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Business information systems (IS) have developed incrementally. Each new operating need has generated an ad hoc application: ERP, CRM, EDM, directories, messaging, extranet and so on. IS development has been driven by applications and processes. Each new application has created another data silo, with the result that companies today are faced with a new challenge: how to manage and extract value from this disparate, isolated data.
Meanwhile, the economic climate, globalization and the Internet are bringing enormous pressure to bear on companies, as they cope with more intense competition. In order to succeed, they need to streamline their organization and unleash the creativity of their workforce. Access to relevant information has major implications for both decision-making and implementing strategy.
How can you make more effective use of your data?
Companies looking to deliver a solution without delay need an agile information system, one that gives employees easier access to the information they truly need to do their jobs. The new applications required within each functional realm must be developed from existing data, without creating a new warehouse or adding complexity. The critical question facing companies today is this: “Using the data that already exists in your applications, how much time will it take to create new information that meets the needs of each operational division, and how much will it cost?”
Some answers have emerged, but they provide only a partial solution
The solution: create a unified information space
We need to think about access to information within a unified space that receives data from every source in the company. Think of silos as subsections of a single data space fed by every application--a space from which it’s possible to create new services. But how can we create this unified space? By what process and using what technology?
The evolution of the Internet has brought us the Semantic Web and Linked Data
Linked Enterprise Data (LED) is the application of the Linked Data to the corporate IS. Its strategy and technology represent a comprehensive response to the challenge of creating an agile, high-performance information system: internal data sources are linked together and eventually consolidated with external data.
Linked Enterprise Data introduces a change in perspective. Far more than simply aligning silos, it breaks down walls and interconnects the data itself at the most detailed level. LED creates a coherent, dense and unified informational space that draws on all of the company’s documents and data.
Linked Enterprise Data: a pragmatic approach, an agile process
An immense benefit: your data is finally free!
Linked Enterprise Data returns data management to the IS Department and offers greater autonomy to the business units and the users: data usage is no longer dictated by applications. LED lets you consolidate all your accessible information and opens up a who