Semantic Technology Firm SmartLogic Acquires Competitor SchemaLogic

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Semantic technology provider SmartLogic has acquiredcompetitor SchemaLogic, adding multiple new Fortune 1000 enterprise clients toits customer list and adding SchemaLogic’s family of products to itsapplication portfolio.

More Content Intelligence

Organizations are acquiring increasing volumes of content,  making itdifficult to gain value from it even when leveraging tools such as  contentmanagement systems and enterprise search. Semantic technology offers the promise of being able to leverage computers to interpret theinformation,derive relationships and make it useful with less effortthan necessary for ahuman to review it.

As information volumes and interest in semantic technology grows,sodoes the content intelligence market. Today, however, the marketcontractedslightly with  SmartLogic’s acquisition ofcompetitor SchemaLogic. Both companies providetools that complement enterprisesearch, content management and businessintelligence solutions by   tagging, enhancing metadata and classifyingcontent so organizations can better find, organize, process and controltheirinformation assets.

The acquisition of SchemaLogic will expand SmartLogic’s expertiseinthe pharmaceutical and life science verticals and cement the company’s existing strength in the media, financial services, healthcare andresearchmarkets. SmartLogic will also be able to expand itsapplication portfolio withnew features and offerings fromSchemaLogic’s product suite.

Learning Opportunities

SmartLogic’s core product is its Semaphore EnterpriseSemantic Platform that includes:

  • Ontology manager -- allows users to define andmanage the full lifecycle of semantic taxonomies and vocabularies
  • Classification and text mining server -- a naturallanguageprocessing engine that processes text to extract metadata and apply classification to the content
  • Semantic enhancement server -- provides agraphical interface that allows developers to query ontology or taxonomy inreal-time
  • Searchapplication framework -- a packaged interface thatimplements search bestpractices to leverage with enterprisesearch platforms such as GoogleSearch Appliance and Apache Solr

In addition, the company offers a number of pre-builtintegrationswith products such as Microsoft SharePoint. The capabilitiesofSemaphore will be complemented by SchemaLogic’s MetaPoint, which provides similar capabilities.

Terms of the Deal

The companies have not disclosed terms of the deal, timeline or howthe teams will be combined. The deal may be a sign that therelativelyyoung semantic technology market is about to undergo somematuration.It would not be surprising to see other companies combining inthenear future to secure their competitive positions.