Posts Tagged ‘FirstRain’

D&B and FirstRain to Deliver Deep, Actionable Insight through Structured and Unstructured Business Data

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SHORT HILLS, N.J. & SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 14, 2014–D&B (NYSE:DNB), the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, and FirstRain, a leading provider of customer insights for the enterprise, today announced a partnership to deliver a ground-breaking solution combining structured and unstructured business data and analytics. The solution will provide a 360-degree view of a company that unifies relevant social content with D&B’s leading commercial content in a simple and seamless manner that is easy to use and integrate into business applications, in near real time. Read more

Must-Attend Keynote Sessions at SemTechBiz NYC

The Semantic Technology and Business Conference is heading back to the Big Apple in October. The conference — which will take place October 15-17 in New York City — will feature keynote speeches from top movers and shakers in the fields of Semantic Web Technology, Big Data, Enterprise Semantics, and more. Registration for the event is now open.

Keynote Presentations

Watson Goes Back to School – And what it tells us about the evolving role of semantic technology
by Christopher Welty, Research Scientist – IBM Research

Photo of Chris WeltyIn the traditional vision of AI, understanding flowed from perception through language to knowledge… This is the root of all semantic technology today. However, over time, the failure of the AI community to achieve this end-to-end vision made many, especially those in NLP, question the endpoint. In this talk, we show that it was the vision, not the technology, that deserved to be doubted. Semantic technology has significant value in accomplishing tasks that require understanding, but it is not the endpoint. Read more

FirstRain Spotlights Semantics Across Domains

Enterprises using semantic technology often come up against a problem: Not being able to scale their approaches across domains.

“We hear a lot about semantic approaches that work great when targeted to a domain – for example, you can train up an NLP engine for the hotel industry domain that knows ‘thin’ is a bad word when applied to it,” explained YY Lee, chief operating officer at customer intelligence vendor FirstRain at the recent SemTech conference in San Francisco. “But the amount of the business world to be potentially covered by semantic techniques – that limitation to train for specific domains cannot scale.”

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We Come Not To Bury Steve, But To Celebrate Him

You’ve probably read a couple of hundred remembrances and memorials to Steve Jobs in the last day. Don’t worry – this little blog isn’t going to rehash each of his amazing achievements.

Rather, perhaps the sad news of his passing might provide an opportunity to reflect on what it means to innovate, and what it means to be an innovator. Apple’s well-known mantra – Jobs’ coaxing of his fans to “think different” – isn’t just something we’ve seen played out in the design of that company’s products, or in the sheer genius Jobs had for tapping into the zeitgeist, turning it around, and building a business model out of it.

Certainly those are the most obvious fruits to most people. But the work the Semantic Web community is doing exemplifies the “think different” attitude every day. That’s true of products like Apple’s Siri that bring some (now) in-house semantic smarts to Jobs’ creations, as well as a host of others whose creators hope to harness new opportunities from Jobs’ tablet revolution.

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FirstRain Launches New iPad App

FirstRain has launched “a powerful iPad app that enables customers to quickly scan and understand critical market developments impacting their businesses with the convenience of a tablet device. FirstRain for iPad delivers precise and instantaneous intelligence on a user’s key customers, competitors and significant trends impacting their market. Delivered in a streamlined visual format, FirstRain’s release of the app continues a trend for the company of delivering highly specific, personalized, Business Web intelligence and analytics directly into the customer’s workflow of choice, including powerful Web-based applications, email, iPhone and Android devices, or right into a customer’s own intranet or social collaboration platform — and now tablets.” Read more

FirstRain Improves its Business Monitoring Engine

FirstRain recently announced some enhancements to their semantic Business Monitoring Engine which is “used by global business professionals to track the critical developments impacting their business.” According to the release, “Focusing on two major areas: role-based workflow improvements and mobile app availability, this newest release delivers a whole new level of simple yet effective intelligence integration into the daily workflow of sales, marketing and finance professionals.” Read more