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Brussels From Above
Consulting firms and office view assets...
Wolfgangsee
In the early morning, Spot The CEO as new workshop game.
Jeff Keynoting
Stopping by in Milan during his longish break before joining Feedburner.
SAP Reception
Not often that plenty of fellow Irregulars come to your home town.
Dennis Moore
With fellow EIs, not suprisingly Dennis left SAP 2 months later and became CEO of oqo.
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Bit grim looks there.
Downtown Vienna
Approaching from southwest.

Web2.Oltre in Milano


This morning I arrived in Milano to attend the Web2.Oltre Conference that tries to summarize the status of "Web 2.0" in Italy. I am amazed how similar those conferences are, always in a nice hotel that looks the same, no matter if you're in Italy or elsewhere and also the same format. I have to admit that I like the unconference format of Barcamps a lot more.

However it is interesting to hear what initiatives are being launched in other countries and what interesting ideas and topics occur here. I'll post a writeup tomorrow, as soon as I have seen everything. Anything special that I should take a closer look at or ask?

Web2.Oltre in Milano


This morning I arrived in Milano to attend the Web2.Oltre Conference that tries to summarize the status of "Web 2.0" in Italy. I am amazed how similar those conferences are, always in a nice hotel that looks the same, no matter if you're in Italy or elsewhere and also the same format. I have to admit that I like the unconference format of Barcamps a lot more.

However it is interesting to hear what initiatives are being launched in other countries and what interesting ideas and topics occur here. I'll post a writeup tomorrow, as soon as I have seen everything. Anything special that I should take a closer look at or ask?

Zum Problem des Wissens in Organisationen


Sometimes you need other people to point you to things that should be obvious. I had an interesting chat with Karsten in Munich on the weekend, discussing the general problems of Knowledge Management in Organisations. He then sent me an article from Dirk Baecker from 1998 that I wasn't aware. Dirk has written a great number of articles in our journal, but in this 20 page piece he deconstructs KM in a way that is wonderful and mindblowing at the same time.

So if you search for an insightful piece that challenges all the truisms of modern management literature, I recommend

Dirk Baecker
Zum Problem des Wissens in Organisationen
in: Organisationsentwicklung 17, Nr. 3 (1998), S. 4-21

Zum Problem des Wissens in Organisationen


Sometimes you need other people to point you to things that should be obvious. I had an interesting chat with Karsten in Munich on the weekend, discussing the general problems of Knowledge Management in Organisations. He then sent me an article from Dirk Baecker from 1998 that I wasn't aware. Dirk has written a great number of articles in our journal, but in this 20 page piece he deconstructs KM in a way that is wonderful and mindblowing at the same time.

So if you search for an insightful piece that challenges all the truisms of modern management literature, I recommend

Dirk Baecker
Zum Problem des Wissens in Organisationen
in: Organisationsentwicklung 17, Nr. 3 (1998), S. 4-21

On and on and on


For the last couple of months we have been working almost night and day to get our ASP offering ready for launch. It is always the same story when developing software: you think you have a launch ready product and then a dozen of new tasks and wishes for improvement pop up, not because the software doesn't work, but because everything should be perfect in the eyes of the creators.

That is good and bad at the same time. Almost every developer and product visionary would buy into the common "release early release often" mantra, however most people want to launch something polished and beautiful, because they care about what they do. That makes deadlines shift, causes delays and hopefully a better product.

So please bear with us a little longer, we are just about to launch and I promise it is going to be nice! There's a lot of new features and even more improvements in the software compared to the screencast, so I bet you'll like it.

On and on and on


For the last couple of months we have been working almost night and day to get our ASP offering ready for launch. It is always the same story when developing software: you think you have a launch ready product and then a dozen of new tasks and wishes for improvement pop up, not because the software doesn't work, but because everything should be perfect in the eyes of the creators.

That is good and bad at the same time. Almost every developer and product visionary would buy into the common "release early release often" mantra, however most people want to launch something polished and beautiful, because they care about what they do. That makes deadlines shift, causes delays and hopefully a better product.

So please bear with us a little longer, we are just about to launch and I promise it is going to be nice! There's a lot of new features and even more improvements in the software compared to the screencast, so I bet you'll like it.

How structure affects perception


Recently we got an inquiry asking us why we developed a network data model instead of sticking to existing relational models. Apart from the general design of System One that would have made it nearly impossible to transfer the hyperlinked structure to a relational model without some cost, we are true believers in a networked perspective of information. And that perspective starts with the most basic structure that we can think of, which is the data structure itself.

One other reason is currently an issue in one of our projects, where we work with the Neue Galerie Graz and the Büro für Perspektivenmanagement to bring the complex and important topic of Fair Trade and Globalization to the Net and also to an exhibition taking place in Graz during the Steirischer Herbst.

We will use System One as general research and Storage System for all digital material contained in the exhibition. Naturally the topic itself has many perspectives that one could look at, so we decided to do some visualisations that will also be used as artwork in the exhibition. Actually the whole exhibition will be built around the visualisations.

When we started to talk about the visualisations we found out that based on our current data structure, it is very easy to provide different perspectives on the data itself without the need to reformat or restructure it. Because we look at it as objects that are related and interlinked it is very easy filter, slice and dice it according to some properties. Also simple inference is possible, showing dependencies and relations in the data that haven't been visible before.

I'm looking forward to the result and I'll share some of it here, during the process.
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