Improved Customer Service and Risk Management through KM

The Challenge At over 30,000 employees, this diverse insurance organization has business areas that widely vary in information maturity, some actively leveraging taxonomies while others used basic/unorganized tagging systems or simple folder structures. Even business areas with mature taxonomies were … Continue reading

Enterprise Level vs. Team Level Taxonomies

Many of our clients ask us how to maintain taxonomies at both the enterprise and the team level without duplicating effort, overcomplicating systems, or burdening end users with multiple metadata fields. Depending on the size of your organization, the size … Continue reading

Taxonomy Use Cases: How To Estimate Effort and Complexity

When asked to define taxonomy, I like to define it as a method rather than a thing. I typically say taxonomy is a way of categorizing things hierarchically, from general to more specific. Sounds simple enough, right? After all, who … Continue reading

Common Taxonomy Design Mistakes, Part I: Failing to Include Your End Users

The necessity of a business taxonomy has become increasingly apparent as organizations across the globe have shifted to working from home and, consequently, have an increased need for their employees to be able to quickly and independently find and discover … Continue reading

Why a Knowledge Graph is the Best Way to Upgrade Your Taxonomy

Many organizations begin their journey in semantic solutions with a taxonomy. Taxonomies are simple information models that help organizations describe and structure their information in a hierarchy. They are effective for organizing content and data, but do not capture all … Continue reading

The Value of Taxonomy: Why Taxonomy (Still) Matters

After decades of taxonomy design consulting, I’m still amazed that some organizations doubt the value of effective enterprise taxonomy design. Though knowledge and information management technologies, as well as associated search technologies have changed, the core business value and use … Continue reading