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Search Insights 2018 from The Search Network

Search Insights 2018  is a collection of essays and resources brought together by the eight members of The Search Network. We have gained these insights from undertaking a wide range of web site and enterprise search projects in North America and Europe....

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Autonomy IDOL – a lack of focus?

It seems a lifetime ago that Hewlett-Packard acquired Autonomy PLC for $11.1bn but in fact it was 2011. The search business was different then, with Microsoft having bought FAST in 2009, followed by the Exalead/Dassault deal in 2010, Oracle/Endeca in 2011...

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A history of enterprise search 2010 – 2017

From 2010 to 2013 there was a rapid consolidation in the enterprise search business. Between 2010 and 2012 Exalead was acquired by Dassault (2010), Autonomy by Hewlett Packard (2011), Endeca by Oracle (2011), Vivisimo by IBM (2012) and ISYS Search by Lexmark (2012)....

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A history of enterprise search 2000-2009

  The decade from 2000-2009 was marked by the high visibility of Verity, Autonomy and FAST Search and Transfer and the beginning of consolidation in the search business. Verity grew rapidly over the period from 2000-2005 and started to achieve a respectable level...

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Vespa arrives under Oath via FAST and Yahoo!

Apache Lucene and Apache Solr have become almost generic synonyms for open source search. Lucene is also a key element of the ElasticSearch stack and some commercial vendors make use of it, including IBM and Attivio. Over the last couple of years there has been quite...

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A history of enterprise search 1990 – 1999

Doing justice to the speed of development in the 1990s in a single post is not easy. Before looking at the enterprise search business itself there were important developments in the understanding of how people searched, and in novel technical advances in search....

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A history of enterprise search 1980 – 1989

In the early 1980s there was a great deal of interest in the UK around the use of text retrieval software running on mini-computers. The STATUS User Group in particular was very active. Because none of the vendors were interested in the commercial success of their...

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Good books for search managers

This is the latest version of my occasional attempts to define a core library for search managers. This time I have structured the list from strategy to operations and added a brief scope note on them. A reasonably complete list of books on information retrieval and...

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A history of enterprise search 1970-1979

Although the theme of this series of posts is enterprise search only now in the 1970s do products emerge which are clearly the antecedents of what we would regard as enterprise search applications. From here on in the focus on academic research will be significantly...

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A history of enterprise search 1960-1969

Condensing the progress made in the 1960s into a single post is not easy and so this is a very selective perspective.  As far as algorithm developments were concerned Bourne and Ford published a paper on stemming in 1961, Damerau reported on approaches to solve...

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