…for some of us, but for the majority on this globe, it isn’t. We live in a complex world, where everything we do has impact on many others and vice versa. In Germany, there is a very well known (false) legend that ostriches tend to bury their head in the sand in order to avoid danger – this strategy unfortunately does not really work well. So on the contrary, we must raise our heads and look straight to the horizon to get an idea where our journey could lead us. And the fuel for this journey is, in my opinion, personal experience and information.
I am a data guy. I have spent my whole professional life with information and understanding how humans and machines best consume, process and deliver that information. With my engagement in the ALIGNED project I also became a software guy – sort of. What is really fascinating is how similar things seem to be in these quite distinct worlds.
During the last few years, Wolters Kluwer has been in a continuous flow of change, shifting its focus from print to online, the Internet of things, startups, and upcoming markets in Latin America and China. In early November, I attended a master class on change management at the Law Faculty of Leiden University. Read further >
When patients are actively involved in their care, they are more likely to remain engaged and adhere to a treatment plan. When a patient is able to provide personal, quantitative data, his or her physician can use this data to help inform proper medical advice and treatment. Read further >
Babylon is one of the most important cities in Ancient history. Its well-known king Hammurabi was the first in the world to publish laws in local languages, so that every citizen had easy access to them (somehow, he was one of the founders of our industry!). In addition, according to the Bible, Babylon is the place where all the different human languages come from. How do we cope with this diversity today?
There is no doubt every company in the marketplace encompasses the concept of innovation either in its mission, vision, strategy or values. Read further >
Growth rates in applications that are available in the cloud are impressive. Successful Big Data applications as well as Internet of Things can hardly be thought of without having cloud capabilities. But also common applications like editors or simple file shares profit directly from easy access to information across geographies and devices. So why is cloud not yet standard for any kind of application?
To be honest, I don’t know. We all know about progress in language technology, such as Google Translate or Siri or our own Wolters Kluwer technology that we use in the legal area. But we also see that – especially in Europe – we are still locked in our own language and cannot easily transcend this barrier a part from switching into English as a lingua franca. So, where is the innovation?
One of my favorite pastimes is watching Shark Tank with my son, Benjamin. For those who are not familiar with this show, Shark Tank is an American reality television series that features aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their products to a panel of investors, called “sharks.” The entrepreneur can make a deal if a “shark” is in or if the negotiation falls a part, the entrepreneur leaves empty-handed. Read further >