Gather Information Via Collaboration in a Knowledge Base System

By Monica Kohn   |   August 8, 2018
Gather Information Via Collaboration in a Knowledge Base System
As routine work becomes increasingly automated, the work process generates greater volumes of data, and your managers must focus more time on supporting knowledge workers.

Knowledge base systems facilitate this support by giving your workers fast answers to customer issues, quicker decision-making, and improved vertical and horizontal communication within an organization.

In today’s environment, companies are finding that their employees are adopting these tools quickly and easily. This is crucial in the complex marketplace in which workers make complex decisions every day. Today’s employees are proactive rather than reactive cogs in the company machine. At the same time, lifetime employment with a single company is rare, and workers change jobs at least several times over a career. Their accumulated expertise goes with them unless you document their knowledge and share it with the organization.

The Benefits of Collaboration in Your Organization

The benefits to collaboration are extensive: sharper competitive edge, flexibility in a dynamic marketplace, ability to capture business opportunities, share experiences and resources, and address market demands efficiently. Collaboration gives your organization the capability to exploit the core competencies of your employees and form strategic alliances that integrate knowledge, resources, information, and value-added activities.

In this era of knowledge-based competition, exceptional knowledge base systems enable your business to optimize the wide array of knowledge assets and their strategic values. Gathering information is just the beginning. Your networked organization needs to capture, share, and apply the relevant information to the stages of the collaboration life cycle, and effective knowledge management to identify and capture the relevant knowledge for exploitation or reuse in a specific context. Combined with the most efficient mechanisms and tools for identification and sharing, these capabilities improve your organization’s decision-making abilities and adaptability in new risk environments.

Collaboration for Greater Strategic Alignment

In addition, with high-caliber knowledge base systems, your organization can better align its strategies, management systems, operations, and decision-support capabilities to expose changing risks and potential disruptions to your key revenue streams. This gives you a significant advantage over less adaptive competitors. The knowledge within your collaborative network is easily available through tools which are user-centric, reliable, interoperable, and cost-effective. Thus, knowledge base systems promote powerful collaboration.

The potential knowledge base systems offer your organization is too great to pass up. Your organization needs the tools to support your workers, especially those on the front lines with customers. Knowledge is power, and the cascade of digital data is made viable through high-quality identification and categorization for effective use through collaborative teams.