Kyield: Incentive-Based, Predictive Knowledge Management
Click here to download the PDF version of this ZapTake. At its core, Kyield (www.kyield.com) offers a knowledge management system that accommodates multiple file types from fully structured (spreadsheets, databases) to fully unstructured (video and audio files). When customers set up the Kyield platform, they incorporate information about their organization on all levels—enterprise wide, departmental, teams, and individuals. Kyield then uses this organizational information to provide semantic context for the imported content, and also to provide ratings for that content. In addition, the Kyield platform uses other information in the organization as well as user-entered metadata to build descriptive wrappers for the content, essentially fleshing out the semantic context for all the information in the system. This semantic context enables predictive capabilities that customers can use to prevent crises, improve productivity, and increase innovation in the organization. Kyield also includes an incentive and accountability capability that on the…

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AccelGolf: Crowdsourcing an Upscale Demographic
Click here to download pdf version of this ZapTake. AccelGolf (www.accelgolf.com) offers a mobile device application and platform for golfers that acts as a handheld scorecard, golf course database, and back-end data collection and intelligence engine. Customers use the application to track all the minutiae of their games, including types of shots, performance on particular holes, and club usage. The application offers data on thousands of golf courses, and AccelGolf’s customers fanatically update and extend the data about the courses using their GPS technology as they golf. On the back end, AccelGolf collects all the data their customers input, creating a massive resource that tracks information on players, equipment, and courses over time. Perhaps the most innovative part of the AccelGolf offering is the crowdsourcing capability: how customers use the AccelGolf platform to both create and curate the data that AccelGolf manages on behalf of all customers. The…

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ZapTake: The Inadequacy of Microsoft's SOA Message
Today, ZapThink sat on a briefing on Microsoft’s SOA messaging, and we’re astounded by the inadequacy, inaccuracy, and tone deafness on their SOA message. Bottom-line: the official message coming from Microsoft about SOA is that SOA is just Web Services-based integration. What is particularly disappointing is that Microsoft has coined their own definition of the term “SOA” in defiance of what is increasingly becoming accepted as the understanding that SOA is an aspect of Enterprise Architecture, not a technology focused on standards-based integration.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $299[/hide]…

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Build Grass-Roots Acceptance for SOA
The movement toward Service-Oriented Architecture represents a broad set of technical and organizational changes for the enterprise. In fact, most of the technical challenges in making the transition to loosely coupled Services are simpler for most companies than the organizational and human management changes businesses need to leverage shared Services effectively. For developers and other technical specialists, the burden of change is doubly difficult, because these people must adjust to the new technical as well as organizational realities of SOA. Often, the best approach an enterprise architect can take to build acceptance for SOA among the technical staff is to work one-on-one with technology specialists to educate them on the details of SOA, while simultaneously building acceptance for the architecture at the highest levels.

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Using Industry Information Models to Guide Service Definition
One of the greatest challenges that companies face as they implement SOA is deciding which Services to build. Companies can take advantage of either general-purpose or industry-specific information models to act as a starting point for their Service definition and business vocabulary efforts as part of an SOA initiative. However, they must resolve the issues of excessively broad and ambiguous models in order to specify Services adequately.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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