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KMWorld 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management 2020

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Knowledge management software and services providers are embracing a fresh wave of technological innovation. It’s necessary because—among both customers and employees—there is a heightened expectation that the right information will be delivered to the right people at the right time.

The annual list of 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management reflects the urgency felt among many organizations to provide a timely flow of targeted information. Among the more prominent initiatives is the use of AI and cognitive computing, as well as related capabilities such as machine learning, natural language processing, and text analytics. Despite this emphasis, however, there is also an understanding that the use of automation in products and services does not replace but instead augments and enhances human capabilities.

Another notable push is on knowledge graphs as an approach to go beyond the data and shed light on relationships among people, places, and processes. In addition, many companies are continuing to expand cloud services to ease the burden of collecting and organizing information.

In selecting organizations for the list each year, we look for companies that are innovative in advancing their products and capabilities to meet changing customer requirements—whether they are using the newest technologies available or continuing with proven, tried-and-true approaches.

The list includes a broad range of knowledge management companies focused on areas such as analytics, collaboration, content management and services, customer and employee experience, workflow, and document management. To arrive at this list, we reflect on how companies have succeeded in helping customers solve business problems, and also consider information gained from product launches and updates, research reports and white papers, and presentations at the annual KMWorld conference.

Technologies, products, and services evolve—and so does the KMWorld 100 list. Join us as we continue to explore knowledge management topics and technologies in person at the next KMWorld conference, which will return to the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16–19, 2020. And, to stay on top of the latest knowledge management news, thought leadership, and research, be sure to visit www.kmworld.com.

VIEW FROM THE TOP

We encourage you to visit the websites of the companies on this year’s list. Also, in the View From the Top section, executives share their opinions on the state of the knowledge economy and how their solutions help customers realize their business goals.


