The Search For Meaning: Why Enterprise Information Management Needs Enterprise Semantics – New Whitepaper from Smartlogic

(PRWEB UK) 30 June 2011

Enterprise information management strategy commonly relies on systems responsible for content that understand nothing about the subject or domain of the information under their management – so search engines, content management systems and process engines are all blind to meaning and context – according to Jeremy Bentley, CEO of enterprise information management experts Smartlogic.


“In real life”, he explains, “the meaning of a piece of information determines its usefulness, relevance and treatment.”


In a recent whitepaper Bentley argues that adding a ‘semantic layer’ to an enterprise information management infrastructure adds intelligence, enhancing its ability to manage, surface and control information by describing what the content is about, essentially by structuring data through the application of ‘metadata’.


He goes to describe the adoption of a ‘platform’ approach to enterprise semantics as one where existing information management investments can all benefit from the one semantic implementation, saying, “Embedded solutions that offer point solutions for a specific application but are inaccessible to others cause work to be repeated, opportunities missed and benefits diminished. Documented, published interfaces are key to easy integration, high performance and reliability is needed to support enterprise volumes and adherence to industry standards avoids vendor lock-in.”


Smartlogic is the developer of Semaphore, an enterprise semantic platform that augments traditional enterprise information management systems like search, content management systems and business workflow engines by adding advanced content classification, metadata and navigation capabilities to deliver a more complete enterprise information management experience.


“Delivering semantics requires a blend of capabilities”, continues Bentley. “A modular platform like Semaphore enables the licensing of separate constituent parts that yields flexibility and budgetary pragmatism. As each phase is completed and new modules added, so the sum of the parts becomes larger than the whole”.


“Ontology management is needed for model management and governance; text mining is useful for quick fire model building; rules-based classification is needed for transparent, understandable and accurate metadata tagging; a user experience engine ensures information is surfaced in context; an application framework embodying best practices means projects are off the ground in days; out of the box integrations with popular systems, such as SharePoint, takes the leg work out of systems integration.”


More information on Semaphore can be found on the Smartlogic website at


The discussion article, originally created for the AIIM information management conference, is available for download here


More on the collaboration between Smartlogic and AIIM can be found on the AIIM website here:

About Smartlogic


Smartlogic is a software company that specializes in semantics. Smartlogics Semaphore is an Enterprise Semantic Platform that augments traditional information and web content management systems like search, content management and business workflow engines by adding advanced content classification, metadata and navigation capabilities to deliver a more complete enterprise information management experience. Smartlogic clients are organizations across the globe who value their information assets and Semaphore helps these organisations derive meaning and value from their information by adding a semantic layer to their existing systems as well as use Semaphore to mitigate the risks associated with those same information assets. Semaphore does this by capturing an organisation’s subjects and topics into models, and then puts these models to work.

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