Cipher Systems Partners with Semantic Research to Extend Data-Intensive Analytics Solutions to Commercial Markets

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Firms to Apply Semantic Network Analysis and Data Visualization Technology Developed for the Intelligence Community to Support Clients in Energy, Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Other Industries

Cipher’s strong reputation, deep client relationships, and extensive experience in commercial competitive intelligence, due diligence and other investigative services make them the perfect partner to help us enter the commercial market.

Strategic and competitive intelligence consulting firm Cipher Systems announced today a new partnership with Semantic Research Inc. (SRI), developers of the NetCentric Intelligence® semantic analysis platform. The firms will work together to integrate elements of SRI’s Semantica® software package and Cipher’s award-winning Knowledge.Works™ and Knowledge.Hub™ competitive intelligence software solutions. This joint effort will leverage the power of semantic analysis to address the toughest competitive intelligence and due diligence challenges facing companies in complex industries like energy, healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing.

Since 2001, SRI has driven breakthroughs in intelligence analysis for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and multiple law enforcement agencies. Government intelligence programs using Semantica® as their analytical backbone have been responsible for protecting the U.S. from terrorist threats, fighting transnational criminal organizations, countering improvised explosive devices, supporting troops in battle and targeting enemies near and far.

Semantica’s battle-tested capabilities have broad applicability in the commercial world: illicit financial networks, terrorist networks, and transnational criminal networks are all comprised of entities (people, organizations, places, things, events and ideas). Similarly, businesses operate in complex environments that contain multiple networks of entities, including suppliers, distributors, vendors, investors, competitors, and customers. Semantica helps analysts effectively target these networks by providing deep understanding of the relationships between entities to yield important business insights, leading to better, faster, and more confident decisions.

“To make smart strategic decisions, our clients need to fully understand the business ecosystems in which they operate,” said Peter Grimm, Managing Director of Cipher. “SRI’s technology and approach builds on our existing capabilities to support companies seeking to better understand their competitors’ strategy, target key customer segments, detect fraud, optimize supply chains, or examine potential acquisition candidates. We are pleased to partner with a leader in network-focused analysis to bring new capabilities to our clients.”

In addition to offering world-class competitive intelligence and due diligence consulting services, Cipher is a market leader in competitive intelligence software solutions. Its award-winning technology is designed to search, monitor and analyze market and social trends to help companies take advantage of growth opportunities while staying ahead of competitors. With 85+ implementations worldwide, Cipher’s solutions have earned recognition including the Competia Best-in-Class Software Award and the IBM Cross-Industry Solution Showcase Award.

“We’ve always known that the technology we developed to support critical national security missions would solve complex challenges in the commercial world as well,” said Chip Harrison, CEO of Semantic Research. “Cipher’s strong reputation, deep client relationships, and extensive experience in commercial competitive intelligence, due diligence and other investigative services make them the perfect partner to help us enter the commercial market.”

About Semantic Research
San Diego-based Semantic Research Inc., founded in 2001, is a pioneering software company using semantic networks as the next generation of knowledge representation methods. Their Semantica® software platform provides the most robust model for mapping data from any source into a common representation and analysis environment. Customers include multiple organizations within the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. For more information, visit

About Cipher Systems
Established in 1996, Cipher Systems is a full-service market and competitive intelligence consulting firm that supports decision makers through custom strategic research and two industry-leading competitive intelligence software solutions - Knowledge.Works and Knowledge.Hub. Cipher specializes in delivering the information you need to make better business decisions, having worked with over 100 clients to complete more than 125 engagements in 23 countries. Headquartered outside Washington, DC, Cipher maintains offices in Brazil and Switzerland, as well as a trusted global KOL/SME network with a presence in nearly 50 countries. For more information, visit

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