The ability to search for information and find what you need is a critical knowledge management capability for any enterprise. But too often, search is limited to a quick keyword search and a set of links that leave you trying to figure out what you need.
Google has announced that it’s sunsetting the Google Search Appliance. Are you using it? Microsoft is sunsetting FAST. Are you using it?
Here’s the thing. The search market is changing, and the vendors know it. That’s why you are seeing major changes in the traditional search market. More importantly, though, you are noticing that traditional search simply isn’t giving you the information you need.
Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC series “Sherlock,” has a problem. Sherlock’s stream-of-consciousness deductive speeches must be delivered at warp speed— “100 miles an hour”—and that’s hard to pull off without mistakes.
But, of course, all that speed makes sense. Holmes observed, processed, and bang! Insight. That’s rapid time to value.
No matter what search technology an organization uses, replacing it can disrupt normal operations. Even if employees are dissatisfied—complaining every other day to IT about how slow it is or user unfriendly—the old system is familiar.
If you’re a millennial, you don’t remember the bad old days of enterprise search. It was high on the scale of frustration. You often couldn’t find what you were looking for. And, if you did, it probably took a long time. But then, thankfully, Google happened.
Some days, it seems that new machine learningapplications are popping up everywhere you look in the news. In this author’s opinion, the search market seems to have anointed machine learning as the new hotness. This is a fascinating realization, because anyone who has spent more than a couple years deploying search in the enterprise knows that machine learning has been used and applied in exciting and unique ways for years and years.
Attivio, the leader in cognitive search, is pleased to have been recognized recently by Gartner as a “Visionary” in their inaugural report on “Insight Engines.” The report offers this definition for what an Insight Engine actually does:
"Insight engines apply relevancy methods to describe, discover, organize and analyze data. This allows existing or synthesized information to be delivered proactively or interactively, and in the context of digital workers, customers or constituents at timely business moments."