Confused Puppies Chewing on Enterprise Search

March 14, 2009

A not so happy quack to the reader who sent me two links and asked me for my opinion about each. I looked at Vivisimo’s blog here, which is called “Search Done Right”. I then looked at a blog from a person named SolrHack here. I think the Vivisimo blogger was responding to a post from someone (maybe MeetStan) who did not know much about behind the firewall search. The Vivisimo approach was to reproduce MeetStan’s cluelessness and suggest that he was a budding search pundit. I was not sure what to make of the post.

I clicked on the other link and read SolrHack’s challenge to any search vendor to index content “hidden behind Ajax”. I wasn’t sure what to make of this challenge.

What did I conclude after reading these two posts?

  1. The messages communicated about behind the firewall search were tough for me to figure out. I wonder if those with less grounding in search would fare much better?
  2. Neither post provides much substance. That’s too bad. In a lousy economy, clear thinking is needed in order to convince management to get behind search initiatives. Clear thinking is needed to crack tough content challenges.
  3. There’s no short path to resolving some information problems. If content is a secondary consideration, more than search technology is needed to make it accessible to users.

To the reader who asked me what I thought my answer is, “I don’t know.” The write ups reminded me of puppies chewing on raw hide bones.

Stephen Arnold, March 14, 2009


One Response to “Confused Puppies Chewing on Enterprise Search”

  1. Daniel Tunkelang on March 14th, 2009 6:28 pm

    Stephen, you might want to look at the discussion about MeetStan here:

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