Friday, April 20, 2018

eCommerce Taxonomy for large product catalogs - introducing Swagiggle.com

We wanted to take a moment on our blog to introduce our new in-house project, a Shopping search engine - Swagiggle.com

We started Swagiggle to show the power of well organized product data and how we can use our own tools to make it happen.

The WAND eCommerce Taxonomy Portal and PIM is an innovative product that helps retailers organize their product data by doing three things:

1) An eCommerce taxonomy category hierarchy, attributes and specification templates editor that lets retailers create their own custom category structure into which they would like to categorize their products.   For each product category, a specification, or attribute, template can be defined detailing the metadata that should be collected on items placed in this category.



2) Providing access to WAND's library of pre-defined product and service categories (organized into a hierarchy) and attribute templates.  This pre-defined taxonomy content substantially speeds up the process of creating an eCommerce product taxonomy

3) Product information Management Capability which allows our clients to manage and enrich their product data including categorizing the products to the custom taxonomy that has been created in the tool.  Specifications can be assigned to specific products and other metadata fields like descriptions and pricing can be managed in the tool.    The WAND PIM helps clients by leveraging the taxonomy created to automatically suggest product categories and attributes for individual SKUs based upon the description provided.



WAND decided to become our own customer and we are using the WAND eCommerce Taxonomy Portal and PIM to create a brand new comparison shopping search engine called Swagiggle.com.   Swagiggle is now in beta release and you can play with it!    We have taken more than 225,000 products across dozens of online retailers and placed them into a detailed eCommerce taxonomy with more than 2,000 categories.  We think our categorization is second to none in its depth and specificity.  We'll be adding new products and new categories all the time.    Next on our to-do list is to begin assigning attributes to the individual products in our categories so that users can easily filter to the product they'd like to buy based on brand, color, size, and more.



We'll be posting more updates and details as we add new features to Swagiggle and to our eCommerce Taxonomy Portal and PIM.  If you'd like to explore how to use the WAND eCommerce Taxonomy Portal and PIM to organize your product data - give us a shout.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Introducing The WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy

Our latest taxonomy is the WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy.  Just as every state is unique, so too are their state agencies.  They all have varying types of documents with their own terminologies.    
That makes this taxonomy a little different.  It's designed to provide a higher level framework for a state agency and allows the agency to expand the taxonomy to fit their specific needs.

The WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy contains 82 preferred terms and 16 synonyms. 

Top level areas include Boards and Commissions, Forms and Templates, and Processes and Procedures.

Other areas to be expanded include Communication and Engagement, Compliance and Enforcement, Events, Financial Assistance, Information and Resources, Licensing and Permits, Regulatory Documents, Regulatory Process, and Rules and Regulations.

The WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy is the perfect starting point to create a unique taxonomy to fit a state agency's requirements. 

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Introducing The WAND Aerospace Engineering Taxonomy

The WAND Aerospace Engineering Taxonomy has been expanded.  It provides over 5,470 terms and 874 synonyms and can be customized to include specific terms to meet the document management needs of any company involved in aerospace engineering.

Top level terms include Aerospace Engineering Disciplines, Aerospace Vehicles, Design, Aerospace Materials, Maintenance, Documentation, Research and Development, and Standards.

Also included are Regulatory Agencies, Associations, Federal Aviation Administration Regulations, and Department of Defense Aerospace Vehicle Designations.

Within Aerospace Vehicles are the areas of Aircraft, Rockets and Missiles, and Spacecraft.

Design covers Aircraft Design, Spacecraft Design, Design Constraints, Design Requirements, Design Review, Safety Design, and Systems Design.

The WAND Aerospace Engineering Taxonomy provides a strong foundation for any enterprise that needs to tag and organize documents relating to Aerospace Engineering.

Companions to this taxonomy are the WAND Manufacturing Taxonomy and the WAND Engineering Taxonomy.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Aerospace Engineering Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The WAND Information Technology Taxonomy Undergoes Updates and Additions

As we have said before, the Information Technology industry is complex, constantly changing, and growing.  The WAND Information Technology Taxonomy continues to grow and change as well and has undergone another update.

