Question 5/5: KMS, Knowledge Management Systems

“What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. Whether I’m online or not, my mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”

Knowledge management systems‘ main focus is on enabling technologies in order to effectively and efficiently manage knowledge. Knowledge management systems is defined as a comprehensive Information and communication technologies platforms for the use of collaboration and knowledge sharing with other advanced knowledge services built on top that are contextualized and integrated on the basis of shared ontology, personalized for participants that are networked in communities. They foster the implementation of knowledge management instruments in support of knowledge processes that are targeted at increasing the effectiveness of an organization. Knowledge sharing is referred to as not only codified information, product specifications but as also beliefs and experiences.
The main goal of knowledge management systems is to bring knowledge from the past to bear present activities of the organization and resulting in the increase in levels of organizational effectiveness. Knowledge management systems is the technical side of a knowledge management initiative that comprises individual oriented and organizational instruments that are targeted at improving the productivity of knowledge work. The knowledge management initiatives can be referred to according to the strategy in human oriented personalization initiatives, technology oriented or codification initiatives. These initiatives focus on a certain kind of content along the life cycle of knowledge such as ideas, lessons learned, experiences, approved knowledge products, procedures, best practices or patents. At the end of it all the organisation’s culture has the possibility of ending up being characterized as open, trustful or collectiveness when the willingness to share knowledge is high, confidential, distrustful or individual market oriented.

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