Gartner Research

Use Five Practical Steps to Revitalize a Business-Driven Taxonomy

Published: 19 March 2015

ID: G00262904

Analyst(s): Gavin Tay , Hanns Koehler-Kruener


Taxonomies are powerful tools for organizations when used correctly and can control, organize and navigate information assets. IT leaders responsible for maintaining information structures can use Gartner's five steps to create a successful taxonomy that achieves purposeful business outcomes.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Procedure for Creating a Business-Relevant Taxonomy
    • 1. Identify and Set Clear Business Outcomes for Your Structure
    • 2. Thoroughly Understand Your Content
    • 3. Map Content Against Business Outcomes
    • 4. Create Prototypes Based on Best Practice
    • 5. Test/Reiterate/Extend
    • Additional Considerations
    • Keep It Really Simple
  • Create a Taxonomy Team
  • Investigate Autoclassification Tools
  • Plan for Maintenance
  • Bottom Line

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