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									Turning the elephants of search into mice

...and finding the trap to catch them

Kasper Skou, CEO, Speed of Mind, Copenhagen, Denmark
InfoNortics Search Engine Meeting, Boston, 11-12 April 2005

We’ll be looking at three elephants today

The Keyword Elephant
Overcoming the limitations of the keyword paradigm

The Enterprise Database Elephant
An architectural alternative for the semi- and unstructured database

The Resource Intensity Elephant
Does enterprise search have to be a enterprise project?

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Elephant number 1: The inherent limitations of the keyword approach
Concepts: Swedish aircraft maker SAAB Fighter airplane Context 2: Sport Label 1: SAAB Label 1: Plane Label 2: Swedish aircraft maker Label 2: Aircraft

Word: Golf

Context 1: Car

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Elephant number 2: The semi- and unstructured enterprise database
The ’Leach’ Architecture

Apps

☺

Good architecture for federated search in several heterogeneous sources Not ideal for indexing large enterprise data repositories
Storage needs grow at 3.5X ’Leaching’ makes real real-time index updates difficult and resource intensive Security Architecture needs to be replicated in the search system

File Server API

Index Mail Server

Proprietary File System Intranet Server

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Elephant number 2: The semi- and unstructured enterprise database
The ’Plug-In’ Architecture

☺
Apps

Good architecture for indexing large enterprise repositories

☺ Plug-In runs natively in database and pushes
updates to the Index in real real-time ☺ Two-level indexing ensures optimal search performance during indexing

SQL repository
Speed Plug-In API: SQL

☺ Securiy Architecture is not ’short-circuited’
Requires enterprise SQL database Storage overhead is still 1.8X

Speed Index Server

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Elephant number 3: Enterprise search doesn’t have to be an enterprise project!

Hardware Initial Costs Licenses Recurring Costs Human Resources

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