Enterprise information integration (EII) is the ability to support a unified view of data and information for an entire organization. It has been a priority of the enterprise IT function for nearly a half century, and has also been the source of many notable IT failures. EII is the explicit, primary purpose and application for the Open Semantic Framework. OSF overcomes the central failure points in past efforts at enterprise information integration.

EII requires at minimum these capabilities:

  • The ability to represent and interconnect all forms of information — unstructured documents, semi-structured files, spreadsheets, and structured databases
  • Common terminology and semantics able to capture the diversity of contexts and data aggregation across the enterprise
  • Extract, transformation and load abilities across all legacy assets and the Web
  • User interfaces useful to knowledge workers and administrators
  • Visualization capabilities
  • Ability to query and extract results sets for separate analysis, visualization or sharing
  • Security and access control
  • Workflow systems to enable analysts and users to effectively maintain, grow and manage the EII infrastructure
  • Scalability and performance.

In addition, it may be preferable to have a system that is:

  • Multilingual
  • Interoperates with Web applications
  • Provides results and views in linked data
  • Has direct integration with business intelligence capabilities.

OSF has been explicitly designed to address all of these EII requirements and preferences. Combined with the distributed networking capabilities described under the distributed collaboration, the Open Semantic Framework is a premier choice when considering an enterprise information integration project.