  • ABBYYA global leader in Digital IQ for the enterprise that provides a new class of AI technologies to help the digital workforce understand enterprise content and processes and make intelligent business decisions.
  • AccentureOffers its search and content analytics practice to help insight-driven enterprises reinvent their data supply chains by combining AI technologies, such as machine learning and natural language processing, with search and analytics.
  • Access InnovationsDelivers the Data Harmony suite of products, which provides thesaurus construction and database management tools to publishers, database producers, online and web-based directory publishers, corporate libraries, web portals, and corporations and associations with large intranets.To Learn more, read Heather Kotula, VP Marketing and Communications' View from the Top.
  • AccusoftA software development company specializing in content processing, conversion, and automation solutions that enable users to solve their most complex workflow challenges and gain insights from content in any format, on any device.
  • AcquiaWas founded in 2007 to provide infrastructure, support, and services to enterprise organizations using the open source web content management platform Drupal and offers a cloud platform for building, delivering, and optimizing websites, apps, and other digital experiences.
  • Adlib SoftwareHelps global organizations overcome unstructured data challenges with data enrichment solutions that enable them to transform their unstructured data into structured data that is primed for process automation, insight systems, and other digital business initiatives.
  • AdobeOffers Adobe Experience Cloud, an end-to-end solution for marketing, advertising, analytics, and commerce that helps brands deliver consistent, continuous, and compelling B2C, B2B, and B2E experiences across customer touchpoints and channels while accelerating business growth.
  • AlgoliaProvides a search-as-a-service platform that allows developers and business teams to build and optimize search and discovery experiences that increase online engagement, conversion rates, and revenue and helps consumers find and discover what they want easily across multiple channels.
  • AlteryxImproves business through data science and analytics with an end-to-end analytics platform that empowers data analysts and scientists alike to break down data barriers, deliver insights, and get their answers faster.
  • Amazon Web ServicesA comprehensive cloud platform that offers more than 175 fully featured services from data centers globally to help millions of customers—including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and leading government agencies—to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.
  • AmplienceWas founded to simplify how clients plan, create, manage, and deliver content and offers a modern API-first approach that can unleash the creativity and productivity of content and technology teams.
  • AppianProvides a low-code development platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications and is used by many of the world’s largest organizations to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance.
  • AsanaDelivers a work management platform that helps teams orchestrate their work, from small projects to strategic initiatives, and is used by global customers to manage initiatives, including digital transformation, product launches, and marketing campaigns.
  • ASG TechnologiesA global enterprise software vendor providing information management solutions that capture, manage, and govern all types of information, as well as IT systems management solutions that ensure that the systems and infrastructure supporting the information lifecycle are performing as expected.
  • Atlassian ConfluenceEnables a workspace for teams that need a secure and reliable base on which to collaborate on mission-critical projects, while helping to break down silos, organize everything in one place, and support a culture of open teamwork.
  • BA InsightHelps organizations innovate by addressing their internal search challenges through a combination of modular, scalable software and a modern search engine and AI strategy to enable more efficient, productive, and engaged employees. 
  • BoxProvides a cloud content management platform that enables organizations to accelerate business processes, power workplace collaboration, and protect their most valuable information, while working with an enterprise IT stack.
  • BP LogixProduces and markets Process Director, an AI-enabled, low-code development platform that drives enterprise digital transformation, empowering individuals and teams to rapidly develop, deploy, and enhance critical digital applications—with no programming required.
  • Cambridge SemanticsAn enterprise big data management and exploratory analytics software company that provides customers with an open standards-based semantic layer along with an enterprise-scale information fabric to manage access to all of their information assets.
  • CGIAn IT and business consulting services firm that delivers a portfolio of capabilities—spanning systems integration, outsourcing services, and intellectual property solutions—and works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network.
  • ClarabridgeUses AI-powered text and speech analytics to enable the world’s leading brands to extract actionable insights from every customer interaction in order to increase sales, ensure compliance, and improve operational efficiency.
  • CogniVisionProvides an enterprise productivity platform for electronic content management, including its patented, image-centric Cognitive Viewer that bridges the “last mile” in search by leveraging innate pattern recognition capabilities to locate information faster.
  • ConfirmitProvides tools and services to help design voice of the customer and voice of the employee programs that deliver rich insight so organizations can make smarter decisions and take action faster to increase revenue, reduce costs, and promote cultural change. 
  • CoveoA pioneer of cloud-based AI-powered search and recommendations with a mission to transform its customers’ businesses by helping them deliver more personalized experiences at scale and ensure that each customer, partner, and employee has contextually relevant information at every touchpoint.
  • DeloitteOffers a knowledge management practice to help organizations share and retain vast amounts of knowledge by implementing digital workplace tools, such as knowledge management strategies, workflow processes, governance models, search engines, social networks, and bots.
  • DocuwareDelivering document management and workflow automation software that enables organizations to digitize and optimize the processes that power their businesses, Docuware helps remove manual tasks so knowledge workers are free to focus on projects that drive productivity.
  • DocStarOffers document management and automated accounts payable solutions that empower teams to capture, store, and manage any document from any location on any device and can integrate with enterprise resource planning, accounting, and other line-of-business applications.
  • DocuwareDelivers document management and workflow automation software that enables organizations to digitize and optimize the processes that power the core of their business so knowledge workers are free to focus on the projects that drive productivity and profit.
  • DropboxProvides a modern, cloud-enabled workspace that connects users to content and tools, bringing together the people and conversation associated with a file or project and leveraging machine intelligence to surface what matters most.
  • Earley Information ScienceA professional services firm that supports business outcomes by organizing data so it is findable, usable, and valuable and offers proven methodologies that are designed to address product data, content assets, customer data, and corporate knowledgebases.
  • eGainProvides customer engagement solutions that deliver digital transformation for leading brands—powered by virtual assistance, AI, knowledge, and analytics—to enable memorable, digital-first customer experiences in an omnichannel world.
  • EgnyteOffers a secure ?content platform built specifically for business that is used by thousands of customers worldwide in a variety of different vertical markets for collaboration, compliant ?data protection, and simple infrastructure modernization, all through a single SaaS platform.
  • EmpolisSupports the view that “no one must ever make wrong decisions again” with software for comprehensive creation, management, analysis, intelligent processing, and provisioning of all relevant information needed for business processes, regardless of source, format, user, location, or device. 
  • Enterprise KnowledgeA services firm that integrates knowledge management, information management, information technology, and agile approaches to deliver comprehensive solutions that enable organizations to harness the full spectrum of knowledge so that their information can be efficiently found, used, and reused. To Learn more, read Zach Wahl, Founder & CEO's View From the Top.
  • EPAMA global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services that works in collaboration with its customers in more than 30 countries to deliver next-gen solutions that help turn complex business challenges into real business results.
  • EphesoftUses supervised machine learning and focuses on efficiency and reliability to craft the next generation of enterprise content capture and data discovery solutions that help to automate document-based business processes, improve accuracy, increase productivity, and reduce costs.
  • EpiserverProvides a digital experience platform that includes content management, commerce, data, and personalization tools to enable marketers and merchandisers to develop greater customer lifetime value, grow brand affinity, and increase revenue.
  • EQT-SitecoreA provider of digital experience management software that combines a holistic view of customer data and machine-learning generated insights to nurture customers throughout their journey with personalized content in real time, across any channel.
  • e-SpiritAims to empower marketers, ecommerce managers, and IT professionals with content-driven digital experience solutions that transform the way they communicate with customers and employees and enable rapid deployment and innovation within any digital experience ecosystem.
  • EverteamOffers solutions for enterprise content management and information governance that combine expertise and technological innovations around AI and automatic natural language processing to address a variety of business contexts.
  • Expert SystemProvides software that enables organizations to automate business processes by performing repetitive tasks that traditionally require human intervention, make more informed decisions by improving knowledge discovery, and transform customer engagement through interactions in natural language.
  • FranzAn early innovator in AI and a leading supplier of semantic graph database technology with expert knowledge in developing and deploying knowledge graph solutions, the foundation for which lies in the facets of semantic technology provided by its AllegroGraph and Allegro CL platforms. To Learn more, read Jans Aasman, CEO's View From the Top.
  • Fujitsu Computer Products of AmericaAn established leader in the document imaging industry, delivering innovative scanning solutions and services that enable customers to solve critical business productivity issues and streamline operations programs.
  • FunnelbackProvides a website search and enterprise search platform that combines a machine learning algorithm with a comprehensive insight engine to make deep discovery of information and insights more intuitive and immediate.
  • GoodDataOffers a platform for the creation, delivery, and automated management of analytics at massive scale and enables companies to embed analytics within their products to deliver insights so customers, partners, and other users can make business-critical decisions..
  • GoogleContinues to expand its vast range of products with software and services supporting search, communication and collaboration, document management, scheduling, presentation management, database technology, cloud storage, and more.
  • harmon.ieProvides user experience tools for digital workspaces that are built to deliver information in an intelligent way and unlock the full power of Microsoft Teams and Office 365.
  • HylandDeveloper of OnBase, a single enterprise information platform to manage content, processes, and cases that centralizes important business content in one secure location and then delivers relevant information to users when they need it.To Learn more, read Bill Priemer, President & CEO's, View From the Top.
  •  IBMOffers products and services across analytics, blockchain, AI, collaboration, and customer engagement and recently announced new innovations that further advance the Watson Anywhere approach to scaling AI across any cloud.
  • Igloo SoftwareDelivers digital workplace solutions for communication, knowledge sharing, collaboration, and culture that are 100% cloud-based, mobile-enabled, and can integrate with the leading enterprise systems and cloud apps that businesses rely on.
