Archive for January, 2010

Search networking groups in London

Here are two relatively new networking groups – these are informal gatherings of those who work with enterprise search. I’ve been to the first one and it was very interesting.

London Open Source Social – for those working with open-source enterprise search
Enterprise Search London – more generally for those working in enterprise search

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January 22nd, 2010

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Predictions

A new year, and a chance to think about what might happen in the world of enterprise search over the next twelve months. I’ll make a stab at some predictions:

  1. Price cuts – possibly driven by even harsher competition between Google and Microsoft FAST, I can see prices coming down for packaged enterprise search. Autonomy will probably raise theirs :-)
  2. Real time search matures – not just Twitter or Facebook, but real time data from many sources being part of enterprise search results
  3. More geolocation-aware search – in the U.K. at least, we’re seeing signs that the source data is finally being freed up, which should make it a lot simpler and cheaper to build location-aware solutions
  4. A few less second-tier players in the market – it’s still difficult out there, I’m afraid not every company will survive the next year.

You’re welcome to take any of these with a generous pinch of salt!

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January 20th, 2010

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