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What does semantics have to do with information systems, databases, enterprise integration and Web services? Though sometimes misunderstood as an arcane liberal art, semantics is at the core of these and other emerging technologies. Semantics is a powerful and intuitive philosophy, methodology, and framework that can be used to leverage existing knowledge, data, and resources, ensuring your systems will be able to evolve with your business and keep pace with technology in the years to come.
Well-written and engaging, Semantics in Business Systems: The Savvy Manager’s Guide contains the knowledge you need to understand and assess how semantics can help your information systems. It begins with a clear explanation of what semantics is and then describes, using real-world examples, how semantics currently affects business systems. The book then explores future applications of semantics, illustrating its connection to XML and the Semantic Web.
About the Author
Dave McComb has been successful leading software development, planning and review projects for over 25 years, 13 with Andersen Consulting and 13 with independent projects. For the last 10 years he has been applying semantic modeling to the design of application systems. He is the lead inventor on three patents derived from his work on a breakthrough architecture that allows applications to be built entirely from data, without application code.
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I have had a great deal of help with the early drafts of this manuscript. A number of people have contributed mightily with voluminous notes, clarifications, and comments on passages that were unclear. You have them to thank, as much as me, that this volume is readable at all. I can't thank them enough for generously giving of their time and expertise. I have listed them in approximately the order of the substantiveness of their contributions. I don't want to diminish anyone's contributions, because every contribution improved the book, but I do want to recognize those who provided measured improvements to the work:
R. Todd Stephens
Also much thanks to Sean Keaney, Jim Long, Scott Goode, Peter Weinstein, Peter Brown, Simon Hoare, and Lindsay Faussone.
And of course I'd like to thank my editors and publishers at Morgan Kaufman, specifically Lothlórien Homet, and at Graphic World Publishing Services, Beth Callaway.
I hope to have the opportunity to do a second edition of this book. I would be honored to have your comments, criticisms, or areas of confusion. I would like to have a section for acknowledgment of the major contributors to the second edition.
If you have any comments that would improve the quality of this book for future readers, please contact me at the following email address: SiBS@sementicarts.com I would appreciate it if you would point out errors, places where you think I may be misleading, or areas that were confusing. If you know of companies that embody any of the concepts I speak of here, please let me know about them.
Finally, thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute to your professional development.
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Dedicated to Heidi, Addie, and Eli
For their generous support during the long hours this project kept me away from them