The Semaphore - Smartlogic’s Quarterly Newsletter - June 2018

Posted on: June 06, 2018, by: Ann Kelly

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CEO Corner

We hear it often, organizations are spending more time struggling with their data than benefiting from it. The need to integrate all enterprise information is critical in today’s marketplace, but legacy systems make it costly and time-consuming. In fact, organizations are spending a large percentage of their IT budget on data integration yet are still unable to close the gap between their operational and analytical needs.

For decades, organizations have relied on traditional data warehouses and data schemas to produce operational data and enterprise analytics. The effort associated with designing, implementing and maintaining schemas, data extracts and data feeds is significant. And these methods only incorporate structured data, which is 20% of enterprise information - unstructured data is not integrated.

The key to solving the data problem is harmonization; the ability to bring together all information – structured and unstructured, internal and external to the organization - into a single hub that can be used for analytics, governance and to drive workflows and downstream systems.

Harmonizing information using a Semantic Metadata Hub provides advantages over traditional data management technologies:

  1. Rich metadata and fact extraction unlock the value hidden in unstructured information assets; organizations can leverage all information: structured, semi-structured and unstructured.
  2. Model-driven metadata harmonization increases precision and recall when users interact with data in downstream systems.
  3. Visualization tools and downstream services can leverage the semantic relationships in the Semaphore model to enable targeted and insightful end-user applications.
  4. Semantic solutions support a flexible storage model that does not require the model to be complete nor all metadata to be identified and harmonized upfront. With Semaphore, you can begin with the metadata you need today with the minimum of ETL cost, time, and effort.
  5. A flexible data model allows new metadata to be incrementally incorporated into the hub with minimal IT involvement. Reclassification of targeted subsets of data can be performed as the model, classification and fact extraction rules evolve.

Semaphore’s model management and automatic classification services link information across silos and integrate with upstream and downstream systems to provide a holistic view of all information. Our customers are delivering enterprise value with a Semaphore Semantic Metadata Hub using the full set of information to drive their business.

Best Regards,

Jeremy Bentley

CEO and Founder

Data Harmonization with a Semantic Metadata Hub

The shift toward an information-centric digital economy has increased the pace of data collection as well as the need for technologies that can interpret and understand enterprise information. IDC Research predicts the digital universe will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 42% through 2020. This digital transformation provides expanded opportunity — and additional risk. The rapid growth in the volume and variety of information can be painful when organizations lack the advanced technology and management systems needed to extract value from their data.

When information is distributed throughout the enterprise, housed in disparate silos and stored in a variety of formats and vocabularies, organizations are unable to find the information they need to make critical data-driven business decisions, assess their level of regulatory compliance, and understand market trends and opportunities.

Managing enterprise data with a Semantic Metadata Hub, let’s organizations integrate all enterprise information into a single view to take intelligent action. Our semantic platform Semaphore connects data silos, unifies enterprise information and applies context and meaning to all assets. Semaphore metadata creates a hub of information that organizations use to drive their business.

Events & Webinars

Smartlogic is Gold Sponsor of ITS 2018

Join us June 11th to 15th at the ITS 2018 Conference in Montreal at the La Plaza Centre De Congres (420 Sherbrooke Ouest Montréal, QC H3A 1B4).

The Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) 2018 conference is the 14th in a series of top-flight international conferences on the use of advanced computer technologies and interdisciplinary research for enabling, supporting and enhancing human learning. This year’s theme - A 30 Year Legacy of ITS Conferences, traces the evolution of the academic and research achievements of the series of ITS Conferences from inception to today and explores its 30 years of scientific impact in the field.

Smartlogic’s Philippe Delorme will be presenting on Thursday, be sure to stop by and connect with him to learn how organizations are using Semaphore to tackle today’s business challenges.

Smartlogic to Sponsor and Speak at Semantic Web Colloquium in Quebec

Join us at the third edition of the symposium on the Semantic Web in Quebec on June 19, 2018, at TÉLUQ. Registration is free, but places are limited - Register now.

The mastery of semantic web technologies and the culture of data are the essential levers for the digital transformation of our society and our organizations. We want to identify the challenges facing organizations and institutions and tighten the network of theorists and practitioners of the semantic web in Quebec.

With the main theme of “Data to Knowledge”, the program, will focus on:

  • Acquisition and processing of massive data, especially those obtained from connected objects.

  • Machine learning and semantization of data.

  • Analysis and drilling of data and documents to extract knowledge.

  • Natural language processing for the extraction of knowledge in the form of ontologies.

  • Modeling knowledge in the form of vocabularies or ontologies.

  • Ontological scripting of the processes of knowledge and data use.

  • Designing environments mobilizing the web of related data.

Don’t miss Smartlogic Solution Architect Philippe Delorme’s presentation at 10:45 AM; The Information Platform of the Future. Using real-world examples from media, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and financial industries, Philippe will discuss how to tackle information challenges to create enterprise value.

Smartlogic is Gold Sponsor of KMWorld 2018

Join us November 6th through 8th in Washington, D.C. at the JW Marriott for the enterprise-focused event of the year — KMWorld 2018, Taxonomy Boot Camp, Enterprise Search & Discovery, Text Analytics Forum, and Office 365 Symposium. These events, offer a wide-ranging program focused to meet the needs of executives and strategic business and technology decision-makers. It is a must-attend for those concerned with improving their organizations’ bottom line, business processes, and productivity, as well as streamlining operations and accelerating development and innovation within their evolving enterprises.

Smartlogic’s User Community Forum July and August Dates

Smartlogic’s User Community Forum is an opportunity for Smartlogic customers and partners to share and discuss best practices, lessons learned and Information Management topics and trends with like-minded Semaphore users.

Our monthly meeting occurs on the first Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm Eastern:

  • Due to the July 4th holiday in the US, our next meeting will be moved to Wednesday, July 11th
  • Our August meeting will be held on the 1st

To register, go to

Semaphore Fall Training Begins September 10th, 2018

Smartlogic provides training so your team can get the most from the Semaphore platform. Smartlogic will be conducting our full set of Online Semaphore training courses beginning September 10th, 2018.

  • Semaphore Foundation Training will begin September 10th
  • NewSemaphore Advanced Training will begin October 15th
  • Semaphore Administration Training (Windows-based) will begin December 3rd

To learn more about each course, view our events page at

To register for courses, email us at or contact your Smartlogic Sales Representative.

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