Attivio Rides the Forrester Wave for Cognitive Search

In a recent blog, we talked about Attivio’s “Sherlock” cognitive search campaign, which takes aim at IBM’s Watson. We noted that organizations deploy cognitive search platforms to boost employee productivity, foster innovation, and gain greater insight from their data. But to achieve those goals, they often take on huge professional services from “mega vendors” like IBM that don’t deliver an effective cognitive solution.

So, of course, we were very pleased to see in the just released Forrester Wave™ for Cognitive Search And Knowledge Discovery Solutions (Q2 2017) that we were in the leader category. And well, Watson didn’t make it.

Forrester Wave

The Evolution of Cognitive Search

Forrester makes the case in its Wave report that cognitive search is the “AI version of enterprise search.” Just the like the rest of us, Forrester’s assessment of cognitive search is evolving. Take for example, its definition of cognitive search from a report published in 2016:

“Indexing, natural language processing, and machine-learning technologies combined to create an increasingly relevant corpus of knowledge from all sources of unstructured and structured data that use naturalistic or concealed query interfaces to deliver knowledge to people via text, speech, visualizations, and/or sensory feedback.” (Cognitive Search Is Ready To Rev Up Your Enterprise’s IQ, Rowan Curran and Mike Gaultieri, Forrester, May, 2016)

That’s quite a mouthful. A year later in the Wave, its definition is unquestionably simpler. Cognitive search is:

“The new generation of enterprise search solutions that employ AI technologies such as natural language processing and machine learning to ingest, understand, organize, and query digital content from multiple data sources.”

To learn more about cognitive search and where it’s headed, download a full copy of the Forrester Wave.


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