A history of enterprise search 2010 – 2017

From 2010 to 2013 there was a rapid consolidation in the enterprise search business. Between 2010 and 2012 Exalead was acquired by Dassault (2010), Autonomy by Hewlett Packard (2011), Endeca by Oracle (2011), Vivisimo by IBM (2012) and ISYS Search by Lexmark (2012)....

A history of enterprise search 2000-2009

  The decade from 2000-2009 was marked by the high visibility of Verity, Autonomy and FAST Search and Transfer and the beginning of consolidation in the search business. Verity grew rapidly over the period from 2000-2005 and started to achieve a respectable level...

Vespa arrives under Oath via FAST and Yahoo!

Apache Lucene and Apache Solr have become almost generic synonyms for open source search. Lucene is also a key element of the ElasticSearch stack and some commercial vendors make use of it, including IBM and Attivio. Over the last couple of years there has been quite...

A history of enterprise search 1990 – 1999

Doing justice to the speed of development in the 1990s in a single post is not easy. Before looking at the enterprise search business itself there were important developments in the understanding of how people searched, and in novel technical advances in search....

A history of enterprise search 1980 – 1989

In the early 1980s there was a great deal of interest in the UK around the use of text retrieval software running on mini-computers. The STATUS User Group in particular was very active. Because none of the vendors were interested in the commercial success of their...