SAP is leading a European research project that will combine semantic technologies with business intelligence (BI) in a system to help business users make better sense of their data.
On the back end, the Combining and Uniting Business Intelligence With Semantic Technologies project will focus on pulling structured and unstructured information, using the Resource Description Framework language, into triple-store systems. At the front end, the project will develop visual analytics to provide business intelligence to non-technical end users. The project will use Formal Concept Analysis, semantic technology that displays objects to the user in a "concept lattice" and could make it easier to glean more helpful business intelligence, says Sheffield Hallam University lecturer Simon Andrews.
"Classic BI is not good at federating data from structured and unstructured sources whereas semantic technologies are all geared towards that goal," Andrews says. He also notes that semantic technology is perfect for "looking for hidden information."
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