One problem I often hear when talking with any organization about new solutions is understanding the cost and inefficiency of their existing way solutions, processes, or general way of doing things. In the past year or two I have used various general measurements around search to help focus the need for improvement not only on search, but the needed information and metadata needed to improve search.
We Can’t Find Anything
There is nothing more common that I hear from an organization about their intranet and internal information services than, “We can’t find anything.” (Some days I swear this is the mantra that must be intoned for an organization to become real.)
There are many reasons and potential solutions for improving the situation. Some of these involve improved search technologies, some improved search interfaces, or But, understanding the cost of this inefficiency is where I find it is valuable to start.
The first step after understanding you have this problem is to measure it, but most organizations don’t want to pay for that they are just looking for solutions (we all know how this turns out). The best method I find is walking through the broad understandings of the cost of inefficiencies.