Though enterprise search doesn't make the headlines very often, the specific nature of the topic usually provides for some interesting reads when it is reported on. Recently, we stumbled across an informative article entitled, "Enterprise Search and Information Access: Revisited."
Gary McFadden, author of the referenced article above wrote a research piece for Wikibon Research Portal in 2010 called "The Future of Enterprise Search and Information Access." In his most recent article, he revisits the vendors he was watching two years ago and summarizes a few key patterns.
A notable insight he made involved the conjunction of enterprise search with business intelligence:
Today large enterprise vendors have demonstrated a desire to “own” all the pieces necessary to offer users a single vendor approach to managing and accessing both structured data and unstructured content. That is evident from the vendor solutions roadmaps and marketing campaigns and even more so from the acquisition patterns. Since 2010, many of the independent search platforms have been gobbled up by enterprise software vendors intent on being a single source for content and data access.
We have also spotted this trend and another vendor who offers such a solution: PolySpot is a company we will keep our eyes on as the demand for a single point of access becomes the target technology on enterprise radar.
Megan Feil, May 28, 2012