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How Semantic Web Tech Can Make Big Data Smarter
CMS Wire
Over the past few years, major enterprises have shown interest in combining semantic web technology with big data for added value. CMS Wire takes a look at what enterprises are seeking and why they think semantic web can make big data smarter.
Help Your CEO Pass the Big Data ‘Sanity Check'
Help Your CEO Pass the Big Data ‘Sanity Check'
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Unless CEOs understand the data process map in detailed terms and support the technology choices and organizational constraints required to improve the data flows to world class standards — just like they did with cash flows or product cycle times -- then the disconnect will continue and their Big Data visions will go unfulfilled.
Inside Analysis features Cambridge Semantics
Inside Analysis features Cambridge Semantics
The Bloor Group
Boston-based Cambridge Semantics provides the award-winning Anzo software suite, an open platform for building interactive Smart Data solutions based on semantic technology
DGIQ14: What You Missed If You Didn't Visit the Exhibition Hall
DGIQ14: What You Missed If You Didn't Visit the Exhibition Hall
Barbara Turner shares her thoughts on the 2014 Data Governance & Information Quality (DGIQ) show in San Deigo, CA
Turning Big Data into Smart Data (Part 2 of 2)
Turning Big Data into Smart Data (Part 2 of 2)
Most data is dumb; it is hard to find, hard to combine with other data, and hard to understand. If data is dumb, then big data is very dumb. Lee Feigenbaum, co-founder of Cambridge Semantics, lists five steps to making it smart.
5 Ways Semantic Technology Is Transforming the Financial Services Industry
5 Ways Semantic Technology Is Transforming the Financial Services Industry
Wall Street & Technology
Semantic search intuitively finds and connects relevant data across the enterprise. Innovation in this technology is helping organizations simplify and transform operations


Turning Big Data into Smart Data (Part 1 of 2)
Turning Big Data into Smart Data (Part 1 of 2)
Lee Fiegenbaum, co-founder of Cambridge Semantics, explains the business and technical challenges that motivate the need for smart data
Data lakes and the promise of unsiloed data
Data lakes and the promise of unsiloed data
PWC Technology Forecast
PWC Technology Forecast on Data Lakes quotes Sean Martin, CTO of Cambridge Semantics, on how some customers are creating big data graveyards. 
Easing Data Migration
Easing Data Migration
KM World
Cambridge Semantics has unveiled Anzo Smart Data Integration (ASDI) software to help enterprises rapidly understand and integrate information assets.  ASDI is designed to reduce integration timeframes and costs by a factor of 10 and enhance time-to-revenue when on-boarding new customers, partners and data.
Cambridge Semantics launches Anzo Smart Data Integration
Cambridge Semantics today announced the launch of its Anzo Smart Data Integration (ASDI) software to help enterprises rapidly understand and integrate information assets. Described as a "design time tool for business analysts," ASDI is "designed to reduce integration time frames and costs by 10X and enhance time-to-revenue when on-boarding new customers, partners and data
Big Data sheds light on pharma's 'Small Data' problems

The best thing about the Big Data hype in pharma is how effectively it's shed light on all of the Small Data problems the industry is facing...

There's a good reason for this. While it's true that voluminous Big Data problems are sexy and grab headlines easily with exotic talk of petabytes and exabytes, the number of people across a pharma company who actually deal with these volumes of information as part of their day-to-day job is vanishingly small. Put another way, while Big Data is a real problem, it's not a Big Problem. What is a Big Problem, on the other hand, is the challenge of dealing with the diverse variety of (small) data that's needed for decision-making throughout the drug discovery, development, and commercialization life cycles.

Cambridge Semantics on Enterprise Solutions

In this interview, published in advance of the 2013 Enterprise Data World conference, Cambridge Semantics co-founder Lee Feigenbaum talks about the company's solutions across industries, what's unique about the Anzo software, what's coming in the next couple of years, and more.

Industries Putting Semantic Web Technologies to Work on Internal Data
IT Business Edge

It's been about a year since I really talked with someone about the status of Semantic Web technology, so during a recent phone conversation, I asked Feigenbaum to provide a "state of Semantic Web technology." He explained it's definitely moving out of the protocol stage and into full production, particularly in industries such as financial services and pharmaceuticals.

It's Not All Semantics: Understanding Semantic Web Technology
IT Business Edge

It's ironic, but the term "semantic technology" isn't well defined and can be used by different vendors to mean completely different things. Lee Feigenbaum explains to IT Business Edge's Loraine Lawson the different meanings and how these technologies all relate — but he also explains the advances in what he considers the one that matters most: Semantic Web technology... In part two of this interview, Feigenbaum explains how Semantic Web technology is changing data integration.

