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Top 5 Knowledge Management Trends in 2022

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Top 5 Knowledge Management Trends in 2022

Sep 14, 2022   |  By
KMI Guest Blogger Baphira Wahlang Shylla

With the rapidly changing landscape of how offices and organizations approach work, knowledge management (KM) is more crucial than ever. Due to the overflow of information within organizations, the ways in which this information is stored and archived change according to the need, time, and purpose. 

As with everything else, the field of KM in technology has its seasons of trends. However, some trends are here to stay. Why should some trends outstay others, you may ask?

Well, simply because they improve the user experience for the better.

With the changing composition of the workforce, traditional methods of disseminating information are replaced with more agile methods. Let us look at the top five knowledge management trends in 2022.

1. AI is here to stay 

Anyone who is active on the web has watched the trajectory of growth in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Within just a few years, AI has grown tremendously and is predicted to take over many sectors in the future.

Intrinsically, AI and KM deal with knowledge, information and learning. Recent developments in the field of AI can be implemented in the way knowledge management systems work. AI is mostly used in KM to store and retrieve explicit data. AI can dig deep into various channels of content, decipher relevant topics and present useful information when required.  

For example, companies have now started applying deep machine learning in AI-powered chatbots to relay the desired information when and where needed. This knowledge management trend is here to stay with many companies integrating chatbots in their websites for easy communication and problem solving.

2. Easy-to-use collaboration tools 

In 2022, especially with the growth of hybrid work culture, the rise of easy-to-use collaboration tools has grown exponentially. The key idea is to provide a seamless communication flow among employees.

Using the best enterprise knowledge management platform will allow for this collaboration through the integration of multiple apps. According to a research paper by Peter Clark and Maggie Cooper, the rise in collaboration is proportional to the increased possibility of communication through IT.  

Some spaces that now demand collaboration are task management, information sharing, co-editing, and case studies to name a few. This is why tools that encourage collaboration for ideating, working, communicating, and editing will inevitably be a popular knowledge management trend. 

3. Mobile-friendly user experience

According to Google, more than 50 percent of search queries now happen through mobile phones. Mobile users are only going to increase, and so will the search volume through phones. Hence, it is key to optimize your website for mobile. This brings us to a crucial part of knowledge management - mobile apps, as one of the biggest knowledge management trends to stay for good. 

For instance, the increasing use of mobiles has initiated M-learning or Mobile Learning opportunities. In order to make the learning process better for the user, knowledge management processes integrate M-learning apps increasing choice and convenience. 

Even with websites, optimizing your website in order to make it mobile-friendly is crucial nowadays. Google prefers sites that have a good user experience both on desktops and mobile devices.

4. Round-the-clock support 

For any kind of business, the common denominator is customer satisfaction and revenue generation. This makes it obvious that for a business to succeed, providing a seamless customer experience is not negotiable. In fact, customer support is one of the pillars of a business that can determine how successful your business eventually becomes.

Other than collaboration and knowledge-sharing, top-notch knowledge management can improve customer support, and therefore, customer experience tremendously. 

Businesses today can leverage this tool for internal and external business purposes. This would include providing insider business information to support agents that would help them solve customer problems faster and improve their KPIs like average handle time & first call resolution. Hence, there is quicker dissemination of information to customers to educate and inform them about the company’s offers, services, and so on.

5. More media-focused content 

Traditional forms of knowledge base management systems like Confluence knowledge base, Sharepoint knowledge base, etc are composed of really lengthy guides and manuals that make the employees dread reading them.

Humans, in general, focus on getting a job done in the easiest way possible. Whether an employee or a customer, no one would like to overcomplicate or have tedious systems.

Well, worry not! Today’s knowledge management systems are not only new and improved but they are genuinely geared towards improving both the agent’s and the customer’s experience. Another knowledge management trend is the use of media such as images, visuals, and videos to make the interaction more engaging and enriching. 

For the visual-inclined human mind, adding visuals to a text makes it easier for the person to grasp the concept and implement it. So goodbye to the long and boring formats, hello to cool and engaging relevant media. 

Conclusion 

With the emergence of new technologies and changing work cultures, it has now become essential for businesses to adopt efficient knowledge management systems. Besides having access to information, it is crucial to be able to access this information when needed. 

The above-mentioned knowledge management trends focus on enhancing both the business and its employees, and their customers.

Using a knowledge management system is one of the best ways to ensure that employees are not only productive but more importantly, satisfied in their job roles. 

Furthermore, efficient and readily available customer service ensures a good customer experience. And happy customers mean increasing sales and more revenue.

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Author’s Bio

Baphira Wahlang Shylla is a member of the digital marketing team at Knowmax, a SaaS company that provides knowledge management solutions for various industries who are seeking to improve their customer service metrics. Other than her passion for digital marketing, Baphira is an avid reader who dabbles every now and then into painting and digital art.

 

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