A better mousetrap

One of the interesting side effects of the rapid growth of rich media as a communications enabler is it’s influence on how this information is stored, retrieved, and managed. While most end users maintain their own file system on their computer, the truth is that most people are using their e-mail system as their primary data repository. This has already been acknowledged by most of the big e-mail suppliers (gigs of storage for everyone), the problem is that they are very storage-centric in their approach. They still fall short of providing fast, easy to use tools for end users to be able to navigate and managed what are becoming increasingly vast repositories of information. Having twenty gigs of storage is useless if you can’t find what you need when you need it. Continue reading “A better mousetrap”

Visualizing Rich Media

The market is slowly moving towards the ability to visualize increasingly complex information entities that are driven by real-time dynamics. I’m not referring to the rich media equivalent of an “executive dashboard”, but rather to a solution that moves beyond reporting towards discovery. The real trick to visualization is to discovered hidden patterns or inferences that can’t be obtained by looking at historical data, but are a function of what is happening right now, in real time. Or, taking it one step further… Continue reading “Visualizing Rich Media”

Reducing the need to search

The market’s acceptance of the Adobe/Yahoo agreement to serve up contextual ads within PDFs should be interesting to watch. On external facing documents this makes sense; embedding relevant ads within e.g. a User Guide is a good idea, particularly for complex consumer technology products. Plus the opportunity for publishers to monetize their content is hard to resist. Beyond this, however, is a more interesting application of the underlying concept… Continue reading “Reducing the need to search”