Tuesday, November 13, 2007

France; Know-how appreciated by the top tier.

I am finding that France’s role in a global economy has less to do with competing with the rest of the world, but instead it is about being the custodian of good taste, culture and quality. I was recently visiting the United Arab Emirates and noticed that the growing upper-class was seeking the quality than even today’s high profile vendors could not deliver as they increasingly depend on China and other emerging countries to meet their demand; hence scarifying their legendary quality.

Yes, big brands are making a fatal mistake in thinking that the pickiest customers are not noticing the decline of quality. So what grabs the attention and desire of these demanding customers? Uncompromised quality in materials and craftsmanship! And also, “make it unique”. The promises of one-to-one marketing and the Wikinomics’ “prosumer” have a place in the high-end consumer space. The question becomes; can France acknowledge that its tradition is in fact its future, that it’s investment in art and schooled craftsmanship is an asset that can equal its tourism, and that perhaps France’s role is to remain a traditional France. When we see the homogenization of cultures and products, the difference that France possesses in its DNA may very become the envy of other nations seeking cultural uniqueness. Perhaps France is the world’s luxury corner store and museum that reminds of greater times and nuances. I, for one, see this as an opportunity and I have decided to actively promote and leverage this cultural asset through the use of WEB 2.0 technologies and services that may help French artisans get global visibility and recognition for their art and sough out value.

More to come...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The French are not giving up on search visualization

Here is an update for our KM community members; many of you have heard me talk about the early work of Trivium in search and discovery visualization. I have been contacting them over the years and asking them why they abandoned the core technology in favor of building an HR specific application. Obviously being early in the KM visualization game, they simply ran out of resources and they had to find a niche market to survive. Unfortunately for them another French company (Kartoo) has taken the lead in search visualization utility. You have to take a look at www.kartoo.com they are where Trivium should be today. I don’t know if they have common sources but the coincidence in Kartoo’s wizard and visual models are very close to what Trivium did with Kartograph for Lotus Notes in 1998. Let me know what you think of this utility (they have two others search utilities that offer different representations).



Monday, August 20, 2007

Has the time come to change the advertisement overload madness?

Living in the US I can never stop to wonder why people still watch television shows that are interrupted every 10 minutes with endless pharmaceutical, car and self-promoting advertisement. I like a few shows, like “The Office”, but I choose to download it via iTunes and pay for it instead of being exposed to the advertisement. This is a wake-up call to the advertisers. Can you imagine how the business model for entertainment would change if the show creators did not depend on advertisement sponsors to be profitable? Since 1996 with InterCommunity, Instant Powers, WikiGazette and ANDoo I have been promoting the concept of contextual content to the right user and community; today’s’ advertiser’s Holy Grail. Well, we all know Google has embraced the model but they are also facing privacy issues and can’t have a direct line into my real interests and present context (at least I hope ;-(. They have to guess what I want with complex algorithms and mad mathematicians hidden somewhere on the Google campus. I believe that the next wave of contextual advertisement will be permission-based and user-centric. Our challenge, as technologists and system architects, is to find a lasting and ubiquitous model that does not reside on large servers, but instead where the consumer’s experience takes place. Let me know your thoughts on the subject.

Bill, what do you think?

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Human Interface team before becoming the Lotus Institute in 1994

Following the Lotus 25th anniversary I was able to find our pre-acquisition team picture.


Cory, ?ooops help?, Jim, Nicole, Bruce, Betsy, Bob
Thierry, George, Peter

(Paul not on the shot)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lotus' 25th Party

Last night I went to the Lotus 25th anniversary Party at the Cambridge Hyatt. The good old Lotus crowd with all the laughter, cheesy Lotus t-shirts and familiar faces were drinking and connecting. Once I entered the main hall where Mitch and Jim were giving their nostalgia and Lotus soul speeches I got a tap on the shoulder from Marla. It is at that moment that I felt like a Loti again and my first smile was one of good memories with a friend that smiled back with all the same memories without having to say a word! And that my friend is a reunion!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Lotus' 25th Party!

See you there. I keep on bumping into ex-Loties talking about the event. Sounds like it will be a great one! I hope to see some of our EMEA friends.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Tampa, Florida - March. 1, 2007- LifeCare Technologies Inc. announced the appointment of Thierry Hubert as Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Hubert was Director of Knowledge Management, Process Innovation, Research and Development for IBM’s web-based collaborative solutions for government, telecommunication, healthcare, banking, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and communities of interest industries. Mr. Hubert is also an avid Web 2.0 advocate as a tool that can revolutionize business processes.