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Zoomix, Semantics, and the future of SQL Server

Yesterday, Microsoft bought Zoomix, a very cool Israeli company. (<tangent> Israel is one of my favorite words - rich with layers of meaning: Isra meaning "one who struggles" and El, a Hebrew name for God </tangent>.)

Sunday I meet up with a friend who has a PhD in Computer Science and does research in a government lab. He said the most important database trend was semantics - identifying meta data about data. He also said the Oracle was all over semantics and Microsoft was behind the curve on this one.

Zoomix is a database semantics company researching data cleansing, linguistics and how these technologies become practical with databases. The Jerusalem based company will be integrated with Microsoft's Israeli research center and their work is going to integrated into future SQL Server versions.

Sounds cool to me.

Published Tuesday, July 15, 2008 3:55 PM by Paul Nielsen
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andyleonard said:

Interesting. SSIS has some pretty cool text mining and data cleansing tools built in (at least to Enterprise Edition). Fuzzy Grouping and Fuzzy Lookups, for example, use domain independent algorithms to perform grouping and matching operations (respectively). It'll be cool to see what these folks bring to the party.

:{> Andy

July 15, 2008 8:00 PM
 

James Luetkehoelter said:

Andy,

Have you ever worked with the Informatica suite? The data quality tools there (and in DataStage) for surpass SSIS. Data quality is Microsoft's weakest area - there's a world of data cleansing and data quality tools out there. At the moment (before this aquisition) isn't even really playing in the space.

Yes, fuzzy grouping and lookups are very useful, but I find the data viewers included to be pretty weak as data quality devices. MS has definitely made strides here, but this is a great aquisition and recognition of a weak point in their overall offering.

July 15, 2008 9:32 PM

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About Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen believes SQL is the romance language of data. As such he’s a hands-on database developer, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, trainer, and author of SQL Server Bible series (Wiley). As a data architect, he developed the concepts of Smart Database Design and Nordic – an open source O/R dbms for SQL Server. He lives in Colorado Springs.

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