Enterprise Search Europe 2015 review – day 2

Not such an early start for me for Day 2 (I'd been up pretty late running the Meetup the night before) but I did manage to catch the very end of Findwise's presentation on their annual Enterprise Search and Findability Survey. This is a unique and valuable benchmark of the state of enterprise search - I urge you to read it, if for no other reason than to be optimisti...Continue reading

Innovations in Knowledge Organisation, Singapore: a review

I'm just back from Singapore: my first visit to this amazing, dynamic and everchanging city-state, at the kind invitation of Patrick Lambe, to speak at the first Innovations in Knowledge Organisation conference. I think this was probably one of the best organised and most interesting events I've attended in the last few years. The event started with an enthusiastic keynote from Patrick, introducing the topi...Continue reading

Searching for opportunities in Real-Time Analytics

I spent a day last week at a new event from UNICOM, a conference on Real-Time Analytics. Mike Ferguson chaired the event and was kind enough to spend time with me over lunch exploring how search software might fit into the mix, something that has been on my mind since hearing about the Unified Log<...Continue reading

Elasticsearch London Meetup: Templates, easy log search & lead generation

After a long day at a Real Time Analytics event (of which more later) I dropped into the Elasticsearch London User Group, hosted by Red Badger and provided with a ridiculously huge amount of pizza (I have a theory that you'll be able to spot an Elasticsearch developer in a few years by the size of their pizza-filled belly). ...Continue reading

Out and about in January and February

We're speaking at a couple of events soon: if you're in London and interested in Apache Lucene/Solr we're also planning another London User Group Meetup soon. Firstly my colleague Alan Woodward is speaking with Martin Kleppman at FOSDEM in Brussels (31st January-1st February) on Continue reading

ElasticSearch London Meetup – a busy and interesting evening!

I was lucky enough to attend the London ElasticSearch User Group's Meetup last night - around 130 people came to the Goldman Sachs offices in Fleet Street with many more on the waiting list. It signifies quite how much interest there is in ElasticSearch these days and the event didn't disappoint, with some fascinating talks. Hugo Pickford-Wardle from Continue reading

Search backwards – media monitoring with open source search

We're working with a number of clients on media monitoring solutions, which are a special case of search application (we've worked on this previously for Durrants). In standard search, you apply a single query to a large amount of documents, expecting to get a ranked list of documents that match your query as a result. However in media monitoring you need to ...Continue reading

Enterprise Search Meetup: exploratory search, TravelMatch and Stephen Arnold

Last night I went to another excellent Enterprise Search London Meetup, at Skinkers near London Bridge. I'd been at the Online show all day, which was rather tiring, so it was great to sit down with beer and nibbles and hear some excellent speakers. Max Wilson kicked off with a talk on 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