Semio rolls out integration toolkit

Content categorization software vendor Semio Corp. says it has the answer for enterprises that are thinking about adding a knowledge management tool to a corporate portal or other legacy application, but are put off by the prospects of high costs and lengthy implementations.

This week Semio will unveil the Semio Integration Toolkit, a software development kit that company officials say simplifies the process of marrying the Semio software into other applications. Jim Nisbet, senior vice president of products and technology at Semio, says that with the Integration Toolkit, enterprises will be able to implement the Semio technology without the cost of systems integration, because the application interface is prewritten.

Semio's Tagger software organizes large amounts of unstructured data into a Yahoo-like directory, with categories and subcategories. It uses a core technology that dynamically extracts phrases from text and uses computational semiotics to determine key concepts, Nisbet says.

Semio can automatically create the classifications, or businesses can customize how they want information categorized, and Semio has created several templates for vertical industries such as government and healthcare. Semio can classify a variety of text sources, including PDF files, HTML files, Microsoft Office files and Lotus Notes databases.

While Semio offers text and graphical viewers, its real value is in its ability to integrate into portals and other knowledge-based applications, says Carl Frappaolo, a founder of The Delphi Group, a market research firm.

"With the advent of these integration tools, they have stepped up to the plate, saying the burden is on us to make that a simpler process," Frappaolo says. With the Integration Toolkit the end user doesn't have to write the integration code from scratch, and "the cost of integration for the customer in the end goes down," Frappaolo says.

Nisbet says that with the Integration Toolkit enterprises can use the power of the Semio technology for such things as e-mail alerts when documents with certain key concepts appear.

InfoImage has integrated the Semio technology into its Freedom portal. Steve Aninye, vice president and chief technology officer at InfoImage, says the Semio Integration Toolkit made the integration process much simpler. InfoImage is also using the Semio technology in-house, Aninye says.

The Semio Integration Toolkit is priced at US$5,000 and requires the Semio Tagger product, Nisbet says.

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