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An Open Source Perspective on Enterprise Search

Charlie Hull and Jeff Fried

Today, we’re talking about enterprise search from the open source perspective. Joining BA Insight CTO Jeff Fried for this conversation is Charlie Hull, Director and Co-Founder at Flax, the open source search specialists. From the importance of test-based relevance and tuning in search, to the drive to help administrative teams understand the critical role search can play in business efficiency, Charlie and Jeff share their perspectives on the new renaissance of the enterprise search space.

What’s more, Charlie introduces his new book, co-written with Udo Kruschwitz, Searching the Enterprise:

 Search has become ubiquitous but that does not mean that search has been solved. Enterprise search, which is broadly speaking the use of information retrieval technology to find information within organisations, is a good example to illustrate this. It is an area that is of huge importance for businesses, yet has attracted relatively little academic interest. This monograph will explore the main issues involved in enterprise search both from a research as well as a practical point of view. We will first plot the landscape of enterprise search and its links to related areas. This will allow us to identify key features before we survey the field in more detail. Throughout the monograph we will discuss the topic as part of the wider information retrieval research field, and we use Web search as a common reference point as this is likely the search application area that the average reader is most familiar with.

Searching the Enterprise is available from now Publishers.

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Charlie Hull

Charlie Hull
Director, Co-Founder Flax

Jeff Fried

Jeff Fried
CTO, BA Insight