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NexGenData Product Overview

Developed Technology

NexGenData is a product that allows you to quickly find, relate, and enhance business information stored in multiple computers across the enterprise. Just as Google analyzes trillions of bits of information from many computers around the world, we analyze information from corporate databases, file systems, and applications.

Our search technology provides quick access to hundreds of millions of records and files. We expose this information to users through a web-browser and to other machines as web services, all behind the corporate firewall. Every enterprise record is assigned a unique web address. We've dubbed the resulting information access layer "the Corporate Wide Web".

When configuring NexGenData for first use, a system administrator provides information about data location, protocols, adapter type, and the required credentials for the systems you want to publish. For structured files, web feeds, and databases, you choose which the tables and columns (or objects and attributes) that you wish to expose to NGD. We store these details in our semantic repository, a metadata system that describes the detailed structure of your systems.

Using our metadata knowledge of your systems in conjunction with our fast search technology, we provide a virtual data universe and mechanisms that allows us to relate information from disparate systems quickly.

NexGenData data mining capabilities discover natural relationships that exist within your data universe. We use this information to help users navigate categories of information and to make suggestions. If a user is examining a customer record, we might suggest they follow a link to a billing record in completely different system. We are able to make this suggestion because we detected common attributes that identified the user, such as a phone number, in both systems.

We allow system users to turn raw data into information by allowing them to assign "tags" to system records and share these tags with other users. This allows users to identify and categorize records using common terms that might not exist in the records themselves, improving search and providing user-centric data taxonomies. This technique, along with the ability for users to create "comments" about any record, provides "information about information"---a way to enrich information, making it easier to access and more meaningful to everyone who uses the system.

Taking our cues from websites like Amazon.com, we track user modifications to system data, such as when a user alters a record, creates a Mash-up, tags information, comments. This provides the system with additional knowledge with which we it can make suggestions like "Users who edited this record also edited the following records..." or "this information has been annotated by the following users".

Prototype / Future

Explicit relationships can be defined through our Enterprise Mash-up Views. This user interface allows you to choose a set of NGD datafeeds that can then be filtered and merged. Each feed represents a different system in the enterprise. The data can come from any of the supported structured or semi-structured datasource gateways, including databases, email, RSS or ATOM feeds. The resulting Mash-up is assigned a unique web address, where it becomes yet another data endpoint accessible to users in a web browser and well as to machines as a web service.

Benefits

With NexGenData, your company will be provided with a rich tapestry of related corporate data, as easy to navigate as the world wide web. The information is accessible, linked, and improved by both human and artificial intelligence over time, improving the quality of your information and saving you millions by eliminating errors, providing better access to a higher quality of data, and by harnessing the collective intelligence of your staff.

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