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~ 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 provides independent open source search, 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 or to design and develop new applications.

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Time to replace your Google Search Appliance with open source search

As many others have noted, Google have recently announced their Google Search Appliance (GSA) will not be available for sale from 2017. Search gurus Miles Kehoe and Martin White have written an insightful analysis of the move with some recommendations … More

XJoin for Solr, part 2: a click-through example

In my last blog post, I demonstrated how to set up and configure Solr to use the new XJoin search components we’ve developed for the BioSolr project, using an example from an e-commerce setting. This time, I’ll show how to use … More

The fun and frustration of writing a plugin for Elasticsearch for ontology indexing

As part of our work on the BioSolr project, I have been continuing to work on the various Elasticsearch ontology annotation plugins (note that even though the project started with a focus on Solr – thus the name – we … More

XJoin for Solr, part 1: filtering using price discount data

In this blog post I want to introduce you to a new Apache Solr plugin component called XJoin. I’ll show how we can use this to solve a common problem in e-commerce – how to use price discount data, provided by an … More

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