It is very common these days to see yet another new SaaS start-up. These new software companies seem to always focus on how the product looks and less on how it can help encourage collaboration.

Information Week brought this news to our attention in their article, “Let’s Get Metaphysical About Enterprise Collaboration.” We already know the benefits of collaboration – achieving common goals, competing meaningful work and doing it all faster. So when you have software that tries to force users into a single paradigm like SharePoint for documents or Facebook for free-form text, the results will be less than desired.

Having a defined taxonomy can help promote collaboration and connections. The taxonomy is a hierarchical view of a controlled vocabulary or a list of terms in their preferred form. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies. By focusing on making information findable, we produce knowledge organization that works.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.