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The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Search Platforms, Q2 2006

Fast Search & Transfer And Autonomy Lead In Our Product Evaluation

June 13, 2006

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  • By Matthew Brown
  • with Connie Moore,
  • Lucy Fossner

Why Read This Report

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.

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Table of Contents

  • Enterprise Search Platforms Market Landscape
  • Current Trends Will Reshape The Enterprise Search Market Over Five Years
  • IT Decision-Makers: Assess Five Aspects Of Enterprise Search Platforms
  • Search Platforms Evaluation Overview
  • FAST and Autonomy Lead In Enterprise Search, Followed Closely By Endeca
  • Vendor Profiles
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents