Oracle Joins Hunt for Effective Enterprise Search

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Still haven't found what you are looking for in an enterprise search product?


You are not alone. The methods that work on consumer search engines like Google -- popularity, link exchanges, traffic, social networking and tagging -- are largely ineffective in the enterprise. And enterprise data is stowed all over the place -- in e-mails, Word docs, databases, you name it.


No vendor has nailed a truly effective enterprise search method -- though lots of them are trying. In addition to search king Google, the players include Microsoft, IBM, Autonomy and plenty of other folks.


And now Oracle is throwing a new product into the ring. With vendors increasingly incorporating analytics into their search approaches, it seems like a pretty natural fit. After all, Oracle has plenty of expertise in data warehousing and business intelligence.


Based on this article, it sounds as if Oracle is doing a lot of things right with its Oracle Secure Enterprise Search, including supporting non-Oracle information sources and simplifying user permission and directory settings so IT administrators can offer access only to qualified users.

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