The market for enterprise search might seem like a three-horse race between Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, but another contender has the sector looking over its shoulder: IBM.
December 30, 2004 Searching for IBM By Clint Boulton Researchers in IBM's information management systems unit have been discussing intelligence systems that are highly intuitive, with new software systems that go beyond traditional search by pulling subtext from stored data. This includes structured information in databases as well as unstructured data like e-mail or video files. For example, the Armonk, N.Y., company recently took the covers off OmniFind, an enterprise search engine for file systems, content repositories, databases, collaboration systems, applications and intranets. OmniFind integrates with any portal or content management system. Used in IBM's DB2 Information Integrator middleware, OmniFind is designed to spearhead the next evolution of enterprise search. This type of search is different from traditional Web-based approaches in that it requires more precise techniques to determine document relevancy, taking into account different security models, data sources and file types.