HIGHFLEET, Inc. was founded 14 years ago by computer scientists, linguists, mathematicians and analysts formerly of the National Security Agency. Understandably, their interest then, as now, is analysis using structured data. The crucial problem they addressed is that enterprises have lots of data in lots of places and there was no practical means of exposing it to analyses.

Their solution is to use logic programming to create a Reasoner that does masses of inference on data mapped to a logic model (ontology). This inference connects data at the level of meaning in a context as a human would, only over much larger models, much more data and much faster. They succeeded in building a robust, scalable deductive system and in using this core capability to perform low cost Semantic Federation of existing databases, SemFed. SemFed makes all semantically federated data available to the HIGHFLEET Reasoner, creating a sophisticated, flexible analytic capability that is enterprise ready.

HIGHFLEET is one of the longest-established firms in what the Market calls “semantic technologies”. Our solutions are applicable to any enterprise that has lots of data in lots of places and needs a cost effective way to get analytic value from all data resources. Whether this called a Big Data problem, Semantic Search, or a Sensemaking problem, the issue of making lots of distributed data available for analyses is at the core of nearly all operational and strategic challenges in most enterprises.

Re: Our zeppelin theme. The Chief Scientist and Founder, Bill Andersen, and I have a sort of romance for retro-technologies. And massive rigid airships are just really cool, and memorable, and . . . lofty. Whenever someone asks me, “What’s with the zeppelins?” I say, “That you’re asking means we succeeded.” The airship imagery is also consistent with the Steampunk theme of our website. And the next time you’re stuck in one of those winged Pez dispensers we call airplanes, you might find yourself wishing for the spacious dining room of a zeppelin, pictured below. Large rigid airships are making a comeback in many forms for many roles.

Michael Davis