Search Tools Code Library Reports
Platform: Windows NT 4, Unix Sun Solaris 7, works with any Java or COM
Price: according to an article, "from the mid six figures to more
than $1 million"
- Question-Answering software, somewhat like AskJeeves and Inference.
- Natural-language processing of search queries
- Dynamic summaries and organization of results
- Indexes unstructured data such as web pages
- Performs metasearch and aggregation on databases including Oracle and anything
accessible via ODBC, also CORBA: Visigenic 3.3, 3.4 or 4.0.
- Can filter, analyze, and compare products on multiple attributes
Articles & Reviews
ignites search technology Network World, September 13, 2004 by Ann
An overview of the problems enterprises have with finding information, including
complex queries and multiple repositories. Search administrators recommend
trying before buying, defining problems such as dynamic updates, repetitive
language, context, scale and query options. Search engines mentioned include
the Google Search Appliance, and iPhrase.
Are Here - Still lost? A cadre of new companies want to show you the way.
New Architect January 2003, by David Howard
Discusses new approaches to site search, surveys search technologies with
sample vendors. Describes the SinglePoint approach,
which uses classification, term frequency, inverse database frequency, length,
timeliness, keyword prominence and positioning, and ways for users to disambiguate
queries. iPhrase and InQuira offer
natural-language processing of search queries, although it's difficult to
get users to enter full sentences. Mentions many other search engines, VIMA's
image-recognition software, search engine optimization techniques and email
On Information Week, January 20, 2003 by Tony Kontzer
Discusses the need for useful search engines in corporate intranets. Describes
experiences in Ford's Learning Network using Autonomy
Bank One and Kaiser Permanente using the Google
for simplicity, low cost and speed; KMPG UK's use of
for sophisticated taxonomy
and social networking; Gateway's implementation of iPhrase
for support technicians; and EDS using Recommind
for role-related search results.
seek improved search engines ComputerWorld August 12, 2002 by Carol
Report from eTail 2002 conference about online commerce sites responding to
user demand by improving their search engines. Describes how Talbot's implementation
of EasyAsk increased the average order
size when using search by 18%, and the number of shoppers who search and then
purchase by 34%. Nieman Marcus chose iPhrase and Spiegel chose Endeca
after extensive comparisons.
Search Technologies: iPhrase One Step CRN (Computer Reseller News)
Test Center, May 7 2002 by Mario Morejon
Describes search features including natural-language querying and concept
matching. Can display variations on terms generated automatically such as
IRA related to Individual Retirement Account, and generate SQL and other query
syntaxes. Can display content in XML with stylesheets or extract sections
and show them in table form. See also the overview In
Search Of The Enterprise which has an analysis and reseller information.
Search Tools Gain Context InternetWeek, November 26, 2001 by Jade Boyd
Describes value of natural language search technology for answering questions
within narrow vertical contexts. Quotes from the Washington State Dept. of
Information Services explain the value of the Jeeves
single search for all departments, and regular reports of user questions.
Also provides examples of how iPhrase converts questions with implicit
structure to explicit database queries.
far and wide for the right data InfoWorld, August 27 / September 3,
2001 by Cathleen Moore.
Describes the value of search engines and categorization as essential elements
of corporate portal infrastructures, to handle the "deluge" of information
within enterprises. Quotes Aberdeen analyst Guy Creese who points out that
without a good way to search, corporations would be "blowing their investment
in the content". Covers recent announcements of search and categorization
features by Autonomy, Verity,
AltaVista, iPhrase, and Smartlogik
taps natural-language search engine Computerworld, July 16 2001 by
Describes how the financial services firm spent nine months installing iPhrase
search technology, based on a desire for a natural language search engine.
The search engine presents tabulated results from multiple sources, instead
of a list. This search functions best with the sections of the site that have
structure, requires additional work for unstructured areas.
- Speaking in tongues Upside, January 2001 by Julie Mitchell
Short description of question-answering software. Kathleen Hall, an analyst
with Giga Information Group, says, "iPhrase definitely has the technology
advantage with its one-step solution. Financial-services sites, such as Charles
Schwab, that have a lot of product information can benefit from this technology,
but it's not going to replace full-service search engines."
Technology Gets Smart Inter@ctive Week, July 24, 2000 by Mindy Charski
Describes how Charles Schwab will use iPhrase for help with financial information
and support issues.
takes Web searching to a new plateau eWeek, June 21, 2000 by Grant
Describes Atomz Enterprise Search, with praise from
a customer, and iPhrase natural-language analysis, with description
from a Charles Schwab executive and general pricing.
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