In the digital transformation era, the problem is no longer that of generating data, but of knowing how to manage and use it most effectively in business. Over the last year the flow of data in the workplace – be it an office, an industry or an hospital – has steadily increased. Information management has become over more complex and faces the issues and costs associated with information overload. In every workplace, the challenge today is how to manage information, how to reduce poor or minimal decision-making caused by information overload, and how to help employees to take the right decisions, thereby reducing errors and mistakes.
Infographic: Costs and consequences of information overload
The answer lies in the Semantic Platform, part of the Cognitive Hub developed by Konica Minolta’s Global R&D laboratories, and that forms a solution for information and mundane-task overload management. The Semantic Platform is a software infrastructure that is based on data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and is capable of providing the right information to the right people at the right time.
As a starting point in this explanation we focus on semantics as the study of meaning. Semantics considers the relations between words and phrases and their meaning in a lexical context. Semantics shows best its capability when it comes to the management of large volumes of unstructured data. If we imagine the potential of a machine that is able to understand the meaning of words in a specific domain context, using lexical or linguistic semantics; it will be able to guide the user through his/her information research needs, providing better answers and encouraging effective decision-making processes.
The Semantic Platform is an area of application of AI technologies that uses Deep Learning and other Machine learning techniques and ontological content analysis. Feeding the software infrastructure with unstructured data the system applies inference to produce data insights, that is, information with added value. This in turn creates new knowledge for the user to access more useful information or take more valuable decisions.
The Semantic Platform can have countless applications that enter into vertical businesses such as the digital office, digital manufacturing and the digital hospital. Read our White Paper to discover all of the opportunities offered by the Semantic Platform and get in contact with us to collaborate and explore other digital solutions for your business needs.
With contributions and edits by Giorgio Sestili.