From Data to Document and Back - Now That We Send Electronically, What's Next?
Harald Grumser, COMPART
While multi-channel output and communication gain in significance, their boundaries become more muddled. A few years ago channels simply meant different media, now we tend to mean varying presentations and content. So the question ‘What is data and what is the document?’ is becoming more and more important. We have come a long way on the road from physical to electronic distribution, but the goal has yet to be achieved. The co-existence of data and documents will determine the fate of the industry. What we need to answer is what data formats have a future role to play and why is PDF on the wane.
Harald Grumser is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Compart AG. Harald co-founded Compart and has served as Chief Executive Officer since the company’s launch in 1992. Early in his career, Harald worked both in software development and publishing. Renowned as an expert on the new topic of PCs and microprocessors, he was widely published throughout Europe in technology publications. He then moved to IBM, where he managed a Europe-wide PC project for several years before becoming PC Application Manager for SOFTPRO GmbH, a Böblingen-based software company.