Thursday 10 October 2013

HTML5 key for publishers in the digital era

I'm working for a couple of years in the media & publishing world already. One thing that I noticed is the vast amount of effort publisher have to do to get their content into a digital format. Typically authoring tools like Microsoft Word and other desktop publishing suites are being used to create the content. This content is then transformed into formats like DocBook or proprietary formats to drive the print process.

Publishers are in the midst of creating e-book variants of these to provide a digital copy and some even repurpose their content into online databases and dropping the book concept as a container of content.

Building responsive websites

Last evening I held a presentation showing how one can start building responsive websites.

The idea was not to give an in depth session but to inspire my colleagues at E2 Partners. I'm not an expert by far, but maybe my knowledge on the subject was just about enough to give them an appetite for more.

Thursday 3 October 2013

Safari Books is getting it right

Every now and then you see steps in the right direction in the media and publishing industry. Safari Books Online (O'Reilly and Pearson Education) created a new innovative online product called Safari Flow. The product is simple, smart and personalized with a capital P.

Friday 20 September 2013

Architectural boosts for SMB companies

Many SMB companies today face similar issues as their bigger counterparts when it comes to effectiveness of their IT. They share the same problems of IT decay also known as technical debt. They also struggle to transform into the digital world of today.

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Lower eBook tax rates in 2015?

I'm working for a while now on eBook projects and recently I visited another customer who wanted to start to sell eBooks as well via his online shop.

When I mentioned eBooks have a VAT rate of 21% rather than 6% here in Belgium he was baffled and was wondering how his pricing should look like. Will that make the eBook more expensive than the print book or do reduced production - i.e. printing - cost fill this gap?

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Is Microsoft going too far ahead?

It seems that Microsoft wanted to take the lead for a change in the technology landscape, not a bad idea. However they've put a lot of their prime products in the scale to wager with.

Saturday 18 May 2013

Getting started with Archimate 2.0

Need to revamp my Archimate 2.0 knowledge so I figured to take a course, though they're all quiet expensive. Started googling around and found some good sources that might be just good enough to get a head start, perhaps I'll follow a course afterwards, we'll see.

Sunday 7 April 2013

Why your company need to work on its API's

There's a lot of data in our world and the good thing is that it is shared increasingly. Not only are individual companies exposing their information, there are also numerous data markets out there for you the tap into. In this short article I'll explain what API's are and how you can monetize them.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Personal expectations @work

In our ever increasing technology world we use technology both at home and at work.

Today there's a rather big difference between the two and many people find themselves using simple, user friendly systems and when they come back in the office they look at complex environments.

Monday 14 January 2013

Consolidation or Integration?

Do you have multiple systems in your company that are doing the same thing, but slightly different? Do you also feel that those multitude of systems get in the way when figuring out how to implement new business models?

The usual reflex of an organisation is to consolidate the systems in order to reduce costs. However, consolidation is not a guarantee to reduce overall costs, in fact companies can end up with even higher operational cost.