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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A search-based suggester for Elasticsearch with security filters

Both Solr and Elasticsearch include suggester components, which can be used to provide search engine users with suggested completions of queries as they type: Query autocomplete has become an expected part of the search experience. Its benefits to the user … More

Elastic acquires Swiftype and broadens its offering to include enterprise search

The news today that Elastic (the company behind the open source Elasticsearch software) has acquired Swiftype will have surprised a few people, even though Elastic has already acquired a good number of other companies. Swiftype have a couple of products … More

It’s not just about technology – training for search managers is vital

A few weeks ago I sat in on a workshop in London at the Taxonomy Boot Camp conference, run by Jeff Fried of BA Insight. I’ve known Jeff for many years from various events and we share some views on … More

Worth the wait – Apache Kafka hits 1.0 release

We’ve known about Apache Kafka for several years now – we first encountered it when we developed a prototype streaming Boolean search engine for media monitoring with our own library Luwak. Kafka is a distributed streaming platform with some simple … More

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