Join Sinequa at Bio-IT World Conference & Expo 2016 (Booth #421)

Sinequa will present and exhibit at Bio IT World Conference & Expo that will take place on April 5-7 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, USA.

Sinequa For Life Sciences

We invite you to stop by the Sinequa booth #421 to discuss innovative use cases of our solution for the Pharma industry – Sinequa For Life Sciences - and see how our customers raised their competitiveness by implementing our Big Data Search and Analytics solution across the most diverse data silos.

  

Also, make sure to book your agenda and attend our presentation in the Bioinformatics Track #5:

Wednesday, April 6, at 2:55-3:10 PM

“Increasing the Competitiveness of Pharma Companies:
Real Time Search and Analytics Across Structured & Unstructured Data”

Speaker: Xavier Pornain, Vice President of WW Sales & Alliances

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The Heat in The Trend Point: June 24 to June 28

We come across so many articles in the media that point to next generation search solutions and innovative business intelligence systems, but there are many companies still using the technology of bygone days. This idea occupied  The Trend Point over the past week.

Despite recent innovations with semantic search capabilities and interface design that tends towards an intuitive user experience, legacy systems still remain in the enterprise. “Enterprise User Experience Matters” summarizes the state of the matter:

The computational legacy of the 1960s is still with us today, despite a surplus of aluminum and gorilla glass. And despite the aspirations being fulfilled on the consumer level, a comprehensive simplicity is lacking at the core of most enterprise software. Obscurity and inconsistency reign (think of BlackBerry’s descent of late) where transparency and interoperability ought to go hand in hand. The egregious result is that the everyday tools, the interfaces that we must interact with daily in our jobs—from banker to lawyer, from journalist to physician—are almost incapable of leveraging the considerable network of information that many of us need to wade through at work.

When the problem has been recognized as an information management issue stemming from the software “solution,” many companies know they must take action. However, there is no one correct path to take. We saw the following summary in “Data Management Tips” offer advice:

Keep in mind that overhauling an existing system or syncing all of the databases in an organization can be an enormous, costly, and difficult project that can take months or years to implement – this may make it impractical, particularly if other projects will deliver a bigger business benefit. However, you can take other steps to improve data management for your team, and for your organization.

What should be done with existing data when replacing a legacy storage system? “Combining Big Data with Existing Data” calls for the integration of data previously collected and stored with the huge chunks of unstructured data represented by varying file types. The following information was relayed in this post:

Big data opens an entirely new data universe to consider and use to improve decision making. But how does a business/systems analyst turn it into actual usable data so that it can be used for operational improvements that result in real business value? Success depends on how fast and seamlessly you can combine your big data with your enterprise data and present that collective information to your decision makers.

While we definitely recommend storing and parsing old data in addition to new data, merging legacy enterprise data warehousing systems with new solutions is not always a cut and dry answer. When there are many search solutions that provide efficient information access in real-time, who needs to hold on to any remaining parts of a legacy search system? Companies like Siemens, for example, are choosing to replace their out-dated search technology with Unified Information Access.

Jane Smith, July 03, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search

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The Heat in The Trend Point: June 10 to June 14

Big data is usually mentioned at least a bit in The Trend Point, and last week was no exception. We noticed that many of the articles seemed to be pointing towards going beyond information retrieval.

Value must be added through the technologies of an information management, search and analytics system. An article quoted in “Big Data without Value is Just a Lot of Data” states the following:

Relying solely on the information gathered by Big Data is like watching a group of people from a relatively far distance. It’s possible to see what they’re doing while they interact with each other and engage in conversations, but it’s virtually impossible to understand why they’re holding those conversations, what are they feeling that drives their actions, what is the emotion underpinning those conversations, and most importantly, how they’ll determine the future behaviour of each individual and the group at large.

We heard a similar sentiment repeated in “Data Visualization Key to Data Understanding” with an emphasis on the end goal being easy access to actionable information. This post relayed the following:

It’s typical for an analyst who has been working on a project for more than two months to show all the frequency or statistical results with a presentation deck consisting of hundreds of slides. Stop! A few charts with great data visualization are worth 1,000 slides. Actionable visualizations such as Price or Attrition Alerts can help sales teams better engage with customers instead of analyzing a plethora of reports. The key: reports should be easy to understand as well as recommend the next actionable step for business leaders.

In another post, we saw another mumbling that big data is a misnomer better represented as big content. We noted some of the thoughts that followed — the necessity of extracting value from unstructured content — in the article “Big Data or Big Content“:

Unstructured content is often included almost as an afterthought, with extraction and enrichment applied on-the-fly, from scratch on a case-by-case basis. This undermines the potential of Big Data in several ways. It raises the cost of incorporating unstructured content while also increasing the opportunities for the introduction of inconsistencies and errors reducing the quality of the final product. Most importantly, the ad hoc approach also reduces the potential of Big Data by obscuring the extent of available raw materials.

