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MarkLogic 8 Enhancements Help Developers Create Smarter Applications Faster

San Carlos, Calif. – August 18, 2015 – MarkLogic Corporation, the leading Enterprise NoSQL database platform provider, today announced new MarkLogic® Semantics features in MarkLogic® 8, the new-generation database that helps organizations achieve faster time to results, operationalize heterogeneous data, and mitigate risk. With new support for Jena and Sesame APIs, MarkLogic Semantics makes it easier and faster for developers to integrate data and build smarter applications in order to maximize the value of their organizations’ data.

“Enterprises are continuing to struggle with extracting and unlocking the value of unstructured and semi-structured information and to date, very few vendors have addressed this. Semantic technologies can overcome these obstacles by linking and relating unstructured information with the structured data in ways that current database technology just can’t handle,” said David Schubmehl, research director, Content Analytics, Discovery and Cognitive Systems, IDC. “IDC sees semantic capabilities as being crucial to build next generation knowledge bases and solutions that will drive knowledge worker productivity and enterprise value.”

Smart applications prove to be elusive for many organizations today, as 85 percent of companies fail to exploit data for a competitive advantage and data silos are listed as a significant impediment to achieving big data goals. Companies are struggling to integrate and manage data that reside in multiple silos as their relational database technology is often too limiting and inflexible to manage today’s complex data types. Organizations require a different approach to modeling data that focuses on relationships and context and breaks through silos, giving enterprises the ability to better organize data and build smarter applications faster.

The MarkLogic database is the only schema-agnostic Enterprise NoSQL platform that integrates search, semantics, and rich queries, with enterprise features customers require for production applications. MarkLogic ingests data as-is, driving rapid data integration by pulling data from various silos and incorporating all data into one platform for a comprehensive view of information.

MarkLogic Semantics adds additional value by linking the data together and providing context for better insight into the business. Because MarkLogic built semantics into the database, MarkLogic can connect all this disparate data together in one platform, eliminating the need to integrate multiple systems and perform costly ETL processes between them. It is the only platform that can store and query a combination of documents, data, and RDF triples (the language of semantics, sometimes called linked data) as the data resides in a single unified platform. This makes search more effective and faster than traversing across various data silos, and delivers information within context, resulting in better insights. With a single platform, users have flexibility in choosing a document data model, RDF model or mix of models that work best to store their data and provides the ability to query across everything holistically. And, in MarkLogic, users can choose how to query the data, using JavaScript, XQuery, or SPARQL — or even a combination of languages. The flexible data model and easy-to-develop query ability speed data integration and application development.

The new MarkLogic 8 database adds additional semantics and search value to the platform by supporting the standard Jena and Sesame APIs. These building blocks simplify and speed semantics application development. The support also makes it easier for developers, customers and partners to migrate existing semantics applications to MarkLogic so they can gain access to all of the other MarkLogic capabilities. A new rich search API also makes it easier for JavaScript developers to create sophisticated apps faster using a style that is very efficient, familiar, and natural. Application development is further speeded by eliminating the need to use ETL tools as data is ingested “as is” into MarkLogic.

“With MarkLogic Semantics, we can link together items for more impactful data discovery and sharing,” said Andrea Powell, CIO, CABI. “For example, our Plantwise KnowledgeBank contains a database of plant disease distribution. Using MarkLogic will help to determine the likelihood that disease present in one country will occur in another. Helping prevent crop losses allows us to better fulfill our mission of solving problems in agriculture around the world.”

“Semantics is a game-changer and our forward-thinking customers and partners understand the that. Organizations ranging from government agencies to banks to media and publishers throughout the world are using MarkLogic Semantics to enrich their data, and ultimately enrich their businesses,” said Joe Pasqua, EVP, products, MarkLogic. “Semantics gives our customers a competitive advantage, creating smart data that helps achieve business goals.”