Today I attended an AIIM meeting and was listening to AIIM’s President, John Mancini, talk about the future of ECM. He brought up a great point, the next generation will not see the need for the formal taxonomies we are building today. The more I thought about this, the more I agreed with his statement. The need for elaborate folder structures is decreasing. If we take a look at the way technology is heading it is clear that taxonomy is not as important as tagging content with the appropriate meta-data.
What is leading this? In my opinion it is a combination of smarter search tools and better meta-data management. Solutions like Google which have complex algorithms have made searching a much more easier effort and requires less thought by the end users.
As these technologies continue to evolve, the need for formal taxonomies will probably be reduced. The importance of tagging content will continue to increase. What are your thoughts on this topic?