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January 20, 2009

Forrester Analyst Leslie Owens on migrating search platforms

We've just learned that Forrester Analyst Leslie Owens will be speaking during a web presentation on Wednesday, January 21 sponsored by Exalead. her talk, "Search Platform Migration: Mitigating Risk with Innovation”, will cover the challenges companies experience in migrating to a new search platform, as well as tips on evaluating your current technology and picking a new vendor. Spencer Shearer, Senior Director of Technical Services at Exalead, will also be speaking.

You can still register for the event.

Exalead CEO Paul Doscher, who writes a blog at http://blog.exalead.com/, has certainly increased his company's visibility in the US market in the last 6 months, and they seem to be gaining strength in both the OEM and direct sales channels.

We think Leslie has an excellent understanding of enterprise search in large companies, having accepted her position at Forrester after being actively involved in search management at a  Global 500 company in the Midwest. We're certainly going to make sure we register for her talk to hear what she has to say.


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open source is the way forward

Miles/Mark – Thanks very much for your post and helping to spread the word on Lucid Imagination. You shared some great insight given your experience across a range of search technologies including Lucene. I especially liked this statement.

“…you can purchase a commercial engine and spend a lot of money and time implementing it; or you can download an open source engine for free, and then spend a lot of money and implementing it, your choice!”

You couldn’t be more right. A closer look at most of these vendors’ revenue break-down would highlight the fact their “services” revenue exceeds the license revenue. For more detailed discussion on the myths associated with open source see: http://blog.lucidimagination.com/2009/01/29/open-source-myths/

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