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August 24, 2009

Bay Area Apache Lucene / Solr Meetup September 3

Another meet-up for San Francisco Bay Lucene and Solr users and developers is coming up Thursday night, September 3rd in Mountain View California.

CHM Logo This time, the Computer History Museum will be the venue at 1401 North Shoreline, the odl Silicon Graphics digs on the corner of 101 and Shoreline. Mark Bennett from New Idea Engineering will be one of many search luminaries on the agenda including Walter Underwood and Brian Pinkerton and others. Topics include relevancy in Solr; search at Netflix and digg, and search performance analysis.

The last meet-up in San Francisco was pretty full.. sign up now or you may find the meet-up has pushed past the quota of 48 people.

/s/Miles

August 21, 2009

Grokker has closed its doors...

Well, it's official - Grokker, one of the early innovators in visual result presentation - has closed its doors. Grokker_results As we wrote in our recent Enterprise Search Newsletter, they had been looking for someone to acquire the company and its technology; but apparently in this market at their asking price, no buyer came in to rescue the company.

Grokker's web site is still up and running, but we expect that won't last. Calls to its San Francisco phone number, and emails to the company, go unanswered.

As recently as last month, some New Idea engineering partners and friends were in negotiations with the company; but our inside sources tell us they were just not able to make a deal.

Grokker was one of the early innovators in visualization of results, and had integrated with a number of commercial search engines including FAST and the Google Search Appliance. One of the problems I think they had was trying to position themselves properly: were they a federation company like Deep Web Technologies and Muse Global; or an innovative visualization company with few real competitors? Maybe both needed to go together, but I think Grokker just wasn't able to generate a compelling reason for companies to  buy. If you are a user of Grokker's software, tell us how you use it.

We're sorry to see them go.

August 06, 2009

Survey: How companies organize for search

In conjunction with our latest Enterprise Search newsletter, we are running a survey that will be open for the next two months on how companies organize for search. We'd like to hear from you, especially if your company has a formal or informal 'Search Center of Excellence' in plane.

Lechtevski_s_einstein Follow this link to complete the survey, which should take less than 5 minutes to complete. The first 25 people who complete the survey (and who provide contact information so we can follow up) will receive a free Dr Search mug. All survey respondents will receive a link to view the results of the survey via email after the survey closes.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Miles