A new year, and a chance to think about what might happen in the world of enterprise search over the next twelve months. I’ll make a stab at some predictions:

  1. Price cuts – possibly driven by even harsher competition between Google and Microsoft FAST, I can see prices coming down for packaged enterprise search. Autonomy will probably raise theirs 🙂
  2. Real time search matures – not just Twitter or Facebook, but real time data from many sources being part of enterprise search results
  3. More geolocation-aware search – in the U.K. at least, we’re seeing signs that the source data is finally being freed up, which should make it a lot simpler and cheaper to build location-aware solutions
  4. A few less second-tier players in the market – it’s still difficult out there, I’m afraid not every company will survive the next year.

You’re welcome to take any of these with a generous pinch of salt!

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  1. Well, surely there is some good news for enterprise search lovers in this New Year !! The release of much awaited Certified Distribution for Solr1.4 is finally available for download. LucidWorks for Solr 1.4 is a major update for Solr along with new additions – a reference guide and an installer and update service. You must check it out :

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