Posts Tagged ‘enterprise 2.0’

Talking about Enterprise Knowledge Management at Vlerick’s 10 days of ICT

April 26, 2010

Monday  10 May, I will give a 3-hours talk on the next wave of enterprise knowledge management. Enterprise are gradually taking over the phenomena of the Web. the basic principle is that we will manage knowledge via social links rather than via page links.

The full programme can be found here.

Coming up in September I will talk even more about Web 3.0: http://www.vlerick.com/en/programmes/managprog/1834-VLK/343-VLK/programme.html

More details follow.

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

October 18, 2008

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.

Collaboration across the Enterprise: an Approach for Enterprise Interoperability

June 16, 2008

Liapis, A., Christiaens, S., De Leenheer, P. (2008) Collaboration across the Enterprise: an Approach for Enterprise Interoperability, In Proc. of ICEIS 2008 (Barcelona, Spain)

In the current competitive industrial context, enterprises must react swiftly to market changes. In order to face this problem, enterprises must increase their collaborative activities. This implies at one hand high communication between their information systems and at the other hand the compatibility of their practices. An important amount of work must be performed towards proper practices of standardization and harmonization. This is the concept of Interoperability. Interoperability of enterprises is a strategic issue, caused as well as enabled by the continuously growing ability of integration of new legacy and evolving systems, in particular in the context of networked organisations. of the reconciliation of the communicated business semantics is crucial to success. For this, non-disruptive re-use of existing business data stored in “legacy” production information systems is an evident prerequisite. In addition the integration of a methodology as well as the scalability of any proposed semantic technological solution are equally evident prerequisites. Yet on all accounts current semantic technologies as researched and developed for the so-called Semantic Web may be found lacking. Still, semantic technology is claimed about to become mainstream, as it is pused by enterprise interoperation needs and increasing availability of domain specific content (for example ontologies) rather than pulled by basic technology (for example OWL) providers. In this paper we present a methodology which has resulted in the implementation of a highly customizable collaborative environment focussed to support ontology-based enterprise interoperability. The main benefit of this environment is its ability to integrate with legacy systems, rescuing enterprises from having to adapt or upgrade their existing systems in order to interoperate with their partners.