Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Taxonomy Release: WAND Procurement Taxonomy


The latest addition to the WAND Taxonomy library is the WAND Procurement Taxonomy, comprised of 145 categories and 124 synonyms.  Procurement is an important operational function for any organization and this taxonomy is ideal for tagging and organizing documents and content related to the procurement process.

This taxonomy includes terms related to procurement process, procurement implementation, procurement methods, procurement planning and tendering.

Also covered are suppliers including approved suppliers list, qualifying suppliers, supplier communication, evaluation and standards, as well as the types of procurement.  
 
Visit our website to learn more about the WAND Procurement Taxonomy.

If you'd like to see a demo or to learn about pricing options, don't hesitate to reach out

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WAND Announces Launch of New Taxonomy Portal

WAND Taxonomy Library Portal helps companies develop a corporate taxonomy strategy to improve in-place enterprise information management systems


Denver, CO, USA --- WAND, Inc., the world’s leading provider of taxonomies, today announced the launch of its WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.   The WAND Taxonomy Library Portal provides an unprecedented resource to help companies who are developing a taxonomy strategy. Taxonomy is a critical element for a cohesive information management strategy across an enterprise.

Subscribers to the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal will have access to all of the WAND Taxonomies for use in information management applications such as:

• Enterprise Search,
• Content Management,
• Digital Asset Management,
• Spend and Procurement,
• Big Data,
• Text Analytics,
• Business Intelligence,
• Ecommerce
• Master Data Management

Users can browse through WAND Taxonomies to identify and download the specific taxonomies components needed.  Multiple download formats are supported. 

The WAND Taxonomy Library Portal helps companies maximize the return on investment in information management applications by taking full advantage of the taxonomy capabilities of these applications.

WAND’s taxonomies cover almost every industry vertical segment as well as business operations common to any company.  Topics include Accounting, Auto Parts, Banking, Building and Construction Management, Chemicals, Environmental, Finance & Investment, Foods & Beverages, Higher Education Human Resources, Industrial Equipment, Insurance, IT, Intellectual Property, K-12 Education, Legal, Local Government, Manufacturing, Medical Equipment & Supplies, Mining, Non-Profit, Oil & Gas, Personal Care, Procurement, Products & Services, Project Management, Real Estate, Records Retention, Retail, Sales & Marketing, Scientific & Technical Equipment, Sensory, Skills, Sentiment, Travel, and Utilities.


According to Mark Leher, WAND’s COO, “The amount of unstructured information and data inside organizations continues to explode.  Companies need a taxonomy strategy to organize information and make it easily accessible to enterprise information workers.  The WAND Taxonomy Library Portal is a valuable resource that provides the foundation for a corporate taxonomy strategy.”  Leher continued, “What most people don’t realize is that there are more than 150 common enterprise information management applications that are designed to leverage taxonomy.  We estimate that most large organizations have already invested in 10-20 of those applications.  At WAND, our goal is to provide taxonomies that make those applications more effective and increase the return on investment.”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WAND exhibiting at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas

WAND will be exhibiting at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas from March 2-6.

Drop by booth 1418 to see a demo of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal which is helping companies create a taxonomy strategy for SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, and SharePoint Online.

See you in Las Vegas!

Monday, February 3, 2014

WAND Product Information Management System

One mission at WAND is to make taxonomies available to our customers for organizing unstructured information.   Another important mission is to find ways to make taxonomy easier to use.

With that in mind, we are announcing the release of the WAND Product Information Management System (PIM) built entirely around the leading WAND Product and Service Taxonomy. For the first time, it will be easy for companies to manage detailed information about products and SKUS.  The WAND PIM will enable users such as retailers, catalog providers, marketplaces, and more to:


•Import product data
•Classify product data to any of 44,000 product or service categories from the WAND Product and Service Taxonomy
•Audit and customize detailed product attribute templates from the WAND Product and Service Taxonomy to suit their individual needs including hiding/showing, renaming, and re-ordering attributes and attribute values
•Assign attributes and attributes values to individual products and SKUs
•Manage product descriptions, price, model numbers, images, videos, collateral
•Export data in a variety of formats to suit a preferred content management system or e-commerce system.

The WAND PIM is a SaaS solution that can quickly be deployed with minimal IT resources.   


We are designing this solution for retailers, manufacturers, and distributors who have need normalized product information for websites, marketing collateral, inventory systems, and more.

The WAND PIM can be enhanced by professional services from WAND to assist with template customization, product classification, attribute collection, and data format creation. 

If you are interested in seeing an early demo of the system, please let us know! Just send a note to mleher at wandinc.com or call (303) 623-1200 x267






Thursday, January 30, 2014

Introducing the WAND Retail Taxonomy

The latest addition to the WAND Taxonomy library is our brand new WAND Retail Taxonomy.  The WAND Retail Taxonomy is a comprehensive taxonomy that covers physical stores, eCommerce, inventory, merchandising, retail policies, payment processing, compliance, retail services, and more.  The WAND Retail Taxonomy includes 1,359 terms and 388 synonyms.

This taxonomy is ideal for not only for “Bricks-and-Mortar” stores, but for eCommerce Stores and “Bricks-and-Clicks” stores.  The WAND Retail Taxonomy is specifically designed to cover business processes, concepts and documents important to a retailer.

The WAND Retail Taxonomy should be combined with the WAND Sales and Marketing Taxonomy which includes the marketing, advertising and public relations terms that are important to the retail business. From this strong starting point, the taxonomy can be customized to cover any retailer specific terminology or needs.


For a retailer who is looking to add taxonomy and attributes to its online website to improve product search and conversion, the WAND Product and Service Taxonomy is a great option.

To see all the taxonomies available from WAND,  visit http://www.wandinc.com/taxonomies.aspx.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WAND Accounting Taxonomy Released Today!



I am pleased to announce that the WAND Accounting Taxonomy is the latest addition to the WAND Taxonomy Library.

WAND Accounting Taxonomy
WAND's General Business Taxonomy has a branch for accounting and finance, but it includes just 86 terms. However, these 86 terms just scratch the surface. 


The WAND Accounting Taxonomy goes deep.  It includes 899 preferred terms and 692 synonyms and goes deep into important corporate accounting concepts.

The top level terms include Accounting Analysis, Accounting Forms, Accounting Methods, Accounting Policies, Procedures and Standards, Financial Records, and Types of Business Organizations.  

There are other well known accounting taxonomies such as XBRL.  The WAND Accounting Taxonomy is different than XBRL because it is designed to improve search and findability of accounting documents inside a company, whereas XBRL is designed as an XML standard for tagging elements within financial statements.

The WAND Accounting Taxonomy is a unique resource for any organization who needs to improve its ability to organize and search accounting documents.

WAND's Accounting Taxonomy can be imported into any content management system that can support common taxonomy formats including SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.

Learn more about the WAND Accounting Taxonomy here 








 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tags go mainstream - great news for taxonomy

Apple announced the release of the latest Mac operating system today - Mavericks.

usually, this news would not cause a ripple in the taxonomy world but one new feature that the operating system includes is Tags. Apple has switched to a tag based approach to help users organize and find documents on their computer. 

http://www.apple.com/osx/whats-new/features.html#tags

This marks one of the first formal endorsements of a tagging and taxonomy approach to organizing information as opposed to nested folder structures. 

Consumers will likely come up with their own tags organically as they save files.  However, creating an enterprise Taxonomy is a way for an organization to bring a common language and a common vocabulary to employees so that everybody is tagging with a normalized set of terms. 

Taxonomy and tagging has been the future for organizing information; today's announcement from Apple is a clear sign that taxonomy and tagging is finally coming into its own.