Conference Program - Keynotes

Advance Program

Monday, Nov 4

Monday Morning Keynotes


Opening Remarks

09:00 AM2019-11-042019-11-04

Monday, November 4: 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Conference program chair Stephanie Lemieux welcomes attendees to the start of Taxonomy Boot Camp 2019!


, President & Principal Consultant, Dovecot Studio


OPENING KEYNOTE: Building an Intelligent Foundation for Scalable Personalization

09:10 AM2019-11-042019-11-04

Monday, November 4: 9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Electronic Arts (EA) has been developing a content graph in support of personalization programs since 2014, reconfiguring working teams around this strategic initiative. This has required re-thinking significant aspects of the content strategies, content engineering efforts, and content operations at EA. Eamonn presents the approach taken to build a solid foundation of content models, metadata, and supporting taxonomies. While far into this journey, EA has a long way to go. Hear about the challenges it has encountered along the way and the opportunities it sees in the future.


, Director, Content Ecosystem Strategy, Electronic Arts

, Content Ecosystem Strategist, Electronic Arts

Tuesday, Nov 5

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


KEYNOTE: Knowledge Management in the Age of Smart Machines

08:30 AM2019-11-052019-11-05

Tuesday, November 5: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Our experienced speakers cut through the hype and share how new technologies like AI can be used for business benefit and competitive advantage. This facilitated panel discussion describes what technologies are available and how companies can use them. It explains how businesses can put artificial intelligence to work now, in the real world. AI will improve products and processes and make decisions better-informed/important but largely invisible tasks. AI technologies won't replace human workers but augment their capabilities, with smart machines working alongside smart people. AI can automate structured and repetitive work, provide extensive analysis of data through machine learning (“analytics on steroids”), and engage with customers and employees via chatbots and intelligent agents. Get insights and ideas on how to experiment with these technologies, consider the ethics of these technologies,  and use them to revitalize knowledge management in your organization.


, Director, Conference Chair, & Author, Euan Semple Ltd


, CEO/Principal Consultant, A. J. Rhem & Associates and Author, Knowledge Management in Practice

, Principal Consultant Trustworthy AI, IBM


KEYNOTE: Delivering Killer App Taxonomy Experience in SharePoint Office 365

09:30 AM2019-11-052019-11-05

Tuesday, November 5: 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

For years Synaptica has advised our clients that there are just some things they can’t do with their taxonomies once they migrate them to the SharePoint Term Store. Restrictions within SharePoint prevent much of the richness of thesauri and non-hierarchical relationships from being expressed. Finally, a breakthrough solution has been developed through a joint venture effort between Synaptica and Search Explained. Clarke and Molnar briefly review the common pain points experienced in SharePoint taxonomy implementations, before demonstrating innovative new user experiences that transcend these pain points to deliver a taxonomy-rich search, browse and tagging experience within SharePoint.


, Founder, Synaptica

, Managing Consultant, CEO, Search Explained


KEYNOTE: Building the Knowledgeable Application with AI

09:45 AM2019-11-052019-11-05

Tuesday, November 5: 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Few organizations realize that 80% of their most critical data cannot be handled by business applications because it is unstructured (contracts, emails, customer correspondence…). But the missing piece in this puzzle actually exists: Natural Language Processing (NLP), a form of AI that extracts meaning from documents, thanks to organizational and linguistic knowledge. The outcome is a genuinely knowledgeable application: one that delivers effective search and analytics, accelerates business processes, and enables professionals to focus on the highest added-value parts of their mission. Discover why leading organizations have made NLP a priority and how they are using it to build knowledgeable applications for search, analytics and process automation.


, CEO, Expert System

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