How Semantic Web Technology Makes Data Integration, Reporting Easier
IT Business Edge

Semantic Web technology makes data integration more flexible, reducing a lot of the work previously required for new integration and for revamping databases, according to Lee Feigenbaum, vice president of marketing and technology for Cambridge Semantics. He also co-chairs the W3C SPARQL working group, which is an RDF query language and considered a key technology for the Semantic Web. He also explains who some of the main players are in this space, and why you should buy rather than build. In part one of this interview, he explained the differences in semantic technologies and what's changed in the past year.

Forty Vendors We're Watching: 2012
Forty Vendors We're Watching: 2012
Information Management

For a third year we bring you our list of up and coming vendors on our radar that are doing their part to shape the groundswell in information management technology in the 21st Century.

The What and Why of Semantic Web Technologies
CMS Wire

In this article, we'll take a high-level look at what the core Semantic Web technologies are, why they're different from conventional technology approaches and how they deliver tangible benefits for enterprise information management.


Together, these Semantic Web technologies are a Swiss Army knife for enterprise information management. They provide a cohesive foundation for agile data integration, for evolving applications as business requirements change, and for delivering to knowledge workers a greater understanding of the information in front of them.

Boston-based Cambridge Semantics helps big enterprises manage data in an intelligent and flexible way
StartUp Beat

The web is a lot of things corporate IT systems are not. Anyone can access any kind of information at any time—videos, documents, tables, your own emails, blog posts, customer profiles. If you want information on a customer, you go to LinkedIn—not your in-house customer relationship management system. If you want information on a competitor you go to their website—not long-form analyst reports. It's all right there, a couple clicks away. This information gentrification enables unparalleled flexibility and speed of action.

I wanted to bring this same power and flexibility to all corporate IT systems. A new world of Unified Information Applications in which all data is interlinked and available at the click of a button, to everyday business people, and where IT systems are as flexible as the web.

Big Pharma Tracks Competition with Semantic Web Tools

"Enterprises continue to struggle to know what data they actually have and what it really means," said Sean Martin, Cambridge Semantics' chief technology officer. "This is increasingly difficult given the myriad of distinct—and growing number of—data sources, the endless diversity of data models and formats, and the relative inflexibility of the software tools," he said.

Semantic Web technologies can help solve these problems, Martin said.

Business Developments from Fierce BiotechIT
Fierce BiotechIT

Every day the body of information on scientific discoveries and pharma advances from around the globe swells across many different sources, presenting a deluge of data for biopharma outfits to sift through to find potential licensing opportunities. Some Big Pharma and biotech companies have turned to analytics and data-mining technologies to scour disparate Big Data sources and deliver the exact information they seek.

Cambridge Semantics in Boston has won over some of the world's largest pharma groups with a semantic web technology, which enables business development groups to automatically pull together key data from a wide variety of different sources such as scientific publications, websites and subscription databases and internal troves of knowledge.

The Semantic Web and the Modern Enterprise
CMS Wire

Consider some enterprise information trends over the past five years:

  • Key enterprise data assets are no longer confined to predictably structured transactional databases and data warehouses. Decision makers are relying on data buried in spreadsheets, in emails, in Access databases and in documents.
  • Companies are increasingly drawing on data from outside their organization. They're pulling together information from supply chain partners, from customers, from social media sites, from websites and public web databases.
  • The information needed today is different from the information needed tomorrow, next week or next month. Changes come from everywhere: internal strategy changes, competitive pressures, new regulatory requirements.
Big Data or Right Data: What Really Matters?
Database Trends and Applications

Big data is everywhere today. It fills IT headlines and keynotes technology conferences. It's become a favorite topic for both industry analysts and technology investors. With lots of computing power and better database storage techniques, big data makes it practical to store and analyze petabytes and petabytes of detailed transactional and media data. But despite the headlines, "big data" is not the most compelling data need that the majority of business end users have. A far bigger challenge for most people is getting access to the "right data" to help them do their jobs better.

Databases of the petabyte size mostly represent billions of individual transactions, such as individual telephone calls or ATM transactions. No one would argue against analyzing that data to look for nuggets of insights that can only be found at that detailed transaction level. However, this kind of analysis is not easy. It requires sophisticated models and statistical techniques, and in the wrong hands can lead to all the classic errors of statistical analysis (e.g., correlation is not causation, and 5% of the time random events will be statistically significant at the 95% level). In general, analyzing truly big data needs to be left to the professional analysts.

