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Ask the Author – IT of the Future: Semantic Cloud Architecture

Image of the paper cover - I.T. of the Future: Semantic Cloud ArchitectureRecently, we published Yefim “Jeff” Zhuk’s article, “IT of the Future: Semantic Cloud Architecture.” The paper has been a very popular free download (available here).

One of the readers, Lev Gorodinski (CTO, EPaySpot), approached Jeff directly with some questions and the two engaged in a conversation filled with insights that they wanted to share with our readers. They are kindly allowing us to republish the thread in its entirety.

Photo of Lev GorodinskiLev Gorodinski: I’ve read the article and have some bigger picture questions and comments which likely warrant several discussions. Overall, I am interested in methodologies which aim to bridge the gap between knowledge and its technical manifestation and am therefore interested in the subject matter.

The term “sandbox” in BASE may create the impression that it isn’t a production level system. I think that both the goal of BASE to “Decrease the number of manual operations required for business changes” and its notion of a “playground” are essential to making it ready for production. This will allow an agile and iterative development and exploration process.

Photo of Jeff ZhukJeff Zhuk: The primary purpose is setting a common ground where business analysts and developers can collaborate on real business tasks. For some companies this ground can serve in production and other companies might feel more comfortable to use it as a playground for safe development and testing before copying to production. The role of the playground will be growing without growing maintenance cost.
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IT of the Future: Semantic Cloud Architecture

In July of 2011, we published a series of articles, “From Business as Usual to Knowledge-Driven Architecture” by Yefim “Jeff” Zhuk. The series outlined enterprise IT of the future with integrated software and knowledge engineering, further expanding on ideas originally described in the book “Integration-ready Architecture and Design.”

Image of the paper cover - I.T. of the Future: Semantic Cloud ArchitectureToday, we are pleased to offer Jeff’s latest article as a 27-page PDF file. In this new article, he focuses on the process of transitioning from IT architectures of today to Semantic Cloud Architecture with very practical “baby steps” — steps which require minimum upfront investment. The emphasis of this article is on collaborative work of business and enterprise architects with the Business Architecture Sandbox for Enterprise, (BASE) that was demonstrated at the 2012 Semantic Tech and Business Conference –San Francisco.

Zhuk says, “The discussed approach is gradually shifting the focus of IT from technology to information by standardizing business event processing, placing the seeds of semantic technology in the current business ground, and establishing a self-sustaining process of transformation to semantic cloud architecture. The article provides the context and speaks technical details for this transition.”

Read/Download the full paper (registration required)

As a teaser, here is the beginning of the article and Section Headings…

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Financial Services Industry Sees Operational Value in FIBO

Back in March, The Semantic Web Blog wrote an article about FIBO, the Financial Industry Business Ontology that’s on its way to being an Object Management Group series of standards. There, we explored its value as an open semantic standard that can be used by financial institutions and industry regulators, both to support conformance to federal regulatory reporting requirements and for internal business processes and risk analysis.

To continue the discussion about the operational value of FIBO, we recently spoke with key participants developing the standard: David Newman, Strategic Planning Manager, Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, Wells Fargo Bank, who is lead of the industry team collaborating on semantics OTC (over-the-counter) derivatives proof-of-concept, and Mike Atkin, managing director at the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council, where FIBO was born and is included as content of EDM’s Semantics Repository.

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Semantic Web Jobs: Jacobs

Jacobs Strategic Solutions Group is looking for a Systems Engineer – Enterprise Architecture in Alexandria, VA. This position “will provide support to the CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) enterprise architecture support team, ensuring that all work products and deliverables are delivered in full compliance with client standards for timeliness and quality. Work with government client to identify, define and execute IT strategic goals, objectives and plans for VA Business Operations. This position’s primary focus is to create, articulate and implement IT strategy across VA in close coordination with government clients in the CIO office.” Read more

Improving IT Productivity with a Semantic Layer

Janice Lawrence of Semantic Arts has published an interesting read on semantic technology and enterprise architecture, specifically how a semantic layer improves IT productivity. Lawrence writes, “Short term IT decision making results in underutilized IT infrastructures. Technology adoption is strikingly consistent – each new wave of technology is first implemented in a distributed form and then consolidated resulting in poor utilization of computing resources, rising costs, and increased complexity.” Read more

Making a Link Between Federal Agency Strategies and IT Expenditures

What do you get when you join up machine-readable representations of federal government agencies’ strategic plans and spending on IT resources? Expressing these as Linked Data adds value in that it becomes easier to correlate and mash up information, and even to determine how or whether technology implementations are helping to achieve agencies’ big-picture goals.

At next week’s Semantic Tech & Business Conference in Washington D.C., George Thomas, Change Agent at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss connecting these dots in a session entitled, Realizing the GPRMA using Government Linked Data. The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 requires that agencies publish strategic plans, which they’re often doing as Word or PDF documents, on their websites. Meanwhile, the IT Dashboard website is the space for federal agencies to provide details of federal information technology investments. “So the idea of using Linked Data to realize GPRMA suggests we can do better in connecting or linking the strategic goals with the IT resource expenditures,” says Thomas.

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Going Mainstream: Dell Adopts Semantic Web Technologies

You know Semantic Web technologies are going mainstream when the company that is so closely associated with making PCs mainstream is getting in on the action. That company is Dell, and who knows but that the work it’s pursuing in the Semantic Web today won’t have just as much of an impact as its supply chain innovations did to help drive its success in those early PC days?

The proof-of-concept Semantic Web work at Dell is taking place under the direction of Yijing (Jenna) Zhou, enterprise architecture consultant, and Chary Tamirisa, enterprise architecture senior consultant. What’s the impetus for Dell to pursue this? Zhou and Tamirisa provided some insight into the whys, whats, and hows in an email discussion with The Semantic Web Blog.

“The questions raised initially were:  why Semantic Web and how can Dell benefit from its use?” Zhou and Tamirisa note. “Our answer is as follows: Semantic technology is a key enabler for Dell to model enterprise business objects to enable end-to-end mapping and reuse across current and future business models, processes, and systems. We are leveraging enterprise architecture management support for semantic technology and ontology modeling to build broader awareness and knowledge across our business and IT stakeholders.  Our long-term plan is to provide tangible value propositions that address current and future business challenges and opportunities. We are also focused on developing the change management strategies required to enable and adopt the techniques and technologies related to semantic-based solutions.”

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