June 17, 2008

TEMIS tidbits

The usual TEMIS execs didn’t make the trip to the Text Analytics Summit this year. But cofounder Alessandro Zanasi did come, and I chatted with him for a bit. Alessandro is also author of a recent book on text mining, and pretty much a one-man Italian operation for France-based TEMIS. Despite his nominal 100:1 manpower disadvantage vs. Italian national-champion text anayltics vendor Expert System S.p.A., Alessandro proudly rattled off four different Italian government accounts he’d won vs. Expert System, all of them apparently in the government area.

Beyond that, Alessandro denies all the rumors that have grown out of TEMIS being hard to reach recently. He reports that pharma is still TEMIS’s big market, but stresses that this covers a range of apps, from research to Voice of the Market. I do get the sense that TEMIS’s sentiment extraction capabilities are less sophisticated than some of the other vendors’ — but the other vendors I’m thinking of are pretty focused on English, SPSS aside. If you need sentiment analysis in non-English languages — e.g., French or Italian — TEMIS should definitely be on your vendor shortlist.


2 Responses to “TEMIS tidbits”

  1. Dave Kellogg on June 17th, 2008 3:20 pm

    Hi Curt,

    As you know we at Mark Logic work closely with the folks from Temis (who exhibited at our user conference last week and with whom we previewed software integration in our next release).

    My sense is they’re just plain busy — which is always a good thing at a startup.

  2. Curt Monash on June 17th, 2008 7:23 pm

    Hi Dave,

    Given that TEMIS CEO Eric Bregand is also a friend of yours, I’ll take your view as close to dispositive. 😉



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