I’m back from an excellent trip to Greenville, SC for our second enterprise “summit” on knowledge management. I’ve just about recovered from the long days preparing and presenting and a string of 20 hour days. Over the 2-1/2 days, I was up front and presenting for about nine hours, not including the barcamp-styled “KM Camp.” It was great to get together with others who are passionate about knowledge management and the value it can provide today. Many of them I talk with regularly, either via phone, email or IM (Paul, Rob, Gabi, Hank, Sara, Robert, Bob, Derek, Donna, Sathiya) but nothing can beat the value of face-to-face interaction. Many more were people I met for the first time (Miranda, Crystal, Harry, Adam, Dave, Cathy, Peter) — some of them very new to their role and just beginning to “get” what KM is all about.
Knowledge management provides a way of tapping into the intelligence of the corporation, and application translates into real, measurable value. The “smarts” of the enterprise can be reflected at least in part by market value, and based on what I experienced last week, I’m very optimistic about the future at Fluor.