Many of us are familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of relational database technology.
There are two problems with finding things in an rdbms environment.
Firstly, you have to build a structure that seems appropriate and then you have to be aware of that structure when you want to carry out searches. The envelope can be pushed somewhat during searches using natural language processors and “cube” software.
The problem of carrying out searches and connecting the dots across multiple different relational databases remains where there are no defined connections between records in one rdbms and other rdbms’.
In our work, we have successfully combined relational and hierarchical database technology in a graphic environment where you can carry out free-form searches across all of the data and visualize the results of a search, particularly where “hits” were found and, for us at least, interestingly, where there were no “hits”.
The latter has been an area of focus for Civerex for the past few years. We now have operational connect-the-dots applications using this technology.
“Finding” things that are not there has practical value – consider McDonalds trying to decide where to put a new outlet. On the one hand, they could look for locations where Wendy’s has outlets but they might at times be more interested in finding locations where Wendy’s does not have outlets.
Any organization with an interest in participating in this initiative should contact Civerex at Civerex@civerex.com. Civerex is starting up a large-scale venture that will make extensive use of the technology we have developed.