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The Role of Subject Matter Expert

The word subject matter expert is heard very commonly nowadays. It is a term very frequently used in the offices of multinational companies and outsourcing units as well as academic institutions. But there are still some people who are not quite sure about what a person who has been given this title exactly does. A subject matter expert or SME is someone who displays the highest level of knowledge, skill and expertise in performing a job or role within the organization. There are no specific educational qualifications required for somebody to become an SME. It is also not essential for him or her to have worked for a certain number of years in the organization. The only quality that the individual needs to display is that he or she has exemplary knowledge and skill in the role that outshines those of his or her peers. No matter what question they are asked about the task and no matter what function they are asked to perform, an SME is someone who can answer the question or complete the task with the greatest of ease. Companies rely a great deal on a SME and whenever they have any doubts or problems regarding the role, they turn to the SME to solve...