One of TheBrain's key attributes is a format that not only is user friendly but also makes the connection between related information, according to Sam Gallucci, executive vice president and chief markets officer, TheBrain.
In the traditional desktop format, information is presented in a hierarchical series of file folders that contain documents.
TheBrain's visual user interface--what a user sees on the screen--displays information as words called "thoughts" in a diagram that uses lines called "links" that show how individual pieces fit together.
The visual representation resembles a story map where main themes branch out to subsets of information and in turn branch out even further to more specific items.
Any piece of data can be linked to any other, which provides immediate access from multiple locations.
The software was developed based on several key business drivers, Gallucci
Although other knowledge management products offer point solutions, TheBrain's
technology provides a comprehensive approach, Gallucci
For example, a task force investigating a person can use TheBrain
to show all the available information about that person and not just bits and pieces," Gallucci
If members of the group are aware of specific documents that would be useful, they can add them to the discussion and enhance the collaborative environment, he
According to Gallucci
, the most powerful part of the technology is that it addresses the target objectives across the U.S. Defense Department and the intelligence community
because it facilitates the integration of information across different departments.
is quick to point out, however, that TheBrain
does not deal with policy issues such as determining who shares what information.