Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Expert System and WAND Partner for a More Effective Management of Enterprise Information

BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2014) - Expert System US, Inc., a leader in semantic technology, and WAND, Inc, the leader in the development of enterprise taxonomies, today announced a partnership that will enable businesses to implement a simpler, more accurate organization of data and documents.


Making internal and external information more "findable" allows enterprises to be more innovative, to manage the relationships with their customers more effectively and to minimize operational risks. In summary, to make them more competitive. Expert System and WAND will increase the findability of information by effectively integrating the three most important steps in the content management process:
  1. Taxonomy selection: WAND offers the biggest library of out-of-the-box taxonomies available on the market today. By selecting one of the available sector specific taxonomies, customers can speed up significantly their implementation time without compromising their specific classification requirements.
  2. Automatic Classification based on the selected taxonomy: once the customer chooses the taxonomy, Expert System makes a full set of tools available to define the semantic based categorization rules and the engine that enables the automatic categorization of all the enterprise content.
  3. Native integration with the most common document and collaboration systems, including Microsoft SharePoint.
The combination of the strengths of each company, on one side WAND's unique expertise in the development of enterprise taxonomies and Expert System's Cogito on the other side with its unique capability to analyze written text based on the comprehension of the meaning of each word, not only ensures the highest quality possible, but also opens up the opportunity to tackle the complexity of enterprise information management. With this new joint offer, companies will finally have full support for a faster and flexible information management process and immediate access to strategic information.


About Expert System
Expert System is a leader in semantic technology and the creators of the patented Cogito semantic technology. Cogito is based on an advanced semantic analysis engine and a complete semantic network, enabling the deep understanding of any type of text with speed and precision. Cogito exceeds the limits of conventional keyword technology and provides more effective management of the growing volume of information companies manage, turning it into accessible, usable knowledge.


The products and solutions based on Cogito offer a complete set of features including: semantic search and natural language search, text analytics, development and management of taxonomies and ontologies, automatic categorization, extraction of data and metadata, and natural language processing.


Expert System is headquartered in Chicago, with locations in Menlo Park, California and Washington, D.C.


About WAND, Inc.
Since 1983, WAND has developed multi-lingual taxonomies to improve the way our clients search and organize unstructured and semi-structured information. WAND is the premier source for industry vertical taxonomies, business taxonomies, and specialty domain specific taxonomies. The breadth and coverage of WAND's taxonomy library is unmatched, and, for years, WAND Taxonomies have been used by thousands of companies around the world to organize information.

Applications where the WAND Taxonomies are being deployed include enterprise content management, e-commerce, spend analysis, enterprise search, behavioral targeting, big data, text analytics, business intelligence, semantic technologies, local search, online yellow pages, and business directories.

WAND's taxonomy professional services practice offers taxonomy development and customization, taxonomy mapping, and data classification services. Our professional services team makes sure that our clients are successful when deploying taxonomies.
WAND is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

See you next week at SharePoint Fest Denver




In less than one week, we'll be exhibiting at SharePoint Fest Denver on September 22-24 at the Colorado Convention Center.   





Come by our booth and see the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal for SharePoint  and talking about how WAND is helping our customers speed up the process of bringing high quality taxonomies into the SharePoint term store.

Hope to see you there!

http://www.sharepointfest.com/Denver/












Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WAND White Paper: Building the Business Case for Taxonomy

We have just published a brand new white paper called "Building the Business Case for Taxonomy"

This WAND white paper makes the case why companies should be investing in search and information management.  to improve overall productivity and utilization of information assets. From there follows a discussion of why taxonomy is one of the critical components to effective information management.

Special thanks to Findwise for continuing to publish their Enterprise Search and Findability Survey.   Our new white paper is heavily based on the illuminating findings in this study.   You can download the complete report at:

http://www2.findwise.com/findabilitysurvey2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AutoTrader Woosh! A simple example of the benefit of taxonomy for search

People often want an easy example of the benefit of taxonomy.   An Auto Trader commercial from a few years ago, called "Woosh!" illustrates the idea perfectly.   In the spot, the customer is able to quickly search through a large volume of cars by identifying the attributes or metadata that are important for his buying decision. This search is driven by robust automobile taxonomy and metadata classification. 








