UIMA and Customers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-08-11 Print this article Print

IBM first took UIMA technology out on a customer engagement and has since been perfecting it so that it not only serves as a competitive advantage for IBMs services consultants, but portions of the technology will also find their way into IBMs products. The first most likely area the technology will find a home in is IBMs Lotus Software divisions products, officials said.

Nancy Staisey, a partner in IBMs Business Consulting Services group who is based in Washington, said she is pitching Web Fountain to a client to help pull in more business and to better approach problems for current customers.

"It is interesting because we have an asset that can have a lot of different applications, like it can be used for tracking a firms reputation in the market to allowing a customer to have a pulse on what their customers are thinking and doing," Staisey said.

IBMs Life Sciences practice, along with IBM Research, has also applied Web Fountain to the complex problems of genetics. "IBM has brought their global expertise to bear on trying to develop data integration strategies that allow us to assess complex and diverse data from environmental, genetic and genomic sources in a fashion we have not been able to accomplish," said Bruce McManus, co-director of the iCAPTUR4E (Imaging, Cell Analysis and Phenotyping Toward Understanding Responsive, Reparative, Remodeling, and Recombinant Events) Center at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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