In the past decade, EK employees have published over 230 pieces of thought leadership, addressing everything from best practices and success stories, to key insights and lessons learned. Sharing our knowledge and expertise is one of our guiding principles at EK, and we are proud of the thought leadership generated by our team and the way it contributes to our industry and community. Below are the top 10 most viewed blogs and white papers written by EK employees within the last decade:
1. Folders v. Metadata in SharePoint Document Libraries
Clients often ask us why we recommend using metadata over managing folders and subfolders in a SharePoint document library. In this white paper, Tatiana Baquero Cakici explains the advantages of tagging documents with metadata versus simply using folders to organize and navigate through documents in SharePoint document libraries.
2. Taxonomy Design Best Practices
Zach Wahl’s advice for clients struggling with taxonomy design still reigns true: “focus on practical business value for the business and business users, and your taxonomy design effort will be off to the right start.” In this blog, Wahl lists the nine best practices for taxonomy design that place business value at the center, ensuring long term success and adoption of taxonomy initiatives.
3. Creating a Management Metadata Column in SharePoint Online
The managed metadata column is one of the most effective means for implementing business taxonomies in SharePoint. It offers multiple options and flexibility for taxonomists to implement and manage their designs, and for organizations to implement and evolve their business taxonomies more efficiently. Read Tatiana Baquero Cakici’s white paper to learn more.
4. What is an Ontology and Why Do I Want One?
If you are like many of our clients, you may be asking “What is an ontology and why do I want one?” Within the last few years, ontologies and semantic technologies have matured to the point where they are widely available and reasonably priced. Read Joe Hilger’s blog to learn how EK defines an ontology and how ontologies can help improve the findability and discoverability of an organization’s content.
5. What is an Enterprise Knowledge Graph and Why Do I Want One?
Knowledge graphs are foundational for achieving smart, semantic artificial intelligence applications (AI) that can help an organization discover insights from its content, data, and organizational knowledge, which would otherwise go unnoticed. In this blog, Yanko Ivanov provides a high-level overview of the components that make up an enterprise knowledge graph and discusses the value knowledge graphs can bring to your organization.
6. What is Knowledge Management and Why is it Important?
Knowledge Management as a practice often struggles with its own identity. There are any number of definitions of KM, many of which put too much stress on the tacit knowledge side of the knowledge and information management spectrum, are overly academic, or are simply too abstract. Learn how EK defines Knowledge Management in this blog written by Zach Wahl.
7. IV&V for Agile Projects
The move to Agile poses a number of challenges for government agencies as they need to fit the new Agile development techniques into their current, controlled environments. Joe Hilger’s white paper explains how Agile and independent verification and validation (IV&V) can work together and offers a list of best practices for incorporating IV&V into Agile projects.
8. Maximizing and Measuring User Adoption
Organizations often invest large amounts of money in new technology with the intention of improving employee productivity. The key to getting a significant return on these investments is to make sure your project team has what it takes to define, drive, and measure success. In this blog, Mary Little offers practical tips on how to maximize and measure user adoption to ensure that an organization’s new tool or process is fully embraced by those for whom it was designed for.
9. Why Agile Fails When Organizations Try to “Go Agile”
At EK, we’re commonly asked how organizations can identify causes for Agile mishaps, detect failure trajectories early, and become equipped to avoid pitfalls while they transition to Agile. In this blog, Lulit Tesfaye shares her take on common reasons for why Agile fails and offers key recommendations to help organizations overcome obstacles when transitioning to Agile.
10. Designing a Learning Environment
Learning Environments have the potential to harness the power of informal and social learning as a complement to formal learning, but users have to be able to find all of those carefully curated resources to maximize the value of the enterprise’s knowledge and information. Read Rebecca Wyatt’s blog to learn how EK’s own Knowledge and Information Management design principles align with the key steps of designing a Learning Environment.
Which EK blogs were your favorites, and what topics would you like to see us write about in 2020? Let us know on Twitter, or reach out at [email protected].