...making data talkŪ



Maio Consulting® leverages today’s standards to implement a technology framework specific to your business needs.  The technology framework provides a comprehensive toolset for building and maintaining an XML StackTM, a hierarchical structure of aggregated data based on your business vocabulary.  The figure below shows an XML StackTM.  Using the XML StackTM, your business can analyze focused output from Key Performance Indicators and web-based visualization tool sets.

Once your organization decides to use a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), then Maio Consulting® can build a strategy and solution for meeting your business needs.  SOA solutions include tools and services for the rapid development of web services, meta-data repositories, automation and modeling of business processes, implementing and developing business vocabulary, implementing web portals, and developing and implementing web parts for data visualization and analysis.



The XML StackTM applied by Maio Consulting® will make data talk.  Imagine using a web-based search engine tailored specifically for your business and requesting information on “breakdown of major maintenance costs.”  The XML StackTM consists of the following concepts:
  • Meta-Data – Depending on the current technology used by your business, the existing meta-data layer can be leveraged to build Web Services. Many organizations have invested in popular off-the-shelf Export, Transformation & Loading (ETL) tools which capture database schema definitions.  The schema definitions found in these toolsets can be used as input to tools which build web services.  Microsoft BizTalk provides the ability to develop a series of web services based upon meta-data information as well as using direct data source access information.
  • Web Services – There are many tools sets provided by Microsoft, Oracle and others that can easily generate web services.  The organization of these web services is best developed by using existing business process models.
  • Universal Description, Delivery & Integration (UDDI) – The UDDI manages available web services used by your business. The web services available both internally and externally provide input to tools which combine web service XML data to form common business vocabulary.  As the XML is combined into common vocabulary, new XML results are generated.  The new XML results are then related to new vocabulary and combined with other vocabulary elements.
  • Business Process Model – Many organizations have created business process models and have found that these models provide invaluable insight about their business.  Maio Consulting® uses existing business process models to define common vocabulary or concepts within the XML StackTM.  By combining the business process models with the XML StackTM within popular work process automation tools, your business can be optimized through iterative analysis between the XML StackTM and key performance indicators related to your business processes.
  • Common Semantics, Vocabulary & Information Model & Business Process Model – Many tools are available that assist with relating web service data to a common vocabulary contained within a dictionary and/or thesaurus.  In addition, these tools allow for the creation of new vocabulary from existing vocabulary.  As the business vocabulary is developed, more difficult concepts are built by combining several lower level vocabulary elements together.  In reality, the end user is visualizing these concepts, but behind the scenes the concepts are several layers of aggregated XML.  Thus, tools in the marketplace which offer a common semantics or vocabulary are providing the ability to transform data into conversational concepts.  Since the aggregation of XML data into vocabulary and eventually into conversational concepts is possible, the resultant XML is much easier for your business to interpret.


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