A Look at the Key Players Dominating Enterprise Search

Key Players in Enterprise Search

The Enterprise Search domain is still relatively new. Yet following the surge in big data tools and technologies Enterprise Search is building up steam very fast. According to some estimations the Enterprise Search market will be worth over 9BN US dollars by the year 2025. With that much money on offer it is no surprise that the list of contenders in the Search space is growing significantly. Before we continue to discuss some of the competitors in the market it is important to make the distinction between simple web search (dominated by Google), and enterprise search, which has an internal corporate data focus.

Enterprise Search as an industry is heavily influenced by the field of Business Intelligence (BI), with these two fields sitting hand in hand. Enterprise Search is often referred to as Intelligent Search where search queries are enhanced via intelligent AI elements. With the data industry continuing to evolve Enterprise Search will undoubtedly follow suit.

Technology platforms in this space typically fall under one of the following classifications: Locally deployed, cloud hosted, or appliance based. There are many vendors and technology options on the market at present but for now we will examine six of the biggest players: IBM Watson, Elastic Search, AWS Elastic Search, Azure Search, Algolia, Swiftype. Each of these vendors finds itself featured on G2 Crowd’s magic quadrant.

Algolia and Swiftype both hosted solutions focus on providing rich content at high speed from a variety of public websites, and app hosted content via connectivity to API’s. IBM Watson provides an on-premise solution that uses intelligence to interpret a wide variety of internal corporate data sources and provide deep insights. Elastic Search & AWS Elastic Search are hosted services that are great for handling and interrogating huge volumes of data. Elastic search provides a REST API for querying its database, a very powerful feature. Azure Search is Microsoft’s answer to Elastic and offers very high performance when querying huge datasets. Azure Search integrates smoothly into the Azure cloud based, infrastructure environment.

Azure Search 365 which sits on top of the standard Azure Search platform extends Azure Search capabilities to include functionality like cognitive process automation, machine learning, Natural Language Processing and AI driven, intelligent insights. Microsoft Azure users, using the combination of these products are now able to leverage upon an MS specific platform that offers a feature set comparable to IBM Watson. For more information on the Azure Search 365 platform you can visit their website at https://search365.ai and select Get the Demo. Red Sky Digital is a strategic software development partner with S365 and together the two firms are forging ahead in this domain.

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