A List of Enterprise Search Vendors

October 7, 2019

DarkCyber does not follow the enterprise search sector. In fact, two of the flagships from the 2000s found themselves caught in embarrassing financial missteps. Why? It certainly suggests that making big bucks from a search and retrieval service is difficult.

We came across a Web site called Trust Radius. This site has a section devoted to enterprise search. What we found interesting is that the site lists what seem to be the key players in the sector today. With most LE and intel policeware platforms relying on open source search like Lucene, DarkCyber was quite surprised with the line up of systems and the information provided by Trust Radius.

Here’s the list of vendors in alphabetical order, a method of presenting information which is not in favor with some whiz kids:

3RDi Search

Aderant Handshake (knowledge management for law firms)

Agree Ya Site Administrator


Amazon Cloud Search (Lucene)

Apache Lucene

Apache Solr

Expert Systems Cogito Discover

Constructor.io Search


Customer Matrix (customer support)

Dassault Systems Exalead (Exalead)


Elasticsearch (Elastic)

Fabasoft Mindbreeze

Fabasoft Mindbreeze Inspire

Google Search Appliance (discontinued)

IBM Watson (once Omnifind)

IBM Watson Discovery for Salesforce

IBM Watson Explorer

IManage Insight (Interwoven, Autonomy, HP, now a standalone)

Inbenta Enterprise Search

Lookeen Desktop Search (listed as Enterprise Search however)

Lucidworks Fusion ($100 million in funding)


Microfocus IDOL (Autonomy to HP to HPE to Microfocus)

Microsoft Azure (Fast Search & Transfer)

Microsoft Bing Search

Perceptive Search (ISYS Search Software to Lexmark to Highland)

Rocket NXT Enterprise Search (Aerotext)



Search Spring (product search)

Search Tap

Search Unify


SLI Systems (e commerce)


Synacor Video Search & Discovery

TeraText Searchable Archive for Files and Email (SAIC)


What DarkCyber finds interesting is the omission of outfits like Oracle Endeca, Antidot, and Blossom. Also, of this listing of 41 “search systems” there are multiple enterprise search products from single companies like IBM and Microsoft. There are also e-commerce search systems and systems which do not handle enterprise content because the service supports desktops. There are two “no longer around” products and a weird blend of search utilities with text processing features. In short, this list is illustrative of the chaos, confusion, and craziness that makes some information technology professionals to buy a solution that just delivers key word and some option features.

DarkCyber believes that Amazon’s approach is likely to gain traction. That’s bad news for most of the companies on this list, particularly search vendors who manage to confuse individuals or the smart software used to create this list at Trust Radius.

It seems that the message from this list is that search is a bit of a dog’s breakfast—just as it has been for decades.

Stephen E Arnold, October 7, 2019





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