Monday, December 8, 2014

See you in Chicago at SharePoint Fest

SharePoint Fest Chicago is December 9-10 in Chicago and WAND will be there! If you are attending be sure to check out our presentation on Wednesday morning at 8:30-9:40   "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomy and Tagging in SharePoint".

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WAND Drug Development Taxonomy Just Released!

The development of a new drug is a behemoth undertaking.  It includes identifying a lead compound, completing the clinical trials process, and obtaining regulatory approval.  The average time it takes to develop a drug is 12 years.  The new WAND Drug Development Taxonomy is designed to provide anyone involved in the development of new medicines the ability to tag and organize the enormous number of documents generated during this process.  This taxonomy provides a strong foundation of 1838 terms and 1910 synonyms and it can be customized to include terms specific to the drugs that are currently being, or have been, developed.

The WAND Drug Development Taxonomy covers the process of bringing a new drug to market.  Higher level terms include Discovery, Development, Drug Application Types, Drug Approval, Drug Development Agreements, Research Funding Sources, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The taxonomy also includes the topics of Pre-Clinical Development, Clinical Development, all phases of the Clinical Trials, Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics.

Use the WAND Drug Development Taxonomy to better organize data and content as you navigate the path of inventing and developing a safe and effective new drug.

The WAND Drug Development Taxonomy, as with all WAND Taxonomies, is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

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!

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:

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.

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

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Taxonomy Release: WAND Logistics Taxonomy

Logistics is a vital component of every business that buys, sells, or manufactures goods. Today, WAND is announcing the release of the WAND Logistics Taxonomy covering topics, documents, and processes involved in the movement of products, equipment and supplies.

The WAND Logistics Taxonomy includes 1497 terms and 208 synonyms.

Top level terms include Logistics Documents, Forward Logistics, Reverse Logistics, Transportation, Security and Safety, Service Providers, Warehousing and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Forms.

The taxonomy extensively covers Transportation including the Mode of Transportation, Shipping Containers, Shipping Options, Transportation Infrastructure and more.

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Today we are announcing the launch of, a new website designed to be a resource for people interested in learning more about how to use the great SharePoint Managed Metadata service, the SharePoint Term Store, and other taxonomy features in SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, and SharePoint Online.

There are three main sections on the site:

SharePoint Taxonomy Resources:  Links, videos, webinars, add-on vendors etc. that will be useful for somebody to educate themselves on the SharePoint Managed Metadata Service

SharePoint Taxonomy FAQs: This is a compilation of questions that have been asked over the course of 10 different sessions of WAND's webinar: Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint.   These are common questions that attendees have had about various features, functionality, and best practices surrounding Managed Metadata and the Term Store in SharePoint.    If there is a question you don't see on the list, feel free to submit one of your own and we'll be sure to get it answered.

SharePoint Taxonomies:  This is designed to be an educational site, but we have included links to all of the WAND Taxonomies that can be used in SharePoint and a video showing how users can access the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal to speed up the process of creating taxonomy metadata content in the SharePoint term store. 

We hope this becomes a popular and valuable resource for the SharePoint community.  As always, if we can help you with a SharePoint taxonomy initiative, don't hesitate to contact us

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Major Taxonomy Update: WAND Information Technology Taxonomy

The world of Information Technology is constantly changing.  To ensure that the WAND Information Technology Taxonomy includes the latest terms, we have updated all of the IT areas including Commercial Software Packages, Development Concepts, Networks and Connectivity, IT Administration, and IT Certifications.

The WAND Information Technology Taxonomy includes nearly 3700 terms and 424 synonyms.

In the area of IT Administration alone, you'll find Software Management, Support, Customer Deliveries, and Customer Agreements, as well as IT Infrastructure, Security, Governance, Policies and Procedures, Standards and Processes, and more!

The taxonomy update also reflects the latest terms in Cloud Computing, Application Frameworks, and Software Packages.

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Taxonomy Release: WAND Environmental Taxonomy

WAND Environmental Taxonomy
Our newest taxonomy release, available today, is the WAND Environmental Taxonomy.   This taxonomy covers the Natural Environment, Natural Resources, Environmental Management, Environmental Law, conservation, climate change, pollutants, and more.

The WAND Environmental Taxonomy includes 1,487 terms and 436 synonyms.

Being environmentally conscious is important for every company - customers expect it.  This taxonomy be a critical component to tag and organize content related to its environmental or climate related programs. 

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Taxonomy Release: WAND Intellectual Property Taxonomy

WAND Intellectual Property Taxonomy
We are pleased to announce the release of the WAND Intellectual Property Taxonomy. The WAND Intellectual Property Taxonomy includes 706 terms and 246 synonyms.  The Taxonomy covers the topics of Copyrights, Patents,  Trademarks and Trade Secrets and more.

The WAND Intellectual Property Taxonomy is perfect for any organization where intellectual property is important.  Documents and content related to IP can be tagged and organized more effectively with this taxonomy.   This taxonomy would also be a great fit, in companion to the WAND Legal Taxonomy, for a law firm with an IP practice.

As always, visit our website to learn more about the WAND Intellectual Property Taxonomy and to inquire about pricing, formats, and licensing.

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

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 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