Explaining semantics and its value for Enterprise 2.0 at the Belgium SAI platform


Professor Dr. Robert Meersman, Stijn Christiaens, and myself presented at our evening conference of the Belgium SAI network. The “Studiecentrum voor Automatische Informatieverwerking”, or SAI for short, is the learning platform for all ICT professionals. SAI organizes evening conferences and workshops on a regular basis. SAI’s main goals are:

  • improving the interest in the field of information processing,
  • realizing knowledge transfer and exchange of experience in information processing, and
  • creating an informal network for the exchange of professional expertise and experience from practice in information processing.

Professor Meersman kicked off the talk with a broad overview on the why, what, where and how of semantics in general. Pieter continued with the how by explaining best practices and an agile methodological approach to business semantics management. I then showed briefly how semantics can be applied to solve real-world enterprise problems, such as semantic alignment in the extended enterprise.

Despite the fact that semantics is state of the art, and semantic technology is not well known in industry, we had an interested audience of about 30 professionals. We received interesting feedback and confirmation of the relevance of the issues semantic technology can tackle. A next step is the organization of a more in-depth workshop, where attendees can really tackle semantics hands-on, using Collibra‘s tangible solutions on their own business semantics.

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