I did a GOOGLE search on the string "two clicks away" the other day to see if anyone had put a trade mark on the concept. I had a number of hits but nothing that would indicate that anyone has cornered the market on the term.
I first started using this term myself when I got frustrated with the lengths I had to go to to get data and metadata in/from clients’ systems. In the world of software-nirvana all the data you want is two clicks away.
Two clicks away, is the distance we’d all like to be from valuable information. That concept extends to tools like Google. Go to Google, enter a search string, do the first click… Google comes back with a set or responses. If you’ve specified a good search string or two the information you are looking for is in the first 5 responses or so. You execute the second click on the most appropriate Google response and BINGO the information you were looking for in there on your screen.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everything we needed from our information management systems was two clicks away. But it’s not. And this is especially true when we start to look at the delivery of corporate data. Very few (if any) organization have Google like search capabilities for their corporate data. Add to that the challenges of metadata – a breed of information that seems to defy all efforts to build tools that would allow our corporate users to be "two clicks away" from any corporate information they require to get their jobs done.
Two-clicks-away — something to aspire to.