How not to make the same mistake twice

We've been aware that some FAST customers will be considering migration for a while now - but Autonomy have finally caught up. However, if you migrate from one closed source solution to another, how can you guarantee that the same sort of events that have led to the current situation won't happen again? With open source, there's no vendor lock-in, a wide choice of companies to assist you with develo...Continue reading

Online Information 2010 – it’s quiet, too quiet

We dropped in to the Online 2010 event at Olympia this week, and were immediately struck by how quiet the event was: yes, there's been some terrible weather recently in the UK but there were fewer stalls than last year, a smaller exhibition space and very few exhibitors in the enterprise search space - no Autonomy, Google, Vivisimo or Endeca for example. Unlike previous years there was no dedicated 'search' area on the exhibition floor, and we did see a few unmanned stands from mid afternoon. Is...Continue reading


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 ...Continue reading

Performance metrics

Stephen Arnold recently posted some rather impressive performance figures for Autonomy's IDOL search engine. This kind of data is all very well, but without independent testing and more detail it's hard to know how these figures apply to the real world. So here's an idea. Why not create an openly available collection of test data, a set of searches and a set of conditions, then compare the performance of the various av...Continue reading