Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Capturing Regular Business Information for Knowledge Workers

Donald Hogan CEO, KnowledgeWatch

Question: How does a search engine know to find your desired content?

Answer: It does not know.

Reason: Because it has no good way to continually manage what will be changing in your knowledge needs moving forward each day, each week, and each month.

So, as you’ve probably experienced, search engines are not a good way to obtain a regular reading on what’s happening in your field of business. Search engines are, indeed, wonderful tools to find a Website name, to find places to buy things or to look up very general information.

Now, News Feeds, RSS Feeds, and sometimes Blogs were a down-right, spot-on invention, (thank you Dave Winer, one of the RSS inventors), that allows business knowledge workers to focus right into what’s regularly happening, based on a particular content source, – or based on a few RSS feeds.

What’s been needed is a way to aggregate a total Web perspective, from hundreds of RSS feeds, on a particular subject domain – so as to know, automatically, really what’s going on:each day, each week and each month.

That’s what we do at KnowledgeWatch! Most importantly, we enjoy doing it, our customers like the results provided and we feel like we’re accomplishing something valuable for business.

All that: our customers regularly receive without them lifting many of their fingers to get it!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Our Customers’ Own Big Data Mining Engine

Donald Hogan CEO, KnowledgeWatch

There’s lots of talk these days about Big Data.

KnowledgeWatch customers have a very big data mining engine that regularly scours specific parts of the Web to harvest very focused content containing information our customers want to know about.

Our mining engine is unlike the public search engines, as it cuts out the clutter to produce only relevant output that’s needed by each customer. How? Simply, we don’t gather and index the Web, we gather and index particular focused areas that are each meaningful to our customers. Thus we produce output for customers of their interested knowledge; updated regularly.

Customer administration of their big data enables regular refinement of user content desired. This capability allows customers to enhance, on an ongoing basis, resulting harvested content to make that content more and more relevant to their past interest and to changing interests. This is unique.

I’ll talk more about learning about and changing content interests next week!

Monday, August 05, 2013

Knowledge – Custom, Current, Regular and Greatly Needed by Business

Donald Hogan, CEO KnowledgeWatch

Free search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing are incredibly useful Web services, available to anyone with access to a computer. In the face of these free search engines and, actually because of them, KnowledgeWatch was envisioned!

Over the past few years, KnowledgeWatch was developed to bring our customers’ new content focus for their world to enable a regular, current mining of specific knowledge for their business benefit.

What does this mean?

As the Web is regularly changing, the KnowledgeWatch mining engine harvests for our customers just the content they want. If the customer wants to know about competitors in a very dynamic, fast changing field, (example bio science), they automatically know about new additions to the field and can keep a record of information about competitors.

Let’s say the customer is a cardiology knowledge base company serving a couple thousand medical practitioners. That customer can focus a harvest of breaking cardiology information to their member users to reach out and send them useful information to touch them daily with their brand.

Or, perhaps they are a professional organization in the world automotive manufacturing space and want to be a cutting edge information deliverer for their member companies who are the primary manufacturers and top two tiers of the world auto supply chain. KnowledgeWatch provides them that capability.

KnowledgeWatch today delivers concentrated knowledge harvesting and mining processing in healthcare, bio science and automotive manufacturing. Our Web system is a generic mining engine; that’s customer-adaptable to any field or subject domain.

We’re regularly exploring new knowledge fronts with new customers so please let us know if we can help you with more information!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Associations as Knowledge Managers
– article by Michigan Society of Association Executives

Donald Hogan, CEO KnowledgeWatch

I recently became aware of a neat, fascinating article published by the Michigan Society of Association Executives in their quarterly publication to their membersip of association executives.

The article focuses on a subject that is very close to our work at KnowledgeWatch. Moreover, the article, speaks about the core reason KnowledgeWatch was originally founded. So, you could say it “struck a chord” with our company.

We formed KnowledgeWatch, and then over several years, created and evolved the KnowledgeWatch Customer Solutions Platform to make it possible for companies, knowledge workers and professional organizations to economically acquire information, and thus knowledge, that’s important to their business and their ability to continue innovation.

I want to share this article with you and focus your attention to read the whole article. (The article is republished with permission of MSAE – http://www.msae.org )

Below are a few significant messages from the MSAE article asserting the need for leadership by Professional Associations (The article is republished entirety on our News section.)

“Successful association leaders master three essential facets of capacity: Personal Awareness, Association Knowledge, and Industry Understanding.”

“America has entered a period of radical changes that dwarf those of the past 80 years in scale and impact. The emergence of a global economy, as well as profound demographic, cultural, and political shifts requires association leaders to master more skills, possess more expertise, and conduct themselves differently than was true just a few years ago. “Business as usual” is unsustainable for association survival and is guaranteed to render a chief staff executive obsolete and ineffective”.

“Associations are perfectly aligned to be the knowledge management centers for each profession or industry they represent.”

Reprinted with permission by MSAE – Copyright USA. All rights reserved.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

The Knowledge economy is for those that don’t like economics!

Donald Hogan, CEO, KnowledgeWatch

I remember being in high school economics class where I did not quite get it.

Although I had no problem with the concept of supply and demand, it was a few days later when our teacher applied that “supply” concept over to economic systems – oh boy, I got lost with economic concepts!  Guess I was much better at adding or subtracting numbers and drawing pictures in art class.

This knowledge economy we have today is really very, very simple to understand.  And, the knowledge economy is significantly different than the older world economies that pre-date it.

Peter Drucker, management visionary, helped depict how the world’s economies had restructured from an agricultural (agrarian) economy to an industrial (manufacturing) economy and then to a post-industrial (mass-production) economy on up to the globalized economy we’ve had since the late 1900’s – a knowledge economy.

Our current knowledge economy, based primarily on technology and human capital, is considerably different than those economies the world had before.  The most important difference is the others (agricultural, industrial, mass-production) had the property that elements of the economy did change as resources were used and were depleted (used up).  In contrast, in the knowledge economy as knowledge is used (and it can be shared) then there exist dramatically different dynamics.

Michael Porter developed an important principle that can be paraphrased: competitive knowledge rules.  What that means is, to avoid risk of failures, companies have to invest in processes that facilitate knowing, in particular about competition, and those new developments that can become competitive threats to their companies.  Competition is one of the many important facets of business knowledge – there are many more.

And so in a different way than was clearly understood before, Michael Porter discovered that something that’s as old as time itself: “Knowledge is power”.  If companies understand that simple rule, it follows that it’s important to develop and research aggressively new ways to learn knowledge.  New methods to gain knowledge, with sound return on investment, have to be adopted and practiced in order to stay ahead of competitive threats.

Since the above visionaries laid out their principles about knowledge, there has been an evolution of the Internet into a unique digital knowledge repository, and a dramatic innovation of technology enabling companies to acquire relevant knowledge.  It’s now time to harness the Internet with this technology.

That’s simple economics!

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