New enterprise solution improves workers’ efficiency by empowering employees, partners and suppliers to easily find actionable information
GARTNER SYMPOSIUM/ITxpo, ORLANDO, FL., OCTOBER 7, 2002 - Endeca, the only provider of Guided Navigation integrated with advanced search solutions, today announced at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, the immediate availability of its enterprise search solution, Endeca ProFind. Leveraging its success in the retail and B2B catalog markets, Endeca is now expanding its reach by bringing Guided Navigation and advanced search to the enterprise - providing the speed and scalability to empower users to easily find the information they’re looking for, and ultimately solving the problem of information overload. Today, Endeca also announces that Weatherford International, Inc., one of the largest global providers of mechanical solutions, technology and services for the oil and gas industry will also implement Endeca ProFind, and IHS will save millions of dollars in hardware and operational expenses and has delivered a 300 percent faster user experience through the use of Endeca ProFind. (Refer to release, "IHS Achieves Measurable ROI With Endeca Guided Navigation - Users Experience 300 Percent Faster Response Time")
Built on the patent-pending Endeca Navigation Engine, Endeca ProFind enables users to easily navigate through enterprise data to find the precise document or piece of information they need - quickly and efficiently - leading to increased user efficiency. From information delivery companies looking to give users easy access to information, to suppliers that need to locate documents to make quick and informed purchasing decisions, Endeca ProFind empowers users with the tools they need to find only relevant data as well as discover information they may not have realized existed. Endeca ProFind with Guided Navigation and best-of-breed search technology also shields users from dead-ends and will never return endless lists of irrelevant results.
"Search is not enough," said Sue Feldman, Vice President of Content Management and Retrieval Software for IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice. "In order to match users to the information that they need, information systems must help them explore collections of information without having to think of the right questions to ask. Very often, searchers have only a vague idea of what they are looking for. They need clues on what is in the collection. They need to know what paths to follow. The next generation of information finding tools will include both search and exploration tools. This combination is the source of Endeca’s success in e-commerce. Extending the product to the enterprise market will solve information problems within the enterprise as well."
Endeca ProFind Conquers Information Overload in the Enterprise
As the first software solution using meta-relational indices, Endeca ProFind empowers enterprise users to easily refine their searches using Guided Navigation to find exactly what they’re looking for and, at the same time, provides enterprises with numerous operational, maintenance and cost benefits.
Endeca ProFind Brings ROI to the Enterprise:
--Enables rapid updates - enterprises can easily and quickly incorporate additional data, updates, and changes in just minutes.
--Is highly scalable - enterprises can grow to millions of users, millions of information records with thousands of attributes.
--Offers design flexibility - enterprises can easily redesign and edit with minimal effort and cost.
--Runs on a low-cost infrastructure and maintenance - enterprises can achieve speed and scale on commodity hardware while freeing internal data management resources through dynamically generated data structures.
Endeca ProFind Improves User Productivity:
--Bridges structured and unstructured data - users are able to search through all enterprise-wide documents. Offers ability to easily redefine searches - users are provided a transparent paradigm, allowing them to know exactly how they arrived at their results, giving them the ability to redefine their search at anytime throughout the navigation process.
--Returns results at sub-second speed at any scale - users are delivered relevant, actionable information in milliseconds, no matter how large the data set. Offers proven, intuitive user interface - users experience easy, engaging and productive searches.
Endeca ProFind Promotes Discovery
In addition to helping users find what they are looking for, Endeca ProFind creates "information portals" that help users discover information that they didn’t know was there. For example, an engineer looking for information on jet engine boosters can navigate through documents and parts data using Guided Navigation revealing a specific "product upgrade" that she otherwise may not have known existed until she actually went to order the part. As Endeca ProFind helps the engineer refine her search to find the information she needs, it also presents the engineer with an "information portal" that includes other documents on jet engine boosters and other related parts specifications and information that may be of interest. With Endeca ProFind, the engineer not only easily pinpoints the information she wants, but has the opportunity to discover related information that may also be helpful.
"Getting to the right information, given the size and complexity of enterprise data, is a problem that our customers and prospects tell us, until now, no other vendor in the search space has been able to solve," said Steve Papa, CEO and founder of Endeca. "Using data-driven rules, Endeca ProFind helps all people involved in the value-chain discover useful information in a matter of seconds, that before may never have been revealed unless the user knew exactly what to ask for. In today’s economy, enterprises are faced with tighter resources - and empowering them with technology to increase overall productivity is critical to success."
Endeca solutions help businesses across a variety of sectors like retail, financial services and business-to-business with applications that address the information overload problems associated with content and catalog management as well as enterprise information access and retrieval.