One of the biggest sport events has just ended and Germans like myself are currently live in some sort of fairy tale. Since sports are all about emotion, devotion and people, it is all about us and this “One moment in time.”
Our annual Wolters Kluwer Technology conference took place in July in both Boston and Amsterdam. Over the last 3 years, we’ve moved from “Technology and Business,” towards “Technology supports Business,” to “Technology is Business.” Read further >
Do you remember arguing with your partner during your holiday trip, whether the inconvenient street map on his/her lap is saying that you should take the next right turn or not? I do!
For some years now, we are more relaxed, because we have our digital lady telling us where to go. And if she is wrong, we know whom to blame, which strengthens our relationship even more.
What does this tell us about the future of the publishing industry?
Fascinating, isn’t it? This song is older than I am and still fresher than I’ve ever been. It has a (hi)story on its own covering fifty years now. From being the “archetypical protest song” to becoming a part of strategic investment (a hedge fund manager bought the hand-written lyrics for more than $400k).
Still, the underlying question requires if not an answer, yet at least a reaction: How do I deal with change?
Maybe you read in your childhood the famous French Asterix comic book series. I especially like Edifis (or as he is called in other languages Numérobis), an Egyptian architect in the “Asterix and Cleopatra” volume. He is the best architect Egypt can provide, but his buildings are really horrible. They seem to collapse every minute and obviously there is no proper basis or even a sufficient plan used during construction. Sometimes I think that many people in our industry still work like Numérobis.
When searching in Google for “Data economy,” the first hit I got was a Wikipedia article on: “Economic data!” This sounds almost like an unintended pun.
Data has always been part of the economic system. Some of the oldest artifacts of recorded writing were lists of goods found in Uruk almost 5.500 years ago. But what we are currently observing is that the digital age is fundamentally changing entire industries, e.g. media industry (music or newspapers) or retail (see Amazon!). Moreover, personally identifiable information (sic!) is already contributing to profitable business. So internet technology – in combination with a growing information need in business processes (e.g. hype on Big Data) – is disrupting a lot of processes we are used to work with for a long time. In addition, a completely new quality to how we see and use data in the future is currently emerging.
I love words and I love language and meaning! Since I am not a native speaker, the words above sound and “feel” very similar, although their usage is quite different.
The same goes for “legal jargon”, where I have to face the fact that what I learned during my English lessons at school and university is quite often not applicable or even misleading in a legal context.
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.
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 >
… 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”.