I think the word “intelligent” adds a special panache to most anything. It imparts a refreshing “smell” that evokes the impression that something “smart” is involved. So a move from “dumb” to “intelligent” must be a good move, right? Jos Voskuil would answer “yes” when it comes to moving data towards something more intelligent. Jos’s lastest post, Dumb Documents or Intelligent Data?, provides what I think is a fair expectation of a move from dumb to intelligent data. Here is an interesting passage from Jos’s post about the potential trouble with dumb data:
Here it was even more a key point of the discussion that most of the legacy data is stored in dumb documents. And the main reason dumb documents are used is because the data needs to be available during the long lifecycle of the the plant, application independent if possible. So in the previous century this was paper, later scanned documents (TIFF – PDF) and currently mainly PDF. Most of the data now is digital but where is the intelligence ?
The challenges these companies have is that despite the fact information is now stored in a digital file, the next step is how to deal with the information in an intelligent manner. A document or an Excel file is a collection of information, you might call in knowledge, but to get access to the knowledge you need to find it.
Did you try to find a specific document in Google docs or SharePoint ? The conclusion will be the file name becomes very important, and perhaps some keywords ?
Jos is talking about “search” as a potential solution to move from “dumb documents” to “intelligent data”. Jos defines this as a gradual process. The idea of “intelligent data” resonated with me. We are not sure if the tempting moniker of PLM is applicable here. However, I will say that making a painless transition from dumb to intelligent data is both a challenge and objective that is at issue here. Inforbix, in my view, provides a good answer to the things Jos refers to on his post relating to data capture and presentation done in a meaningful and useful context, i.e. intelligent data. Here are two examples of how Inforbix helps transition “dumb” to “intelligent” data. The first example, on a video, shows how Inforbix captures BOM data from within Excel spreadsheets.
The second example illustrates how Inforbix extracts BOM data from within CAD files.
In both examples, Search and reporting using Inforbix Tables, are important elements of the process. Inforbix gives you the ability to search, find, and access data assets across you company without requiring traditional data management technology or processes. Inforbix works with data in it’s original location or source. And with product data apps, it gives users the means to expose data in meaningful and useful ways.
Conclusion. Inforbix helps make the transition of dumb to intelligent data easy and painless. It does so using semantic technology that exposes useful relationships between disparate sources of data. Inforbix turns data consumption into a productive and intelligent process without the hassles of traditional data management solutions. See for yourself. Register to use Inforbix on your own data today. It’s free and painless.