July 11, 2006

Towards an enterprise text architecture

My column this month for Computerworld is on enterprise text technology architecture. A sequel is promised for next month.

This month’s column focuses mainly on reciting application needs. Did I leave any important ones out?

Next time I’ll focus more on how to meet those needs. I need to write it in in 2 1/2 weeks or so. I plan to talk with a lot of industry players between now and then.


4 Responses to “Towards an enterprise text architecture”

  1. Jordan on July 12th, 2006 3:03 pm

    It’s funny… in SEO we talk a lot about search engines and their algorithms without getting into (or even considering) the underlying science of search. Clearly, information architecture (ie understanding how we archive our data, or “words,” as you so aptly defined it, as well as how and why we search for them) is a science that is more vast than most people who use it every day realize. I mean, how many Google Desktop or WinGrep users consider the hows and whys of search beyond “how can I best formulate this query?”? Very interesting column; thanks for reminding us once again of the technology underlying the obvious. Without these reminders, most users would never be able to help to improve the technology.

  2. Curt Monash on July 23rd, 2006 6:19 am


    Since you’re obviously an SEO person — there’s a site I’ve been meaning to post about here, and I just can’t find my bookmark. Maybe you know it, since it’s SEO-oriented. It’s a simple utility that lets you run the same search against two of the three major search engines, and check how the result sets differ. I recall being blown away at just how much they did differ.

    Do you know what I’m talking about? Is it still up?



  3. DBMS2 — DataBase Management System Services»Blog Archive » Informatica’s general story on July 26th, 2006 3:14 am

    […] Data cleaning/quality versatility. Informatica acquired the Similarity product some months ago, which they assert is more modern than some competitors, and hence better suited to handle data beyond names/addresses. A key example would be product hierarchies/ taxonomies. I suggested they explore whether this could be leveraged for enterprises’ text technology architectures, specifically in the area of ontology management. […]

  4. Text Technologies»Blog Archive » Principles of enterprise text technology architecture on August 3rd, 2006 6:57 pm

    […] My August Computerworld column starts where July’s left off, and suggests principles for enterprise text technology architecture. This will not run Monday, August 7, as I was originally led to believe, but rather in my usual second-Monday slot, namely August 14. Thus, I finished it a week earlier than necessary, and I apologize to those of you I inconvenienced with the unnecessary rush to meet that deadline. […]

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