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Attendees at Lucene EuroCon Learn Open Source Search Is Not All Sunshine and Rainbows #eurocon

Today was the second and final day of Lucid Imagination’s annual Lucene love fest, Apache Lucene EuroCon, in Barcelona, Spain. The information exchange, networking and new ideas continued to flow in sessions, halls and over the free wine at lunch.

Software Companies Find Lucene/Solr based LucidWorks Attractive #eurocon

Open source adoption is rising in the enterprise. However, lack of commercial support and enterprise capabilities like monitoring still holds back some IT organizations. Companies like Lucid Imagination offer a middle ground, and it seems to be working.

Big Data a Big Deal at Lucid's Apache Lucene EuroCon #eurocon

While most of North America was fast asleep, Lucid Imagination kicked-off the first sessions its annual European conference, Apache Lucence EuroCon. Hundreds of attendees have converged in Barcelona, Spain to learn from Solr experts, compare notes with peers and maybe find a little fun outside of the search conference hours.

Marketing the Benefits of Enterprise Search & Search Vendor Products

For the last few months I have been working on a project for the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (an agency of the European Commission) to prepare a techno-economic assessment of the enterprise search industry and market in Europe. I’m not in a position to disclose the outcomes of the project, but in the course of the research I did examine how organizations went about selecting an enterprise search solution, and looked at the websites of around 60 vendors. At the same time I was working on an intranet strategy project for a European company with over 40,000 employees world-wide and no enterprise search capability! In this column I’ve summarized some of my conclusions from these two projects.

Enterprise Search & the Cloud: Unifying Information Across SharePoint 2010, Office 365, LOB Systems & More #spc11

Yesterday was the final day of the SharePoint conference. I chose to attend a morning session lead by Jeff Fried, CTO & VP of Engineering at BA Insight and Guy Mounier, Co-Founder & CEO of BA Insight. This session is a vendor-sponsored session, which means that the vendors are free to discuss their specific products and tools. I have worked in the past with previous versions of BA Insight and I was curious to see what they had in mind for working with Office 365.

HP Closes Autonomy Deal, Rethink on PC Business Possible

The only thing that is clear about the HP acquisition of Autonomy deal at the moment is that it was concluded, after the U$ 10.24 billion deal was finally given the green light by 87% of Autonomy’s shareholders.

Lucid Imagination's LucidWorks 2.0 Makes Open Search Attractive to the Enterprise

lucidLogosmall.pngLucid Imagination has announced the latest version of its commercially supported Lucene/Solr distribution, LucidWorks Platform 2.0. The release is squarely focused on putting open-source search inside the enterprise, and despite what you may have heard, Lucid Imagination wants to make it clear it is not an enterprise search vendor.

Forrester Evaluates Enterprise Search Landscape, None Open Source

Forrester has published its latest assessment of the enterprise search market. The study assesses twelve vendors, surprisingly none open-source, and finds the most popular players are getting more competition – especially in specialized capabilities.

Apache Lucene/Solr 3.4.0 Released, Brings Improved Indexing, Faster Search, Bug Fixes

Apache Lucene/Solr 3.4.0 Released, Brings Improved Indexing, Faster Search, Bug FixesSearch is an integral component of any enterprise content management system. Whether you run content mainly for external clients, or as an internal knowledge base, finding the right information at the right time will usually spell the difference between success and difficulty in search -- hence the importance of an up-to-date enterprise search engine. The Apache Lucene Project Management Committee has announced the latest Lucene/Solr release, which will ensure searches are on the mark, with optimized indexing and search, as well as bug fixes.

7 Ways to Ensure Your Lucene/Solr Implementation Fails

The emergence of Google and other web search engines has made search pervasive. It has created a generation of users that expect to locate information at work as easily as they can at home online. But, often that is not the reality. Implement a tool to find stuff. How difficult could that possibly be? Ask anyone that has ever implemented anything but the simplest search solution, and they’ll likely agree -- pretty freaking hard.

Here are a few things to avoid to not make your enterprise search implementation even harder.

Confirmed: HP Offers to Acquire Autonomy for $10.2 Bil in Cash

HP's third quarter earnings release confirms the offer to acquire information management software vendor Autonomy. As CMSWire readers know, Autonomy is also the proud owner of the assets once known as Interwoven. This makes for yet another exciting purchase in our sector, most recently following Oracle's acquisition of Fatwire Software.

Analytics & Monitoring Key to Effective Enterprise Search

Organizations are investing heavily in enterprise search and information accessibility, but a surprising number have no understanding of their users’ search behavior. We recently sat down with Otis Gospodnetić, founder of Sematext (newssite) and co-author of the book Lucene in Action. Otis shared some key lessons learned via the emerging discipline of Search Analtyics.

Keyword Searching Next Generation of Targeted Collection for e-Discovery, Clearwell Says

Keyword Searching Next Generation of Targeted Collection for eDiscovery, Clearwell Says For companies that have been lured into a false sense of security by using enterprise search tools to comb through their growing repositories of online data, Clearwell says, not so fast. The e-Discovery vendor -- recently bought by Symantec -- has announced a few key enhancements to its identification and collection module designed to bring the next generation of targeted collection to e-Discovery.

Lucene Revolution Day 2: It's About All Data, Big & Small #lucenerev

Today is day two of Lucid Imagination’s (news, site) two-day conference, Lucene Revolution in San Francisco. Lucid Imagination, provider of commercial products and services for Apache Lucene and Solar, has managed to attract nearly 500 participants from all over the globe to learn, review case studies and network with their peers about the widely used open source search solution. The second day kicked off with a discussion of extracting value from data big and small.

Lucene Revolution Day 1: Searching for the Value of Certification #lucenerev

lucidLogosmall.pngDay one of Lucid Imagination’s (news, site) 2011 Lucene Revolution has concluded. Lucene Revolution is the only conference dedicated to the popular Apache Lucene/Solr projects. This is the second year the conference takes place in the U.S., and interest in attending the open-source enterprise search fest continues to grow -- like the data it interrogates.

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