Dutch Software Innovation – We’re Scaling Up!

The Netherlands is scaling up its investments to become a true (software) innovation country. We initially thought we were half way there, but new research suggests we are skidding past that half way mark. First of all we rank as an innovation leader on the European Innovation Scoreboard 2016, placed on a fifth position, following […] Read more »

The Fab 30 – The Coolest Dutch Tech Companies

  It’s that time of the year again, and yes we have got one too: a list. This year we decided once again to take a closer look at the companies that entered into tech beauty contests, hoping to be confirmed as the fastest growing or the most innovative company; preferably both. Just like last […] Read more »

e-Book Equal Opportunity Firming Up

3 weeks ago the METISfiles reported on the ruling of the EU court on case C-174/15, which stated that the lending of an electronic book (e-book) may – under certain conditions – be treated in the same way as the lending of a traditional book. After Angela Ruiz Robles patented the idea of the electronic […] Read more »

Facebook vs Ad Block: Better the Devil You Know?

In a previous post  we alluded to an impending ad block block war. Last week can be regarded as the starting point of an open war between adblockers and publishers. Facebook, claiming 1.7 billion users currently, decided that enough was enough;  Facebook ad-blocking software had to be stopped. In 2015 Facebook’s revenue peaked at $ […] Read more »

BMC Walks the Walk But Can It Talk the Talk?

Earlier this month The METISfiles joined BMC’s analyst conference in London. Some analysts had a vague memory of the last BMC analyst meeting about 7 years ago but nobody was really sure. The reason is probably the fact that, after BMC was taken private in 2013, it took them 2 years to restructure the company […] Read more »

The EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index: Reasons to be Cheerful?

February 2016 The European Commission released a press bulletin on the digital state of its European members. Apparently The Netherlands climbed two positions on the European digital ladder and now holds a second place after Denmark. Reasons to be cheerful? Figure 1: Pillars of DESI and IDI The index is based on 5 pillars: Connectivity, […] Read more »