At the recent SemTech conference in NYC, The Semantic Web Blog had an opportunity to ask some leaders in the field about where semantic technology has been, and where it’s going.

David Wood, CTO, 3RoundStones:

The short take: Hiring has been on in a big way at semantic tech players as enterprises are moving in greater numbers to buy semantic software, recognizing their traditional vendors won’t solve their interoperability issues. Sem tech vendors should have a happy 2013 as semantics continues going mainstream.

The full take:

Deborah McGuinness, Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor, Department of Computer Science and Cognitive Science Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI):

The short take: Verticals where semantic tech is strengthening its hold include health and life sciences and financials, but RPI students are finding employment across a range of sectors, from industry to government to startups of every stripe – speaking to the growing mainstream interest in semantic tech. The hallmark of the coming year – and decade: Pulling together semantically-enabled ecosystems.

The full take:

Joel Natividad, CEO, Ontodia:

The short take: At the end of the day, it’s all about data, and getting value out of all of that is all about linking. That notion began coming more to the fore in 2012, and this year expect to see more examples of the idea in actual action. The future will be a semantic world where it doesn’t always have to be so darn hard to answer questions that depend upon data from multiple sources.

The full take:

Lee Feigenbaum, vp marketing and technology, Cambridge Semantics:

The short take: Chief data officers, especially in verticals like financials, want to leverage data as an asset, and of late they have largely come to realize that semantic tech is the only way to do it. Regulatory issues also have driven — and will continue to drive — the use of sem tech as a way for the finance, and health care sectors, to meet their obligations. And enterprise IT at large should benefit as big enterprise IT vendors take part in creating a lightweight standard for how enterprise IT products will expose semantic web data in an interoperable way.

The full take:

Keith DeWeese, principal content architect, Ascend Learning:

The short take: It’s been a year where people are talking more about semantics; better yet, with the toolsets to take advantage of the tech becoming more viable, enterprises also have been able to start incorporating semantic tech into their planning and strategizing. The year ahead also can be an opportunity to take adaptive learning further with semantic technology.

The full take: