In my last post I reflected on how the turmoil in our industry was visible or tangible at the world’s biggest event we have: Frankfurt Book Fair. Today, I will have a closer look at the opposite dimension. What the turmoil is doing to a person – in this case, to me.
Earlier this month I attended the UX Masterclass in Rome, one of the international meetings that the UX alliance periodically organize with specialists of user experience from all around the world. This was a great occasion to be updated about the current status of research and development around UX, winner methodologies, best practices and case studies. Read further >
Mobility is one major trend in the industry and also a cornerstone of our Wolters Kluwer strategy. People are using more and more tablets and smartphones, also in their daily professional routine. One recent trend in marketing is to exploit the behavior of people using more than one device at the same time (like a TV and a tablet) for addressing new sales channels, e.g. offering products on the tablet, which are complementing the format the user is currently consuming on TV. Translating this trend into our world could solve one major obstacle we currently face in product design. Read further >
The sixth edition of Wolters Kluwer Tech Conference that this year took place simultaneously in Minneapolis and Amsterdam has just ended. I had the great opportunity to participate in the event in Amsterdam and would therefore like to share information about the major topics discussed there, together with my overall impressions. Read further >
The long way from an innovative idea, coming from an individual or a team, to a new component or item that, delivered to the market and giving a relevant and sustainable profitability, is a complex and full of difficulties process. Read further >
I’ve had the privilege of leading several innovation tournaments at various businesses of Wolters Kluwer in several countries. I’ve also had the privilege of being a participant in several of them. Recently I participated in an innovation tournament sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Law and Business in our headquarters in Alphen aan den Rijn in the Netherlands. Several Wolters Kluwer customers, including law firms, corporate legal departments and law schools, participated in the tournament. We jointly came up with new ideas for Wolters Kluwer to help them provide more value to their professional clients. At the end of the day, there was a panel discussion in which all of the employees from Wolters Kluwer who were present could pose questions to the customers. I posed the question about whether any of the law firms would be interested in holding an innovation tournament jointly with their corporate legal clients. I also suggested that Wolters Kluwer might participate, given that it is part of the legal value chain for delivering services to clients. The law firms liked the idea. Read further >
Some time ago we stated elsewhere “Knowledge Engineering developments need a mixed profile team of software engineers and legal experts. Neither expertise can separately solve the problem because the research continuously influences the work of the other profile. For this kind of hybrid AI solutions, the overall intelligence of the systems increases in phases, alternating the leadership by experts and by engineers.” Read further >
… and jogging is significantly reducing intelligence …and information really helps our customers.
I just went through a speech, which Neil Postman held back in 1990, where he cited people from even 50 more years back in time. And I find it hard to refute his central claims, including: “Information is not part of the solution, but instead creates new sorts of problems”.
As mentioned in the previous post, in corporations the innovation happens at three levels. The first type happens in the individual capabilities; the ideas are generated inside the minds. But teams and corporations are needed to execute complex ideas. Read further >
Although we are not at the end of the year, the typical period when you go back and look behind your shoulder making considerations about the past and thinking about the future, it is now Spring time, air is becoming temperate and trees are blooming here around the Wolters Kluwer Italy offices: this is a good time to go around walking, and think. Read further >