Slashdot TV: Lee Feigenbaum, VP of Technology and Client Services for Cambridge Semantics, Explains the Semantic Web

Lee was interviewed for Slashdot TV. The interview goes into the basic benefits of Semantic Web technologies, particularly how they relate to current data problems in the enterprise.

Cambridge Semantics Helps Users Take First Steps Into The Semantic Web

Cambridge Semantics has a new way for users to get access to its Anzo solutions: Next week at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Francisco it will announce a packaging of the technology, dubbed the Anzo Express Starter Edition, that can be downloaded for free by anyone. "This lets anyone really easily start with semantics without having to invest a lot of time and without learning every fundamental detail," says Rob Gonzalez, Director of Product Management & Marketing and a frequent contributor to this blog.

Bio-IT World Announces Best of Show Awards Winners at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo

The Best of Show Awards offers exhibitors of the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo an exclusive opportunity to distinguish and highlight their esteemed products ranging from an innovative application, technology, tool, or solution from the competition. Judged by a team of leading industry experts and Bio-IT World editors, this awards program identified exceptional innovation in technologies used by life science professionals today.

Cambridge Semantics Named Best in Show

Cambridge Semantics' new Competitive Intelligence Solution has been named Best in Show at the 2012 BioIT World Conference. The company reports, "Based on the flagship Anzo Software Suite, the Cambridge Semantics Competitive Intelligence Solution was recognized for its unique approach to helping biopharma companies handle their diverse and ever-changing information needs."

Check the pulse of biotech IT in Boston
Fierce Biotech

To the rank-and-file biopharma worker, the Semantic Web can be a confounding technology. Cambridge Semantics makes the technology accessible (first, perhaps, with straightforward explanations on its website) to almost anyone in the industry with a basic understanding of Excel. Lee Feigenbaum says that the Boston-based company has thus far found the greatest demand for its Anzo software in biopharma from business development groups, but it can be used to aid R&D and supply chain management too.

The software lets a person who has no coding skills design a spreadsheet that pulls in unstructured data from the web and documents as well as structured information from internal sources to, say, evaluate early-stage compounds for in-licensing. It's all about connecting information from myriad sources to make smart decisions. And Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ), Biogen Idec ($BIIB), Merck ($MRK) and Novartis ($NVS) have all tapped Cambridge Semantics' technology.

Semantic Web Lessons from Cambridge Semantics

As part of their Semantic University, Cambridge Semantics has published a number of helpful "lessons" covering concepts related to the Semantic Web. Since we last checked in with this excellent tutorial series, they have added several lessons...

Cambridge Semantics Makes Intelligent Use of Information
Ventana Research
[Excerpt]: Being able to navigate across data was the top-ranked business capability in our business analytics benchmark research, but is not well-established in business systems today. Instead, organizations spend more than two-thirds of their time in analytic processes on data related activities and tasks which Cambridge Semantics helps address...
The Art of Harnessing Unwieldy Data (Big & 'Small')
Information Management

Any data used by a system must have structure of some kind, hence the term "unstructured" falls short of describing much of Big Data. However, determining or defining the structure of many data types can be quite challenging. Nonetheless, Big Data is now being harnessed far and wide, with all kinds of significant benefits. Of course, we must not forget about the other data, 'small' as it may be! Register for this episode of DM Radio to learn how some of the savviest companies are finding ways to "deconstruct" unwieldy data types. Hosts Eric Kavanagh and Jim Ericson will interview Analyst Jaime Fitzgerald, plus Suresh Chandrasekaran of Denodo, Sean Martin of Cambridge Semantics, and Grant Ingersoll of Lucid Imagination.

Webinar: Maximizing the Value of Structured, Unstructured and Changing Data Sources
Ventana Research
Enterprises are struggling to integrate, analyze and take action on data from various sources. Even when they succeed at integration and the data is available, users can't find the specific data they need. Many organizations are seeking easier and faster ways to combine data residing in applications and data warehouses with information in documents and spreadsheets. Any solutions being considered needs to easily adapt to changing business environments. The mix of data sources and their contents often changes due to changes in regulations, increasing use of Web-based external data and changes to the structure of cloud-based applications. In this research-based webinar, David Menninger, VP and research director, Ventana Research, will discuss trends in the design of information applications that can help organizations derive the most value from their diverse array of data regardless of where it resides and whatever the mix of structured, semi-structured and unstructured. Cambridge Semantics will provide an overview of how semantic technology addresses the challenge of integrating, analyzing and taking action on data from diverse sources. Cambridge Semantics will offer several case studies illustrating how customers in the pharmaceutical, financial services, government and healthcare sectors are rapidly building solutions with diverse data and includes examples in compliance information management and competitive intelligence.
Cambridge Semantics Tackles Compliance Challenges — And Semantic Education Ones, Too
Cambridge Semantics Tackles Compliance Challenges — And Semantic Education Ones, Too

What does the compliance lifecycle look like at your company? In globally-operating industries such as finance, there's likely a herd of people charged with monitoring rules and regulations across countries, drafting policies and procedures for individual geographies or business units, and working to ensure controls are in place to prevent and detect violations. And that herd of individuals in some respects may be trying to herd cats, given how often aspects of compliance regulations change.


