KM World

Santa Clara, California. October 14, 2003. I took in this show the way people read wordy webpages. Quick skim. That leaves me with a few impressions which could be way off target. I am a learning and performance guy, not a knowledge guy.

Knowledge Maps for Communities of Practice

"For you guys, let me explain. This is a map." What followed was the standard presentation for Generic Corp. Analyze, plan, implement, assess... And a map gives you direction, a picture, access paths, etc. Zzzzzzzz....



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Very cool pattern analysis software that lets you pull data from D&B, Lexis-Nexis, patent databases, and other sources. Point, click, reform, analyze. This would be wonderful...if you've got many sources of information laying around. Developed for the intelligence community, Anacubis is no doubt a star at the CIA. I have to wonder how many corporate users really need something like this.

The exhibit floor did not excite. Fewer than three dozen exhibitors attended. Some of those were selling books and magazines. Several of the others couldn't tell me what they had to offer.

Inxight and Convera had cool, snappy technology. Useful, scalable organizing systems. Unstructured information management, automated categorization. Try their online demos.
HyperWave is like the Swiss Army "Champ" that has every blade you'll ever need
Winner, dumbest name contest.

I kept trying to ask this guy about his expert locator software but I couldn't get to him.

Pointing to experts is a worthy application -- just think of the time it can save. Some of the algorithms for identifying experts seemed a bit flaky to me.

Wherever the KM market is, this isn't it. Two years ago, 1600 people attended KM World. Last year is was 800. This year, KM World and Intranets 2003 were combined, so attendance figures are murky. Vendors told me lots of the people walking the aisles were consultants hungry to cut deals.

Posted by Jay Cross at October 16, 2003 10:09 PM | TrackBack

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