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Welcome to the IF4IT NOUNZ Interactive Demonstration Web Site

NOUNZ Simplicity

Over 50,000 web pages, including complex and highly interactive Views, Reports, Dashboards, and Visualizations, all generated and deployed in just minutes.

What is NOUNZ?

NOUNZ is Data and Information Compiler that rapidly generates large quantities of electronic documentation and Electronic Libraries (ELs).

Purpose of this Demonstration Web Site:

This entire Web Site is an interactive example of an output that was automatically generated (i.e. "synthesized") by the IF4IT NOUNZ Compiler. It's intent is to:

  • depict what an interactive Enterprise Library looks like,
  • depict what an interactive Configuration Management Database (CMDB) looks like,
  • depict what an interactive Architecture Model (for an enterprise) looks like,
  • depict what it looks like when an enterprise successfully collapses all its Catalogs under one comprehensive Enterprise Library,
  • depict what Semantic Relationships look like, both, in Textual and Graphical form,
  • depict what an comprehensive Intranet might look like, after you roll of this up into one solution,
  • depict what the NOUNZ compiler can generate in minutes, and
  • to help answer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NOUNZ.

Sadly, many IT professionals will incorrectly advise you to believe that your enterprise needs separate technical solutions for all of the above, driving extremely high levels of complexity, integration costs, and total cost of ownership.

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The fact is that you can easily build and deploy a feature rich and fully integrated solution which consists of all of the above with very little complexity, for a very low cost, and in just minutes, if you leverage a Data Driven Synthesizer like NOUNZ.

How to use and learn from this Demo:

We recommend that:

  1. read this page, which will help you understand layout, structure, and navigation, and
  2. start clicking away to experience the navigation solution, explore its many features (which are described below), and see what an integrated solution really looks like.
  3. OR, if you're impatient and want to jump right to the really cool stuff, just click on this interactive Node Cluster View and start clicking away!

As you browse from page to page, keep in mind that every page was auto-generated from nothing more than spreadsheets and flat files.


What is NOUNZ, really?

Let's start by saying that NOUNZ is a compiler or synthesizer.

To be more specific... NOUNZ is a Data Driven Synthesis solution that rapidly compiles complex Web Sites from nothing more than your data.

Because NOUNZ is a compiler, it represents a very rapid, low complexity, and low cost solution for solving many Knowledge Management problems that a common enterprise normally deals with.

NOUNZ is designed, built, distributed, and supported by the International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT).

This means NOUNZ can be used to automatically generate very large feature rich Enterprise Models and Web Sites, all in a small fraction of the time, complexity, and cost that traditional modeling and content management solutions would impose on an enterprise.

You can read more about or purchase NOUNZ at the IF4IT NOUNZ Product Page

The time it took to create over 50,000 Web Pages for this Demo Web Site:

This entire Web Site, consisting of over 50,000 Web Pages, over 100,000 HTML links, and many different Views, Reports, Dashboards, and Visualizations, was automatically generated from nothing more than example data for an enterprise in less than two minutes, on a simple laptop. Had we fed the compiler more data, it could have generated over 1,000,000 pages in about an hour, on the same laptop. (More powerful computers yield much faster results.)

Three (3) simple steps to create this entire Web Site:

NOUNZ uses a paradigm called Data Driven Synthesis that allows the generation of very large feature rich Web Sites, from nothing more than data, using three very simple steps...

  1. Supply your data, information, and web content in the form of flat Comma Separated Value (CSV) files, along with some data setup and exploration rules. (As is the case with any system, data must be cleansed for conformance.)
  2. Install and run the compiler on any machine that supports the Ruby Language Interpreter (supported by most operating systems). The compiler will collect your data and organize it into a Web Site that is organized in the form of an intuitive and very easy to use Electronic Library.
  3. View the output in a browser or simply deploy it to a Web Server so others can share and explore everything you've created.

NOUNZ Simplicity

Features automatically generated by the IF4IT NOUNZ Compiler:

The NOUNZ Compiler automatically generates many very powerful features, starting with a user skinable or brandable Web Site that includes:

This means that, when done, end users can see your enterprise data in very rich and interactive ways that would normally take multi-million dollar investments, all in just a fraction of the cost, time, and complexity of other solutions.

