INFORMATION WEEK: Here's how to decide where flexible semantic technologies can replace more rigid relational systems.
Don't buy into the idea that semantic database technologies are just for consumer-facing services such as BBC Online or the semantic Web initiatives embraced by the likes of Best Buy and Cisco. In much the same way that consumerization drives innovation in end user computing, semantic database technologies deliver benefits that businesses of all stripes should be exploiting.
At a high level, semantic databases offer five main benefits: They work with your existing relational databases. They align with Web technologies. Their underlying technology speeds integration of multiple databases. They're based on data structures that are flexible by design. And thus they can help enterprises tackle big data challenges.[read more]