Last month I mentioned knowledge management as a trend whose time has come. Let's face it, as individuals we're bombarded with everything from e-mail and magazine articles to industry white papers and analyst reports--many of which contain actionable information with tactical or strategic competitive value. How can we organize our own knowledge base? On a larger scale, how should organizations try to organize corporate knowledge bases? I'm seeing a growing number of organizations experiment with a Web-based publish-and-subscribe model and with "virtual data marts," but I'd be interested in hearing your experiences. This is a politically sensitive enough area ("Knowledge is power-- why should I share?") that it would be nice to avoid alligators, arrows and version 1.0-type failures in general. What have you learned? Are you discovering technology overlap with data warehouse/data mart roll out?

Web-based training is often one of the components of knowledge management, and Asymetrix Learning Systems (www.asymetrix.com), formerly Asymetrix, continues to improve its venerable ToolBook product line. Originally a Paul Allen company (Paul Allen was the co-founder of Microsoft), but now privately held, Asymetrix Learning Systems offers a rich product line of packages for developing and managing CBT (computer-based training)--including IconAuthor 7.5 and CBT Express 2.0 from recently-acquired Aimtech Corporation (www.aimtech.com).

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