Florian Krueger

Don Tapscott and Florian Krüger in Munich

In 2.0, Events, Management, Uncategorized, Wikinomics on October 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm

The only interesting bits about the event in Munich were the keynote speaches and a couple of nice contacts, like meeting up with Professor Scheer again.

Don Tapscott, August-Wilhelm Scheer and Florian Krueger

Don Tapscott, August-Wilhelm Scheer and Florian Krueger

It is a shame that the once largest IT show in the south of Germany has been denoted to a gathering of likeminded IT Guru’s. We need to do something about it. Innovation has been mentioned in numerous posts and speeches of mine as being the key to success or even survival in Central Europe. Like it or not, besides Biotech (aka the Nano-Guys) IT will remain the main driver behind any meaningful change project in the years to come.
An IT fair therefore should have the governments highest attention and support. Instead, the Bavarian Head-of-State decides to fight about coalition non-issues to foster the power of the local party in Berlin. Well…

Enough complaining, the real take-away from this fair was positive, there are many smart people around and good ideas that have been discussed. Don has certainly given the people a lot to think about and input -such as his- is crucially important to the German Leadership. Everybody knows that Flickr is more successful than Kodak’s EasyShare, but has everyone embraced the idea and made it a part of his reinvention / change programme? What does it mean that communities and “Curators of Content” are so much more important than the pure providers of information?
Has every company / organisation thought and I mean really thought about the desires, dreams and fears of their clients? How they can be managed in the best, philantrophic way and how they can then ultimately be so well tied to the organisation that loyalty exceeds temptation…

What I also liked a lot was to see how innovative some of the perceivedly conservative companies such as Giesecke & Devrient are. They are humming happily behind all these megatrends, which are about to come such as 4th generation networks and developing the tools for success, without the larger audience even knowing that they exist, or what it exactly is they are doing. I have to admit, I was impressed by some of their thinking.

And finally it was great to meet the folks from BITKOM and especially Thomas Mosch, who does a stellar job in Berlin for the entire industry.

So, at the end of the day the overall impression is really positive, but there’s still a long way to go for Europe, before we can relax and enjoy our achievements. Let’s Go!

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