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Endeca Faceted Metadata Search and Browse
Platform: Unix: Linux or Solaris on x86 servers,
Windows 2000 and XP
Price: depends on site size, in the range of $50,000 to $400,000
- Faceted metadata search engine
- shows attributes of result set along with listings
- "Guided navigation" -- integrates search and browse capabilities
- Works with existing taxonomies and categories
- Dynamically determines attributes, no dead-ends
- Preview numbers show how many are in each category
- E-commerce version, InFront, features include merchandising related items,
- Enterprise version, ProFind, provides one interface to search both pages
- XML and database imports (Oracle, DB2, SQL Server)
- Data Foundry transforms incoming content, converts to hierarchy when appropriate,
regularizes it, combines multiple sources, performs preliminary navigation
- Data is modeled in multiple dimensions, based on automatic calculations
- Search administrator has editorial control over categories and displays
- Powerful search engine includes spellchecking, stemming and synonyms.
- Low level APIs in C/C++, scripting languages, COM; high-level APIs in
ASP and Perl.
- Scales to hundreds of millions of records, hundreds of searches or clicks
- Distributes search and indexing across servers for redundancy, fault-tolerance
Information Management Report Infosphere, March, 2003 by Magnus Stensmo
and Mikael Thorson, $325/€295 for a single PDF license
General report on search and categorization tools, includes Endeca company
and financial information.
Search Experience Line56, October 8, 2002 by Jim Ericson
Report on Endeca ProFind, faceted metadata search and browse for enterprise.
Quotes customer Paul Magin of Information Handling Service (IHS), who describes
how Endeca software can help people find information based on vague criteria,
300% faster than the previous interface. IHS was able to switch from Sun enterprise
servers to cheaper Intel-powered servers connected to an Oracle database,
reducing hardware and admin costs by 50%.
seek improved search engines ComputerWorld, August 12, 2002 by Carol
Report from eTail 2002 conference about online commerce sites responding to
user demand by improving their search engines. Describes how Talbot's implementation
of EasyAsk increased the average order
size when using search by 18%, and the number of shoppers who search and then
purchase by 34%. Nieman Marcus chose iPhrase
and Spiegel chose Endeca after extensive comparisons.
- When Search Is Not Enough:
Guided Navigation from Endeca IDC Bulletin, May 2002 by Mary
Flanagan and Susan Feldman
A commissioned report, describing the problems of information overload in
search results and the faceted metadata search implemented by Endeca's Navigation
Engine. Provides business background, competitive analysis and software overviews.
Uses Tower Records as a case study.
towering decision InfoWorld, February 8 2002 by Stephanie Sanborn
Describes the search engine purchase process for Tower Records. They also
wanted navigation and browsing functions, and had been using local custom
code, and decided that the investment in making a high-quality system was
too high. Tower chose Endeca's InFront catalog, search and navigation software
because of the functionality and performance. In making the build-vs.-buy
decision, Tower required a vendor that would perform trials and make changes
when necessary. The Endeca application has been eliciting positive feedback