May 27th, 2003

Product Report: 80-20 Discovery

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80-20 Discovery

Product Information

Platform: Windows 2000, XP Professional
Price: contact company, average sale about $60,000


  • Integrates with company's desktop file and email search engine, and metasearch product.
  • Uses concept retrieval and neural net algorithms.
  • Easy to install and configure.
  • Designed for enterprise information workers.
  • Graphic administration interface.
  • Automatic categorization and taxonomies.
  • Recognizes Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents.
  • Uses HTTP to access databases and messaging systems.
  • Can use remote servers for distributed search processing.
  • Integrates with Windows security and access control lists.

Articles & Reviews

  • Unstructured Information Management Report Infosphere, March, 2003 by Magnus Stensmo and Mikael Thorson, $325/€295 for a single PDF license
    Describes advanced parsing and retrieval algorithms and company prospects.
  • 80-20 gains global thumbs up Image & Data Manager, February 6, 2001 by Alicia Camphuisen
    Describes a November 2000 report by Merrill Lynch "The next software wave: Intelligently closing the loop between EIPs, ERP, CRM and e-commerce" which includes mention of 80-20 software. Article includes a high-level description of the features of the search and categorization tools.