In addition to announcing its compliance solution, Cambridge yesterday launched a new web site called Semantic University. It aims to be the education spot for semantic technology, taking a vendor-agnostic approach to getting semantic web wanna-bes up to speed.

Q&A: Applying Semantics to Data Management
Every organization struggles with ongoing tensions between what business users want (easy access to data) and what IT wants (adequate control over that data). In this interview, Sean Martin of Cambridge Semantics explains how operational intelligence solutions work to support the best of both worlds. Let users continue to use tools such as Microsoft Excel for flexible, quick prototyping, Martin says, while securely storing a master copy of the data on a server linked to user spreadsheets. "Probably the most exciting thing that we can now do with the semantic technology approach," he says, "is to more practically connect data from any source."
Cambridge Semantics Ups Staff by 30%, Moves to Boston

Cambridge Semantics is flourishing. The company recently announced "that due to demand for its enterprise semantic data management offering, the company has increased headcount by 30 percent and has relocated to new office space on the Boston Common. In the heart of downtown Boston, the new 5,500 square foot office will provide the organization with room to grow as they focus on R&D and marketing activities for the company's flagship Anzo software suite."

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management Using Semantic Web Technology: Case Study
American Laboratory

The growing product portfolio of Biogen Idec (Weston, MA) was resulting in rapid domestic and international expansion, leading to an increasingly complex pharmaceutical supply chain. Harmonized data reporting and real-time information were needed in order to move toward a risk-based model for contractor assessments and batch release. To meet this challenge, the company chose Anzo software from Cambridge Semantics (Boston, MA), which allows business users to search for, virtualize, analyze, act on, and make decisions with any internal or external, structured, or unstructured data. Based on the revolutionary flexibility of semantic web technologies, the software provides operational business process integration for just about any formal or informal business activity.

5 emerging biotech IT firms to watch
Fierce Biotech IT
These are largely emerging companies whose businesses could take off and grow exponentially in the coming years.
An Operational Intelligence Solution From Cambridge Semantics
While business intelligence is traditionally more focused on analyzing data after the fact, operational intelligence makes use of multiple approaches to conduct real-time event detection and data correlation in a way that supports complex business analysis. Cambridge Semantics' solution is particularly appealing because it supports on-the-fly data analysis, all while bringing relational data into a semantic space.
Cambridge Semantics Focuses On Operational Intelligence

Jennifer Zaino of interviewed Steve Kludt, VP Marketing, about the benefits of semantic technology as applied to enterprise software.

