Transformation of Enterprise Data Islands into Linked and Living Knowledge
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  Yefim (Jeff) Zhuk   Yefim (Jeff) Zhuk
Director of Enterprise Architecture
  Michael Schmidt   Michael Schmidt
Product Manager
Fluid Operations


Tuesday, June 5, 2012
01:45 PM - 02:30 PM
Level:  Business/Strategic

Location:  Plaza A

The series of articles “From Business as Usual to Knowledge-Driven Architecture” ( outlined the theory of re-focusing IT from Infrastructure to Information with the help of Semantic Technologies.

This presentation focuses on the transformation of enterprise data islands into linked and living knowledge and elaborates on the costs and benefits of managing information in a unified semantic space. Motivated by real-world use cases at Sallie Mae Inc., we will share our experiences in managing a federation of ontology modules with the Information Workbench by fluid Operations, a platform for Semantic Data integration, exploration, and analytics.

As a central topic, we’ll discuss the role of the Information Workbench regarding both the challenges and requirements of engaging SMEs in the interactions with semantic tools and how natural language user’s requests can be translated into one of the semantic queries in the pre-defined library.

• Transformation of enterprise data islands into ontology federation
• Management of modular ontologies with the Information Workbench by Fluid Operations, Inc.
• Challenges and approaches in engaging SMEs into interactions with semantic tools
• The cost and benefits of managing enterprise information in a unified semantic space
• Specific features of the Information Workbench for Linked Data interaction and application development

Director of Enterprise Architecture, Yefim (Jeff) Zhuk, leads Information Architecture at Sallie Mae. In the past he consulted government agencies and corporations in SOA and knowledge engineering, shared his expertise at Java One, Wireless One, and Boeing Conferences. Cambridge University Press published his book “Integration-Ready Architecture and Design”. In the book and several patents Yefim described a new field of Integrated Software and Knowledge Engineering. Yefim expanded this subject in the series of articles in the, “From Business as Usual to Knowledge-driven Architecture”. The articles outlined the transition from traditional IT to its greatly simplified and more powerful semantic version, re-focusing IT from infrastructure to information, and turning knowledge into an actionable item as in the famous phrase by Francis Bacon “Knowledge is power”. Series of Articles “From Business as Usual to Knowledge-driven Architecture”: Patents and Publications:

Dr. Michael Schmidt received his PhD from University of Freiburg in 2009, where he was doing research and leading projects at the interface of Database Management Systems and Semantic Data processing. His research focused on Semantic Technologies – in particular RDF, SPARQL query optimization techniques, and benchmarking for Semantic Web data processing – with results being published in leading international conferences such as ICDE, ISWC, PODS, and VLDB. Since 2010, Michael is working at fluid Operations, where he is involved in R&D activities centered around the Information Workbench, a platform for Linked Data application development. He is the product manager for the eCloudManager Intelligence Edition and actively involved in various customer projects leveraging Semantic Technologies for improved information management and collaboration in the enterprise.

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