We focused on three areas.


In this revision, we drilled even deeper into  IT Security and added terms to Security Threats, Attacks, Encryption and Intrusion Detection.

We also expanded Technologies and Fields to include 3D Printing, Reality Technologies, Blockchain Technology, Smart Machines, and Digital Platforms.

Then, we reviewed the current taxonomy to make sure we had the latest updates and versions of IT Certifications, Development Tools, Software Programs and Applications, and Languages.

Updates were also made in the areas of IT Administration, Development, Computer Graphics and Web Design, Data, and Service Providers.  We also added Enterprise Information Management as a top-level term.

This taxonomy now has 9,183 terms and 2,618 synonyms.

The WAND Information Technology Taxonomy can be customized to include specific terms to meet the needs of any Information Technology Department.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Information Technology Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

WAND Building and Construction Management Taxonomy Update!

The WAND Building and Construction Management Taxonomy has undergone an extensive review and update.

This taxonomy is designed specifically to tag and organize all types of documents associated with a construction project and is ideal for any construction management company. 

In this revision, Building and Construction Agreements has been expanded and now includes Contract Clauses and Provisions specific to the building and construction domain.  Contracts was also refined by project type.

The top level term of Testing and Inspections nearly doubled in size and now includes Methods and Tests for specific building elements.  Land Assembly now includes new Zoning and Land Planning concepts.  Construction Management now features a section on Construction Claims and other legal liabilities.

Terminology relevant to the construction design phase was expanded to include drawing types, proper sheet numbering, and the official plan review process.

Building codes were updated and expanded with the addition of Codes and Standards Authorities as well as Enforcement Agencies.  Codes and Permits were broken down by project element, work type, and type of occupancy.

The updated WAND Building and Construction Management Taxonomy now has 3,928 terms and nearly 3,000 synonyms.

The WAND Building and Construction Management Taxonomy is available as a standalone taxonomy or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

WAND Banking Taxonomy Review and Update

We have just updated the WAND Banking Taxonomy.  This taxonomy now has 1,663 terms with 1,573 synonyms covering Banking Processes, Regulations, Lines of Business, Fees, Banking Documents, and much more.

The financial services industry has been quite proactive in adopting taxonomies due to complex compliance and retention requirements. WAND originally created this taxonomy leveraging experience in helping create taxonomies for dozens of credit unions and financial institutions.  We took this knowledge as a base and built on it to create a taxonomy that is a strong starter set for any commercial and retail banking institution.

The WAND Banking Taxonomy was specifically designed to help banks tag and organize their unstructured information with relevant, industry specific concepts, processes, subjects, and document types.

With the update, Banking Documents now holds narrower terms for Bank Customer Documents as well as Internal Bank Documents.  Bank Legislation and Regulations was also expanded - all Central Banks were added by region and there is a new section for International Banking Regulations and Regulatory Governing Bodies.  Also expanded were the categories of Banking Metrics and Risk Management.

The WAND Banking Taxonomy can be customized to include specific terms to meet the needs of any Investment Firm.

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





Tuesday, February 27, 2018

WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy Update

We recently updated our WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy.  

In this revision we have added a branch for Investment Research Events as a narrower term to Analysis Benchmarks, Tools, and Techniques.  This branch is designed to include news events, announcements, or other similar concepts that would be of interest to a financial analyst.  It would also potentially be useful for somebody monitoring financial news. 

You will still find terms relating to Investment Banking Services and to Front Office, Middle Office and Back Office Services.  There is also a section of Financial Instrument Design Features as well as a section of Finance and Investment Documents.

Financial Crimes, Regulations and Regulating Bodies, and Securities Holding and Clearing Organizations continue to be top level terms in this taxonomy.

This taxonomy now has 2,342 terms and 1,585 synonyms.

The WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy can be customized to include specific terms to meet the needs of any Investment Firm.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.