Enterprise Search White Paper: Increase Competitiveness with Intelligent Search


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One solution to the challenge of pro- viding contextually relevant knowledge to the co-workers is to introduce a findability solution, based on intelligent search.
A findability solution ensures that the information the knowledge worker is pre- sented with is contextually relevant, i.e. it is tailored for the user’s role in the organi- zation and it meets the user’s intent when he first posed the question.
A findability solution is built by using an enterprise search solution with intelli- gent search technology capabilities in combination with business knowledge of the specific business domain.

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Enterprise Search White Paper: Increase Competitiveness with Intelligent Search

  1. 1. Helge Legernes isIncrease Competitiveness one of the co- founders of Findwise. He leads the businessWith Intelligent Search development process at Findwise as well as being the CTO. Legernes has authored articles on how companies By Helge Legernes, Founding Partner, Findwise AB Helge Legernes should use enterprise search strategically. With extensive experience in enterprise search as a CEO and a vast career at different consultancy companies as well as atT he success of a company depends on itsability to fully leverage its own information, actions—such as, for example, customer service—it is critical to use deep, automatic FAST Search and Transfer, he has focused on enterprise search for more than nine years and is considered an authority within this field in theknowledge and expertise. At the same time, analytics to parse, process and classify text. Scandinavian region.the amount of information a company stores Only the ability to understand the trueis doubled every year. Knowledge workers meaning and relationships between people,are forced to spend more and more time places, things and issues provides accurate such as the GATE framework developed attrying to extract useful information. In enough output on which companies can the University of Sheffield in the UK.addition, several studies have shown that take appropriate action. The different text analytics platformsknowledge workers spend more than twice are applicable to many of the establishedas much time recreating already existing enterprise search platforms. Implementing Findability What is needed in a findability solu-content as they spend on creating brand newcontent. Last but not least, the time spent on How do you implement a true findability tion? First of all a flexible enterprise searchmaintaining structures for storing incoming solution and what technology do you need? platform, which serves as a commonunstructured information (e.g. mail and doc- First of all, well-enriched information is the extraction and access layer for both struc-uments) is increasing rapidly. basis for a findability solution. By use of tured and unstructured information in dif- Traditional approaches such as imple- advanced text analytics one can gain under- ferent data repositories throughout thementing a company-specific taxonomy that standing of the content, thus being able to company. The search platform needs to bethe users need to use when storing informa- enrich and enhance the information, i.e per- interoperable, so that a text analytics mod-tion or introducing enterprise search solutions forming intelligent tagging of the information. ule can be plugged in. Furthermore theis not enough. In the ever-accelerating com- Unstructured information is automatically platform needs to have a security accesspetitive race, knowledge workers need much tagged and relationally organized according module as well as search analytics capabili-more to be able to fully capitalize on the com- to company-specific taxonomies. ties. Once the tools are there, the findabilitypany’s intellectual assets. work looking at business and organizational requirements can start. The result will be aIntroducing Findabilty “Well-enriched findability solution in which intelligent search is utilized to support and leverage One solution to the challenge of pro- the business needs and goals.viding contextually relevant knowledge to What are the results and effects of athe co-workers is to introduce a findability information is the findability solution? We implemented asolution, based on intelligent search. findability solution for a leading industrial A findability solution ensures that the supplier. The solution has been operationalinformation the knowledge worker is pre-sented with is contextually relevant, i.e. it basis for a findability for four years and has been a success from the start. In the paradigm shift of this spe-is tailored for the user’s role in the organi- cific company—in which they turned from an industrial company among many to azation and it meets the user’s intent whenhe first posed the question. solution.” true knowledge engineering company—the A findability solution is built by using search application became a key tool foran enterprise search solution with intelli- information retrieval available for allgent search technology capabilities in The text analysis can be used when employees. The tool helped increase workcombination with business knowledge of storing the information or when building efficiency and allows capitalization of thethe specific business domain. the search index. The intelligent tags added in-house corporate wisdom. Today more What kind of characteristic is required by the text analytics modules are used in than 10,000 unique users per month use theof the search technology used? The growth the search result set as facets/navigators in application, creating more than 100,000of unstructured data volumes and the need order to refine the results. The tags are also queries. 96% of the users find the informa-for just-in-time delivery of information used for enhancing the relevance and for tion that they get both relevant and useful.requires advanced text analytic capabili- finding related information. 87% save time in their daily work becauseties. The traditional keyword-only data- Where does one find the text analytics of the application. Tmining model for classification can be modules and which enterprise search Findwise (www.findwise.com) is a vendor-independentflawed and time-consuming for true busi- platforms should one integrate them with? expert with knowledge and experience from the leadingness decision-making. For any company or There are several commercial text analytics enterprise search technology platforms in conjunctionorganization that requires insights found in platforms on the market, but there are also with advanced text analysis as well as business andunstructured data to perform different well functioning open source alternatives, organizational understanding. KMWorld May 2011 S9