Posts Tagged ‘Forrester Research’

Crisis in the Ukraine Could Impact Outsourced Semantic Projects

ukraineThe last few months have been witness to the Ukraine crisis, with antigovernment demonstrations in the wake of former President Viktor Yanukovych tightening ties with the Kremlin, his fleeing the country following a rebellion against him, and the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Tensions continue between Ukraine, which plans new presidential elections for May 25, and Russia. Just today, the mayor of Kharkiv, reportedly an opponent of the pro-West protests, was shot in the back, while the U.S. is imposing new sanctions on Russian government officials, including two members of President Putin’s inner circle and 17 companies linked to that inner circle.

Obviously, there are big issues at stake here about sovereignty and nation destabilization, but the situation also has implications for the IT sector. That includes the advancement of semantic projects around the world.

The Semantic Web Blog, for example, recently heard from a contractor working on a semantic project for a website that the effort has fallen a bit behind schedule due to, among other things, geopolitical events. One of its developers was a Russian national working in Ukraine who left the country when Putin annexed Crimea, he said.

Another source who preferred to remain anonymous, and whose semantic technology and IT outsourcing company is located in another Eastern European country, said that his company has already been contacted by a few businesses in the U.S. that had been securing services from software companies in both the Ukraine and Russia. Because of the situation, he said, these companies told him that they are now exploring their options in Eastern European countries that are members of the European Union. In such locations, including his home country, they can find great engineers and still quite competitive rates on the labor side, he noted.

That said, it was clear that that wasn’t the road to new business that this semantic tech executive prefers to travel down, as he noted that World War II and the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe is still within the living memory of people in these countries.

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Connect The Dots: Embarcadero Technologies’ Update Integrates Metadata Governance Repository Knowledge With Its Database Tools

connectEmbarcadero Technologies has an update of its database tools –  ER/Studio, DBArtisan, Rapid SQL, DB Optimizer and DB Change Manager XE5 — that among its new features includes integration with its Connect metadata governance repository. Connect, which The Semantic Web Blog covered here, keeps all the information about an enterprise’s data — what it means and where it is – to bridge the gap between the work of governance teams and that of day-to-day operations.

“We are providing terrific metadata integration right in the product,” says Henry Olson, director of product management. It is effectively the first instance of collaboration, syndication and integration across ER/Studio, Embarcadero’s data architecture and modeling tools, DB PowerStudio database development, administration, and performance tuning solutions, and Connect. “That’s a deep theme for us because it is a perennial problem in large organizations to make the work of the data architect team more broadly available,” he says, “and to make others more aware of the data assets and better able to use them.”

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Connect Lets Enterprises Step Into Metadata Governance

rsz_connect_graphicsEarlier this year Embarcadero Technologies began discussing its product roadmap designed to help companies succeed at metadata governance management (see our story here). Today the vendor releases its metadata governance platform, Embarcadero Connect.

“It’s about making database tools smarter and users experts, about letting both database and business professionals to make better use of the data resources they have while aligning with governance, compliance and security initiatives,” says Henry Olson, director of product management.

There’s the job of dealing with Big Data, he agrees, but equally an urgent challenge is dealing with data complexity of the type he describes bedeviling one of Embarcadero’s mid-sized customers in the financial services sector. During a recent chat that customer described how it had several hundred systems and 380,000 distinct data elements.

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Flybits Ranked #1 Context-Aware Tool by Forrester Research

TORONTO, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Forrester Research Inc. has highlighted Flybits, a Toronto-based startup company, as the number one context-aware tool for its emerging cloud and context-aware middleware solution.

Anthony Mullen’s report, “Emerging Touchpoints Require a Marketing Mind Shift,” encourages marketing professionals to increase corporate investments in innovative practices and procedures in areas such as customer experience, analytics, IT and product design — all of which the Flybits framework addresses. Read more

Look For Semantic Layers & BI-Specific DBMSes in 2013

Borris Evelson of the Forrester Research blog recently shared Forrester’s prediction for business intelligence advances in 2013 and beyond. Evelson writes, “BI-specific DBMSes will gain popularity. Alternative database management system (DBMS) engines architected specifically for agile BI will emerge as one of the key fundamental agile BI technologies that BI pros should closely evaluate and consider. These specialized, BI-specific DBMS databases — those that are designed specifically for BI reporting and analysis — currently have lower adoption rates when compared with their bigger, older, more versatile, jack-of-all-trades RDBMS cousins. But don’t expect these low adoption rates to continue; BI-specific DBMSes started to become mainstream in 2012 and the trend will continue in 2013. Forrester expects that more than 20% of all BI applications will be based on this technology within the next two years.” Read more

Creating Dynamic Business Applications using Semantic Web Technology – Part I

Does your organization find that it can develop a new product faster than your IT group can create a new application to manage it?  Are your existing systems too inflexible?

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How Can Semantics Help Us Achieve Model-Driven Everything?

— ANDREW CRAPO, AMY ARAGONES


Executive Summary

There are a variety of tools and approaches available to model the enterprise and its processes. Almost all of these lack a clear, standards-based semantics and the ability to integrate different types of enterprise models. Semantic technology addresses some but not all enterprise modeling needs. Hence enterprise modeling can derive significant benefit from embracing semantics, and semantic technology might be made significantly more robust and valuable by applying the community’s skills to enterprise modeling problems at-hand.

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A Wiki for Business Knowledge in Executable English

The problem of business-IT alignment is of widespread economic concern, and is largely caused by a semantic disconnect between business people and technologists. The business people speak English, and the techies have to translate that English into something a computer can understand — often a low-level, step-by-step way to complete a task. The margin for error is great. The situation is a bit like the childhood game called Telephone — by the time the message gets to the last person, it has changed dramatically from the original. The problem is made worse by the fact that the business requirements often change during a project.

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