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How To Build A High-Octane Taxonomy For ECM And Enterprise Search Systems

November 17, 2008

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  • By Leslie Owens
  • with Matthew Brown,
  • ,
  • Norman Nicolson

Why Read This Report

Enterprises invest in big-ticket information management software such as search, portal, and enterprise content management (ECM) systems, in an effort to eliminate information silos and increase content reuse. To reach such an ambitious goal, it's vital to enrich the content that flows through these systems with more meaningful and structured metadata. Enriched content is simply easier to isolate, promote, find, and control. But it's challenging to incorporate taxonomy projects in the whirlwind of tools and processes to create, manage, and access content in the enterprise. Here's a guide to building taxonomies that don't sit on a shelf; they work inside key information systems to make them hum.

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Table of Contents

  • Many Enterprises Struggle With Taxonomy Initiatives
  • Misunderstanding "Taxonomy" Is Often The Root Cause Of The Problem
  • Taxonomy Teams: Use Taxonomy Fundamentals To Guide Strategy
  • Firms Realize Benefits When Taxonomies Are Put To Use, Again And Again

  • Align Taxonomies With Business Objectives And Technology Investments
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