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Semantics in Business Systems: The Savvy Manager's Guide (The Savvy Manager's Guides) Kindle Edition

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Interesting, timely, and above all, useful, Savvy Guides give IT managers the information they need to effectively manage their technologists, as well as conscientiously inform business decision makers, in the midst of technological revolution.

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...Great book! It clearly explains the background and practical application of semantics that managers, architects and software developers will need to understand how new technologies will impact the next generation of business systems.
-Dave Hollander, CTO; Contivo Inc., Co-chair W3C XML Schema Working Group

This book will help you navigate through the current batch of alphabet soup: XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, and the rest. It gives a clear overview of the territory punctuated by examples...
-Peter Norvig,

What does semantics have to do with information systems, databases, enterprise integration, and Web services? Though sometimes misunderstood as an arcane liberal art, semantics is at the core of these and other emerging technologies. Semantics is a powerful and intuitive philosophy, methodology, and framework that can be used to leverage existing knowledge, data, and resources, ensuring your systems will be able to evolve with your business and keep pace with technology in the years to come.

Well-written and engaging, Semantics in Business Systems: The Savvy Manager's Guide contains the knowledge you need to understand and assess how semantics can help your information systems. It begins with a clear explanation of what semantics is and then describes, using real-world examples, how semantics currently affects business systems. The book then explores future applications of semantics, illustrating its connection to XML and the Semantic Web.

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  • File Size: 4596 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (November 25, 2003)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a software consultant in Fort Collins, but not the CSU professor of the same name.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David C. Hay on June 8, 2004
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As a professional data modeller, I found this book impressive, inspiring, and distressing.
It is impressive because the author has done a good job of encapsulating a broad set of what on the surface appear to be completely unrelated topics--metadata, business rules, data modeling, XML, etc. Except that I am interested in all of them, which should already have told me that they were related. He managed to balance the level of detail for each of the areas, not getting either intimidating with detail or too superficial to be useful.
I found it inspiring because I really have been interested in this subject for many years and just didn't know it. In my data modeling practice I have always focused more on the meaning of concepts than on how they might be physically represented in databases. The author's admonition to companies to spend more time (and money) considering semantics could be in my marketing materials.
My current problem is that data modeling has become passé and it is tricky to market my services. I like to distinguish myself from other data modelers in that I think I am better than most in understanding semantics, but I never described it that way. Semantics now gives me a way to rework my marketing message.
I found this book distressing for the same reasons I found it inspiring. It points out that far from being a closed issue, this field is just beginning. The amount of stuff I still don't know is really troubling. The bibliography seriously scared me. Part of the problem is that my undergraduate degree was in philosophy, but in addition to the fact that I really have trouble after all these years remembering who said what, I now realize that my education in that subject was seriously superficial.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Welsh on February 27, 2004
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Dave McComb's book is about semantics, and it is a terrific advertisement for his understanding of meaning and communication. Drawing on a lifetime of experience, he explains the basic ideas in simple, unpretentious language, introducing semantics as the branch of philosophy that deals with meaning. Then he motors on through classification, vocabularies, taxonomies, ontologies; data and object-oriented modeling; state machines, schemas, metadata, natural language processing, business rules, document and knowledge management and much more. McComb ties everything together logically, and proves that it is possible to describe some of the core ideas of software in words that anyone can understand. The last few chapters present some of the latest buzzwords, such as XML, Web services, Service Oriented Architecture, Business Process Management, Enterprise Application Integration and the Semantic Web.
This book is very well written, and can be read in a single sitting - its 300 pages took me about five hours, making the occasional note and skipping nothing. When you have finished, there is still more value at the end: a reference section, where all the concepts mentioned in the book are summarised in logical order; an excellent glossary; a "resources" section 30 pages long stuffed with book references, URLs and the like; and a professionally compiled index. The book is well produced, too. Its binding is suitable for frequent use, there are no typos or other careless errors, and the many diagrams are attractive and easy to understand.
Anyone who is involved with producing or maintaining software stands to learn something new and useful from reading this book. Even if not, it would still be a fascinating read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2003
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This book is extremely readable, particularly given the complexity of the subject. It is conversational without sacrificing the detail or precision that is necessary in a book of this nature. McComb's "tell to you later" approach to some of the topics was very refreshing. It was almost like reading a mystery. He gives a glimpse of an intriguing issue and tells you that he will explain it later. This kept me reading, just like a well written novel would. You could almost hear McComb talking to you about the subject and clearly it is a subject he both knows well and enjoys discussing. His examples and definitions were extensive, easy to understand, effective and to the point. The glossary and the resources appendices alone are a significant contribution to the subject of Semantics in Business Systems.
The chapter transitions are very well done and helpful, particularly for a person in the early stages of understanding the application of Semantics to the development of Business Systems. They are concise, effective and readable. McComb also makes excellent use of background summaries. His history lessons and comparisons to common or similar experiences helped me relate to the subject. He uses experiences we all have in common and they brought me into the subject matter he was discussing, even if it was unfamiliar. The examples he gives, comparing the shift to Semantics to earlier transitions and similar technology developments, acted as a friendly guide through a territory of unfamiliar ideas and concepts. If you lived through those earlier transitions, they give you insight into what is going on in the world of Semantics today.
Where he could, McComb uses common everyday language. Even when covering more advanced concepts, he uses the most familiar terms possible.
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