Ron Aspe, CEO

Ron Aspe is the founder and CEO of Lucidea, a company that actualizes his vision of offering the best and most comprehensive knowledge management solutions to clients worldwide. Since his acquisition of SydneyPLUS nearly 25 years ago, Ron has been passionate about delivering innovative tools and systems to knowledge managers and special librarians at organizations of every size and stage of growth. He is a dedicated father, avid runner and enjoys experimenting with DIY home repair.
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5 Ways You Can Get the Most from a Software Demo

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 1/4/2018

We’ve all suffered through slick, packaged PowerPoint presentations that offer few glimpses of the actual software product. Seldom do we really get to see what we’re interested in. Here is a fool proof strategy to get potential vendors to actually show you how their products can help you achieve your goals.

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Topics: Library Management, ILS, Library Software, Library Automation Software

Platform vs. Application—the KM Conundrum

2 minute read
Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 12/21/2017

The biggest mistake people make when selecting a KM system is to choose a platform instead of an application. The business case is dazzlingly simple—yet many organizations overlook it.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Inmagic Presto, KM Software

Museums and Millennials – The Art of Engagement

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 12/12/2017

In his Adweek article, Millennials are Discovering Art by Ditching Museums for Instagram and Pinterest, Robert Klara asserts that “social media has nudged museums aside as the primary venue by which American consumers discover works of art.” Don’t let your museum be nudged aside!

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Topics: Museums, Social Media, Collections Management Software, Museum Software

How (and Why) My Favorite Brick and Mortar Bookstore Continues to Thrive

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/30/2017

Frequent travelers through San Francisco’s airport who love to read have probably stopped in at Compass Books in Terminal 3. The quality and range of their selection always impresses me, as do the knowledgeable staff. Recently, when SFO underwent significant renovations, I feared the store had closed—another victim of the digital age.

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Topics: Library Management, Library Marketing, Information Management, Special Library Management, Customer Engagement

Is Artificial Intelligence All That and a Bag of Chips?

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/9/2017

There will, no doubt, be certain jobs and industries that will be dramatically impacted by artificial intelligence (AI). However, that can be said about virtually any technological innovation introduced in the past 30 years. A more interesting question might be, “How does the hype surrounding AI affect my career today?”

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Integrated Library Systems, Museum Collections Management, Artificial Inteligence

How to Break the Gravitational Pull of Legacy Software Applications

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/2/2017

We have all been there, and I’ve been there a lot. In the not too distant past, I was required to use an IBM mainframe to do my “word processing” when PC based solutions had far better functionality. Later, I was required to use email software that wasn’t compatible with the internet. The list goes on, and the problem still exists. There is hope: please read on for some ideas on how to break away from legacy software.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Integrated Library Systems

5 out of 5 Stars for a “rich and practical source of proven KM programs and practices”

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 10/26/2017

Jean-Claude Monney, Chief Knowledge Officer, Microsoft Enterprise Services, recently awarded five stars to Stan Garfield’s new book titled Proven Practices for Promoting a Knowledge Management Program. This comprehensive text, published by Lucidea Press, is an actionable guide to promoting knowledge management practices within your organization. If you want your KM program to achieve maximum success, you simply must read this book.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Proven KM Practices, Stan Garfield, Knowledge Management Programs

Platform vs. Application—Help for Building a Business Case

2 minute read
Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/24/2017

The biggest mistake people make when selecting a KM system is to choose a platform instead of an application. The business case is dazzlingly simple—yet many organizations overlook it.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Inmagic Presto, Knowledge Management Systems

The True Cost of Open Source—There is Nothing Cheap about Free

3 minute read
Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/1/2017

Open source software (OSS) is the technology world’s response to consumers who are price sensitive, but as with many things, it’s important to do your homework before making a commitment. Read on for some thought provoking suggestions on how to evaluate the best ILS or KM software for your organization. Maybe it’s open source, maybe it isn’t.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Collection Management Software, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems

Evidence-Based Decision Making on-the-Fly

2 minute read
Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 7/11/2017

Pilots can’t fly unless they have instruments that tell them what the plane is doing at all times, and where it’s heading. KM professionals need instruments too, in order to assess whether the products and services they are providing are valued, and to understand what additional products and services might be needed.

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Topics: Knowledge Management, Electronic Resource Management, Knowledge Management Systems, LookUp Precision

Do You Deliver Content via Your Organization’s Website? Upward Mobility is Key!

2 minute read
Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 3/17/2017

As part of its new mobile-first strategy, Google will give preferential search rankings to mobile-friendly sites (sites optimized for mobile devices). This change will have a significant impact on search results. Librarians and knowledge managers who make content available to the public, external researchers, funders, et al., through an organizational website must take this into consideration.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Solo Librarianship, SydneyEnterprise, Inmagic Presto, Knowledge Management Systems, Integrated Library Systems, GeniePlus

Build Versus Buy—3 Points to Ponder

3 minute read
Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 12/16/2016

Software applications are not like houses: it costs a lot more to build an application from scratch than to buy a new one. But why is that?

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Management, Archives Management Software, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems

Artificial Intelligence and Your Career—A Lighthearted Look

2 minute read
Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 12/7/2016

Could you lose your job to a robot? In an earlier post, I wrote about 10 Ways to Foil a Robot, which I hope was inspiring and optimistic. In reality, artificial intelligence is yet another tool for knowledge professionals—an arrow in the quiver.

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Topics: Library Management, Solo Librarianship, Integrated Library Systems, AI in Libraries

Google’s Mobile-First Indexing Strategy is Critical to Your Organization’s Web Presence

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/10/2016

Does your organization’s mobile website lack the punch of your desktop version?

“Today, most people are searching on Google using a mobile device. However, our ranking systems still typically look at the desktop version of a page’s content to evaluate its relevance to the user. This can cause issues when the mobile page has less content than the desktop page because our algorithms are not evaluating the actual page that is seen by a mobile searcher.”
Google Webmaster Central Blog, Mobile-first Indexing, November 4th, 2016

As part of its new mobile-first strategy, Google will give preferential search rankings to “mobile-friendly" sites (sites optimized for mobile devices). This change will have a significant impact on search results.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Management, Web presence

The Knowledge-based Content Business is Facing Digital Disruption

2 minute read
Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 10/26/2016

Amazon and Apple have completely changed how we consume music. In less than a decade, we have gone from CDs, to downloads, to streaming. The online content industry is about to face its own tsunami of change.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management

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