Iknow LLC: Enabling Knowledge Management by Capitalizing on IT Trends

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Dr.Bernard L. Palowitch, Jr., President
Many CIOs today are not in a position to wholly adopt Knowledge Management (KM) in their enterprise due to higher priority IT issues and the lack of senior management attention and resources. That’s where Iknow LLC comes in. Having worked with visionary CIOs who have recognized the value of their enterprise knowledge, Iknow has—over the years—supported the implementation of KM systems that capture, save, and make available the right knowledge at the right time. How? Dr. Bernard L. Palowitch, Jr., the president of Iknow LLC answers, “We have mastered the incorporation of cloud computing, open-source software, and microservices into KM solutions to help CIOs move their organizations forward.”

According to Palowitch, three major technology trends continue to have a significant impact on knowledge management: cloud computing, open-source software, and microservices. “These three trends are reflected in the KM solutions that Iknow builds for its clients,” he mentions. Iknow works with the top cloud computing companies, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud, to migrate on-premises KM-related implementations to the cloud. The company has made a significant investment in its ability to implement open source technologies. For example, Iknow is one of Alfresco’s top global strategic partners; Iknow also has deep skills in other open-source products, including Activiti, Drupal, Solr, and WordPress. Iknow also implements microservices from several commercial vendors into newly redesigned KM systems.

One of the approaches that Iknow applies during its consulting projects is Service Design Methodology, which is a human-centered design approach that places equal value on the customer experience and the business process. The approach aims to create quality customer experiences and seamless service delivery. Service Design helps organizations see an end-to-end, surface-to-core perspective, enabling the understanding of services from a customer perspective. It is rooted in design thinking and brings a creative process to service improvement and designing new services.
Through collaborative methods that engage both customers and the clients’ service delivery teams, Service Design helps organizations gain a true, end-to-end understanding of the knowledge entailed by their services, enabling holistic and meaningful improvements. Moreover, the benefits that the clients receive speak for themselves. “We describe the return on investment in knowledge management as the sum of tangible and intangible benefits. Tangible benefits include shortened business process cycle times, increased productivity, and lower costs; intangible benefits include better (higher quality) decision making, increases in innovation, collaboration and teamwork, more effective communication, and greater value-added of jobs,” states Palowitch.

What differentiates Iknow is its long history and profound experience. Being the most established and well-known boutique consultancy focused on KM for more than 18 years, Iknow has a highly successful track record in KM project delivery. The company has completed over 200 significant client assignments across more than 40 industry sectors, including commercial, government, and non-profit segments. “We have a wealth of tools and best practices that we use on new engagements,” adds Palowitch. Further, Iknow’s solutions are comprehensive and usually involve strategy, content, process, technology, and organizational change elements. “Every project is staffed with senior-level consultants who understand the myriad of potential organizational challenges. Iknow is recognized for its commitment to getting the job done right! We adopt the business problem as if it was our own,” says Palowitch.

Having carved a unique niche for itself, Iknow is working with many clients on re-architecting their legacy document management, records management, BPM/ workflow automation, and enterprise search applications. Most of these are customized solutions that meet their clients’ unique requirements. Iknow continues to develop its professional services in several dimensions, including auto-classification and meaning extraction from unstructured text (via natural language processing methods), machine learning, big data, and artificial intelligence. “We are working on some longer-term projects in knowledge representation and on ways to speed up extracting knowledge from an expert,” concludes Palowitch.

Company
Iknow LLC

Headquarters
Princeton, NJ

Management
Dr.Bernard L. Palowitch, Jr., President

Description
Iknow is enabling knowledge management by capitalizing on three major IT trends: cloud computing, open-source software, and microservices. Having worked with visionary CIOs who have recognized the value of their enterprise knowledge, the company has—over the years—supported the implementation of KM systems that capture, save, and reuse this knowledge. Being the most established and well-known boutique consultancy focused on KM for more than 18 years, the company has a highly successful track record in KM project delivery. The company has completed over 200 significant client assignments across commercial, government, and nonprofit segments, and experience in more than 40 industry sectors