cms, Enterprise CMS, Enterprise Content Management, open source, search

Free and Lucid Gaze At Optimizing Apache Lucene-Based Apps

Lucid Imagination continues to show its (mainly dollar-amount-driven) dedication to open source Apache Lucene and Solr search technologies. Recently, the company released a nifty tool called LucidGaze for Lucene.

LucidGaze is a monitoring tool for installations using the Java Lucene search library. It supports Apache Lucene version 2.4.1 and later. Aside from helping developers optimize their Lucene-based applications, the other piece of good news is that LucidGaze is free.

The product works by reverse-engineering characteristics of the Lucene application and providing a framework for developers to improve application management.

Using LucidGaze, developers can harvest data (e.g., the rate of queries, query speed, text analysis times, memory consumption, changes to index structure, etc.), analyze the performance and optimize their search apps.

More on LucidGaze features on CMSWire.

Enterprise 2.0, open source, search

CIA Pours Money Into Open Source Lucene, Solr Search

Yes, the Central Intelligence Agency is among 18 U.S. Intelligence organizations to benefit from the Apache Lucene/Solr enterprise search technology.

In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s VC arm, has announced its investment into Lucid Imagination, a commercial provider of open source search technologies.

This may mean a lot of things (just scratching the surface here): great exposure for Apache (not bad of a present for the ASF’s 10th birthday), promotion of open source adoption, better data mining opportunities for the U.S. intelligence — you name it.

Facebook and Google, interestingly, are also (indirectly) in the mix.

Full story on CMSWire: CIA Invests in Open Source Lucene, Solr Search

Digital Asset Management, Document Management, Enterprise CMS, Enterprise Content Management, Records Management, search, Web CMS, Web Content Management

What Will Happen to Interwoven Post Autonomy Acquisition?

Following last week’s announcement about Interwoven being acquired by Autonomy, the CMS world is still shocked by the news and seems to be in the perpetual pondering mode about Interwoven’s future. I am no exception.

Where Autonomy’s Money is Coming From

As the UK’s Guardian reports, Autonomy really lucked out with good timing on the Interwoven acquisition. The day before the acquisition was announced, Autonomy raised £222m to help fund the $775m acquisition of Interwoven. Traders said the placing was covered around five times and took 60 minutes to complete. Autonomy’s shares closed up 39p at £10.72 that day.

On the same day, Microsoft warned investors that profits and revenues would drop over the next two quarters and announced plans to cut up to 5,000 jobs.

Let’s just wait and see how Autonomy will invest this money, and what it will do with Interwoven.

Autonomy Only Wants Interwoven’s Legal and Compliance Parts

From what I can see right now, Autonomy is most interested in Interwoven’s legal, governance and compliance/document management products and not as much in its Web Content Management or Digital Asset Management (DAM) offerings.

Autonomy is most known for its enterprise search focus and IDOL technologies, and its interest in enterprise-level offerings from Interwoven (WorkSite product line) couldn’t make more sense. What doesn’t make much sense right now is how the overlap between Interwoven’s WorkSite and Autonomy’s records management product Meridio will be handled.

Does that mean Autonomy will perform some sort of an Interwoven-ectomy and shut off the “unnecessary” parts (along with the corresponding human resources attached to them)?

With Interwoven’s future in the Web Content Management market (with its TeamSite product line) seemingly in question, the matters are even worse considering the fact that it’s been years since the last major release of TeamSite. CMS Watch speculates that TeamSite 7.0 )originally promised for 2007) may never see light. It is crystal clear that Interwoven is moving at a turtle’s pace with its TeamSite updates. And now would be a good time to retire this product altogether.

Autonomy’s Founder Mike Lynch and His Point of View

Autonomy’s boss  Dr Michael Lynch OBE FREng wasn’t the last in line when buckets of ambition were distributed. Some Internet sources refer to him as an “arrogant but brilliant shit.” LOL, just the Irish man for the job 😉

Lynch is one of those examples of an academician turned entrepreneur. According to the Sunday Times, he is worth around $500M. Some sources dub him Britain’s first software billionaire. When an exec finds himself “stunned” by a Molière play and can relate to Shakespeare and Blake, that’s a whole different dimension. I want to interview him.

Lynch says that this move should be seen as more of an extension of the firm’s shift towards serving the governance, risk and compliance market rather than an embrace of traditional enterprise content management (ECM).

Interwoven and Autonomy Marriage: Happily Ever After?

Autonomy was founded out of pioneering research at Cambridge University. Interwoven is HQ-ed in San Jose, California. A bit shivered by the cultural shock already, aren’t you? I was also told that apparently Autonomy has its own corporate culture ideals which may not be easily digested by its child companies. I am guessing this is not a reference to British fish&chips.

CMS Industry Reacts to Interwoven Acquisition

My CMSWire colleague Barb Mosher put together a good overview of Web CMS vendors’ reactions regarding the first big acquisition of 2009.  Many CMS vendors are, understandably, quite happy about -1 competitor to fight against and possible opportunities to expand their market shares. 

Some struggling CMS vendors could definitely use this break. Sad, however, to see how true the saying “Desperate times require desperate measures” becomes these days.

online content, search

Semantic Web Standards Evolve

Semantic search, semantic Web… As of late, we’ve noticed the spiking interest in this branch of linguistics as it applies to the good ole Web.

What’s next — semantic blogging? Nah, not just yet. For now, the industry is moving to standardize some of the semantics and logistics of the OWL 2 Web Ontology Language.

The father of the WWW,Tim Berners-Lee, originally expressed the vision of the semantic Web as follows:

I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A ‘Semantic Web’, which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The ‘intelligent agents’ people have touted for ages will finally materialize.

While it all sounds very Martin Luther King meets Men in Black, it looks like Berners-Lee’s dreams are coming true, and the industry is even putting a bureaucracy spin on the whole semantic Web by making it oh-so-pretty and standard for all to enjoy in a uniformed way. Just like in conformation dog shows, only the most handsome and best-structured ones win.

Full article on CMSWire: Key Semantic Web Standards Take Next Step


OutWit Hub: Semantic Search for Web Harvesting

OutWit Technologies released a new Firefox 3.0 extension designed to outwit the web and perform smart web harvesting and semantic search. Based on a recognition technology, this tool is deemed to be the “first step towards a full-blown semantic browser.”

Based on an open API, OutWit Hub allows users to harvest data elements, documents or media from virtually any public source of content.

Full article:

OutWit Hub: Semantic Search for Web Harvesting

online content, search

Cuil Is Not That Kewl

You’d think that after Google, nobody would even dare to venture into the search engine market. That apparently doesn’t include some former Googlers who launched Cuil – the newest search engine that describes its mission as “to index the whole Internet” and “analyze and sort out its pages so you get relevant results.”

Cuil (pronounced “cool”) claims to have a “fundamentally different approach” to search engines due to its new architecture and algorithms. Sounds good in theory, but how does it actually do in reality?

Cuil Is Not the Google Killer It Would Like to Be