KMWorld 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management: 2006
By Integrify | Published February 28, 2006
One hundred. Not 101. Not 99.
Does our list mean that there are only 100 companies that matter in KM? Of course not. We figure there are more than 1,500 companies in our loosely defined space, and each one brings something of value to the table.
So why these 100 companies (plus the shorter list of consultants/ analysts)? Well, they are the ones upon which our panel agree, and it is a nice round number. As I've frequently mentioned, these companies have helped create, enhance or define a market, and they all share a remarkable capacity for agile, customer-driven innovation.
When we first presented our list of 100 companies in 2000, many of the firms were noted for their dazzling technology—you remember what things were like six years ago. Some of the software was simply breathtaking in its design. But, in fact, some of the technology was all shine and no substance. A number of the companies on our first list is no longer doing business.
I don't expect that to be the case with the companies mentioned below, because of this year, more than ever, we heard from customers, which, after all, is clearly the most important constituency for consideration. One company in particular, Quantum Art, a San Francisco-based Web content management firm, had remarkable support from its customers, with almost a dozen writing to me with their success stories—pretty hard not to take a long look at that company. While Quantum Art may be an extreme example (but certainly laudable), customer stories weighed heavily in the decision-making process.