Who uses NOUNZ and why?

NOUNZ is commonly used by a number of different types of people:

  1. People like Knowledge Managers or Intranet Providers who want to build very large feature rich web sites for knowledge sharing, faster, with far less complexity, and for far less money that it would take using traditional Content Management Systems.
  2. People who work as Enterprise Modelers, such as Architects (Enterprise, Solutions, Business, Technical, etc.) who want to see details about things and the relationships between things.
  3. People who are responsible for delivery and support of IT solutions, such as systems and software, who need to see details about things and how those things are related to each other or tied together, for the purpose of things like Change Management and Impact Analysis.
  4. People who want to achieve all or any combination of the above, simultaneously.
NOUNZ Integrated Experience

What can NOUNZ be used for?

You and your enterprise can use the output of NOUNZ data compilations for things like:

  • a Public Web Site
  • an Enterprise Intranet platform
  • an Enterprise Model or Enterprise Modeling Tool (often required by Architects and Designers)
  • an Enterprise Configuration Management Data Base (Database) or what is commonly referred to as a CMDB (often required by IT staff)
  • an Enterprise Library Management platform
  • an Enterprise Service Catalog
  • a front end User Interface that can be tied to your Build and Deployment systems, so that you and your stakeholders can quickly organize and visualize what you build and deploy to your enterprise
  • as an Enterprise Knowledge Management platform (for specific knowledge domains)

Note: How you use NOUNZ is subject to the terms and conditions set forth by the International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT) and users should check and understand such terms and conditions before using NOUNZ.

What makes NOUNZ different from other tools and systems?

NOUNZ is different for a number of reasons...

  1. NOUNZ uses a compiler approach, rather than requiring a big database that incurs the complexities of a data warehouse. This means very simple and low cost infrastructure.
  2. NOUNZ uses a Data Driven Synthesis paradigm to generate its results. This means no meta-modeling or modeling.
  3. NOUNZ generates results that can stand alone, without any other tools or databases, making its output highly portable.
  4. Unlike other Content Management Systems, NOUNZ allows the rapid combination of Data, Information, and Web Content, all in one system.
  5. NOUNZ can collapse the functionality of many very expensive and complex systems, into one very simple and low cost solution.

Performance: How fast is the NOUNZ Compiler and what kind of performance can I expect from it?

The compilation for this demonstration site was performed on an Apple Mac Air laptop (OS X 10.9.4), with a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory.

Given that the Data and/or Content already existed in flat files (e.g. Spreadsheet or ETL generated .CSV files), this entire web site was generated in less than two (2) minutes of compilation time. This means that you could build a Web Site that is far more organized, comprehensive, inter-linked, and feature rich than all of Wikipedia (which took more than 10 years and millions of people to build), in less than half a day (assuming you have the data available to run the compilation). No other solution in the world can do this.

The results consist of more than 50,000 Web Pages, including complex and interactive Views, Reports, Dashboards, and Visualizations, that were all generated from about 10,000 data/content nodes (i.e. Noun Instances), across almost 30 different catalog categories (i.e. Noun Types).

Aside from compilation time, publishing the web site to an HTTP web server took about 60 seconds, manually, and less than 10 seconds via automated batch job.

Unlike other content management systems that require you to build each page and the links between them, often one at a time and manually, NOUNZ automatically and rapidly takes the flat files and turns them into a neatly organized, feature rich, and highly linked Web Site, all in a fraction of the time that it would take a large staff of resources to achieve similar results, over many months and often many years.

In many cases, NOUNZ can compile tens of thousands of data elements (a.k.a. Nodes) and the relationships between them into many hundreds of thousands of Web Pages, with millions of links between them, in about 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your data traits. Think of how long it would take you to achieve the same results, using the tools you normally have available to you.

Note: It's important to understand that performance always varies, somewhat, based on the size and quantity of your data elements and data types. However, the results are consistently much faster than other Web Site and Content generation alternatives.

Also, because NOUNZ knows how to automatically harvest Relationships from your flat files, it quickly generates more linkages between data and information constructs, in minutes, than an entire army of people can build, manually, in years. This means that users can rapidly traverse from any one data construct to any other (or related sets of others) in a few short clicks.

