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.

Lucene/Solr Plus Some Extra Goodness

Lucid Imagination offers consulting, professional services and its own enhanced distribution of Apache’s Lucene/Solr, LucidWorks. We recently reported on the latest release of the platform, which focused on adding features that make adopting open source search more attractive to risk averse enterprise technology teams. New features like cloud support, improved security and standardized monitoring interfaces must have been the just the right move.

Feedback from adopters has been overwhelmingly positive. Several software development companies like:

  • DdadIT (Jordan)
  • SHI (Germany)
  • Springsense (Australia)
  • Uchida Spectrum (Japan)

have already began using the platform to create search applications on behalf of their clients. Because LucidWorks 2.0 is open source, these companies are integrating and extending the software to provide even more features to solve organizational content accessibility challenges.

Uchida Spectrum is building a search-based application called SMART/InSight G2 Open leveraging the latest LucidWorks release. It enables users to better analyze product quality and business trends by providing a more holistic view of information. SMART/InSight G2 Open allows users to more easily access a diverse set of unstructured and structured data sources and view them in context with their other results. The solution will be available in Q4, 2011.

SHI is leveraging the new Open Connector Framework introduced in LucidWorks 2.0 to create connectors that allow integration of LucidWorks 2.0 with Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes and CMIS-enabled content management systems such as Alfresco ECM and Nuxeo. The Exchange connector will be available by the end of 2011 and Lotus Notes/CMIS connectors in early 2012.

DdadIT is incorporating an Arabic Linguistic Package into LucidWorks that provides advanced Arabic morphological support, which enables relating different inflected Arabic words into one concept. This allows documents in Arabic to be indexed and searched with greater ease. This integration should be available by the end of November 2011.

SpringSense is using LucidWorks 2.0 to deliver enterprises meaning-based search, which allows users to search by meaning rather than just keywords and phrases. For example, "conflict over the price of gas" and "battle over the cost of fuel" likely have the same meaning and should return the same results. However, most search tools don’t agree and return different results for each phrase. LucidWorks allowed SpringSense to deliver the solution at a much lower cost than would have possible with a custom tool or one based on a commercial search platform. SpringSense is available now to integrate with LucidWorks 2.0

The Future of Open Source Search

Content is continuing to grow rapidly, an organizations are continuing to struggle with ways to optimize its use. While a variety of techniques may be used, one thing is true, you have to be able to find information for it to have value. Economic pressure, the attractiveness of transparency and several mergers in the search space will likely continue to drive organizations to consider open source platforms as a solution. I’m sure Lucid Imagination finds that pleasing.