A new OEM agreement between search applications company Endeca (news, site) and SAP (news, site) designed to improve enterprise-wide searches will result in the integration of SAP’s BusinessObject Intelligent Search software and Xcelsius visualization product into Endeca’s Information Access Platform (IAP).
Thanks to the integration of SAP’s Xcelsius and BusinessObjects Intelligence Search with IAP, users will be able to access information from multiple sources, including public web sources, and view it visually, whether the information is in response to it a simple business query, or a complex ‘what if’ scenario.
While this may not immediately rock your world, it will definitely make your enterprise data easier to view and navigate as it gives an enterprise view of what you have and, more importantly, by omission, what you don’t have.
Information Access Platform
The Information Access Platform (IAP) from Endeca was introduced last March. At the time, Endeca described it as a search development platform built from the ground up that allowed developers to take full advantage of recent developments in processing power.
Designed to replace traditional search engines that make building search applications too costly or difficult, it works side by side with enterprise applications pulling large volumes of diverse information into a single view.
Endeca's Information Access Platform
In practical terms this means that once a user has initiated a search, the new platform extracts entities from the documents it returns, and presents the user with more search parameters to pursue such as business, organization or location. It also allows for neutral, positive or negative searches on a particular subject.
SAP Search and Visualization
Add to this SAP BusinessObjects Intelligent Search (BOIS). If IAP has the ability to extract information from the documents it returns to throw up other possible search streams, then BIOS enables users search all your possible information sources.
You should already be getting the picture of a very wide and deep searching software, which has the ability to do all this from a single and secure search box.
The Intelligent part of the equation comes from its ability to present the search results ranked by user defined criteria and, as a result, presenting those results according to the information, people, or companies that are the subject of the original search.
It also keeps a web-wide eye on what is happening in relation to those search subjects so that users can also benefit from news alerts, notification of changes on relevant web pages, data fusion from numerous sources and customer intelligence.
Other features include:
- Detailed and relevant document summaries taken from the searched documents themselves
- Subject targeting based on metadata taken from full documents
- Interactive point-and-click interface for result filtering
The final part of deal is SAP’s Xcelsius, a tool for creating interactive dashboards that allow users to share the information garnered through searches visually.
These ‘visualizations’ can be accessed and shared from anywhere live using Microsoft Office, Crystal Reports SAP’s BusinessObjects BI portal and, of course, the Web.
A whole pile of drop-down menus allows for easy visualization of complex business ideas including the ‘what if’ scenarios that IAP really loves -- although we can’t imagine anyone being sneaky enough to want to look into their competitors futures.
Features for Xcelsius include:
- Easy and secure access across the enterprise
- Customized dashboards built on top of the IAP platform
- Simplified visual representations of all information from complex searching.
Endeca and Informatica
However, this is not all that’s happening with IAP at the moment. At the same time Endeca announced the SAP integration, they also announced they were integrating with Cailforina-based data integration software developer Informatica.
This deal will see the integration of Informatica’s PowerCenter and PowerExchange, which collectively will enable enterprises to unify all their data from business systems, data warehouses and databases with information that already exists in their Enterprise CMS, or product lifecycle management system.
The ultimate goal is to give users a single view of all the information that exists across an entire enterprise, without users suffering from terminal brain meltdown of TMI. It will be interesting to see who’s next for
assimilation integration. Resistance is futile!