IBM announced an upgrade to its enterprise search product, OmniFind, which includes a new user interface and integration with other IBM collaboration products.
The dashboard capability, called Top Results Analysis, complements the traditional search results list with a graphical representation of results. Users can click on the dashboard's bar charts to refine their search results.
"With this, we have taken a significant leap in findability," said Aaron Brown, program director of search and discovery at IBM's Information Management group.
In addition, OmniFind Enterprise Edition 8.5 has links to data in other IBM collaboration software, such as Notes/Domino 8 and Lotus Quickr Services for WebSphere Portal as well as to IBM FileNet P8 Content Management.
Enterprise search solutions have proven to be quite different from the search approach for the Web. For an enterprise, the search must include the credentials of the searcher and at the same time search a wide array of data formats.
A major affliction in the enterprise search space seems to be the lack of major differentiation among the players. A report from analysis firm CMS Watch concurred that the lack of major differentiating features meant that enterprises tend to lock themselves into update cycles of one firm, which might prove to be costly.
Unlike its counterpart in the Web space, the enterprise search market seems to have no clear dominant solution provider for all firms. But is competition good news or the lack of features a sign of inherent complexities in providing search solutions for enterprises?