Making Sense of Unstructured Data

Praja and Stratify both announced new products this week designed to help users rein in their unstructured data.

Praja Inc. and Stratify Inc. both announced new products this week designed to help users rein in their unstructured data.

San Diego-based Praja unveiled ExperienceWare 3.0, an development platform for building applications that bring together structured data, such as from transactional and business intelligence systems, with unstructured data, such as from content and document management systems or even desktop productivity applications. Once combined, the system enables unified data analysis.

Separately, Stratify, formerly called Purple Yogi Inc., announced the Stratify Discovery System and Stratify Classification Server, both designed to turn unstructured data into usable information.

The chief new feature of Prajas ExperienceWare upgrade is a set of reusable templates designed to make it faster and easier to deploy the technology across the enterprise. The technology can be used to correlate historical data with unstructured data, such as Web page content, so as to give businesses a clearer indication of business activities, Praja officials said.

ExperienceWare 3.0 has native support for XML, Java, JDBC, EJB, WAP and LDAP. It will be generally available in January, though a beta version is out now. Pricing starts at $150,000.

Meanwhile, Stratify, of Mountain View, Calif., launched its flagship family of software Tuesday. The Stratify Discovery System is a document management system that collects information such as Web content or Microsoft Corp. Word and PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat files. It then organizes the data into a hierarchy of topics that the user defines and presents the information to the user.

The Stratify Classification Server meanwhile provides an application development environment for building document management applications that uses the same classification technology as the Stratify Discovery System. Stratify officials said the technology can be used to build add-on applications to other document and content management applications as well as search engines, corporate portals and customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning software systems.

The Discovery System and Classification Server are sold together as a platform with pricing starting at $50,000. Both are available now.