The Business Case for JCB

Most companies today deal with data bases and with knowledge bases. Data bases have their clear-cut uses, and nobody can argue with the logic behind them. However, there is a great deal of corporate information which cannot effectively be stored in a data base. This sort of corporate knowledge is typically stored as a collection of documents and/or web pages.

People can use search engines, such as the Google products, to search through the company's knowledge base. The results of such a search are a list of documents that may contain the information that the person is looking for. Once the person locates a document which contains the information, then he must read through the document to find the pertinent information. Once the pertinent information is found, the next step is to determine whether the information is trustworthy, and to what extent.

Although people can use knowledge bases as well as data bases, programs can't.

JCB presents a remedy for this situation. In JCB, a person can formulate an English-like query. The query can be used to search the knowledge base, giving yes-or-no answers, as well as phrase answers, and complete sentence answers when appropriate. Because of the structure of the JCB-English language, programs can use JCB for knowledge base queries, too.

JCB is designed to be easy to use and to understand. Training took 15 minutes or less on each member of our sample group of 30 people.

The system can be set up on a network, used on an intranet, or on a single computer. The interface can be a web interface or a direct network service.

JCB means that you don't need SQL. Try this one in SQL if you can find a way:

  Users:   "Rachael" is bigger than "Shannah".
  Users: "Rebecca" is smaller than "Shannah".
  Users: Is "Rachael" larger than "Rebecca"?
  JCB: Yes.