November 7, 2012
Companies utilizing reliable data management software have been reaping the benefits of Big Data but developers are now scrambling to one up each other. It seems some software designers are making unrealistic promises while others proudly announce claims of software reinvention that stem from simple modifications offered by longstanding developers as a given.
“Splunk Enterprise already provided the ability to search, analyze and visualize machine data on tablets, smartphones, laptops and non-flash browsers. In Splunk Enterprise 4.x., skilled users could refine searches to save time, but “most users didn’t have the skill set required. An ad hoc report on ‘Web Errors broken out by URL and WebServer over the Last Month’ in a large multi-data center web environment across multiple terabytes of data might take 30 minutes to run. With report acceleration in Splunk Enterprise 5, that same report would render in less than two seconds.”
Faster does not necessarily mean better and big claims in Big Data should be swallowed with a grain of salt. Intrafind offers businesses enterprise search that is tailor made to fit specific enterprise information needs. The ability to define requirements, tweak criteria and customize search solutions increases efficiencies and provides a better ROI thanks to more targeted relevant results.
Jennifer Shockley, November 7, 2012
November 5, 2012
Enterprise search is a rapidly evolving area of technology in the corporate world and businesses are wise to learn to collect and reconcile related information quickly. As multiple search capabilities evolve across platforms in the enterprise and online, people need to learn how to make use of each specific capability that is available. A recent article on CMSWire titled “Social Reconnects Enterprise Search” tells us of the need to integrate social search into enterprise search technologies.
The article explains the importance of the addition of social context in addition to an existing enterprise search solution:
“Enterprise search can tap into employee profiles, internal networks, other work-related interactions, and systems usage to personalize search and extend context in order to return the most relevant results. Beyond the usual ‘systems of record,’ social networks and activities provide a great deal of contextual information, especially in terms of topics. The composite of all of these attributes can indicate each person’s professional purview and work focus, which can better connect that person to the right information.”
As social content increases in importance to businesses, reliable and secure enterprise search solutions such as those offered by Intrafind will grow in importance to the overall capabilities of organizations. Be sure to harness all of the tools that are available to fully take advantage of the information at your hands.
Andrea Hayden, November 5, 2012
November 2, 2012
The shiny new 7.0 version of Google Search Appliance has been updated for the enterprise, now allowing administrators to add information to the cloud, various social media outlets, and other online storage sites. According to the article “Enterprise Tools Added to Google Search Appliance” on PC Advisor, the upgrade includes a new Entity Recognition feature with auto suggestions for searches as well as a document preview feature.
The article tells us why the need for such an update is necessary for the enterprise:
“IDC analyst David Schubmehl said users would like enterprise searches to be as easy as Web searches, noting that slow searches can hurt productivity. A 2009 IDC study found that the time spent searching for data averaged 8.8 hours per week per employee, at a cost of $14,209 per worker per year.”
We believe Google Enterprise offers some great features, including the option for employees to add their own search results to existing results. However, if secure search and access is an enterprise priority for your corporation, then we would recommend a careful examination before opting for Google Enterprise. A company such as Intrafind offers a secure option for searching structured and unstructured enterprise data.
Andrea Hayden, November 2, 2012
November 1, 2012
Big Data woes are being addressed in a big way by IBM, with the introduction of three new systems for information management and analysis. We learn about IBM Pure Systems in the CloudTimes article “IBM Introduces PureData to Address Big Data Challenges.” The article tells us about the category of systems which focuses on simple cloud functionality and easy-to-use features, helping companies tackle the increasing global data volume.
The article informs:
“Pure Systems helps companies reduce the time and money to spend on IT maintenance and focus more on business innovation. The new PureData helps companies meet the challenge of managing these large volumes of information as it is able to perform complex data analysis in minutes rather than hours.
[...] The IBM PureData Systems allows working in a cloud model and is able to consolidate more than 100 databases into a single system. Like other members of the initial PureSystems offering, PureData is capable of implementing web applications in less than 10 days.”
The IBM Pure initiative is supported by enterprise search leader Intrafind, which is one of the first certified application providers of this new family of expert integrated systems. Intrafind’s cloud solutions and their partnership with IBM Pure make for a powerful option in cloud enterprise search applications.
Andrea Hayden, November 1, 2012
October 31, 2012
Technology either evolves or it dies, and enterprise search is evolving in the face of technological innovations. One might be compelled to believe differently if reading CMS Wire’s article “Contextualized Computing and the Death of Traditional Enterprise Search”, but alas it will be a simple case of misdiagnosis.
The enterprise will be undergoing some new treatments of sorts, one of which is comparable to Social therapy:
“Search is not a separate technology or program; it must integrate with business processes and corporate initiatives as vital infrastructure. Search for all employees aligns with communication, connectedness and collaboration — bringing us into Social constructs. Social can serve to fine-tune or filter search by leveraging additional information about the Searcher, as a valuable enhancement. This includes tapping into employee profiles, internal networks and other work-related interactions to return relevant data. Social interactions also enable valuable “serendipitous or accidental acquisition of information or knowledge.”
The death of search will come when humanity rejects all technology and returns to the caves but that doesn’t seem realistic considering today’s thriving market. Instead, some enterprise search software is getting smarter, becoming more adaptable and ultimate will increase efficiency. Intrafind has been offering enterprise search solutions for over a decade and providing secure, enterprise wide access to relevant information quickly and efficiently while implementing targeted data towards the directed task at hand. Enterprise search is alive, well and best of all… adaptable.
