Knowledge Network is a new technology designed to help users find and connect with people to work with, based on skills, interests and common acquaintances.
I have been using Knowledge Network and its predeseccorrs for quite some time now and have to say it works very well. Ofcourse its value will increase related to the number of users in the network, but that’s a given. Being able to create these ‘dynamic’ knowledge (topics you frequuently email about) and network (the people in- and outside the organisation) you communicate with is key; a knowledge / network profile without the effort to create it …
Effective collaboration is not just about managing the products of collaboration in a shared repository or the process of collaboration through workflow. Finding the right people to work with is just as important. In most organizations, individual workers rely on their personal contacts to locate the right person. The extensive personal social network of experienced workers is partly responsible for their ability to do their jobs better than others. Using technology to support this important pre-collaboration activity can increase the effectiveness of all workers by helping them get to the right person quickly.
Read the whole analysis over on : Gartner.com