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Volume 8, Issue 6
Nov/Dec 1994
Theme: Business Applications

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Intelligent Software for Managers - TMSA Creates A Niche -- Lisa Lewinson's Feature Article explores intelligent software packages designed to facilitate corporate management tasks.
AI in Business and Management - Law and Legal Applications -- Merrill E. Warkentin, Kimberly Davis, Jay Liebowitz, and Janet Zeide describe intelligent systems for the legal profession.
Logic Programming and Natural Language - More on DCG's -- Joseph Schmuller continues his series on Definite Clause Grammars.
AI and the French National Railway - Constraint-Based Reasoning Schedules Trains -- Patrick Suel reports on an innovative application of constraint-based reasoning.
Integrating Technologies for the Modern Corporation - Objects, Knowledge-Based Systems, and Case -- Michel Cesar and Barbara Kieley show how object oriented tools, knowledge-based systems, and CASE can work together in today's businesses.

Review - DataSculptor - Data PreProcessing Made Easy Many powerful new AI programs can find hidden relationships in your data. The data, however, must be in a format that these programs can use. Getting the data ready is a tedious task. NeuralWare's DataSculptor may be just the package to take care of this for you.
Review - O'Inca Design Framework - A New Creative Environment

Integration of fuzzy logic with expert systems and neural nets for industrial applications. This product is a flexible object oriented graphical environment for developing hybrid systems.

Product Updates -------------------------> 25 late breaking product announcements from around the world in the fields of:
  AI Tools Expert System Development
  Fuzzy Logic Genetic Algorithms
  Machine Translation Neural Networks
  Object Oriented Development Speech/Sound
PC AI Buyer's Guide --------------------> Multimedia Speech
  Virtual Reality Voice
Product Service Guide - Provides access to information on an entire category of products    
PC AI Blackboard - AI advertisers bulletin board    

Advertiser List for 8.6
AAAI Gold Hill Inc New Art Inc
AbTech Corporation Hess Consulting NIBS Inc
Acquired Intelligence Inc HyperLogic Corporation Objects Inc
Amzi! ILOG Inc Pinnacle Data Corporation
Android Technologies Inc Information Builders Prime Time Freeware
Applied Logic Systems Inc Intelligent Machines Soft Warehouse Inc
ATTAR Software Intelligent Software Strategies Teknowledge Corporation
Axcelis Inc Kemp-Carraway Heart Institute The Haley Enterprise Inc
DB Expo '95 San Francisco KnowledgeBroker Inc MathWorks Inc
EXSYS Inc Logic Programming Assoc Ltd The Schwartz Associates
Franz, Inc Logical Designs Consulting TRIMMer Software Co
FuziWare Inc NeuralWare Inc Ward Systems Group Inc
G6G Consulting Group Neuron Data  


The Business End

AI and Business have joined forces. As we move toward the next century, it becomes increasingly clear that the success of one is tightly bound with the success of the other.

Companies of all sizes now depend on

  • efficient transfer of business information
  • rapid application of expert knowledge
  • smart tools for developing software that meets corporate informational needs

Via knowledge-based systems, neural nets, object oriented design, and other technologies, AI delivers on all these counts. Corporations use today's AI techniques to insure success in tomorrow's world.


Conversely, business requirements impel AI workers to new heights of ingenuity. Among its many real-world success stories, AI has broadened its horizons to provide new ways of

  • analyzing gigabytes of data
  • building intelligent helpdesks
  • creating corporate modeling tools based on true visual programming

With a set of articles as varied as today's corporate arena, we highlight AI tools and applications that businesses use. In our Feature Article ("Intelligent Software for Managers") Lisa Lewinson takes us inside the Management Software Association (TMSA), a group of vendors who have recently carved out a niche in the software world. TMSA members market packages which help with the myriad tasks of corporate management. Merrill Warkentin continues his "AI in Business and Management" series. Merrill and co-authors Kimberly Davis, Jay Liebowitz, and Janet Zeide examine an array of expert systems geared toward the numerous facets of the legal profession. In "AI and the French National Railroad," Patrick Suel explains how constraint-based reasoning keeps the trains running smoothly in France. Michael Cesar and Barbara Kiely ("Integrating Technologies for the Modern Corporation") show that object oriented development, knowledge-based systems, and CASE can combine to form a powerful team for rapid application development.


We round out the issue with features that give you a broad view of the AI landscape. "Logic Programming and Natural Language" continues. This issue's installment tells you how Definite Clause Grammars coordinate with Prolog to extract information from sentences. Jeff Rapaport reviews O'Inca Design Framework, an environment for building applications that integrate fuzzy logic, neural nets, and expert systems. Peter Immarco reviews DataSculptor, a data preprocessing tool that eases the strain and pain of neural net development. Our Buyer's Guide and Product Update offer the latest information on intelligent software.


With so much information to process, we'd better get down to business.


Joseph Schmuller

Volume 8 --------------------> Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 1994)   Volume 15 Index (2001)
  Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 1994)   Volume 14 Index (2000)
Issue 3 (May/Jun 1994)   Volume 13 Index (1999)
Issue 4 (Jul/Aug 1994)   Volume 12 Index (1998)
Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 1994)   Volume 11 Index (1997)
Issue 6 (Nov/Dec 1994)   Volume 10 Index (1996)
      Volume 9 Index (1995)
      Volume 8 Index (1994)

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