Martin White

You should not underestimate the power of search. And by search, we really mean find. 

Without providing ready access to information, businesses are basically making their employees work with one arm tied behind their back, with blindfolds on. Martin White has been championing search as a business critical application on our site for a few years now, but in practice since his schooldays.

Who are you -- in a 140-character tweet? I’m an information scientist with a 40 year career in helping people and organizations make better use of their information resources.

What attracted you to your field -- and what still excites you about it? I’m a chemistry major and discovered that there was as much excitement in finding information about chemistry in the library as there was making a chemical in the laboratory. The skills I learned from early search services in the 1970s are still relevant today, and "search" becomes more important every day.

What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2013? Launching The Search Circle as the first subscription-based information service for search managers. Writing the monthly reports and newsletter makes me really think hard about what are the important developments in search management and search technologies.

What’s your goal, personal or professional, for 2014? Write a revised edition of my book Enterprise Search.

What's an important story you will be tracking in 2014? The development of collaborative search and with it the development of cross-device (smartphone to PC or tablet and vice versa) search.

What’s the one New Year resolution you always make -- and always break? Spend at least four hours a week practising the organ, which is my main relaxation. I need to get Litanies by Jehan Alain note-perfect for a carol service on Sunday! More challenging than even a CMSWire deadline.