Semantic Arts exists to shepherd organizations on their Data-Centric journey.

Our core capabilities include:

• Semantic Knowledge Graph Development and Implementation

• Legacy Avoidance, Erosion, and Replacement

We can help your organization to fix the tangled mess of information in your enterprise systems while discovering ways to dissolve data silos and reduce integration debt.

What is Data-Centric?

Data-Centric is about reversing the priority of data and applications.

Right now, applications rule.  Applications own “their” data (it’s really your data, but good luck with that).  When you have 1,000 applications (which most large firms do) you have 1,000 incompatible data silos. This serves to further the entrenchment of legacy systems, with no real motivation for change.Data-Centric says data and their models come first.  Applications conform to the data, not the other way around.  Almost everyone is surprised at the fundamental simplicity, once it’s been articulated.It sounds simple, but fifty years of “application-centricity” is a hard habit to break.  We specialize in helping firms make this transition.  We recognize that in addition to new technology and design skills, a major part of most projects is helping shepherd the social change that this involves.

If you’re fed up with application-centricity and the IT-fad-of-the-month club, contact us.

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What about those legacy systems?

The move to a more data-centric architecture requires thoughtful planning. Early phases look more like a surgical process of dealing with legacy applications in a way that realizes quick wins and begins to reduce costs, helping to fund future phases. Usually, it looks something like this:

gist - the data-centric upper level ontology

  1. Legacy avoidance: The recognition that a firm has slowed down or stopped launching new application systems projects, and instead relies on the data that is in the shared knowledge graph.

  2. Legacy erosion: Occurs when firms take use cases that were being performed in a legacy system and instead implement them directly on the graph. Rather than wholesale legacy elimination (which is hard), this approach allows the functionality of the legacy system to be gradually decommissioned.

  3. Legacy replacement: Once enough of the data, functionality, and especially integration points have been shifted to the graph, legacy systems can be replaced. Not with “legacy modernization” systems, but with lightweight standalone use cases on the graph.

Read more: Incremental Stealth Legacy Modernization


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5 Business Reasons for Implementing a Knowledge Graph Solution

1. Comprehensive data integration

2. Contextualized knowledge discovery

3. Agile knowledge sharing and collaboration

4. Intelligent search and recommendation

5. Future-proof data strategy

Integrating semantic capabilities into enterprise business processes has been the foundational shift that organizations such as Google, Amazon, and countless others have leveraged. The results are tangible: increased market share and revenue, lower costs, better customer experiences, reduced risks, and the promotion of innovation.

Semantic Arts' professional services deliver true solutions (not gimmicks) for current and future information management challenges.


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gist: is our minimalist upper ontology. It is designed to have the maximum coverage of typical business ontology concepts with the fewest number of primitives and the least amount of ambiguity. Our gist: ontology is free (as in free speech and free beer--it is covered under the Creative Commons 3.0 attribution share-alike license). You can use as you see fit for any purpose, just give us attribution.

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