April 13, 2016
At Outsell’s Signature Event last year, I presented our annual Information Industry Outlook and in that keynote discussed the key themes we see affecting our industry. We then published these trends in our annual year-end Information Industry Outlook report, which we give to industry complimentary, after we pre-release this analysis at our event. A tradition now going on over 15 years. Last year, I spoke of these trends through an Outsell case study since we are of the community we serve, a privileged position we respect. And in the spirit of Outsell's Signature Event, which is off-the-record...
April 8, 2016
As someone who is presumably in a male dominated field (CEO), I keep wondering about women in the workforce and studies about gender bias. I find this whole discussion challenging because there are so many variables. A recent study pointed to pay-dropping when women enter male-dominated fields and it’s a valid point. I wonder why when I go to hotels there are no male housekeepers. And why are there no female engineers when my air conditioning needs fixing or the sinks leak? Has anyone seen a woman who is a bellman? How about in valet parking?   Sometimes women need/want/require more...
March 30, 2016
So, while I am raging at the machine of dumbed-down journalism, shout out to The Atlantic for writing an article about how new media is looking like old media, and looking at Facebook Live video as a popular option for consumers. And along the way they talk about scientists as an interesting subject matter, giving us hope that all of humanity isn’t stuck in the white bread of tabloid journalism. The article points to the live video cast of astronaut and my buddy Scott Parazynski, MD. Many of you will remember he was the opening keynote at Outsell’s Signature Event in 2009, held outside of...
March 28, 2016
    Imagine my surprise first thing on a Sunday morning when in came an article about millennials in their workplace, a young company focused on millennial news for and by millennials. On the surface, interesting. Something to really learn here, an inspiring model. But by around paragraph four, it talked about “a sense of entitlement, a tendency to overshare on social media, and frankness verging on insubordination.” It went on to describe an office looking like a frat house, a middle-school frat house in fact, with nerf gun wielding team members, the use of megaphones for announcements, and...
March 24, 2016
We’ve been tracking and analyzing the world of information, media and its convergence with technology since 1998. We’ve been at the forefront of ground-breaking events for the industry, and were the first firm to even call the different sectors of the information industry an industry. You see newspaper ‘guys’ used to hang out with newspaper guys. B2B trade media firms, hung out with B2B trade media firms, consumer magazines hung out with other consumer magazines and the world behaved in nice, neat, orderly boxes. But in 1998 when we started the firm, our founders had high-technology roots....
March 22, 2016
What a difference a year makes. In closing its 2015 year, IHS executives’ message to the market was “steady as she goes” despite the free fall in crude oil prices already roiling the firm’s business in the energy market. IHS finally hit the wall. After swallowing over 60 companies since its IPO in 2005, the challenge of integrating brands across multiple dimensions sales execution, cross-industry and vertical marketing, workflow platform, internal content engines and business systems – coupled with the energy market tanking – proved to be too much.  Jerre Stead came back into CEO role, with...
March 22, 2016
SuperBowl 50 put a spotlight on the host city San Francisco and the intractable homeless crisis that permeates throughout our 7 x 7 borders. The homeless budget is rising to $241 million per year, up $84 million from five years ago when the mayor took office. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, our local paper, about 22,000 people have moved off the streets since 2004, but the homeless total remains about 6,600 – "sicker, older, and more spread out" than last year’s headcount they say. The problem by all accounts has gotten worse, not better and the situation is reaching...
March 17, 2016
A recent focus for our Information Management team is working with libraries that support large research-intensive organizations. In two different instances, both libraries were straining under the weight of information technology and systems that had been cobbled together over the past 15 years or so—not that things weren’t working, they were, but not efficiently: data remained in siloes, different systems couldn’t communicate, certain tools were well-past their shelf life and needed to be replaced. More importantly, both libraries knew user expectations were rising and they needed to get a...
March 3, 2016
So into my home mailbox came Valpak – an envelope that arrives periodically that I often ignore. But being a bit more curious about print coupons sent by snail mail, especially in light of my last post about ‘retro works’, I decided to look inside.   Lo and behold I could get 20% off breakfast at a local breakfast joint, slim up in Bikram hot yoga for 10 classes for $50, get my fill of pizza at Roundtable, get a seasonal tune-up on my car at Spiteri’s Complete Auto Service, paint my home for $500 off, or get our dog Nell’s pet food delivered without hassle at pet flow.com – for 25% off my...
February 29, 2016
According to a White House press release, as well as various news reports, President Obama has nominated Carla D. Hayden for the position of 14th Librarian of Congress. If confirmed by Congress, Hayden would become the first woman and the first African-American to hold that post. Hayden is currently the chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, a position she’s held since 1993. She has had a long career as a librarian, starting out in the Chicago Public Library system, and was President of the American Library Association in 2003-04, where she earned high marks with her...

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