Important lessons: conversations and what is EIM?

Ok, time to look back at my first week at my new job. This week (and the next few) I was very busy with actually only one thing: conversations. To discover who I work with and my company VLC, I had conversations with my colleagues. These conversations are also about what I will be working on and the value proposition of VLC, EIM. My goal for the next weeks is to move these conversations beyond VLC.

So, based on some conversations, what do I think EIM is?

EIM is a holistic way of looking at information. Information is created, shared and stored in a every part of the organization. Given that information plays a very important part in organizations these days, information needs special attention. EIM gives information the attention it needs, compared to Human Resource Management does. EIM brings down barriers inside organizations, the flow of information is an absolute necessity. EIM brings together information that is stored in documents, unstructured information, and information stored in databases, structured information, together. Workers can create better knowledge or make better decisions when the information they use is more complete, accurate and relevant. EIM does not only combine unstructured and structured information but also filters it to ensure workers are not overloaded with information.

This is just the beginning of my grasp of EIM. In my next posts I will be working to get my ideas more concrete and also look at ways to make your EIM dreams come to life!

Time for a new challenge

Last month I quit my job at YNNO. A brand new challenge came on my path so I am joining VLC in january 2011. This month I am just relaxing at home together with my 14 month old son. Recharging my batteries is not the right thing to call it because it is actually hard work. But mentally it is on a different level than regular work. During my sons nap time I can put some energy in my new company NZwijn. Connecting with my customers and working on my store.

Last september I started a online wine company, NZwijn. I started this company to let others enjoy excellent wines from New Zealand and learn what it is to be an entrepreneur. At this moment I want the wine business to be a learning experience and to be a wine (semi) professional besides my regular day job.

My first observation is that although online wine sales are growing the market is mostly a brick and mortar world. Which is strange because how often do you taste a bottle of wine in a shop. On the other hand tastings are a real amplifier for sales. In this case tasting is believing and buying. The old principles of doing business still apply to most of the wine business. There are some people that are changing the game. One of these guys is Gary Vaynerchuck, who adds more dimensions than just a bottle of wine. Another example from The Netherlands is 94wines. This company is making wine personal and an modern, internet product.

My ambitions do not go that far but I want to take advantage of my knowledge and skills in the internet world to make my company a success.