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Volume 15, Issue 2
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Mar/Apr 2001
Theme: Intelligent Business Applications & OOD

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XML and Distributed Business-to-Business Intelligence: Fusing XML and Java-based Expert Applications Earl Cox explores the new relationship between applications and intelligence and how combining business policy rules and XML capabilities provides a powerful, robust and extensible way of building distributed applications.
Data Cleansing: An Automated Approach Will Dwinnell investigates intelligent techniques such as anomaly detection for reducing data irregularities which ultimately affect downstream business decisions.
Why Smalltalk? Could Smalltalk be the Next Big Business Language? James A. Robertson promotes Smalltalk's possible advantages in productivity and quality over other Object Oriented Languages..
AI@Work Practical Applications of Prolog to eBusiness - A Racing Case Study; Russian Tax Service is now High Tech - Fast Automatic Character Recognition. .
Lisp Power and Functionality A Well-Kept Secret: Results of the ITTA's Lisp Users Survey Douglas F. Ramsey discusses the respondents comments about the key strengths and industry misconceptions about the LISP programming language.
Cloning Business Logic via Web-Based Rules: Reusable Logic Across Independent Applications Thomas Ronk and Jeff Weyer examine a non-technical interface for capturing the business logic that automates workflow across enterprise applications.
What's Behind the Dyland Language? A Brief Overview Hans Wegener takes a detailed look at the Dylan programming language and some of its semantic constructs.
Geospatial Data Mining for Market Intelligence: Finding Market Insight in a Sea of Data Paul Duke describes how two business intelligence technologies coupled with data mining produced actionable business decisions.

AI and the Net - Virtual Reality on the Web - What is available today and where it may lead in the future  
The Book Zone - Evolutionary Design by Computers and What Else are You Reading?  
Product Updates --------------------------------> 24 late breaking product announcements from around the world in the fields of:
  Business Forecasting Business Rules
  Custom Intelligent Services Decision Support
  Expert System Development Tools Genetic Algorithms
  Automation Intelligent Tools
  Intelligent Portals Knowledge Based Systems
  Languages Modeling and Simulation
  Natural Language Processing Neural Networks
  Voice and Speech Recognition Newsletters
Product Service Guide - Provides access to information on an entire category of products    
PC AI Blackboard - AI advertisers bulletin board    

Advertiser List for 15.2
AAAI  Exsys Recruiting  RML
ABBYY USA  Franz, Inc. Rule Automation
AI Developers  Frontline Rule Machines Corporation
Amzi! Inc Haley Enterprise Salesmation
And Corporation Logic Programming Associates Ltd Salford Systems
ATTAR Software USA Megaputer Intelligence  Smalltalk Solutions
BioComp NeuroDimension StatSoft
Cincom PC AI Reprints The Modeling Agency
DCI PC AI Back Issues WizSoft Inc
dtSearch Production Systems Technolgies 
  Prolog Development Center
Exsys QMC

Today, businesses utilize the most efficient and affordable medium for disseminating information, whether externally or internally, in the history of mankind - the Internet. Corporate hosted web sites enable customers, partners, and suppliers to instantly understand products, services, and even corporate strategies while the host recieves instantaneous feedback. Intranet sites distribute a variety of corporate information to employees, including benefits and directory information, administrative announcements, marketing strategies, technical specifications and more. In addition to simplifying and accelerating information dissemination, the Internet revolutionized the very essence of information - assimilating hypertext documents, images, sound, video, and spatial data, along with numerous other information types.
  Business rules, statements that control or define the various aspects of a business, either define the structure of a business or govern its business processes. Business rules are the binding agent that enables organizations to balance stakeholder expectations, a principle base for making decisive strategic decisions, and the requirements of day-to-day operations.
  Intelligent applications that easily integrate enterprise business rules with existing legacy data and new information and knowledge formats are crucial to a business' survival. It is this ability to manage complex, time critical information adn produce key decisions quickly, that enables a company to remain competitive.
  This issue takes a look at a number of technologies with a focus on Intelligent Web Applications and Object Oriented Development (OOD). Earl Cox starts us off by examining how the combinations of business intelligence (in the form of business policy rules) and the new XML standard enables information and knowledge sharing between enterprise applications. Tom Ronk and Jeff Weyer explore workflow automation across disparate enterprise applications taking advantage of reusable business logic and automated business logic. They demonstrate how a web interface to an enterprise's business rules empowers the rules owners and enhances a company's ability to react quickly.
  We also take a look at Object Oriented Technology, spotlighting the more traditional AI and OOD languages. Although some of these languages have been around for a long time (Lisp - 1958, Prolog - 1972, Smalltalk - 1972, and Dylan - 1992), they compare very favorably with their more modern counterparts. THe issues these langauges struggled with when first introduced, such as poor performance or high memory requirements, have long since been eliminated by compiler/interpreter improvements and the explosion in the platform capabilities. These languages actually have many benefits over today's "language of the month," and deserve another "look-see."
  Other AI technologies explored include Geospatial data mining (adding a geographical component to the results) and intelligent data cleansing as part of any numerical analysis or modeling activity. And as we approach tax season, we see how taxes are handled on the other side of the world as an AI based scanner is used to handle Russian Tax Returns.
  Taking a look at our regulars, Mary Kroening covers the application of virtual reality on the web while Will Dwinnell review the book "Evolutionary Design by Computers" and provides suggestions for alternative sources of AI information.
  Terry Hengl

Volume 15-----------------------> Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 2001)   Volume 15 Index (2001)
  Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 2001)   Volume 14 Index (2000)
Issue 3 (May/Jun 2001)   Volume 13 Index (1999)
Issue 4 (Jul/Aug 2001)   Volume 12 Index (1998)
Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 2001)   Volume 11 Index (1997)
Issue 6 (Nov/Dec 2001)   Volume 10 Index (1996)
      Volume 9 Index (1995)
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