It’s been a whirlwind five weeks for me here at Hippo. I’ve been to London for GartnerPCC , witnessed some great (and hilarious) Hippo Friday presentations and, most importantly to me, gotten to know many of the kind and brilliant people who make up the Hippo team. The more I get to know the team, the more I realize that they collectively have a tendency I’ve seen before in intelligent and impressive people—they’re modest, and sometimes unwilling to bring up their outstanding achievements. But if there’s one thing I’ve certainly felt in the weeks that I’ve been here, it’s that this company is a family. Just like in every family you can count on your relatives to list your achievements—even if it makes you blush. I’m taking a moment to brag about the extraordinary and talented team at a company I’m proud to be a new part of.
Among the many impressive—and challenging—clients that the Hippo team has worked with , the Dutch National Police has to be one of the most interesting. It’s no wonder then, that Ron de Milde’s talk at yesterday’s HartmanEVENT was packed, and abuzz with questions. The whole event was great and, in typical Dutch fashion, was cozy and familiar. Talks by Lisa Welchman, Graham Oakes, Bob Boiko and our very own Sonja Wraith were particularly memorable. But Ron’s talk hit especially close to home. At Hippo, we realize that content management is serious business, but it’s easy to forget its massive influence on our lives beyond the industries we serve. I was reminded of the true impact and importance of a great CMS during Ron’s presentation—where for the newly consolidated Dutch National Police, a WCM that was flexible enough to meet the Police’s very specific needs was actually a matter of safety. That’s why I’m so glad that the Dutch National Police and their work with Hippo CMS was recognized as Best Case Study at HartmanEVENT . It’s an example of great work by a great team, even though many of them are probably too modest to mention it.