Km software 'will be a must have'

Knowledge management software will be a must have, and not a maybe, according to IBM subsidiary Lotus.

Knowledge management software will be a must have, and not a maybe, according to IBM subsidiary Lotus.

Launching its knowledge management Discovery Server, Jim Moffat, product-marketing manager at Lotus, says this type of software will enable businesses to get the most from their human assets.

'In order to help people flock together in more optimal patterns, it will create groupings around the company in a more ideal fashion. It will be a competitive imperative to do it. I see most large organisations of white collar and knowledge workers having to do this as a competitive imperative in the next four years. I don't see this as a choice.'

Moffat says there's more to the software than just allowing users to search lists of documents, claiming the Discovery Server will analytically reveal people and their associations. 'When someone looks at a topic, they're not just looking at a document, but will find out the people who may know something about that topic, or may know someone who does. It sets itself apart from anything else in the industry, because its emphasis is on people and not documents.'

Lotus Discovery Server can be linked with the K-station portal to provide what the company calls 'a single point of access for retrieving critical information'.

K-station is priced at $120 and Discovery at $395 per user, with discounts for multiple users.

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