If your firm is stuck in the KM 1.0 rut, take a look at the impressive results of a shift from KM 1.0 to KM 2.0 at Cap Gemini. In his post, From CoLLection to CoNNection, Jon Husband reports on a presentation by Yves Noble at KMWorld & Intranets 2008 in which he recounts the fantastic success of Cap Gemini's adoption of web 2.0.
The post contains Jon's live-blogging notes, so it is in sound bites rather than paragraphs. Nonetheless, it contains some real gems. Here, for example, are the notes on Cap Gemini's situation under the KM 1.0/"Collection" model:
And here's what happened when they switched to using web 2.0 tools and a "Connection" model:
Problems with old KM Solution ?
Plenty of good content, well-organized, well-structured - but people did not use it
20% year-over-year decline in use
Average age [of] document in the system 3.5 years
7 years to refresh knowledge content (wow, papyrus grows faster than that)
Complex and confusing for non-experts
Many disconnects between tools, processes and the organisation
Speed and scope of adoption (official deployment has not yet started)
27,00 registered users
.. and have not spent even $1.00 in “communications” thus far
Remember these are the results before official deployment! It's enough to make most folks in law firm knowledge management bright green with envy.
Take a closer look at this presentation. It covers everything from the state of their old system, through the long process of moving minds and implementing new tools, to their stunning results. The Cap Gemini experience is a great answer to the question "why bother with Web 2.0."
Yves Noble provides a valuable road map. Follow it!