SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft announced it was acquiring FAST Search on January 8, forcing New Idea Engineering to amend its January 4th article "2008 Enterprise Search Vendors: The New Fab 4 ... and 1/2." The announcement validates New Idea Engineering's original Tier 2 assessment and reinforces that search is critical for document management, driving investment in a better search technology to round out SharePoint.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft announced it was acquiring FAST Search on January 8, forcing New Idea Engineering to amend its January 4th article "2008 Enterprise Search Vendors: The New Fab 4 … and 1/2." The announcement validates New Idea Engineering's original Tier 2 assessment and reinforces that search is critical for document management, driving investment in a better search technology to round out SharePoint.
Some Highlights from NIE's 2008 Enterprise Search Vendor Roundup — Autonomy IDOL and FAST Search (Microsoft) continue to hold the high end, evolving into "search platforms" that go beyond traditional drop- in applications. The two leaders from earlier this decade, K2 and Ultraseek, are fading. — Endeca is moving from the ecommerce side to one of the most impressive search demos at ESS West 2007. — Lucene/Nutch/Solr (LNS) open source search engines continue to gain customer mindshare. — IBM and Oracle still not there. — Google's new version 5 appliance has arrived in the enterprise search mainstream. While the new version won't satisfy every requirement, it addresses many of the earlier integration issues that had held it back. Expect to see the Google logo on a lot more enterprise portals.
Endeca has created some slick administration tools, doing very well in a head-to-head comparison with Autonomy and FAST despite their continued progress in this area. As the importance of administration continues to increase, New Idea Engineering is more enthusiastic about them in the Enterprise space.
Open source tools based on Lucene, including Nutch and Solr (LNS) are increasingly considered by companies, especially in niches that need to micromanage document relevancy and rating. Lucene and its derivatives are increasingly embedded in other software packages and services, to the point that many users won't even realize they're using it.
New Idea Engineering had expected IBM to be the next entrant into the "Tier 1" lineup, based on its iPhrase acquisition. To New Idea Engineering's surprise, when it saw IBM at ESS East 2007, the company was featuring one of its older engines, the OmniFind Enterprise Edition. IBM OmniFind is still not one of New Idea Engineering's "New Fab 4 … and 1/2."
Still in Tier 2 are Microsoft's Enterprise Search (not based on FAST) and Oracle's Secure Search products. Both companies bundle their more successful CMS products with search. With this new announcement placing Microsoft in Tier 1, look for the company to integrate FAST with SharePoint.
To read the full article, "2008 Enterprise Search Vendors: The New Fab 4 … and 1/2," go to: http://www.ideaeng.com/pub/entsrch/2008/number_01/article01.html
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