder to the Collaboration Folder

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on April 25, 2012

Lawyers and accountants find it helpful to bookmark documents during the course of their research. Many professional research products offer research folders in which documents can be bookmarked. Researchers can give their folders a name, typically for a client or a research topic, as well as write notes on the individual documents. Typically, a research folder in a professional research product can bookmark only content inside that particular research product. Read further >

E-Learning: Developing More Insightful Learning Analytics

Mark Hevrdejs
Written by Mark Hevrdejs
on April 23, 2012

As I’ve noted in past posts, the notion of Big Data has been increasingly explored by educators as a vehicle to promote more efficient learning as it relates to student behavior in online learning environments. See my earlier article “Better Learning thru Big Data” for some examples. The use of data and models to predict student progress and performance as a method of establishing prescriptive learning is an emerging area of research. Its aim is to provide those responsible for education feedback on how engaged students are as well as how much they learned and then provide suggestions as to how lessons can be improved. It’s even been suggested that teachers will increasingly become analysts – living in the world between art and technology. Read further >

Products Improvement

Ornella Zampieri
Written by Ornella Zampieri
on April 20, 2012

In my previous post I spoke about the enhancements Wolters Kluwer Italy made to BigSuite, a fiscal premium product. To progress in the competitiveness one way passes through continual incremental improvements in the areas of product quality and process efficiency, as already stated by Joe Gornick in one of his posts. But implementing the continuous improvement process is not an easy task. Read further >

Evolving Customer Preferences and Methods for Communicating Content Visually

Edward Bryant
Written by Edward Bryant
on April 18, 2012

Content produced for research products for professionals has traditionally been heavy on plain text, such as an explanation of the reasoning behind a legal concept or how a particular tax is applied. Beyond the use of a few tables (perhaps more than a few in the area of tax and accounting), little of this content could be described as “visual.” The idea of presenting content in a more visual style has traditionally been limited to graphic design that might make the text more readable (e.g., margins, bullet lists, asides). However, the concept of visual learning suggests the use of more visual-oriented alternatives can more effectively communicate content to customers. Read further >

Health IT Implications of the Supreme Court ACA Case

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on April 16, 2012

Last week I attended a very informative HIMSS webinar on the health IT implications of the US Supreme Court case regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). For those outside of the US who may not be following this case, in March 2010 President Obama signed the ACA, which among other provisions, requires individuals who do not have health insurance through their employer or one of several government-sponsored programs to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. This provision is referred to as the individual mandate. Read further >

Every Firm Has the Potential to be Global

David Bergstein
Written by David Bergstein
on April 12, 2012

 New Breed of Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Licensed Accountant

The time is now for everyone in the profession to realize that no matter what we do the times are a-changing and there is more opportunity than there ever was if you want it. There are small businesses starting every day and the best part of it is that no matter what the size they are, they all have the potential to be global.

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Building a Network of Legal Knowledge

Ulrich Hermann
Written by Ulrich Hermann
on April 06, 2012

Since Wolters Kluwer was founded, serving customers has been central to our strategy. We provide information that professionals find of value. In the past, when access to information was the critical need for our customers, we required that they subscribe to or buy content from sources that we owned and controlled. It was crucial that our customers had the relevant information at hand in order to be able to make informed decisions, comply with regulations, or work on a timely legal problem to serve clients. We served that crucial need for 155 years in the form of ‘top down’ distribution, selling our expertise to customers in a one-way flow of information. Read further >

The Power of Simulation in User Experience Design

Tom Callaghan
Written by Tom Callaghan
on April 04, 2012

In her posting on Customer Intimacy and Calm Technology, Ornella Zampieri advises “…develop a mockup or a prototype and test it with your users: you will be able to have clear evidence of their behavior and reactions. And you will see if your solution is calm enough or not.” This got me thinking of the artifacts User Experience (UX) uses to predict how people will react to something before it is built… Read further >

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