Jennifer Shockley, October 31, 2012
October 29, 2012
Enterprise search platforms are constantly developing and changing to fit the needs of the enterprise, and a new release from DtSearch is attempting to fill some of those needs. We learn about the update in “DtSearch 7.70 Adds Document Filters, Increased Multi-Level Search” on CMSWire, which states the newest version includes enhanced document filters and APIs for OEMs to assist in data management.
The article tells us more about the benefits of the product:
“The search products’ spider can search local/remote content and static/dynamic web content, and it can reach across public/private sites, including support for log-ins and forms-based authentication. More than a terabyte of text can be covered in a single index, including directories, databases, online data and emails, and an unlimited number of indexes can be created and searched. According to dtSearch, that indexed search time is under a second, even across terabytes.”
While the new version does a great job responding to current issues in the enterprise, we believe security in search should be a priority when updating platforms. For a choice that provides high-performance full text search across various content sources while still focusing on access rights and secure search, we recommend Intrafind’s iFinder for enterprise search solutions.
Andrea Hayden, October 29, 2012
October 26, 2012
When deciding on enterprise social software, companies have the option between pure-play products from specialists or social software capabilities integrated into existing products from traditional vendors.The article “Enterprise Social Software Magic Quadrant: Pure Play Vs. IT Vendors” on Search Unified Communications reports on the enterprise social software Magic Quadrant report, which tells us that traditional IT vendors are bundling their own enterprise social technologies with existing products and services to compete in “their own markets.”
The article informs us of the big competitors and plans for the future of social software:
“Vendors like IBM and Microsoft will better integrate social applications for specific end-user activities, including content creation, task management and data collection and reporting, said lead author of the social software Magic Quadrant Nikos Drakos, Ph.D., research director of collaboration and social software for Gartner.”
IBM’s PureData System is designed to analyze big data in the cloud and deliver “actionable insights” to the enterprise. The result is a cost-efficient and speedy option in enterprise social software. Intrafind is among the first certified application providers to be certified on this new family of expert integrated systems. We think the IBM Pure and Intrafind partnership is a veritable enterprise search option.
Andrea Hayden, October 26, 2012
October 25, 2012
Cloud platforms present an interesting issue for those attempting to search across such siloed cloud applications in real-time. OneLogin, cloud identity management specialists, recently released a product to help businesses facing these woes. In the article “OneLogin Launches First-Ever Federated Cloud Search” on The Herald, we learn about the Cloud Search product which allows users to search across public cloud applications like Google Apps, Box, and Zendesk.
We learn more about the necessity and benefits of this type of search product in the enterprise:
“‘Employees at cloud-centric enterprises have to navigate a variety of cloud applications every day, yet they are unable to search across these applications with Google-like searchability,’ said Thomas Pedersen, founder and chief executive officer of OneLogin. ‘Cloud Search is a revolutionary product that provides users with actionable insights into products, projects and customer issues. It is also the realization of our platform vision to help CIOs securely leverage their cloud application portfolio.’”
OneLogin Cloud Search is also tied to an enterprise’s existing security model. This ensures that employees only have access to content that is authorized for them.
We are happy to see new players explore secure search. For a product that has been tested and in use for a longer period of time, Intrafind is a secure choice. Intrafind allows for users to search structured and unstructured enterprise data securely with a wide range of connectors.
October 24, 2012
A helpful article for IT department managers concerning practical approaches to to evolving IT needs was recently posted on SandHill. “Enterprise IT Architecture: Goals, Trends and Perspectives” shares tips for time and resource weary managers on investigating and designing new technologies within their company. The article states that more focus should be put on future requirements and a long-term strategy involving multi-year objectives and activity planning should be implemented.
The article elaborates on the development of prospective strategic IT goals:
“Enterprise architecture is designed to lead IT activities according to the greater needs of the company and provide opportunities for innovation within a business strategy. IT goals are then aimed at either achievement of business goals or allowing a company to pursue something new.
[...]To aid the formulation of a strategic plan, IT managers find it helpful to adopt an enterprise architecture framework to define, organize and structure technology and application and staffing requirements in support of a company’s strategic goals.”
It is necessary to these IT managers to find a balance between meeting today’s immediate requirements while still making time to develop innovative projects for the future. Finding the right enterprise search application that allows organizations to embrace strong architecture and combine it with findability and functionality is a wise and cost effective method. Companies like Intrafind that specialize in effective information retrieval can assist in this process.
Andrea Hayden, October 24, 2012
October 23, 2012
An innovative list of CIO strategies regarding industry-specific issues was recently discussed in the article “Ten Strategic CIO Priorities for 2013” on ZDNet. The article was inspired by a list created by Bob Evans, senior vice-president of communications for Oracle Corp. Instead of a typical listing of hardware products and software applications, Evans’ strategy areas are meaningful and actionable.
Evans’ ideas include: “Unleash Your Company’s Intelligence: Create the Enterprise-Wide Opportunity Chain” and “Transform Big Data into Big Insights, Big Vision, and Big Opportunity.”
The article’s author comments on the list of priorities:
“Instead of a litany telling people how to spend money, this collection describes the goals and issues that help a CIO drive value in today’s world. For many CIO’s, these points represent the future path forward; when I talk with innovative CIOs — the best and most forward thinking — it’s obvious the issues are exciting because they hold the key to really helping drive benefit to the company.”
For CIOs who want to deliver results and unleash their company’s intelligence as advised by the Oracle guru, these priorities can be met through Intrafind’s search applications. To create the enterprise-wide opportunity chain, effective information retrieval from unstructured and structured enterprise data is needed. Intrafind provides the products and consultancy services that will transform strategy into results.
Andrea Hayden, October 23, 2012