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Knowledge Management [October 2013]

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Social Business: Delivering the Promise of KM?

As we all know, KM has been an uphill sell for a long time. Failed projects. Misdirected strategies. Lack of adoption. Expensive and ineffective technologies. These are the kinds of things that put a bad taste in the mouth of executives and investors.What KM really needed was a killer app—a no-brainer, value-creating, business-improving reason to adopt and support a knowledge-based strategy in the fast-moving and diverse organizations that are common today.We might have stumbled onto it. In shorthand, we call it "social business." More drawn out, it is the application of social technologies as they are applied to operational and mission-critical business functions. More on that later. . . .

Five Ways Social Intranets Solve CIO Problems

So every CIO is supposed to have a social strategy because social is taking over the universe. It's the preferred way people communicate at work or at the office.

OK, you get it. But what if I told you that, in fact, a social intranet will help you elevate your game and make savvy CIOs more valuable in their own companies? Or that a CIO who does a good job deploying a social intranet will likely solve other thorny enterprise IT problems? Five reasons why CIOs should embrace social intranets. . . .

A Positive Experience at Every Touch Point

While we may still be waiting for flying cars and calorie-free ice cream, the future may be closer than you think when it comes to knowledge management. Here are five progressive ideas you can implement now to start building the knowledgebase of the future: 1. A search engine that knows what you are thinking. One of the most frustrating aspects of using a knowledge management tool is finding the answer you're looking for. Precious seconds are wasted trying different search queries and navigating complex hierarchies. But what if you didn't have to search at all? One of the most important advances in customer service knowledge management is the incorporation of customer context. . . .

Didn't We Already Solve That Problem?

In the very funny movie, "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's character is forced to relive the same day over and over again—constantly repeating the same dialog, actions and events. More and more companies are finding themselves in a similar "endless cycle" these days. Employees who quit or retire with specialized expertise and knowledge take it with them. As a result, companies are forced to spend time and money training their remaining employees to re-solve the exact same problems over and over. . . .

CEO Mandate: A Higher Return on Knowledge

The top CEO challenge—according to recent surveys including IBM's annual CEO survey—is responding to customers and marketplaces with greater relevance and immediacy. That's because lack of relevance and responsiveness carries huge economic consequences—missing opportunities, poor customer service, lower sales, customer-churn, sub-optimal products and services, costs associated with reinventing the wheel and more. . . .

Critical Practices That Drive Successful Analytics and Data Projects

Six important practices can propel organizations to the forefront of their industries by tapping into the huge business value in content. Analytics tools (such as Smartlogic's software suite, Semaphore) identify, classify, extract, integrate and surface the information contained in content, making it digestible, intelligible and valuable. This kind of "content intelligence" supports existing information management, enterprise search and business intelligence systems. . . .

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