Computer Associates (CA) has announced that it is extending its neural network agent (Neugent) technology so that it can be used to predict the behaviour of ebusiness applications.
Neugents ii is designed to allow businesses to quickly build and deploy intelligent components, enabling ebusiness applications to adjust, predict and respond in real time.
The technology can predict the effect of change on future business results by monitoring business processes, discovering relationships and detecting patterns, thereby learning the underlying principles behind an ebusiness.
CA is positioning the technology for functions ranging from dynamic personalisation of websites to predicting market trends and business outcomes.
For example, an ebusiness site can use Neugents ii to learn the attributes and preferences of their best customers from the past, and use the data to match the right products with the right customers.
One of the most interesting applications of the technology is a project by the Metropolitan Police Service to use Neugents ii to track trends in repeat crimes, such as robberies and burglaries. This knowledge will allow crime analysts to concentrate on serious offences and help improve crime-solving techniques.
Industry analysts praised the new technology but said Neugents ii would be much more successful if it was not linked so heavily with other CA technology.
Clive Longbottom, strategy analyst at Strategy Partners, said: "Neugents are incredibly useful but CA needs to get away with associating them with its Jasmine ii database, which it uses as the underpining technology.
"Neugents can work outside CA environments - Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle are so much more mainstream."
Jay Huff, European marketing manager at CA, said Neugents ii could take information from other databases and even deal with unstructured data, but Jasmine ii is needed for integration.
"The infrastructure to deal with other data sources comes from Jasmine ii, which provides communications and data access services," he said. "Neugents ii work on the application side and it wouldn't make sense to hand code these functions into them."
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