Powering Unified NL Query with LLamaIndex

When discussing Large Language Models (LLMs) like GPT-4 or Google’s BARD, we often focus on breakthroughs and performance comparisons, overlooking the critical tools and frameworks powering this revolution. Today, I’ll spotlight one such tool — LlamaIndex.

LlamaIndex is maturing into a solution capable of driving what I predict will be the first “killer app” for LLMs in enterprises — unified natural language query. I’ve touched on LlamaIndex and this use case before, but here’s a brief recap: LlamaIndex essentially acts as a bridge between all your data and LLMs. It aims to simplify your data stack, making it more straightforward and cost-effective to launch LLM-powered applications.

The idea behind unified natural language query is to provide an easy way for executives and business users to extract insights from their data without relying on IT or mastering complex skills like SQL. This “killer app” concept is particularly appealing in the enterprise context as most executives seek an uncomplicated way to query their data without navigating through data complexities or abstractions like Tableau reports.

LlamaIndex is fast-evolving to cater to this use case, and I want to share two recent developments. Firstly, they’ve released a video outlining how the product interfaces with your data. While it’s a bit technical, aimed at data scientists and engineers, it elucidates how they build indexes of your data to facilitate finding what you need. If you’re unfamiliar with indexing, picture the index at the back of a book that helps you locate the right page for a topic. They also illustrate how these indexes are managed within their product and updated when new data is added. This is a game-changer because, without tools like LlamaIndex, you’d need to create and customize much of this glue code yourself to access your data.

The second innovation is their on-demand loader. This tool is perfect for scenarios when a new batch of documents or data arrives, particularly if stored in a different location, and you want your business users to start querying it swiftly. Their on-demand loader aims to allow you to do this without the usual data processing headaches.

Caveat: we’ve never utilized LlamaIndex on a client project or even evaluated it ourselves to assess its efficacy or constraints, such as the time to rebuild the index when generating embeddings via an API like GPT-4. So, this isn’t an endorsement. I’m merely observing their work and recognizing the immense impact solutions like this could have if widely adopted within enterprises.

Hope it helps you develop your enterprise LLM strategy.

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