As the ghost of Christmas past did for Ebenezer Scrooge, I would like to take you back in time, back to the year 1818, and back to the year that the business you now call LexisNexis was formed.
In 1818 Christmas wasn’t recognised as a holiday by most businesses, gifts weren’t shared, cards weren’t sent and brightly decorated trees did not brighten up our living rooms. In fact, in the early 1800s Christmas played second fiddle entirely to the New Year. Fast forward to the early 1840s and the first Christmas cards started to appear thanks to Sir Henry Cole and courtesy of the latest technology in the printing world. The Industrialisation of the Victorian period created greater prosperity particularly in the middle classes who had the income to afford presents and decorations.
The technology that arose enabled the mass production of tree ornaments, the first Christmas Crackers and a new national infrastructure which enabled those goods and people to travel around more easily. Like Christmas, LexisNexis has flourished because of technological advancement. Starting with the revolution in printing of our early legal publications through to the use of Artificial Intelligence to aid the delivery of legal process and knowledge in the twenty teens. As we stand on the threshold of 200 years for LexisNexis I wonder what the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come will be able to tell us about the future of our solutions and how they might help you in the years to come.
Stay in touch with us in 2018 with our events, magazines and webinars to find out more.
Happy Christmas All. Simon