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...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Taxonomy Release: WAND Electric and Gas Utility Taxonomy

Today we are releasing the new WAND Electric and Gas Utility Taxonomy. This taxonomy is ideal for any energy utility company and includes 3047 terms.

Top level terms in this taxonomy include Air and Environmental Safety, DSM and Renewable Solutions, Electric, Energy Acquisition Engineering and Planning, Energy Construction Operations and Maintenance, Energy Equipment, Energy Independence, Energy Management, Energy Program, Energy Regulatory and Compliance, Energy Supply Department, Form of Energy Fuel Type, Fuels and Materials Management, Hazardous Energy, Non-Renewable Energy, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, and Smart Technology.

This taxonomy was initially built for, and in conjunction with, a local public utility and was expanded to include topics that are relevant to today’s energy providers

The WAND Electric and Gas Utility Taxonomy, as with all WAND Taxonomies, is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal