IBM and Yahoo! Inc. have announced their collaboration on a new, free enterprise search software solution. The search service is powered by Yahoo! Web search services and enables businesses of all sizes to quickly and easily find and access their disparate information.
IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is a free, entry level search product developed to help eliminate the barriers of entry to enterprise-wide search. The new service can be downloaded for free and will work with existing hardware. According to the press release, a simple three-click installation process takes customers only minutes to go from download to live search.
IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition supports up to 500,000 documents per server and over 200 file types in more than 30 languages. The service fully integrates with Yahoo! Search and offers features such as automatic spell correction, support for synonyms, wildcards, query reporting, and one-click access to send queries to Yahoo! web, image, video, audio, directory, local and news search services.
Google currently has a strong foothold in the enterprise search arena with its free Google Desktop search service and enterprise-level search services Google Mini and Google Search Appliance. Google Mini and Google Search Appliance require hardware purchases of $1995 and $30,000 respectively.
This announcement is good news for small businesses who now have another option for enterprise-wide search. With quick access to their information, businesses can now quickly analyze customer issues, spot trends, and even recognize new business opportunities.
Press Release [IBM]