Flax's 10th birthday!

Today marks 10 years since we formed Flax (originally as Lemur Consulting Ltd.). We had an idea that search based on open source software was going to be increasingly important (indeed, our original business model was consultancy based on Xapian) and I think we've been proved right over the decade. Today, in the depths of a recession, we're seeing significant growth in the business and some fascinating opportunities: the sector is still going through rapid cha...Continue reading

Enterprise Search Europe & a SuperSized Search Meetup

We've been helping to organise a new conference to be held in London this October, Enterprise Search Europe. This two-day event promises to give a 'European perspective on the technology, selection, implementation and optimisation of enterprise-scale search' and features speakers from 3i plc, Logica, The Guardian and a...Continue reading

Economic Trends in Enterprise Search Solutions – unsustainable pricing in a changing market?

This week I was passed a link to a European Commission report on the Enterprise Search market, which I've just finished ploughing through (it's 123 pages and not exactly light reading). It provides an overview of the history of the market and some current trends, but sadly misses out almost completely the rapidly growing open source sector. The authors say "...open source solutions have been disregarded because they do n...Continue reading