Compare these results to how long it would take you and your enterprise to generate a similar web site. We dare you!

What kind of data can I put into the NOUNZ platform and, ultimately, my site?

Take a look at the Master Catalog (in the top Menu Bar) or at the different topic areas in the Left Navigation Column and you'll see that you can add almost anything that you can represent in a list, an inventory, or table to this site or the NOUNZ platform. This includes the embedding of HTML content in your data files.

Also, what makes the NOUNZ compiler really different from other solutions is that it automatically harvests, organizes, gives context to, and creates countless bidirectional relationships and links between pages, something that manual processes could never keep up with. You'll get more working and usable links that have meaning, in seconds, using NOUNZ than an army of people can generate and publish in years, manually.

How is History Handled?

History is handled by saving your compilation snapshots.

Since each snapshot is a full view of a moment in time, you can go back to any view that you saved, for any and all snapshots in time, and compare them.

Unlike most complex transactional database solutions that offer no real way of seeing your entire model at any historical point in time or understand how your model evolved or compares over time, each NOUNZ snapshot represents a point in your model's evolution, which makes it very easy to compare any two points in time for differences.

How easy is it to get Data into the NOUNZ platform?

Feeding data to the NOUNZ compiler is a very simple process. Think of it as filling out spreadsheets for every topic area (or extracting that data from a system in flat file form).

You then specify some data registration and exploration rules so the compiler knows things like where to find the data and what to look for when it compiles.

To make your life even easier, we provide you with a starter list of spreadsheet templates that you can use to get your site up and running. For example, all the topics you see in this demonstration site are available to you, as part of the NOUNZ compilation platform. If you like our templates, you just replace our data and content with your own data and content. You can customize our templates to meet your own needs, for your own environment. And, once you know how to use our templates, you can easily create your own to capture whatever is important to you and your enterprise.

What kind of infrastructure does NOUNZ require?

NOUNZ requires the Ruby language runtime environment, which is nothing more than an interpreter, along with a few Ruby Gems, to run the compiler. Otherwise, nothing else is required. If you can install Ruby, some Ruby Gems, and NOUNZ on your computer, you're good to go.

  • NOUNZ does not use or require an expensive or complex Database.
  • NOUNZ does not use or require an expensive or complex Application Server.
  • NOUNZ doesn't even use or require a Web Server, if you just want to layer it over a file system.

You will only require a Web Server if you want to deploy the NOUNZ output to the Web (internal or external to your enterprise), that is if you want to share the compiled output with a larger community.

You will also need a tool to create your Comma Separated Value (CSV) Files, such as a Spreadsheet tool or an ETL tool (if you want to get crazy).

How does NOUNZ compare to traditional solutions?

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How are the NOUNZ Compiler and NOUNZ Generated Models and Web Sites made available to interested parties?

Model #1: You lease the software software...

  • A limited version of NOUNZ is offered to individuals as part of the IF4IT membership program (Individual Membership for industry professionals and Student Memberships for active students) and is available to them, automatically, as a benefit of their yearly membership fees.
  • An unlimited version of NOUNZ is offered to enterprises through an IF4IT Corporate Sponsorship program.

Model #2: The IF4IT generates your Enterprise Models and/or Web Sites as a service for you...

  • If you prefer not to lease, install, and run the software yourself, you can, instead, opt for IF4IT Model and Web Site generation services. You provide the data. We work with you to quickly generate the results. And, then we ship the output back to you so you can install and use the output on your own infrastructure.
  • If you're a consultant or enterprise that provides Modeling and/or Web Site generation services for others, we can even work out a partnership for White Labeling such services
Learn More About NOUNZ

You can read more about the NOUNZ Compiler at the IF4IT NOUNZ Product Page.

Contact the IF4IT for further information and details on Membership and Sponsorship for you or your enterprise.

The software and documentation associated with the IF4IT NOUNZ compiler are a Copyright of the International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT), as of September 2010.

Note: NOUNZ is a registered trademark of the International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT).

NOUNZ is a product that is created, sold and licensed by The International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT) and has been used to generate this Web Site.