Office 365 Distilled EP 33: Excited… New toys for the boys (& Girls) in the KM space

Project Cortex will save your company 8.7 million dollars in new hire effectiveness. Is that why it will be a premium license? Steve talks about the Office Hours web series where Chris McNulty and Naomi Moneypenny talk about Cortex and how it is building within the KM (knowledge Management) space at Microsoft.

We are in lockdown here in Belgium, so we don’t have anything to do except work and watch movies. The perfect time to check out some of the content that was published around Project Cortex and KM.

Steve’s fishtank issue (a KM story)

In order to really talk about KM, we have a story about Steve’s fishtank: Sometimes the fish lose color or develop a spot when it is ill. Steve needed to pull in a “Subject Matter Expert” to consult what the issue is.

Same thing for consultants: You are probably not the subject matter expert for the thing your customer does. So how will an IT department really truly set up an accurate term set to benefit the business?

When you deal with KM in Project Cortex, there are 3 roles defined:

  • the admin
  • the knowledge manager
  • the subject matter expert

That team working together is how the KM space will get revolutionized.

Next to these roles, there are tons of cool features coming out too: connectors, AI and patterns mapping and building, knowledge networks and groups, linking different data types to each other, and so much more.

The only question now is: How do we get the organisation excited about this? And how will we govern it? That is a topic for another session!

Do you want to know more about how to prepare for Project Cortex? Read more here!


In this lockdown, we both are at our own houses. We just bring our own bottles in and we try to convince each other why they are the tastiest!

Marijn has a quadruple distilled wiesky from Austria “Smoke on the water”. That makes for a very unique taste (and an amazing bottle with a glass cork!). It is made from rye and barley (making it a double malt).

Smoke on the water Wiesky

Steve is bringing a 14 year old, single cask from an independent bottler Valinch and Mallet he bought at an tasting event. He thinks it is coming from Kilbeggan distillery. 51% proof which is pretty rare in Ireland. It smells smooth, awesome tastes and a very long finish!

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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