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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Semantic ...

I do not think the semantic web pushed by W3C will ever go mainstream.

I think, social links will be used as the basic semantic level. You already can use Open Social or some others well defined and supported API. This will be what I call the first level 0f semantic.

Then will come dynamic filtering (level 2). Filtering is the opposite side of search. When you search you want to obtain a maximum number of results. Some will be highly pertinent, some not at all.
Filtering is used to find only the pertinent links or documents. No more, no less.

Dynamic filtering and categorization should improve drastically the way we do requirement management or business analysis. This will be used also to define a more "semantically defined" Enterprise architecture.

Level 3 will come with machines able to think ... Not for today, even if some expert system are now very powerful.

What will be very important is to see how people / service will create value, i.e. money, from a huge mass of "free" data. Today, facebook and twitter (level 1 - since I create my social network myself) and Google notion of Wave (level 2 - more filtering and dynamic categorization) are leading the way. New services released recently on Iphone showing enhanced reality capabilities are also going in that direction.

Another important aspect of those services is that they are "global", meaning they can cross all boundaries (real, virtual, 2D, 3D). So a google wave can be connected to an ERP (See SAP Web 2.0 demo), a real person can be connected to an avatar and teleport itself to the right virtual world (but still sit down in a meeting room to make a virtual meeting!). And of course, money and way to pay for those services will be available everywhere, whatever the device used (mobile phone, PC/Mac, netbook, virtual world, real world).

Now, think about those technologies available to all of us in our day to day life. Imagine now how the enterprise you work in could integrate those new services and opportunities. No need for a real fabric or warehouse, access to free data, and nearly free computing power (Cloud computing).

Future will be interesting ...