Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Introducing the WAND Life Insurance Taxonomy

If you are familiar with our Taxonomy Library Portal, you might have seen our WAND Insurance Taxonomy.  It is a good, broad, overall taxonomy covering the Insurance Industry.  

Yet, partially as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the massive changes to Health Insurance, we decided that it was time to expand portions of the original taxonomy into standalone, area specific, taxonomies.  Along with the new Health Insurance Taxonomy, we will soon release the WAND Property and Casualty Insurance Taxonomy.

If you are currently using the WAND Insurance Taxonomy, don't worry.  It will continue to be a taxonomy that we will provide to our clients.  

The first of the new expanded taxonomies to be released is the WAND Life Insurance Taxonomy.

Life Insurance is a product that can be purchased by an individual or can be offered through an employer.  It is a popular employee benefit often involving several policy options. The new WAND Life Insurance Taxonomy is designed to provide insurance companies the ability to tag and organize the documents that involve Life Insurance, Annuities, and Pensions.  
This taxonomy provides a foundation of 650 terms and 366 synonyms and it can be customized to include terms specific to the insurance policies being offered.

The WAND Life Insurance Taxonomy covers all areas of Life Insurance.  Higher level terms include Fraud, Products, Reporting and Disclosure Requirements, Terms and Provisions, and Underwriting.  It also includes topics such as Binder Agreements, Clauses, Benefits, Riders, and Policy Options. 

It is well suited for any insurance company that provides Life Insurance options to their clients.

Watch for our soon-to-be released WAND Property and Casualty Insurance Taxonomy.  It will complement the WAND Life Insurance Taxonomy, and as with all WAND Taxonomies, it is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

WAND releases its new Fire Department Taxonomy

Fire Departments carry a lot of responsibility.  Not only do they fight the fires in our communities, they also rescue people from dangerous situations and provide a variety of fire and emergency safety education programs for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens.   

Firefighters also spend many, many hours in training throughout their careers.  Unlike most of us, they also stay at their jobs for as much as 24 hours at a time, requiring a place to sleep and eat.  A fire station really does become their second home!

Then there is the equipment, the maintenance of that equipment, the firefighter's uniforms and their gear that all needs to be accounted for.
The WAND Fire Department Taxonomy addresses these topics and many more.  Included in this taxonomy are 1,298 terms and 770 synonyms covering topics such as Programs and Services, Tactics and Techniques, Personnel, Departments, Procedures and Guidelines.

You'll also find individual terms for various types of fire equipment including all types of Firefighting Apparatus, Pumps and Water Equipment, Communication Equipment, Fire Extinguishing Agents, Hoses and Tools.

Terms relating to Permits, Public Education Services and Fire Investigations are also found in this taxonomy.

The WAND Fire Department Taxonomy can be customized to include terms specific to a Fire Department’s individual District, Municipality, City or County and is a perfect companion taxonomy to the WAND Police Department Taxonomy and the WAND Local Government Taxonomy.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WAND Releases the Police Department Taxonomy

Police departments do much more than simply hand out tickets.  A police department is responsible for public safety as well as educating the public and providing community services. 

Police Officers also spend many, many hours in training throughout their careers and become very familiar with the crimes that are committed in their jurisdictions.

The WAND Police Department Taxonomy addresses these topics and many more.  Included in this taxonomy of 1,510 terms and 1,256 synonyms are terms for the various types of Programs and Services, Department Accountability, Tactics, Personnel, Investigations, Policies and Procedures.

You'll also find individual terms for various types of police equipment including Nonlethal Weapons, Lethal Weapons, Personal Armor, Ammunition, Handcuffs and Restraints as well as types of vehicles and uniforms.

Terms relating to Incarceration, Evidence Collection and Retention Policies are also found in this taxonomy.


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

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

Monday, April 6, 2015

Torque Magazine article features taxonomies and ontologies

Torque, a digital publication focused on Wordpress, has recently posted an article about how to use taxonomies and ontologies to improve blog search and discovery.

Mark Leher, WAND's COO, was interviewed for the article as was Elliot Turner, CEO of AlchemyAPI and Fiona McNeill, principal global marketing manager for analytics at the SAS Institute.

The article presents an interesting discussion of the use of taxonomies to organize unstructured blog content and make that information more findable and more usable for users.

Read the complete piece at:


http://torquemag.io/using-taxonomies-and-ontologies-to-improve-blog-search-and-discovery/

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WAND Customer Service Taxonomy Released!


We are proud to announce the latest entry in the WAND Taxonomy Library - the WAND Customer Service Taxonomy.  

Customer Service is a vital element in most businesses. It can make all the difference in the success of a company.

The WAND Customer Service Taxonomy provides a foundation set of 400 terms and 299 synonyms covering important area topics. You can see the top level terms in the screenshot on this blog.

It's ideal as a starting point for organizing customer service content in your enterprise applications.

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WAND Telecommunications Taxonomy Now Available


We are proud to announce the latest entry in the WAND Taxonomy Library - the WAND Telecommunications Taxonomy.  

Telecom can be more than just a cable or cellular provider.  In the 21st century, a Telecom can deliver a combination of  Internet, Cable, Phone and Cellular services to their customers.

While offering plans, bundles, services and equipment, they also need to create and keep their infrastructure functional and up to date.  Imagine the documentation that's been created!

The WAND Telecommunications Taxonomy provides a foundation set of 1695 terms and 899 synonyms covering important telecom topics. You can see the top level terms in the screenshot on this blog.

It's ideal as a starting point for organizing telecom content in your enterprise applications.

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

Monday, February 16, 2015

WAND Sales and Marketing Taxonomy

Today we are sharing about our WAND Sales and Marketing Taxonomy, a valuable part of the WAND Taxonomy Library

The WAND Sales and Marketing Taxonomy is a complete foundation taxonomy for a sales and marketing group, greatly expanding upon the terms available in the sales and marketing branch of the WAND General Business Taxonomy

This new taxonomy has 1036 categories and 178 synonyms covering all important sales and marketing concepts including promotion, advertising, market research, pricing, product, market segmentation, sales channels, and much more.


As a comparison, the sales and marketing branch in the WAND General Business Taxonomy, available as a free download for users of SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, and SharePoint Online, has just 61 terms for sales and marketing. So, this enterprise edition of Sales and Marketing taxonomy is a substantial upgrade to the free set that we offer.  

If you are trying to tag and organize documents for a sales and marketing group, this taxonomy is ideal as a foundation to get you started. It can be easily customized for your organization with things like specific customer lists, specific sales channels and regions, and more.

Starting with a foundation taxonomy is a great time saver. No taxonomy is perfect out of the box, but starting with a foundation taxonomy can speed up the taxonomy creation process substantially.  



If you'd like to see a demonstration of the new Sales and Marketing Taxonomy, let me know and I'd be happy to do a webmeeting. I can be reached at mleher at wandinc dot com.


The Sales and Marketing Taxonomy is available by itself but is also included with access to the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal, which allows customers to browse and download all of the WAND Taxonomies.