  • ikaunProvides an experience management platform for the legal services industry aligned with its mission to create an ever-evolving knowledge set of experience that is always current and easily reused when cross-selling, staffing, and generating pitches and proposals.
  • iManageA provider of work product management solutions that help to improve productivity and governance for law firms, corporate legal departments, and other professional services organizations, such as accounting and financial services firms.
  • Import.ioDelivers the world’s data directly with the Import.io Web Data Integration solution that extracts, prepares, and integrates web data into customers’ analytics platforms and business applications to fuel business insight and competitive advantage.
  • InbentaSpecializes in natural language processing and semantic search to improve the customer experience by providing support services such as dynamic FAQs, knowledge management, and chatbots that improve business website searches, customer self-service, and ecommerce conversions.
  • InfosysProvides next-generation digital services and consulting based on more than 3 decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of global enterprises to help customers navigate their digital transformation.
  • InklingA San Francisco-based company offering a modern learning platform to enable easy content authoring, simplified learning paths, a modern learning experience, and meaningful insights to activate an organization’s most critical knowledge with simplicity. 
  • KenticoProvides Kentico EMS, an all-in-one CMS, ecommerce, and online marketing platform that allows users to manage content, contacts, and campaigns and track customer journeys, and Kentico Kontent, a flexible content-as-a-service solution that enables collaboration across the entire content lifecycle.
  • KMS LighthouseDelivers a next-generation solution that illuminates the path with knowledge management and enhances engagements with real-time access to accurate and consistent knowledge to improve customer and employee experiences alike.
  • KnosysSpecializes in knowledge management, offering the KnowledgeIQ platform that unlocks the intelligence within an organization to help employees learn faster and work smarter with information available throughout the organization.
  • KnowmaxOffers robust software that supports a centralized data repository for information management to improve the quality of customer experience through content creation, curation, and distribution across channels and to maximize the ability to find answers to customer queries.
  • KofaxProvides a software platform that combines robotic process automation, cognitive capture, process orchestration, mobility and engagement, and analytics to help organizations transform information-intensive business processes, reduce manual work and errors, minimize costs, and improve customer engagement.
  • LexalyticsProcesses billions of words each day, globally, for data analytics companies and enterprise data analyst teams that need to tell powerful stories from text data using a combination of natural language processing and AI.
  • Litera MicrosystemsProvides software for drafting, proofreading, comparing, repairing, cleaning, and securing documents in the legal and life sciences industries with core products that empower users to generate, review, and distribute content quickly and securely, from any device.
  • LucidworksDelivers Lucidworks Fusion, an AI-augmented data discovery platform that gives users personally relevant search results and recommendations, and Lucidworks Managed Search to make it easy to deploy, scale, and operate Solr on public or private clouds.
  • MarkLogicSimplifies data integration with the MarkLogic Data Hub, a platform that helps organizations to achieve a 360-degree view faster while gaining agility, lowering IT costs, and safely sharing their data.
  • M-FilesProvides an information management platform that uses AI to deliver an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file-sharing services, and enterprise content management systems.
  • MicrosoftRecently launched Project Cortex, a new service in Microsoft 365 that uses advanced AI to deliver insights and expertise in apps that users work with every day, to harness collective knowledge and empower people and teams.
  • MindbreezeProvides appliances and cloud services for enterprise search, applied AI, and knowledge management so companies can generate a knowledge database that allows businesses to find data more quickly.To Learn more, read Daniel Fallman, Founder & CEO's View From the Top.
  • Neo4jProvides a graph database platform that is built from the ground up to leverage the value of connections in data and drives innovation and competitive advantage by revealing how people, processes, locations, and systems are interrelated.
  • NetDocumentsProvider of trusted, cloud-based content services and a workflow platform for lawyers and knowledge workers, complete with built-in security, compliance, information governance, disaster recovery, matter centricity, enterprise search, mobility, records management, and collaboration.
  • NintexNintex offers process management and automation through the Nintex Platform to accelerate progress on digital transformation journeys by quickly and easily managing, automating, and optimizing business processes throughout the enterprise.
  • NuxeoDeveloper of a cloud-native content services platform that helps people realize new value from digital information and has been deployed by customers such as Verizon, Electronic Arts, ABN Amro, and the Department of Defense to transform the way they do business.
  • OntotextProvides agile enterprise data management that enables organizations to connect data in reusable knowledge graphs, accumulate data preparation efforts by describing and linking data for further analytics, and apply better governance using a graph and semantic technology stack.
  • OpenTextEnables organizations to gain insight through enterprise information management solutions—on-premise or in the cloud—in order to grow faster, lower operational costs, and reduce information governance and security risks.
  • OracleOffers complete SaaS application suites for enterprise resource management, human capital management, and customer experience, plus best-in-class database platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for any type of knowledge management workload.
