Editor's note: This article is by Inbal Ronen, Research Staff Member for Collaboration Technologies and Social Networks at IBM Research - Haifa.
How do you find an expert who can travel to a client site, speak the language, has
experience solving customer problems, and possesses the technical knowledge to find a
solution that can be integrated into the existing system? IBM Research debuted its expertise location tool to immediately find that colleague at the recent IBM Connect 2014
This challenge of finding experts, even within a single company, is endemic across
all industries. Most companies have systems that identify and classify experts
using some sort of searchable directory or database that includes a description
of the person's role and the team they belong to. But these systems have little
or no way of analyzing who else they know, or how they like to interact with others.
Without a specific system in place, employees are
stuck with inefficiently hunting and pecking through personal
acquaintances, networking, and email.
My team from IBM's research lab in Haifa, Israel showed how our expert location tool, based on the SociAl Network and Discovery (SaND
can help find experts for any topic based on social media data such as: tags,
communities, wikis, blogs, forums, bookmarks, and files. The solution also
incorporates expertise related data sources, such as organizational skill
repositories, education, and customer records.
The tool also allows users to view the reasoning or "evidence"
behind the recommendations, so they can learn what makes the suggested
individual an expert in the field. Other features include how to reach to the expert through shared connections, or the ability to
configure the system to support specific organizational sources, and manually fine tune
the weight of each source and relationship.
By incorporating social data from an organization, we can
better analyze what our employees are passionate about, what they do best, and
how to find the right experts for any job.
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