ESS West Endnote: Google the Winner for 2009

September 25, 2008

My end note for the Enterprise Search Summit West created a bit of a stir. I summarized three trends I perceived based on my walk arounds and attendance at sessions over the last two days. These were:

  1. Buzzwords that slid around some of the major issues confronting some vendors
  2. Concern about processes in numerous sessions
  3. A growing awareness of financial pressures.

What I concluded was that for 2009, Google has a dominant if not almost unassailable position in the search market. Google could, with luck and marketing, make significant gains in cloud services. Many in the audience took issue with my assessment. I listened, but in the end, I stood by my conclusions. What do you think? Will Google fizzle? Will legal procedures cripple the company? Help me learn.

Stephen Arnold, September 25, 2008

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