Organisations invest billions of dollars each year in application software and the databases it runs on. They also pour time and effort into developing business intelligence software that extracts information from the resulting data. Yet, while they do this, an even greater amount of valuable information goes largely untouched and unused. This is the unstructured, mainly textual, data that every organisation accumulates as letters, forms, legal documents, e-mails and Web pages.
Thanks to search engines on the Web, users are increasingly aware of the value to be gained from such data. Despite this, few enterprises have invested significantly to enable their employees to get the full benefit of this information. Without the right tools, it is increasingly difficult to find relevant information within this untapped resource as its volume grows.
Software makers now provide those tools. Their products can search unstructured data in its three main repositories – corporate servers, desktop computers and the Web.
The Enterprise-wide Search report looks at what types of data can be searched and the wide variety of methods employed to do so. It evaluates the relevant vendors and products, including their ability to search across the three zones.
The report assesses nearly 40 products in the context of organisations’ different needs. These include using unstructured data for business intelligence, compliance with regulatory requirements or simply improving internal communications and business efficiency. Technical demands can involve searching rapidly changing data, imposing structure on specialised data or extracting information from multimedia sources.
Product and supplier comparisons are presented using easily understood Bullseye™ charts. These cover all aspects of the software and vendors’ abilities, including fitness for purpose, performance, support and ease of implementation.
This report provides a definitive guide to current technology and suppliers and how they can benefit your organization. If your organization has significant amounts of unstructured data, it should consult this report for guidance.