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White Paper: “The Business Value of Semantic Technology”

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“If you don’t understand what your software engineers are talking about, perhaps it’s because they are using a vocabulary they invented for the problem they are solving.” This begins a white paper called, “The Business Value of Semantic Technology” by Chris Moran, CTO, Information Management Solutions Consultants, Inc.

Moran continues, “Engineers invent a vocabulary and data structure for each system they build and each problem they solve, and only the engineers who built the system understand this structure and vocabulary. Even other engineers must learn it in order to make the data usable. In most enterprises today, we have as many different ways to ask questions of our data as we have systems to store it. We have as many different vocabularies and data structures as we have systems. The problem is actually worse than it sounds….

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Avoid Thrown Erasers: Get Semantic Tech Into Your Business

Last week at the Semantic Technology and Business Conference in New York City, attendees got a chance to learn – or perhaps be reminded – of the business value of semantic technology at a host of keynotes and presentations. One of them specifically on that topic was hosted by Christopher A. Moran, CTO of consulting company IMSC, which provides information management services to clients in the DoD, civilian and intelligence agencies.

Some takeaways from the discussion follow:

  • With semantic technology, extending what the organization knows about something – its customer  accounts, for instance – doesn’t have to result in a big system overhaul. The added value the business gets comes as “simply an extension to the [semantic] graph,” as Moran termed it. Each system need only be designed to use the graph database.

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#SemTech LiveBlogging – Lightning Presentations

There are great conversations and education taking place at SemTech 2011 San Francisco this week. Tonight, we will feature the “Lightning Sessions,” five minute talks. There are two concurrent tracks: a business-focused track and a technology-focused track. We will be covering both simultaneously. Whether you are here at SemTech or joining us remotely, we hope to see you here tonight at 4:45pm PST.