Some months ago we interviewed Sean McClowry of BearingPoint to discuss a great Open Source concept they had pioneered called MIKE2.0 – “Method for an Integrated Knowledge Environment”.
If you missed that article, click here.
MIKE2.0 is an Open Source delivery methodology for Enterprise Information Management that features over 630 articles that can be applied to projects within the Information Management space.
I have been watching the MIKE2.0 project with interest and I recently asked Sean to give a brief overview of some of the new features that have been introduced.
Firstly, the methodology has introduced the concept of “deliverable templates”, these are focused on creating an output for the logical tasks and activities found within MIKE2.0.
Although initially hesitant to introduce them, Sean now recognises that many people like to see templates that define the output and end results of a project task or deliverable so there has been a considerable push to add these to the framework and a considerable collection are now available.
For an overview of Deliverable Templates click here
To see new the range of deliverable templates click here
Secondly, BearingPoint are now using an integrated solution combining a mirror of MIKE2.0 with a social bookmarking engine for public web content plus the capability to link internal content. All this platform is powered in a platform called “omCollab”.
So what makes this so useful for other organisations?
Well, any organisation can now do exactly the same as BearingPoint.
Using omCollab, organisations can now accelerate collaboration and interface with MIKE2.0 using their own internal collaboration tools and content. Plus, they can collaboratively link to the best articles on the web and share these internally, all in one environment.
omCollab can be downloaded under an Open Source agreement and installed behind the firewall of a corporate intranet but importantly they have made it straightforward to link to MIKE2.0 and other external content.
So, imagine you need to document best-practices for data migration, you could combine elements of MIKE2.0, with tagged (and rated) content from internet sites such as DataMigrationPro.com, all combined with your own internal documentation. All this takes place within one, fully integrated environment.
omCollab features many social networking features that users of tools like Facebook and Digg will recognise and the fact that it is Open Source means there is no financial barrier to implementation so it is certainly worth exploring further if you are looking to investigate knowledge management solutions for information management in your organisation.