September 25, 2013
LucidWorks, a long-time industry leader in enterprise search, has changed the future yet again with their introduction of the Solr Marketplace. The Marketplace allows organizations to easily find and integrate pre-built add-ons into their open source infrastructure. All offerings are built on the trusted infrastructure of Apache Lucene Solr, so quality and usability are guaranteed. Read more of the exciting news in the article, “LucidWorks Creates Industry’s First Marketplace for Pre-built Application Add-ons to Enrich Solr Search.”
The piece begins:
“LucidWorks, the company transforming the way people access information, today announced the Solr Marketplace, the industry’s first marketplace for pre-built application add-ons that make it easier for organizations to integrate open source enterprise search capabilities into existing applications. The Solr apps and add-ons . . .T% allow Solr developers to extend the capabilities of their applications with ready to use and easy to deploy modules, apps and connectors . . . For a limited time, most of the app add-ons in the Solr Marketplace are available for a free download.”
An impressive list of partners contributing to the marketplace already includes Avalon Consulting, Basis Technology, Raytion, Smartlogic, and others. Stay tuned for more partners as they are added. As was mentioned, most current offerings are free for a limited time. The Marketplace had 35 apps available upon launch but keep an eye out, as that number will likely grow as well. What sets LucidWorks apart is its ability to see where the market is headed, and innovate proactively. While others are too busy playing catch up, LucidWorks is just getting started crafting the future.
Emily Rae Aldridge, September 25, 2013
August 30, 2013
Introducing Big Data analytics into your daily business is a tempting next step for many organizations. However, jumping in without a plan is not a good way to get results. To get a heads up on your organization’s move to Big Data solutions adoption, consider a training opportunity like an upcoming webinar sponsored by LucidWorks. Read more in their write-up, “Webinar: Operationalize Enterprise Analytics – Similarity Search at Any Scale.”
The announcement begins:
“Similarity Search provides a foundation for enterprise analytics that can be operationalized by delivering advanced, automated data exploration capability. Learn how Similarity Search can significantly increase productivity across a broad spectrum of data search use cases.”
Presenters include Christine Connors of Knowledgent, Ted Dunning of MapR, and Grant Ingersoll of LucidWorks. The webinar will cover topics including: the foundational elements of search analytics, the organizational capabilities of Similarity Search, and a demo use case. LucidWorks is active throughout the open source community, but their main focus is their suite of solutions that help enterprises make better use of data. Do not miss this free, professional training opportunity.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 30, 2013
August 29, 2013
LucidWorks celebrates with their open source partners anytime an Apache Foundation project makes a major announcement. The latest is a new release by Apache Mahout, and LucidWorks is encouraging people to come out and celebrate. Read more in their blog entry, “Join us to Celebrate the New Release of Apache Mahout Version 0.8.”
The announcement says:
“Mahout committer Sebastian Shelter is visiting from Berlin and will be the main speaker, with a short introduction and update from committers Ted Dunning (MapR), Grant Ingersoll (LucidWorks) and Ellen Friedman. This talk will give an overview of Mahout’s recommendation functionalities, including single machine recommenders, computing recommendations in parallel with MapReduce as well as options to deploy a recommender in a production system.”
Those who are interested in attending the Bay Area event should register online. LucidWorks creates partners across the open source community, bundling them into their award-winning solutions like LucidWorks Search and LucidWorks Big Data. The strength of the open source community lends agility to open source solutions, and ensures that open source is better suited to the fast pace of the enterprise technology world. Explore the latest on Mahout and learn about what LucidWorks can do for your organization.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 29, 2013
August 28, 2013
CMS Wire has a new edition of Big Data Bits that features a lot of exciting news for the open source community. Read the latest in their article, “Big Data Bits: Featuring Facebook, Apache Giraph, Continuuity, LucidWorks, Hortonworks & Infochimps.”
The article begins:
“Talk about leaning in, Apache Lucene/Solr’s newest core-commiter is female! Out of the 43 individuals in this prestigious group, Cassandra Targett is the only woman. From what we can tell, she didn’t have to break through a glass ceiling to claim her place, instead she used a great deal of her talent and time to create the Solr reference guide and to update it after each release. While Targett did much of this work as an employee of LucidWorks, now that the company has donated the Lucene/Solr documentation to the Community, she’s ‘volunteering’ there.”
This is good news for women in the open source community. It also bodes well for LucidWorks. They are the commercial entity behind the Apache Lucene Solr community and they employ one-quarter of the core committers on the Apache Lucene Solr project. They build LucidWorks Search and LucidWorks Big Data on top of the foundation of Apache Lucene Solr, which leads to an agile, cost-effective solution that is renowned in the industry for its support.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 28, 2013
August 27, 2013
Enterprise search is simultaneously a blessing and a curse. Organizations have to have an enterprise search solution, and yet simply adopting a solution without additional thought and effort can add to the IT burden instead of lessening it. PebbleRoad Consultants talk about this very challenge in their article, “The Curse of Enterprise Search and How to Break It.”
Their article begins:
“Got enterprise search? Try answering these questions: Are end users happy? Has decision-making improved? Productivity up? Knowledge getting reused nicely? Your return-on-investment positive? If you’re finding it tough to answer these questions then most probably you’re under the curse of enterprise search. The curse is cast when you purchase an enterprise search software and believe that it will automagically solve all your problems the moment you switch it on.”
