Ontotext Announces Strategic Hires for Ontotext USA

Monday, November 17, 2014


Northern Virginia, USA and Sofia, Bulgaria, November 17th, 2014— Ontotext, a leading provider of core semantic technology and text mining solutions, has announced the expansion of sales, marketing and alliances efforts in North America. This effort began with the hiring of Tony Agresta as Senior VP of Worldwide Sales & Marketing earlier this year. Over the summer, Brad Bogle was hired as Director of Marketing for Ontotext worldwide and more recently, Tom Endyke joined Ontotext USA as the Director of Solutions Architecture.

“We are very pleased to have Tony, Tom and Brad representing Ontotext in the USA,” said Atanas Kiryakov, Executive Director and CEO of Ontotext. “Ontotext has operated primarily in the European market. With significant success and the addition of premier customers that are using our entire Semantic Platform, we decided to expand operations in the United States, providing us with greater reach and support for our North American customers.” Ontotext USA is focused on four main areas:

  • Expanding Ontotext marketing efforts worldwide
  • Business growth within a focused set of vertical markets including media & publishing, financial services, life sciences, healthcare and government.
  • Supporting our growing list of customers in both commercial and public markets
  • Developing alliances with consulting companies, OEMs, re-sellers and complementary semantic technology providers

“Ontotext has great products that have stood the test of time. Our flagship product, GraphDB™ (formerly OWLIM) has been deployed across the globe and is widely known as a highly scalable enterprise RDF triplestore”, reports Tony Agresta. “But what makes Ontotext truly unique are three other essential elements: 1) a full complement of semantic enrichment, integration, curation and authoring tools that extend our platform approach, 2) a very large critical mass of semantic engineers, professional services and support teams that represent the most experienced professionals in the world and 3) S4, the Self Service Semantic Suite which provides a low cost, on demand set of tools for developers of build and deploy semantic solutions in the cloud.”

This powerful blend of technology and expertise have solved some of the most demanding semantic challenges for companies like the BBC, The Financial Times, LMI, AstraZeneca, IET, The Press Association, John Wiley & Sons, Dorling Kindersley, the British Museum and many more.

Mr. Agresta has previously served in leadership positions at Siebel Systems and SPSS where he managed product marketing teams and sales engineering teams globally. Earlier in his career, Mr. Agresta helped start Inforum, a target marketing company serving the healthcare sector and served as VP of Consulting Services. He was instrumental in the sale of Paragren Technologies to Siebel Systems and also managed the database marketing division for Group 1 Software, now owned by Pitney Bowes. More recently, Tony was VP of Marketing at Centrifuge Systems where he launched Centrifuge into commercial markets, and he also served as VP of Field Operations for MarkLogic.

Ontotext is very pleased to also add Tom Endyke as Director of Solutions Architecture and Brad Bogle as Director of Marketing to the team. Mr. Endyke joins Ontotext to provide technical sales leadership to the organization and was previously with Temis, a provider of text analytics solutions. Mr. Bogle leads the Ontotext marketing efforts and brings more than 14 years of experience working with emerging technology companies including SusQtech, which was acquired by Protiviti.

About Ontotext

Ontotext provides a complete set of semantic technology transforming how organizations identify meaning across massive amounts of unstructured data. Ontotext blends text mining, powerful SPARQL queries, semantic annotation and semantic search with an RDF graph database (GraphDB™) that infers new meaning at scale. Today, Ontotext is used to power the world’s largest media websites and supports knowledge management applications using tens of billions of facts in publishing, healthcare, life sciences, government, museums and archives. Ontotext technology delivers highly relevant search results for improved decision making – all in real time.

Ontotext also provides S4 – The Self Services Semantic Suite – allowing developers to build text mining and data management applications in the cloud. S4 offers software-as-a-service embodiment of Ontotext’s semantic annotation process – it includes text mining pipelines that enrich documents with metadata tags linking text with relevant concepts and entities. S4 also offers reliable access to Linked Open Data datasets, GraphDB™ as a self-managed database service and developer tools. S4 is available in a hosted environment with a pay-as-you-go model.

For more information, contact Doug Kimball, Chief Marketing Officer at Ontotext