What is ‘Ontonix’?

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Ontology, existence, being, reality

31-st December, 2014


As our company celebrates this month ten years of activity, it seems fitting to answer, in this year’s last blog entry, the question I am frequently asked: what does ‘ontonix’ mean?

Ontonix comes from ‘ontology’. Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations.

Complexity is a property of every system and its importance is comparable to that of energy. Studying the nature of being, existence or reality is difficult without first comprehending complexity and its properties. A quantitative approach to the study of complexity allows us to see the intricate dynamics of natural as well as man-made systems in a totally new light.

‘Ontonix’ can be seen as ‘computational ontology’. Just like ‘mechanics’, ‘electronics’ or ‘photonics’, ‘ontonix’ is a branch of technology and science. It is, in fact, a new branch of science.


J. Marczyk

President and Founder, Ontonix



Established originally in 2005 in the USA, Ontonix is a technology company headquartered in Como, Italy. The unusual technology and solutions developed by Ontonix focus on countering what most threatens safety, advanced products, critical infrastructures, or IT network security - the rapid growth of complexity. In 2007 the company received recognition by being selected as Gartner's Cool Vendor. What makes Ontonix different from all those companies and research centers who claim to manage complexity is that we have a complexity metric. This means that we MEASURE complexity. We detect anomalies in complex defense systems without using Machine Learning for one very good reason: our clients don’t have the luxury of multiple examples of failures necessary to teach software to recognize them. We identify anomalies without having seen them before. Sometimes, you must get it right the first and only time!

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