What We Do
Our products help clients redefine how knowledge is shared. We provide applications and business process expertise that empowers information intensive organizations to easily collect, organize and leverage important knowledge assets. Our 6 Principles guide us in developing products that improve organization, accessibility, ease of use and delivery of information to the people who need this knowledge most – employees and customers. Everything we offer our clients embodies one or more of the following: access; discovery; independence; integration; security, or partnership. Results for our clients include higher employee productivity, lower operational costs and increased customer satisfaction. Helping achieve those results through optimized knowledge sharing is what we do.
Why We Do What We Do
We know that knowledge workers thrive within their organizations and profession by adapting to challenges, acting based on best practices, and creating change. We also know that librarians and knowledge managers, along with collections managers and archivists, are continually asked to deliver more with less – smaller budgets, fewer staff, and possibly even less physical space. Founder and CEO Ron Aspe built Lucidea on the belief that information-intensive companies need flexible tools that fit unique requirements and deliver visible, tangible results. Librarians, collections managers, archivists and knowledge managers can only do more with more: we get that.
We want to help people tasked with the challenge of managing knowledge resources to deliver more content, more services, and more value, while being innovative and increasingly relevant. That’s why we do what we do.
A Remarkable Past and a Stellar Future
For over 30 years, Ron Aspe has followed his vision and strategy of giving information intensive organizations a full service partner that meets their special and unique needs in the knowledge management space. This strategy has included expanding both organically and via acquisitions, and has enabled Lucidea to achieve double-digit growth and build a global customer base serving more than 3,000 clients in more than 50 countries. Ron has successfully led ten acquisitions in the library automation, collections management and KM space, making Lucidea’s products the most comprehensive suite of solutions available, whatever the organization’s size, geography, or stage of growth.
We are driven to develop tools and partnerships that enable professionals in libraries, information centers, museums and archives to adapt, act and thrive. Lucidea will continue its focus on delivering a fully integrated suite of purpose-built products that make collections and other knowledge resources and information assets more accessible yet easier to manage. With strong client partnerships and our dedication to innovation, our future looks bright.
Growth and Acquisitions
SydneyPLUS is founded
Incite Software Solutions (ISS) acquisition
Questor (Argus) acquisition
Lookup Precision acquisition
Inmagic DB/Text Works acquisition
Inmagic Presto acquisition
SydneyPlus becomes Lucidea
Eloquent Systems acquisition
Founder and CEO
Ron Aspe is the founder and CEO of Lucidea, and along with a dedicated and innovative team has built a company that actualizes his vision of offering the best and most comprehensive information and knowledge management solutions to clients worldwide. Ron is passionate about creating ground breaking solutions for knowledge, content and information professionals, as well as archivists, librarians, and curators. As a child, he had almost finished reading the entire World Book Encyclopedia when he became distracted by Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia. An unabashed content guzzler, Ron believes there is no such thing as too much information. It just needs to be relevant, organized and accessible.
The foundation for the Lucidea portfolio of KM and information management companies and products was established when Ron acquired the library automation division of Sydney Development Corporation in 1989. In pursuit of his vision, Ron has successfully led eight subsequent acquisitions. His strategy of both organic expansion and targeted acquisitions has enabled the company to achieve double digit growth, and to build a global customer base serving over 3,000 clients in more than 50 countries. Leading law firms, F1000 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations around the world depend on Lucidea to make their information accessible, affordable – and most importantly, relevant.
Read about Ron’s mission to offer the best, most comprehensive unified information and knowledge management applications worldwide in CIO Story, which spotlights Ron’s belief that “there is no such thing as too much information – it just needs to be relevant, organized and accessible,” whether in a law firm or any other knowledge-intensive organization.
Chief Technical Officer
Neil Corris, Chief Technology Officer – Neil joined SydneyPLUS in August of 1995 as a software engineer. Within a year his strong organizational skills were recognized and he was promoted to a project management position. The following year, as a result of his success, he became co-manager of the R&D division.
In 2006, with SydneyPLUS for SQL and Oracle becoming well established in the market, Neil was assigned management of the sales team as part of the company’s key employee development program. Neil’s success at building this area of the business resulted in his also taking responsibility for the client services division.
In 2008 Neil was promoted to the role of Director of Operations, continuing to oversee R&D, and over the next few years was crucial in guiding the development of the company’s new knowledge management platform—LucideaCore. In 2013 following the acquisition of Inmagic, Neil took on the Chief Technology Officer role, managing the combined Lucidea R&D and Client Services divisions.
Chief Sales Officer
Leveraging more than two decades of Executive Sales and Marketing management experience, David is responsible for Lucidea’s global sales operations. Previous roles with public and venture-backed private software companies include Sr. Vice President of North American Field Operations for Applix, Inc. (acquired by IBM), VP of Sales & Marketing for iET Solutions (acquired by Unicom Global) and most recently Sr. Vice President of Sales for Inmagic Inc. Through innovative sales strategies and a focus on sales execution excellence, David and his team of sales people and global partners ensure continued achievement of Lucidea’s revenue and customer satisfaction goals.
Chief Financial Officer
Calvin has over two decades of executive level finance management experience in the high technology and software industry, having served as Chief Financial Officer for several companies in the sector prior to Lucidea. He attained a degree in Commerce, Accounting and Management Information Services from the University of British Columbia and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Calvin’s role is to optimize the financial and administrative capabilities of the Finance team, and to ensure that Lucidea’s management team members have the best tools to understand, monitor and enhance the operations and performance of the company.