This is a frequent reality among enterprise users, yet the answer is simple. Search is a negotiation and user intent is everything, so the article says. Prepare for how you will use your enterprise solution and choose one that fits the bill. Be prepared to customize and continue to train your people and adjust your configuration. A solution like LucidWorks is a good way to meet those parameters. Built on the open source foundation of Apache Lucene Solr, LucidWorks solutions are agile and customizable, but are ready to go out-of-the-box. Furthermore, LucidWorks is always on the leading edge of innovation, benefiting from their large and vital open source community.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 27, 2013
August 26, 2013
AnsibleWorks is among the latest open source based enterprise companies to raise millions in Series A funding. The five-month old company has made a name in open source IT automation. Read more in the Market Wire article, “AnsibleWorks Raises $6 Million to Grow Popular Open Source Enterprise IT Automation Solution.”
The article begins:
“AnsibleWorks, Inc., the company behind Ansible, the popular Open Source IT automation solution, announced today the completion of a $6 million dollar round of funding led by Menlo Ventures. The Series A funding, coming only five months after the company’s launch, will be used to accelerate product development, sales, and other key initiatives.”
This is yet another example of open source enterprise success. Companies are turning to open source solutions, and it is not just for the affordability. Open source is now on the leading edge of innovation and customers are pleased with the results. Just as AnsibleWorks is doing great things in IT automation, LucidWorks is doing great things in open source enterprise solutions, particularly with Big Data. Their innovative approach to Big Data combines several notable open source components, including Apache Lucene Solr and Hadoop.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 26, 2013
August 23, 2013
The Fort Mill Times covers the latest in enterprise search with their coverage of the Global Enterprise Search Market report in the article, “Research and Markets: Global Enterprise Search Market 2012-2016: The Emergence of SaaS-Based Solutions is a Recent Trend Witnessed in the Market.”
The article begins:
“The analysts forecast the Global Enterprise Search market to grow at a CAGR of 12.98 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increased demand for rapid and easy data access. The Global Enterprise Search market has also been witnessing the emergence of software-as-a-service based solutions. However, the high cost of implementation could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.”
Among the key vendors in the market are Google, Oracle, Microsoft, and HP. However, the real attention in the report is on the open source vendors and their explosive growth in market share. They are quickly edging the proprietary vendors off of their throne and forcing them to adapt. But many customers simply want a cost effective solution with great support and good results. So proprietary solutions should be nervous, because open source leaders like LucidWorks are giving them a run for their money.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 23, 2013
August 22, 2013
Analytics is the newest buzzword in the enterprise. Analytics indicates that that solution is intelligent and agile, and the industry is paying attention. Information Management gives the latest news in the article, “3 Major Trends in New Discovery Analytics.”
After a discussion of visual discovery’s role in data discovery, the author moves on to the second trend:
“The second trend is renewed focus on information discovery (i.e., search) . . . IBM acquired Vivisimo and has incorporated the technology into its PureSystems and big data platform. Microsoft recently previewed its big data information discovery tool, Data Explorer. Oracle acquired Endeca and has made it a key component of its big data strategy. SAP added search to its latest Lumira platform. LucidWorks, an independent information discovery vendor that provides enterprise support for open source Lucene/Solr, adds search as an API and has received significant adoption. There are different levels of search, from documents to social media data to machine data.”
LucidWorks is clearly holding their own among the major players, even huge proprietary companies like IBM and Oracle. And these longstanding commercial solutions are taking note of the real estate that the open source solutions, like LucidWorks, are carving out of their traditional territory. Users are pleased by the low price point, the efficient functionality, and the excellent customer support of LucidWorks and others like it.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 22, 2013
August 21, 2013
The Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval is a part of the Association for Computing Machinery. They host a yearly conference where a “state of the union” of search is presented. And while some may argue that search is an old technology, it is definitely not stagnant. Read more in the CMS Wire article, “Search is Getting Smarter All the Time.”
The author begins:
“There is a tendency to be critical of the fact that the core technology dates back to the work of Gerard Salton in the mid-1960s, and that therefore search is broken and is going nowhere. The same could be said of the internal combustion engine so long as you ignore the level of sophistication in Formula 1 and Indy cars. The reality is that search has never been in a better place in terms of development and there is a lot of exciting stuff sitting well below the horizon because of the disconnect between academic research and enterprise search development.”
Grant Ingersoll has posted some good reviews of this year’s conference. Ingersoll is the CTO and co-founder at LucidWorks. LucidWorks is part of the dynamic open source movement to which the article gives a great deal of attention. If search continues to get better, open source plays a large role in that, and the industry is noticing.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 21, 2013
August 20, 2013
The invitation states:
“Join us for refreshments, and socializing followed by presentations on What’s New in Lucene/Solr from Grant Ingersoll and presentations from Entegen and BestBuy on how they are using Solr to help their businesses. The event is hosted by Entagen and LucidWorks at 514 Studios, convienently located in the heart of the warehouse district, near the new Target Field, The Northstar Commuter Rail, and the Hiawatha Light Rail Line.”
LucidWorks has built a strong reputation on customer support and training, as well as their incomparable expertise in Apache Lucene Solr. Grant Ingersoll has been instrumental in building that reputation. Whether you are interested in maximizing the power of Apache Lucene Solr, or you want to see whether LucidWorks is the right fit for your organization, the meetup is worth the time if you are in the area. LucidWorks Big Data and LucidWorks Search form an all-star lineup that will meet any organization’s information needs.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 20, 2013