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Panel – How to Internally Market Semantic Web in Large Enterprises

Semantic Web technologies were designed from the ground up for disparate information integration. Disparate data and its impact on data quality and consistency remain one of the most difficult challenges facing large enterprises today. Yet, there has been relatively little use of Semantic Web technologies in these organizations.

The adoption of new technology by large enterprises has always been challenging. Recently, SOA and Web service technologies have had some success in making inroads to large enterprises, mainly due to their seemingly direct addressing of business process automation problems, which business executives could readily appreciate. In contrast, the Semantic Web has been nicknamed the "Pedantic Web" due to its frequently esoteric explanations from academics, hindering its adoption.

What is required is the ability to teach business leaders the value of the technology in terms that they can understand. Our panel includes technical leaders that have taken on this challenge and have succeeded in getting these somewhat trailing edge enterprises to embrace the technology. They now wish to share that experience. Topics covered in the panel include:

• What advantages of using Semantic Technologies over existing data integration tools such as ETL and EAI that really resonated with business leaders?
• What objections to the technology has the panel experienced?
• How did the panel address these objections?
• How did members of the panel first introduce the technology?
• How did members of the panel socialize the use of ontologies without it turning into and explanation of the "Pedantic Web"?
• How did the panel address how Semantic Technologies fit in to the SOA strategies for the enterprise?

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Attachment: Panel – How to Internally Market Semantic Web in Large Enterprises.MP3 (61.18 MB)

Presenters:

Matt Fisher
Matt Fisher
Progeny Systems

Matt Fisher is a Principal Systems Engineer at Progeny Systems who enjoys discussing the Semantic Web to the point that his wife hopes he gets a new hobby. 

John Gilman
John Gilman
Blue Shield of California

Dir. Architecture and Engineering

David Wood
David Wood
Zepheira

David Wood is a partner with Zepheira and software engineer/entrepreneur specializing in disruptive technologies. He is a co-founder of the Kowari, Mulgara and PURLZ Open Source Software projects. Dr. Wood has been involved with Semantic Web research and standards efforts since 1999.

Rachel Lovinger
Rachel Lovinger
Razorfish

Panel – Bringing SemTech Back to the Business

With a panel of leaders from the semantic technology industry, this session will give us the opportunity to reflect on the many discussions that have taken place during the week of SemTech 2008 and help us map the course as we prepare to extend those conversations back into our workplaces. We will touch on issues of ROI, making the case for semantic technologies in the enterprise, and what to expect in the coming year in the semantic tech space.

Note: This podcast is "Premium content", and requires Semantic Universe registration, which is free.

Attachment: Final Panel – Bringing SemTech Back to the Business.mp3 (49.7 MB)

Presenters:

Dave McComb
Dave McComb
Semantic Arts
Dave is President of Semantic Arts, and author of “Semantics in Business Systems.” He has 30 years of experience applying leading edge technologies to enterprise level applications.

John Gilman
John Gilman
Blue Shield of California

Dir. Architecture and Engineering

Christine Connors
Christine Connors

Christine joined Intuit in July 2006 as Knowledge Architect. Her goals are to design and deliver a set of systematic processes that allow the right information to be delivered at the moment of truth, thereby creating environments in which knowledge gathering is a positive experience.

Stephen Hall
Stephen Hall
Vulcan Capital

Managing Director

Jeffrey T. Pollock
Jeffrey T. Pollock

James Hendler
James Hendler
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jim Hendler is the Tetherless World Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Assistant Dean for IT. Jim is former Director of the Joint Institute for Knowledge Discovery and co-director of the Maryland Information and Network Dynamics (MIND) Laboratory at the University of Maryland, and is widely recognized as one of the earliest visionaries of the Semantic Web.

Ivan Herman
Ivan Herman
World Wide Web Consortium
See http://www.ivan-herman.net

Jonathan Mack
Jonathan Mack
Guardian Life

Senior Technical Architect

Semantic Venture Panel: Investor Opportunities and Pitfalls

This panel features prominent VCs, some of whom have made substantial recent investments in semantic technology companies. They will offer a variety of perspectives spanning both the opportunities and pitfalls they see in the emerging marketspace.

This session is particularly appropriate for CTOs developing new products and services based on semantic technologies, as well as entrepreneurs trying to understand where the money folks see the best business opportunities.

Attachment: Semantic Venture Panel: Investor Opportunities and Pitfalls (25.14 MB)

Presenters:

Stephen Hall
Stephen Hall
Vulcan Capital

Managing Director

Amanda Reed
Amanda Reed
Palomar Ventures

Partner

Eghosa Omoigui
Eghosa Omoigui
Intel Capital
Investment Director

Developing Semantic Web Applications: Current Tools, Best Practices and Future Directions

The Semantic Web is nearing the point of widespread practical adoption:



• The core specifications have stabilized

• Tools and frameworks implementing key features have been through several development cycles

• An increasing number of major software companies have developed semantically enabled products or are actively researching the space

As companies start to translate theory into real applications, they are confronted with a host of practical software engineering issues:



• What is the standard or recommended functional architecture of a semantic application?

• How does that architecture relate to the Semantic Web standards?

• Which of those standards are stable and which can be expected to evolve in ways that would significantly impact prior applications?

• What types of tools/frameworks exist that can be leveraged to help implement semantic applications?

• How mature are the various categories of Semantic Web tools/frameworks?

• Can API standardization be expected for certain tool/framework categories?

• What best practices exist for the design, implementation and deployment of semantic applications?

• What future trends in support for semantic application development can be expected?

This panel session gathers together semantics experts from the software industry to address these and other practical issues relating to the development of semantic applications.

Attachment: Panel – Developing Semantic Web Applications (24.68 MB)

Presenters:

Henry Story
Henry Story
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Staff Engineer

 

Dean Allemang
Dean Allemang
TopQuadrant
Dr. Allemang specializes in innovative applications of knowledge technology and brings to TopQuadrant over 15 years of experience in research, deployment, and development of knowledge-based systems. He developed the curriculum for Top Quadrant’s successful training series for Semantic Web technologies, which he has been presenting to customers world-wide for four years. Dean has completed a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge as a Marshall scholar, a PhD at the Ohio State University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Scholar, and is a two-time winner of the Swiss Prize for Innovation in Technology. Prior to joining TopQuadrant, Dr. Allemang was the Vice-President of Customer Applications at Synquiry Technologies, were he filed two patents on the application of graph matching algorithms to the problems of semantic information interchange.

Dr. Jans Aasman
Dr. Jans Aasman
President & CEO, Franz Inc.

Dr. Jans Aasman, Franz’s President and CEO, was a longtime customer and joined Franz from TNO Telecom based in The Netherlands. Prior to Franz, he worked at KPN Research, the research lab of a major Dutch telecommunication company. Dr. Aasman was a tenured professor in Industrial Design at the Technical University of Delft, where he held the chair title Informational Ergonomics of Telematics and Intelligent Products. He also was a visiting scientist at the Computer Science Department of Prof. Dr. Alan Newell at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Aasman holds a degree in experimental and cognitive psychology from the University of Groningen, with specialization in Psychophysiology and Cognitive Psychology.

Eric Miller
Eric Miller
Zepheira, LLC

Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira. Prior to founding Zepheira, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT where he led the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Eric is a frequent and sought after international speaker in the areas of International Web standards, knowledge management, collaboration, development, and deployment.

Jeroen Wester
Jeroen Wester
Aduna

CTO

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