SyNeual's semantic technology employs natural language processing and machine learning to extract concepts from written text and express it using triples with a coherence language (APL). Such a framework is intended to enable computers to understand and reason with data, thus making way for more intelligent data handling methods.
The foundation of our technology stack is a RESTful Gateway that brings together siloed and distributed systems into a web of linked application resources. Unified Information Access (UIA) is a new paradigm in using data to make rapid, informed, high-quality decisions across systems.
Let's look at each part of the phrase in turn:
A key value of Unified Information Access solutions is the unified view of information that they provide. There are three increasingly valuable ways in which a UIA solution can unify information:
- Aggregation. Aggregated information is information that's been brought together into one place. Instead of asking users to log in to a dozen different databases and systems and run a dozen different searches to find everything they want to know about a topic, a UIA solution will provide a single, complete view of all information known about the topic. This saves end users a great deal of time and reduces the chance that a key piece of inofrmation goes unnoticed.
- Harmonization. Harmonized information has been merged on common entities and concepts. It's not enough to aggregate information if we're unable to tell that IBM and International Business Machines are the same company. A unified approach to information access means that all occurrences of any particular topic are harmonized, regardless of how they're identified in different sources.
- Integration. Integrated information is directly linked to related information to facilitate powerful search and analytics. Integrated information allows users to easily perform complex searches and calculations based on attributes of a topic that come from different sources.
A unified approach to information from any source is helpful, but unless that information can be accessed as needed to solve particular problems at hand on any given day, it's value is limited. Access is the key to making unified information as valuable as it can be, and it includes:
- Any location. Increasingly, more and more of the data that end users need is owned by someone else. Key pieces of data might reside in another database; or they may be in a spreadsheet on a colleague's desktop; or in a supply-chain partner's ERP system; or the data might be part of a subscription database from a content vendor; or perhaps the data is publicly available on the Web. UIA solutions provide access to data regardless of where it is.
- Anyone. Unified information access is not just for IT pesonnel; instead, UIA solutions allow non-technical end users to pull together information on their own.
- Anytime. UIA acknowledges that users rarely know in advance what data they'll need or how they'll need to use it. With UIA, users see rapid turnaround times, bringing in new sources of information in minutes or hours rather than weeks or months.
- Any access path. Access doesn't only refer to how the data is originally retrieved. It also refers to giving users a myriad of ways to consume the unified information, randing from monthly reports to BI dashboards to Web search to Excel spreadsheets, to SQL or MS Access and much more.