IBM has announced new software that can find information by analyzing text within documents, Web pages, problem reports, email, and other unstructured content sources going beyond keyword searches to add additional understanding from the context of information. This new capability can help businesses better manage their information and extract and analyze previously hidden facts and insight to uncover risks, identify new opportunities, and drive efficiencies.
Enabling this is IBM WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition, a part of IBM's enterprise search platform and commercially available software for processing content based on the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA). UIMA compliant text analytic components can use WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition to clarify the meaning of terms, mine text to find hidden knowledge, and extract useful business information. UIMA provides a standard framework that can be used to add text analytics to any application and enables interoperability among different vendors' analytics software and enterprise applications. In addition, 16 companies, including Attensity, ClearForest, Cognos, Endeca, Factiva, Kana, Inquira, iPhrase, Inxight, nStein, QL2, SAS, Schemalogic, Semagix, SPSS, and Temis announced plans to support UIMA as a standard framework for search and text analysis of unstructured information. These companies are expected to deliver UIMA-compliant software, solutions or services to address various industry and application specific requirements. A number of these companies plan to use WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition as a platform for processing unstructured information. In keeping with its commitment to open source, IBM also announced plans to submit the UIMA technology to the open source community.
WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition as well as the Quality Early Warning, Advanced Intelligence and Customer Service solutions are available from IBM and IBM business partners. The UIMA Software Development Kit can be downloaded free of charge from IBM AlphaWorks.