If your business depends on customers or staff finding information quickly and accurately, you need effective search~ We are experts in all aspects of search: from migrations from legacy systems, to building fast & scalable indexes, tuning search relevance and creating elegant user interfaces~ We offer on-site visits to discuss your project and can also carry out proof-of-concept studies - we also offer training and support for the leading open source search engines Apache Lucene/Solr and Elasticsearch~ The Flax Team believes that Open Source software is the best choice for implementing search engines, as it allows for rapid, flexible development based on proven technology~ Providing continuous improvement and preventing vendor lock-in, the Open Source model also offers great value for money

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Flax provide independent open source search consulting services, data ingestion, Big Data, classification and taxonomy solutions, using software such as Apache Lucene/Solr, Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, Apache Hadoop and Apache Kafka.

Our clients are from a wide range of sectors including biotechnology, e-commerce, government, intranet search, legal, media monitoring, news and media and recruitment. Whether your requirement is to sell products, publish news, organise your data, monitor the media, match resources to opportunities or simply provide a powerful and accurate search engine, we can help.

Based in Cambridge U.K. and with a network of international partners, we work with organizations across the world to tune their existing systems, design and develop new applications and provide expert training and support.

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Better performance with the Logstash DNS filter

We’ve been working on a project for a customer which uses Logstash to read messages¬†from Kafka and write them to Elasticsearch. It also parses the messages into fields, and depending on the content type does DNS lookups (both forward and … More

Elasticsearch, Kibana and duplicate keys in JSON

JSON has been the lingua franca of data exchange for many years.¬†It’s human-readable, lightweight and widely supported. However, the JSON spec does not define what parsers should do when they encounter a duplicate key in an object, e.g.: { “foo”: … More

Announcing our new book, Searching the Enterprise

For the last year or so I’ve been working with Professor Udo Kruschwitz of the University of Essex on a long-form journal article on enterprise search – although at 156 pages this is more of a book than a journal. … More

A lack of cognition and some fresh FUD from Forrester

Last night the estimable Martin White, intranet and enterprise search expert and author of many books on the subject, flagged up two surprising articles from Forrester who have declared that Cognitive Search (we’ll define this using their own terms in … More

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