Ontologies are the Esperanto for the Babel Fish of the 21st Century (part 03)

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Why do we Need Ontologies?


CxO says to Enterprise Architecture team “Why do we have to spend another 5 million integrating with X when we already spent that and more integrating with same system with Y.”EA team reply “Similar system completely different ontology. We suggested that we go with UBL & UNSPSC but you insisted on keeping costs down so we couldn’t even afford to go with industry vertical standard. We ended up implementing a variation of the one of the ontologies we already have; seeing as you, the solutions advisory board, and the division for whom the system was built wanted to go for a tactical and not strategic solution due to cost constraints.”

There can only be a number of these conversations before the penny starts to drop and a more strategic vision for the formal consideration of ontological impact on solutions is considered a necessary part of the procurement cycle.


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