Last week, I was fortunate to attend the eBook & Mobility conference together with over 150 inspiring colleagues from around the world. We engaged in passionate discussions and exchanged best practices and successes in the area of mobile. The 2012 edition of the conference centered around mobility as a service fueled by the tailored content from Wolters Kluwer. What where my take-aways? Screens, Voice and Environments. Read further >
The strong emergence of tablets and new generation smartphones and the acceleration of new apps being launched is causing a revolution in publishing companies, which have become multi-device information providers. Read further >
HTML5 is an emerging technology standard, allowing browsers to run more and more Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) also on mobile devices. For this reason, whereas it has not yet reached a formal completion of its standardization process (the target date for becoming a W3C Recommendation is now 2014), most recent browsers already provide support for many of its most innovative features. HTML5 is one of the key topics being discussed at the 2012 Wolters Kluwer Technology Conference. Read further >
As part of his keynote presentation at the 3rd annual mLearnCon, Mobile Learning Conference and Expo, BJ Fogg, Director of Stanford’s Behavior Design Lab shared some of his recent work around “tiny habits” or how to help people effectively build new behaviors by well-targeted baby steps that are celebrated along the way. His creative approach was the perfect backdrop for the conference in which various tool and system developers and courseware providers come together to discuss how mobile learning can be effectively implemented and deployed. Read further >
I recently discovered HBS professor Clayton M. Christensen’s book The Innovator’s Dilemma. In it he explains the theory behind disruptions and why they are particularly menacing if you are not prepared. There are companies like IBM that have managed to survive numerous disruptions by shifting models early or like Apple or Amazon by creating disruptions themselves. Nevertheless, timing is crucial to either shift or create but the real challenge lies in where to shift to or how to disrupt. What are the signs? Read further >
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
Location: A5 enroute to Wolters Kluwer Corporate Office.
Car voice: you have a 58 unread messages and 18 alerts.
Driver: please tag and provide urgency?
Car voice: tagging complete and the most urgent are 4 messages from your client “LegalComplex” which match with 2 alerts. Is this urgency correct?
Driver: yes. Please proceed with research?
Car voice: research indicates that 2 briefs and 1 IntelliConnect document match messages tagged “LegalComplex” and “Urgent”, would you like these to be linked?
Driver: no, just save to client folder and schedule in calendar… Read further >
Recently the Health Wolters Kluwer Law and Business blog featured an article about technology that helps individuals take care of themselves and loved ones; including “…technology that electronically dispenses pills, or, in the case of the AT&T Vitality GlowCaps, keep patients on a correct medication schedule. The GlowCaps are medication bottle caps that light up, play ringtones, or send a call/text the patient to remind them to take the pill.” As mobile enabled services become a key component of healthcare around the world, it is important to keep tabs on this developing industry. Read further >
Which kind of functionality and what level of performance can users expect from an ebook, a databank, or an app? This is not an easy question, since there is no industry standardization in place yet. In order to be able to read an ebook, users have to use a computer, an ebook-reader, or an iPad. Not every ebook is compatible with all pieces of reading hardware. Unlike printed books, some ebooks are technically protected against printing, copying, or sharing with a friend. Some ebooks can be copied at least a few times, others cannot be copied at all. Read further >