Data Integration: What's The Way You Like It?
Cambridge Semantics Co-founder Lee Feigenbaum chaired a panel on Warehousing vs. Data Federation as two models for data integration. The discussion was lively, and the coverage in this piece was pretty spot on.
Don't Call Me a Cartographera
Rob Gonzalez, Senior Product Manager at Cambridge Semantics, wonders why Semantic Web enthusiasts are so hung up on having Ontology Visualization tools.
2011 Bio-IT World Conference to Feature Semantics
April 6, 2011 a Cambridge Semantics is presenting at the 2011 Bio-IT World Conference in Boston on April 14th. Vice President Steven Kludt will discuss how semantic technology and cloud computing can be leveraged in pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations to address specific data management challenges.
Cambridge Semantics eyes partners for data analysis software
Mass High Tech
Cambridge Semantics is looking to develop new business partnerships with consulting companies and systems integrators. The company currently has partnerships with Patni, an India-based global systems integrator, and smaller firms including Orbis Technologies Inc., ICUBE, TrustFort and DNA HealthLink Inc.
Semantic web tools you can use now
"I already had a team of analysts reading and trying to digest financial news on companies," says Fioramonti, a partner and senior international portfolio analyst at investment firm Alpha Equity Management. But the process was too slow and results tended to be subjective and inconsistent.
Linking Data: New Life for Semantic Technologies
Kevin Davies of Bio-IT World covers how "Cambridge Semantics provides flexible solutions for the data deluge."
Interview with Sean Martin, Founder and CTO of Cambridge Semantics
Sean Martin, CTO and founder of Cambridge Semantics, was interviewed about the transformational role that semantic technology will play in the coming years.
When supercomputers meet the Semantic Weba
Cray. Despite everything that has happened over the years, from technological advances to organisational wobbles, bankruptcies and buy-outs, the name retains a certain cachet. They make super computers!
Cray, Cambridge Semantics team up on analytics solution Read more: Cray, Cambridge Semantics team up on analytics solution
Fierce Content Management
What do you get when you combine Cray Super Computers and Cambridge Semantics software? The two companies hope it will result in new analytics solutions that scale to Web-sized data.
I've got a Federated Bridge to Sell You (A Defense of the Warehouse)
[Editor's Note: At the Semantic Web Summit conference in Boston in November, a discussion arose around Federated Data vs. Data Warehousing. Rob Gonzalez of Cambridge Semantics raised some very interesting points that I asked him to expand on in the post below. And whether you agree or disagree, we want to hear from you.]
Cambridge Semantics: Making Data Analysis Easier
Currently, the main problem businesses face when analyzing data is inefficiency. Custom reports have to go through IT to be constructed (which is inefficient and potentially a hassle if your IT is anything like ours) and, by the time it is finished, the report may no longer be sufficient as the data set may have changed in scope.
Semantics in Practice
Nancy Davis Kho writes an in-depth look at real-world uses of semantic technology in production today.
Norwegian Semantic Web Project Latches On To Linked Open Data's Possibilities
The upcoming Semantic Web Summit will kick off with a conversation about how people are using the Semantic Web today, hosted by Amiad Solomon of Peer39 and Lee Feigenbaum of Cambridge Semantics. Perhaps one example you'll hear about then is the work underway at Semicolon (Semantic and Organisational Interoperability in Communicating and Collaborating Organisations), a research and development project partly funded by the Norwegian Research Council, to create faster and cheaper semantic and organizational interoperability within and without the public sector.
Integration a The Most Overlooked Component of Semantic Technologies
Although not often talked about, Martin opened up and said that integration is central to any semantic solution.
Integration Critical Component of Semantic Technologies
IT Business Edge

Recently, I had a chance to talk to the Sean Martin, CTO of Cambridge Semantics, a Massachusetts-based company that has developed a semantic middleware stack, complete with ESB. We largely discussed how companies are applying the company's solution to enterprise data that's thus-far un-managed and un-integrated: spreadsheet data.

Taking Spreadsheet Data Out of the Silo Shadows
IT Business Edge
Loraine Lawson of IT Business Edge interviews Cambridge Semantics CTO Sean Martin on how semantic technology is uniquely suited to solve the spreadsheet data integration and collaboration problem.
Semantic Web Impact On Enterprise Software: Part 2
In its multi-part series, offers significant coverage of the Anzo Solutions Suite.
BI Vendors Finally Embrace the Spreadsheet
Like the cockroach, spreadsheets are hard to kill. That's why BI vendors are welcoming the beloved business app.
Cambridge Semantics, Simplifying Information Exchange for Business
Beyond Search
Semantic technology has often been viewed as something better left to the IT professionals with the ability and know how to track important business information and sort through what's important to businesses' everyday operations. Now a Boston company, Cambridge Semantics, is looking to change that with semantic middleware that will benefit the end user and allow them to use semantic technology without the technical expertise...
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Justin Rohrlich of Minyanville has a tongue-in-cheek response to our Xconomy coverage.
Cambridge Semantics, Looking to Put Microsoft Excel "On Steroids," Brings Intelligent Data Sorting to Non-Techies
Semantic technologyaa broad term in the software industry for adding meaning to pieces of information so they can more efficiently interact with each otherais seen as a useful vehicle for helping businesses sort through data relevant to their everyday operations. The problem is, IT guys are typically those who have the most access to and understanding of the technology, not the people who need the information the fastest, for everything from putting together budgets to tracking clinical trial data. That doesn't have to be the case, though, according to Cambridge Semantics...
SPARQL 1.1 by Example with Lee Feigenbaum
SemTech 2010

A tutorial on SPARQL 1.1 presented at SemTech 2010.

Strengthening The Semantic Web's Foundations
Jennifer Zaino looks at the major spreadsheet data management problems facing large corporations, and how Anzo for Excel has a potentially very large role to play.
What Semantic Technology Means To Application Development Professionals
Forrester Research
Dave West, Principal Analyst of Forrester Research, discusses the impact that semantic technology has on application development. Cambridge Semantics is a featured company, but did not sponsor the report so cannot offer it here for download.