Relationships gain value over time because more and more shared experiences are built up, each of which plays on and is fueled by ones from the past. You learn more about each other, and can therefore help each other more. Even new experiences gained while apart contribute to the “overall good” of both parties. Instead of individuals, because of your shared experience, you become closer to one.
Employees and colleagues become more valuable over time because they accrue more training, more experience, more client exposure, more of the processes in place. They become easier to work with because you know more about them and they know more about you.
For a knowledge-sharing application, it increases in value when it does more; when it accomplishes more things; when it accrues more information; when it helps more people.
A knowledge-sharing application becomes a decreasing asset when it is replaced by a new “version”, instead of having past content contribute to future content.
Certain content does become old and expire or change, but most, if planned correctly, has a long life-span. Your own mind, when confronted with “expired” or “false” content simply categorizes it differently. When working with an application which shares knowledge, thinking about knowledge across time and not just in a moment in time will allow for an increasing asset.
When capturing and using content, maintain discrete data chunks instead of blobuoles of data, where differentiation becomes difficult or impossible.
When you can create and maintain an applications that is an increasing asset, you produce a way to keep track of the advance of time, and a way to tell your story back to yourself.