Flexibility, agility, and the ability to pivot continue to be essential characteristics of winning companies. Organizations must have the right tools and products so they can break down information silos, better understand the experiences of their customers and employees, uncover trends, expand collaboration, deploy AI and machine learning appropriately, and take advantage of automation to lighten the burden of mundane, repetitive tasks.
The categories for the 2021 KMWorld Readers' Choice Awards were wide-ranging. In all, there were 14 areas in which products and technologies could be nominated and ultimately voted upon. They include business process management, cognitive computing and AI, customer service and support, e-discovery, knowledge graphs, text analytics and NLP.
Jane Dysart, KMWorld conference chair, and founding partner and curator of curiosity, Dysart & Jones Associates, provides a look at what's ahead for KMWorld 2021 attendees. The conference will be held November 15-18, 2021 at the JW Marriott Washington, DC
To help showcase advanced products and services, each year KMWorld magazine looks for offerings that are designed to help organizations derive greater benefit from their information, share knowledge efficiently, make better decisions, enable compliance, effectively support employees, and communicate seamlessly with customers.
Knowledge graphs continue to make a splash in the KM space
GDPR is a complex, sweeping law, and even though the May 25 deadline has passed, many organizations still have areas and processes to improve. Paper is often overlooked, and it would not be surprising if many companies failed to consider paper-based data when preparing for GDPR. As of today, achieving GDPR compliance only requires organizations to prove that they're putting their best foot forward and making their best effort to protect sensitive data.
No organization is exempt from the increasing pressure to innovate and digitally transform its processes. The taxi industry, for example, learned this the hard way.Ridesharing startup apps like Uber and Lyft rose up seemingly overnight, flouting any regulations while state and local governments rushed to create them. The regulations did eventually come for the apps, but it was too late for taxis - consumer behavior was the changed for good. Now, urban-dwellers want to order rides from their phones and skip the manual payment process altogether, something taxis never were and still aren't equipped to offer.
It's a hectic time for the federal government as the transition from the Obama to the Trump administration is in full swing. One of the key areas that Congress, agencies and industry alike are keeping an eye on is how the new administration will handle the technology modernization requirements facing the government.