Why Read This
Forrester evaluated leading enterprise search platform vendors across approximately 150 criteria and found that Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) and Autonomy established early enterprise search category leadership — thanks to their extensive search capabilities, broad platform focus, and significant market presence. Endeca Technologies is also a leader in this space with its mature search management tooling and increased focus on offering search as a platform. Google, IBM, and Microsoft are all strong performers but lack the breadth of capabilities and focus to be considered more broadly as search platforms. Entopia came in as a strong performer with its good support for basic search scenarios, particularly in collaboration environments. Convera, a previous leader in enterprise search, appears to be exiting this market altogether, with declining market share and an ill-defined future strategy.