Knowledge Management Controls Your Destiny

In case you misKMWorld 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Managementsed it, KMWorld recently announced its 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management.  Many of those on the list are familiar names, with offerings familiar to the eDiscovery world, but many are unfamiliar names with unusual offerings.  Among the 100 are at least a handful of true pioneers that will pierce new dimensions at the intersection of knowledge and technology (or plant the seeds to do so), transforming the way we coexist with our technologies.  As the technological landscape transforms, data and information hunter-gatherers (we) should pay attention.

eDiscovery is fundamentally concerned with hunting down then gathering records and naturally overlaps with Records Management (RM).  Knowledge Management (KM), on the other hand, is concerned with putting the information in an organization's records to their best possible use.  An organization's KM efforts drive data structures and records management.  If you want a glimpse at how eDiscovery will be conducted tomorrow, keep an eye focused on the bleeding edge of KM.  Today's internal wikis, blogs, IM clients, enterprise search, and intranets will be replaced with new tools that use and store data in new, more complex ways.

We still haven't figured out how to simply and cost-effectively collect and review email and office documents.  Yet we are a on the edge of bold new frontiers.  Of tangled, organic data jungles, where algorithms are continuously applied to extract meaning from organizational information, data is mashed up and remixed in countless and novel ways to tease out meaning, and cloud storage structures make the whereabouts of specific data as easy to predict as the location of an electron.  All that may not even approach the complexity created when we finally develop quantum computing.

Bring it on.  w00t!