Focused on Knowledge

Next Intelligence was formed to help organizations to address the problems associated with managing the accumulation, retention, and use of 'knowledge' assets – or broadly speaking, Knowledge Managent (KM). This, of course, begs the question 'what IS knowledge?'. While there's no universal definition of what constitutes knowledge management (KM), in the broadest context KM is the process through which organizations generate value from their intellectual and knowledge-based assets. Most often, generating value from such assets involves codifying what employees, partners and customers know, and sharing that information among employees, departments and even with other companies in an effort to devise best practices. It's important to note that KM isn't necessarily about technology; while KM is often facilitated by IT, technology by itself is not KM.

Knowledge Management has assumed greater urgency over recent years as millions of baby boomers prepare to retire over the coming decade. Tens of millions of baby boomers are now in their 60's, and those of them who aren’t already retired are planning to do so soon. When they DO leave their companies, the knowledge they've accumulated about their jobs, companies and industries over the course of their long careers leaves with them – unless companies take measures to retain their insights.

The Next Intelligent Principles

James R. Jones, Senior Advisor - NKM International Relations

Based in Japan, and with over thirty years of global business development experience, Jim has held various senior management positions in multi-national companies and has an in-depth knowledge of Asian, Western European and North American markets, cultures and business styles. As a Next Intelligence founding principal and director, Jim holds the position of Chief Operations officer. He is skilled in decision-making, process re-engineering, organization integration, business-to-business negotiations, relationship building and change management.

Jim's key strengths include excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong conflict resolution ability and a demonstrated commitment to quality, service and value for clients. He has experience in multiple business environments including new/start-up, high growth and turnaround situations, as well as developing and executing appropriate strategic plans. He managed international relations for a collaborative project with Japanese, U.S. and European researchers to assess the environmental impact of high-level radioactive waste disposal systems.

Shinya Asahara, Senior Strategist – Nuclear Knowledge Management Implementation

B ased in Japan, Shinya Asahara is a founding principal and director of Next Intelligence with forty years' experience in the field of nuclear safety research, specializing in in R&D project and information management and the application of advanced information technologies. Working primarily on nuclear power plant design safety assessment, modeling and simulation, and knowledge/data management for the nuclear industry, he has held senior management positions in numerous high-profile nuclear safety projects, overseeing the successful application of computer science and technology to mission critical nuclear organizational objectives. industry, he has held senior management positions in numerous high-profile nuclear safety projects, overseeing the successful application of computer science and technology to mission critical nuclear organizational objectives.

Shinya has a logical and clear mind and enjoys the challenges inherent in implementing knowledge and data management systems that provide nuclear organizations with the critical decision-making tools necessary for the successful command, control and communications(C3) strategies. His practical approach to problem solving regarding nuclear safety mark him as a pioneer in his chosen fields of advanced computer science and information technology.

Zoltan Pasztory MBA, MSc, Senior Expert - Nuclear Knowledge Management Implementation
Pasztory Consulting e.U, Korneuburg, Austria

Based in Vienna Austria, Zoltan Pasztory has more than thirty years experiences in the nuclear industry, including more than seven years with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Zoltan now works in the private sector helping nuclear organizations (NPPs, R&D organizations and regulators), including contractor SMEs, to establish knowledge management initiatives and integrate them into their day-to-day business life

Zoltan’s geographical area of work is not limited to any one continent or country; rather, he provides cross-boundary support for the design and implementation of Nuclear Knowledge Management, Human Resources Development, Organization Development, and Quality Assurance programs.

Jim Bullough, Senior Strategist – General Knowledge Management Implementation

Jim Bullogh has more than 40 years experience in management information systems (MIS) integration and business solutions services. He has a deep and profound knowledge of Pacific Rim business practices.

Based on Sydney Australia, Jim has developed MIS service business for financial firms, government organizations and general private enterprises. He is an expert in knowledge sharing and transfer platform implementation through the application of integrated enterprise contents management systems.

 

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The Knowledge Challenge in General Business

In today's increasingly competitive global business environment, flawless interconnected knowledge experiences will define business relevancy and success. Next Intelligence is committed to helping companies identify, source, implement and profit from knowledge – be it in-house or a world away.

Businesses today depends critically on the quality of the knowledge they apply to their key business processes. For example, supply chains depend on knowledge of diverse areas including raw materials, planning, manufacturing and distribution. Likewise. product development requires knowledge of consumer requirements, new science, and new technologies.

The challenge of deploying the knowledge assets of an organisation to create competitive advantage becomes more crucial as:

  • The marketplace becomes increasingly competitive
  • The required rate of innovation rises
  • Staff functions and management structures are being reduced
  • Experienced staff retire or are relocated

Next Intelligence Advantages

The fact that employees exit their companies as they retire is understood. While the demographics vary somewhat from location to location and organization to organization, most will lose the majority of their current staff within the next ten years - and along with them, the knowledge they have of the organization.

The greatest deterrence to knowledge attrition is a robust KM initiative. Every organization worries about losing the knowledge and expertise of its key employees, and these concerns have become even more acute as organizations struggle with growing retirement trends and frequent downsizing, mergers, and acquisitions. Next Intelligence can simplify the way in which employees share and record knowledge and and can advise on the best methods to convert the knowledge in people's heads into processes and tools that the entire work force can use.

Knowledge is fundamental management asset, and prevention of knowledge loss is an issue that management has to intentionally address. Several methods are used to prevent knowledge loss and manage the inherent risk, with the most the typical being classroom lectures and on-the-job (OJT) training. Classroom lectures usually impart a lot of information in a limited time, but such information tends to be forgotten relatively quickly. OJT is limited in its ability to manage knowledge in a systematic way, since any transfer of knowledge will usually be from one single person to another, and is generally done in an ad hoc, conversational manner. Management needs to be aware of the limitations of traditional classroom training, and that OJT methods only move knowledge from one individual employee to another individual employee, with neither of the methods being sufficient to manage corporate knowledge as assets.

The only truly effective way to build a knowledge management system is by utilizing advanced information technology (AIT). Next Intelligence can provide the AIT design, implementation and operation support your company needs to ensure your knowledge is managed as the valuable asset it is.

Modern business society is full of information, with large amounts of knowledge and data being submitted to the Internet and social media every day. The collection and analysis of that information, and the decisions that are based on it, are essential to the success of the modern business. How all this information is managed has an immeasurable impact on effective business expansion. One of the most powerful solutions to the problems inherent in managing information is the implementation of corporate strategic knowledge and data analytics systems.

Next Intelligence provides support, from the planning stage to operation, for knowledge and data analytics system implementations that ensure that correct business expansion decisions are made – on time, every time.

Percentage aged over 65 by 2030:

Japan 30.7%
Hong Kong 26.5%
United States of America 20.1%
Australia 19.2%
Turkey 12.4%