Analysts Ovum have released a report on enterprise search – it’s not clear where to obtain it yet, although Report Linker may have it available. According to one report it may also be called “Enterprise Search and Retrieval: Exploiting all of the Organisation’s Information Assets”.
Interestingly most of the press coverage around the release is focussing on the author, Mike Davis’s statements about open source solutions – in particular “…in fact, companies should only go to the big proprietary players if open source can’t deliver what they need. “. He also states that “there are mere nuances between those ranked” – and this includes the open source option Solr 1.4.
This is the clearest statement yet from an analyst that enterprise search engines are all pretty much the same thing, if you strip away the marketing – but more importantly, that open source should be the first option to consider.