In this spot, the customer initially does a keyword search for "car".  Thousands of results woosh into the screen.  Next, he filters the results by the metadata value "Convertible" and then by "Red" and finally by "less than 15,000 miles" to find the single car that is a fit for him.   As it ends, he is doing a new search for "Loans".   This commercial demonstrates how Auto trader invested in their metadata because it helps customers find the right product as quickly as possible so they can make a purchase. 


Creating a taxonomy can enable the very same experience for enterprise content.  The common, normalized language provides the set of metadata or tags that can be applied to documents.  
Enterprise content is then tagged with the taxonomy metadata, giving users the ability to quickly filter to the right content after doing an initial keyword search.    Imagine doing a search for "Product XYZ" then being able to filter those results by "Repair" and "Engine" and having the correct document whoosh on to your desktop.


Finding the right enterprise content doesn't correlate directly to a new sale, to be sure, but it is does ensure that employees are efficient and have the right information to do their jobs.  In fact, according to a 2013 Findwise Enterprise Search and Findability Survey, 78% of respondents said that finding the right information is either critical or imperative to their organization's business goals and success.  





If you want to add some woosh to your enterprise content, taxonomy is a necessary investment.  Learn how the WAND Taxonomy Portal can help add Woosh to your content. 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WAND will be exhibiting at the Denver SharePoint Fest Sept 22-24

WAND has confirmed that we'll be exhibiting at SharePoint Fest  - Denver on September 22-24 at the Colorado Convention Center.  We'll be showing off the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal for SharePoint  and talking about how WAND is helping our customers speed up the process of bringing high quality taxonomies into the SharePoint term store.
http://www.sharepointfest.com/Denver/

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Taxonomy Release: WAND Medical Administration Taxonomy

Our newest taxonomy release, available today, is the WAND Medical Administration Taxonomy.

Top level terms in this taxonomy include Medical Services, Patient Admission and Discharge, Medical Records, Healthcare Systems Management, Administration, Facilities Management, Medical Facility Oversight, Healthcare Laws, Forms and Charts as well as Policies and Procedures.

The WAND Medical Administration Taxonomy is designed for any medical related facility and includes 1343 terms and 386 synonyms.

The document and record keeping in today's medical world can be daunting and the need to find that information has never been greater. That's where the WAND Medical Administration Taxonomy comes into play. The taxonomy can easily be customized to meet the individual needs of your facility, be it a clinic, short-term or long-term care facility, or hospital.

There are many taxonomies available for diseases, such as MeSH or Snomed, but the WAND Medical Administration taxonomy fills a clear gap in the health care industry for a taxonomy of the administrative and management tasks, processes, and documents.

This taxonomy, as with all WAND Taxonomies, is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SharePoint Taxonomy Governance: What you need to think about


WAND has been helping clients develop content for the SharePoint term store for years.   WAND's pre-built taxonomies for SharePoint and the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal have helped many companies jump start their SharePoint metadata projects.  It's a great way to get started.   However, after you have developed taxonomy content in the term store, the job is not done.  To have a successful long term taxonomy initiative, this content needs to be governed so that it continues to reflect the needs of your organization.

In taxonomy governance, people and processes are critical.   People means setting up the appropriate teams or committees for maintaining the taxonomy over time.  Processes means having policies and procedures for adding terms, deleting (or deprecating) terms, re-using terms, term naming conventions, getting feedback from end users to the taxonomy team, etc.

So, how do you do it?

The great news is that WAND's partner, Term Management, has created a brand new guide "Taxonomy Governance for SharePoint".  This is a tremendous 80 page document that goes into great detail to explain how to set up a successful SharePoint taxonomy governance framework.  The best part is it can serve as a template for creating your very own SharePoint taxonomy governance document for your organization.   This document is a great investment to provide a solid foundation for taxonomy governance.

Governance is important for a successful SharePoint project.  Make sure that taxonomy governance is included as part of your overall SharePoint governance strategy.

Keep your eye on this blog for news announcing a new webinar we are developing covering taxonomy governance in SharePoint...