The Importance of a Semantic Layer for AI & BI

A Perspective From Legendary – Dr. Barry Delvin – one of the foremost authorities on business insight and founders of data warehousing.

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In modern AI and BI applications, a semantic layer is vital in allowing business people to find and use relevant information, as well as supporting IT in high quality and cost-effective data delivery.

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This whitepaper will explain the importance of a semantic layer, provide key lessons for successful implementations, and outline a relatable business scenario at a fictional company called ‘BIG Supplies’.

As data volumes grow, and as information is put to an increasing number and variety of uses, defining and maintaining a record of its diverse contexts and meanings is vital.

Data catalogs have already become common sight. The semantic layer is the next frontier in placing information with active context and meaning at the fingertips of businesspeople and automating the delivery of well-managed and performant data by IT.

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About the Author

Dr. Barry Devlin is among the foremost authorities on business insight and one of the founders of data warehousing, having published the first architectural paper on the topic in 1988. With over 30 years of IT experience, including 20 years with IBM as a Distinguished Engineer, he is a widely respected analyst, consultant, lecturer, and author of the seminal book, “Data Warehouse—from Architecture to Implementation” and numerous White Papers. His book, “Business unIntelligence—Insight and Innovation Beyond Analytics and Big Data” was published in October 2013.