Semantic Transformation Change Agents Wanted!

We’re looking for people who want to help create and steer the next revolution in enterprise computing through a career in Semantic Technology Consulting.

What we do:

We help our clients step into the future of enterprise computing through facilitating, teaching, mentoring, architecting, prototyping and delivering end solutions. While relatively new to the enterprise, semantic technology has been around for decades, and is now mature (as evident in arriving on Gartner’s  list of top technology trends in 2013). Our job is to take it into the enterprise and make it go mainstream.

What you want:

  • to work with world class professionals to co-create the next revolution in enterprise computing through semantic technology
  • to work in a wide variety of projects in various industries and government
  • to work on collaborative teams with clients and colleagues
  • to do a moderate amount of travel, as well as spend plenty of time at home
  • to have flexible working hours
  • to have plenty of fun on the job

What you have:

A passion for making a difference.

Deep technical skills in at least one and ideally two or more of the following areas:

  1. Enterprise Architecture
  2. Database design and implementation
  3. Semantic Technology
    1. Ontology Engineering
    2. Triple stores
    3. Ontology/model driven computing

Strong basic skills in many of the following areas:

  1. Communication
    1. Good bedside manner with clients
    2. Creating and giving written and oral presentations
    3. Facilitating groups of people
  2. Fast learner
  3. Emotional intelligence and attitude
    1. Being able to work effectively with people
    2. Understanding, acknowledging and amplifying yours and others’ strengths and weaknesses
    3. Identifying and working through conflict, not avoiding it
    4. Willingness to pitch in when the team needs you
  4. Analysis and mapping of existing systems and architectures, and designing future ones and writing whitepapers recommending how to transition from the present to the future.
  5. Contributing to growing the business, including strategy, sales and marketing
  6. Creating and nurturing client relationships
  7. Ad hoc analytics
    1. spreadsheet power user (ability to rapidly assess medium sized bodies of information)
    2. data wrangling
    3. script writing
  8. Programming, especially using semantic technology tools,
  9. Project management
  10. Distilling the essence of a complex web of ideas  and modeling

How we do it

We view organizational change as a team sport with plenty of contact.  While there are plenty of good remote collaboration tools around, they work better with routine commoditized work that can be distributed and outsourced.  But that’s not what we’re doing — we are inventing the future. This requires plenty of interaction working in close proximity with each other and with our clients.

For the last several years we have led with our own brand of Enterprise Ontology development, which we (and our clients) think delivers a unique, comprehensive model of their enterprise. We have helped these clients apply this enterprise ontology to various systems projects, typically proof of concept projects in areas such as deriving SOA messages from the ontology, building mash-ups from the ontology, creating MDM models from ontologies, building workflow-driven systems from the ontology, and tying together a large number of disparate taxonomies using the ontology as the glue. These projects have given us a great deal of insight as to what is possible at the enterprise level. We expect to continue to do these types of projects, as we move on to bigger projects with clients who are ready to totally transform their IT architecture.

Where we do it

We are looking for people who live in or are willing to relocate to Northern Colorado.  It’s a great place for outdoor activity. It’s a great place to raise a family. It is an hour to Denver Airport, from which you can get to most places in the country nonstop.

More about Semantic Arts

Since 2000, we have been working with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to take the complexity and cost out of large scale information systems.  For the first few years, we mostly got into large accounts via Enterprise Architecture, and then introduced semantics as a means to solve their various problems. As Semantic Technology matured things shifted, and for the last six years we have primarily been doing semantic work.

This diversity in client base is reflected in projects that are highly varied in nature and scope. We have built enterprise ontologies in several industries, including law, manufacturing, finance and healthcare. Government work has included labor & industry as well as creating and maintaining corporate registries.

We aim to make a major contribution to the next generation of enterprise computing and expect to eventually convert to a partnership model, analogous to an accounting or law firm. There will be equity in the stewardship model, rather than through going public or being acquired.  We hope to spin off a number of separate companies, some of which may choose to go that route and generate a big equity payoff.

Our clients

We have been fortunate enough to work with a number of well-run and highly regarded companies including Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, LexisNexis, Sentara Healthcare, Sallie Mae, Harvard Pilgrim, Freddie Mac, The Texas Teacher Retirement System, Colorado Childcare Enforcement, and in Washington State, their Department of Labor & Industries, Office of Financial Management, Employment Security Division, and Department of Transportation.

Who should not apply?

If you are more focused on making big money than making a big difference to our clients

Look elsewhere for extravagant salary and bonuses – look here for job satisfaction and making a decent living.

If you prefer to work alone rather than to collaborate

We spent a lot of time with our clients and working closely with each other.  Effecting organizational change is a high contact sport.

If you are purely technical in a fairly narrow area

We expect you to have deep technical skills in at least one or two areas.  Equally important are strong people skills.  We also require strong basic technical skills that can be adapted to a wide range of situations.

If you think this would be a match for you, send an email with two paragraphs as to why you think you could contribute to