It is refreshing to see that these several media sources are no longer discussing simply mashing up raw data from different sources. The important pieces are fusion of data (both structured and unstructured) and that comes through strong analytics that can detect what belongs to the same semantic category. Then a system like Unified Information Access from Sinequa can “fuse” results with other data, like geographic position or customer history, and others.

Jane Smith, June 19, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search

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The Heat in The Trend Point: May 20 to May 24

In The Trend Point over the past week we have seen rumblings about business intelligence solutions of the past and present and the push many companies are making to deliver solutions based around an efficient and intuitive user experience.

The need for solutions with an easy to use interface is clear. Echoing this sentiment, the post “Business Intelligence Bolstered with Semantic Capabilities” quotes the following from a recent Wired article:

One of the key obstacles in bringing intelligence to BI is interpreting the vast store of data correctly and harvesting the pertinent business ‘stories.’ The end user must understand the context of their data to look for relevant events. A meaningful analytics solution helps users identify actionable business insights rather than generate more reports that lead to ‘paralysis by analysis.’

The trust developed between a user and an app is a sacred bond. The article “BI Solutions Need To Address End Users and Analysts Needs” calls for more enterprise oriented apps to be such trusted sources of information. The following information was relayed in this post:

…knowledge workers suffer not only from information overload, but also from functionality overload. End-users are not analysts. When individuals need to check the weather, they do not perform a detailed analysis of the weather patterns. They trust what the weather app says. Similarly, business users want apps that deliver them the trusted information they need to do their jobs. From this perspective, the consumerization of BI can only be driven by technologies that turn the classic enterprise BI portal into a BI app store, where end users can go and select targeted, specific apps that address their concrete questions.

In “Intelligent Business More than just Business Intelligence we saw the following summary about where BI is headed:

Business intelligence is passé. Now it’s the intelligent business, and this shift is more than a simple name flip…This flip from data-driven decisions beginning inside your company and pushed to the outside world to outside data happening in real time being the driver of your company’s inside operations means big changes for the traditional business intelligence and business analysis vendors. And, of course, those changes present opportunity for the intelligence upstarts.

Traditional BI is not propelling businesses into success as it completely misses the mark on unstructured data. However, solutions like Sinequa’s Unified Information Access extends the view of classical BI to unstructured data, thus helping to make better use of existing reports on all levels of management. Moreover, this technology utilizes nifty linguistic and semantic analysis features that produce structures in the masses of unstructured data. Now that sounds like the makings of a system for an intelligent business.

Jane Smith, May 29, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search

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The Heat in the Trend Point May 6 to May 10

Many shifts in digital and technology companies are taking place currently. It is not just the major players either; though search giant Google made quite a few appearances in articles covered by The Trend Point over the past week.

As far as trends with the capability for disruption, cloud technologies are revisited in “Aryaka Infographic Offers Snapshot of Cloud.” The article reveals the current state of demand:

…the general theme we repeatedly saw is that today’s enterprise organizations have a high demand for skilled IT staff, and 24/7/365 IT coverage. A big driver of this demand is the shift of data storage, collaboration tools, networking services, and other applications to the cloud. With so much information and access now available through the cloud, organizations can work much more efficiently across multiple locations…

Search has also been a constant topic of conversation. In the consumer arena we found an interesting update in “A Look at Facebook Graph Search.” This article quotes the following evaluation from Tools Journal:

Using natural language processing (NLP), Facebook is slowly trying to bring users to a different side of the search world. Till now we were all used to enter random keywords, or at the most – writing complete sentences – on Google, but not anymore. Facebook, if successful, is set to change the course of history by being the more ‘human’ search engine. It doesn’t really compete with Google’s web search as of now but sometime in the future it will. NLP will help it distinguish itself from conventional search engines in a number of ways, while also providing comfort to its users.

Consumer trends are bleeding further into the enterprise and reports like SRCH2 Attempts Google Style Search for Enterprise” confirm this melding of the two formerly separate worlds. The article reports:

But Google isn’t the be-all and end-all for search. The newly launched startup SRCH2 doesn’t focus on standard web search, a space inhabited by Google and Bing. It’s offering a new take on ‘enterprise search. We are trying to make enterprise search more Google-like,’ said SRCH2 CEO Dev Bhatia [right] in a phone interview. ‘And make Google search available across all handsets and devices,’ he explained.

Riding on the tails of success by attaching a name to Google, any other major player or trendy concept like the cloud is an interesting move. The summation of all of these trends adds up to a focus on the user experience and on agility for the enterprise. There are those enterprise tools that emphasis efficiency, connectivity and flexibility and there are those legacy tools that do not. Unified Information Access has carved out a unique position within the larger group of forward thinking companies focused on an intuitive user experience.

Jane Smith, May 15, 2012

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search

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