Chatty Databases

In March, Internetweek talked about a vendor that was linking SQL databases to Instant Messenger (IM) and allowing end users to query databases using human language. In this week's Reload: Chatty Databases they say that uses for the new technology have begun emerging. The first to hit the mainstream is the GooglyMinotaur AIM screen name, the front end of an SQL database containing information about the alternative rock band Radiohead. ActiveBuddy, the company that has been beta testing the technology, says a new product called Corporate411 will allow companies to access employee information via IM.