  • ParascriptSupplies the digital workforce with AI-based software to automate the interpretation of meaningful, contextual data from image- and document-based information for the enhancement of transactions, information governance, fraud prevention, and business processes.
  • QlikOffers end-to-end, real-time data integration and analytics solutions that help organizations in more than 100 countries lead with data to see more deeply into customer behavior, reinvent business processes, discover new revenue streams, and balance risk and reward.
  • QuarkMarkets an end-to-end content automation platform that enables the creation, management, publishing, and delivery of content across print, web, and digital channels that is used by the world’s most recognized brands to modernize their content strategies and processes.
  • QuestA global systems management, data protection, and security software provider that delivers solutions that help address the challenges caused by data growth, cloud expansion, hybrid data centers, security threats, and evolving regulatory requirements.
  • RaytionAn IT business consultancy that offers a full-range of services to deliver customized solutions that address specific information management needs, and has a special focus on implementing large-scale and companywide enterprise search and corporate communications solutions.
  • RelativityProvides an e-discovery platform that is used by thousands of organizations around the world to manage large volumes of data and quickly identify key issues during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects.
  • ReltioProvides Reltio Cloud, a modern master data management platform that supports a 360-degree customer view, that is used by Global 2000 companies to power their digital transformation and data compliance initiatives starting from Day 1.
  • SalesforceDelivers a CRM solution that brings companies and customers together with a single, integrated platform that gives all departments, including marketing, sales, commerce, and service, a shared view of every customer.
  • SASDevelops analytics, BI, and data management software and services to transform data into intelligence that helps customers make better decisions and reach conclusions faster, smarter, and more efficiently.
  • SDLA global leader in content creation, translation, and delivery that helps companies communicate with confidence and deliver transformative business results by enabling powerful experiences that engage customers across multiple touchpoints worldwide.
  • SearchBloxProvides enterprise search, sentiment analysis, and text analytics solutions based on Elasticsearch and Apache Lucene to address customers’ data management needs, including web-based administration and integrated data connectors, to index enterprise and web content.
  • Semantic Web CompanyA provider of graph-based metadata, search, and analytic solutions that help companies manage corporate knowledge graphs, extract useful knowledge from big datasets, and integrate both structured and unstructured data.
  • ServiceNowA digital workflow company that seeks to make the world of work function better for people with a cloud-based platform and solutions that deliver digital workflows that unlock productivity for employees and the enterprise.
  • SinequaDelivers a cognitive search and analytics platform for Global 2000 companies and government agencies to connect people with the information, expertise, and insights necessary for organizations to become information-driven.
  • Smartlogic SemaphoreProvides an enterprise-grade semantic platform that allows organizations to realize the business value of their information through a model-driven, rule-based semantic approach that can deal with complex business problems that traditional technologies cannot.
  • SmartSheetOffers a cloud-based platform for execution of work, enabling teams and organizations to plan, capture, manage, automate, that report on activities so they can plan more projects, gain more customers, and add more revenue.
  • StardogProvides an enterprise data unification platform that leverages knowledge graph technology to power more effective digital transformations and is used by Morgan Stanley, Bosch, Ericsson, and NASA to create a flexible data layer that can support countless applications.
  • Starmind—Believes the combined capabilities of humans is greater than any computing power available so the company unlocks real-time access to undocumented human knowledge, empowering people to leverage the collective human intelligence of networks in real time and with the right experts.
  • SynapticaProvides a text analytics platform that enables enterprises to analyze content collections, extract named entities, and perform precision inline concept indexing and categorization so taxonomy management is more simple and efficient.
  • UJETPropels customer experience into the digital age by empowering support organizations to create intelligent workflows, make data actionable, and design a modern business model where organizations have the tools and technology they need to create a one-of-a-kind experience for their customers.
  • Upland SoftwareProvides RightAnswers, an AI-enabled enterprise knowledge management software that allows IT help desk and customer service agents to be more productive with a centralized knowledge hub to create, maintain, and locate relevant information quickly. To Learn more, read Keith Berg, General Manager's View From the Top.
  • Vanguard SoftwareProvides collaborative, web-based planning and advanced analytic solutions that unite roles, teams, and departments to help companies across every major industry achieve accurate forecasts.
  • VerintOffers actionable intelligence solutions—with a focus on customer engagement optimization, security intelligence, fraud, risk, and compliance—to help organizations of all sizes and across industries make informed, timely, and effective decisions. 
  • Voyager SearchProvides an off-the-shelf cognitive search platform that combines best-of-breed search and spatial technologies to help customers seeking answers to frustrating, time-consuming search and workflows and makes developing an enterprise search engine easier.
  • XeroxOffers DocuShare, an enterprise content management platform designed to help knowledge workers be more efficient through personalized views, a mobile-friendly web design, application integration, and enhanced workflow and lifecycle management.
  • Zoho CorporationOffers apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting, and back-office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration tools, to provide the “operating system for business.”
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