Implement UIA with These Elements in Mind

By Sarah Meyer  |  Posted 2010-05-10 Print this article Print

Implement UIA with these elements in mind

Assessing the current state of affairs, as well as longer term goals, is an important prerequisite to a successful implementation of any new set of far-reaching capabilities. The impact of UIA can start tactically and spread, but this approach is still much more productive when it is part of a multiphase plan. Three key elements that enterprises should look at when implementing UIA as part of a larger information management strategy include:

Element No. 1: What kinds of interfaces and methods will meet information discovery and exploration needs?

UIA can populate a variety of interfaces-from typical search lists to familiar dashboards and reports. The difference is that these interfaces will provide you with more complete, better synthesized and more immediately available information. UIA typically includes sophisticated exploration tools such as facet recommendations, auto-completion, tag clouds and heat maps.

Element No. 2: Where is increasing the timeliness of information delivery most critical?

The answer to this question can help identify the order of projects that should include UIA. By pinpointing the biggest risks and opportunities for accelerating access to insight, you can target a pilot project that will demonstrate value, and balance your organization's risk tolerance against the urgency of the projects you identify.

Element No. 3: How and where do you want to use automated processes that are triggered by information events?

User-defined, text-based filters can monitor and detect information-based activities in real time, and deliver critical intelligence to trained analysts who can then take the appropriate action.

Sarah Meyer is Director of Product Marketing at Attivio. Sarah has over 20 years of experience in bringing business-centric enterprise applications, middleware and solutions to market at large and small companies. Her focus has been collaboration and process improvement for business and IT. In the ten years she was at Lotus Development Corporation, she held positions in marketing, product management, product design, and development management. She can be reached at

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