Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Google Click to Call

Google is working with new Click to Call technology. Ths is very interesting and it could help close the gap for those organizations who count leads as calls and clicks.

This has a wide range of applications including general retail, travel, hotel, and others.

Here something from the Google site:

What's the phone icon on Google search results? How does it work?

We're testing a new product that gives you a free and fast way to speak directly to the advertiser you found on a Google search results page – over the phone.

Here's how it works: When you click the phone icon, you can enter your phone number. Once you click 'Connect For Free,' Google calls the number you provided. When you pick up, you hear ringing on the other end as Google connects you to the other party.

We won't share your telephone number with anyone, including the advertiser. When you're connected with the advertiser, your number is blocked so the advertiser can't see it. In addition, we'll delete the number from our servers after a short period of time.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Microsoft Extends Desktop Search to the Enterprise

Redmond Adds Network Search

Microsoft breaks down the search wall between the desktop and the enterprise, where it will find IBM waiting.
November 15, 2005

Microsoft said on Tuesday it will extend the reach of its desktop search technology to business networks.

Windows Desktop Search for enterprises will give IT managers the ability to add search access to shared resources on the corporate network.

The Redmond giant made the announcement at its IT Forum 2005 conference in Europe for IT professionals, which is being held in Barcelona, Spain.

Desktop search is a major area of focus for Microsoft and its portal rivals, such as Google and Yahoo. There are also a slew of independents including Copernic Desktop Search and blinkx. But enterprise search has been a focus for IBM, which has for the most part stayed out of the stand-alone desktop search field.

But with the extension of its desktop search product into the enterprise, Microsoft has sounded a warning that it is about to break down the search barrier between the desktop and the enterprise.

More at http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=14481&hed=Redmond+Does+Enterprise+Search

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Autonomy to Acquire Verity

Verity Announces Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Autonomy

The Combination Will Provide Customers with Broader, More Powerful Information Access Solutions

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Nov. 4, 2005 – Verity Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTY), a leading provider of business search and process management software today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L), a global leader in infrastructure software, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $500 million.

The combination of Verity and Autonomy will provide customers with a broader and more powerful set of solutions that address the increasingly demanding requirements of information access. Verity and Autonomy bring together complementary product capabilities and distribution channels to better meet customer needs on a global basis. Existing investments in Verity solutions will be protected through product compatibility with Autonomy’s architecture as well as access to Autonomy’s advanced voice and video applications.

“By Verity uniting with Autonomy, our combined 16,000 customers will benefit from the blend of technology leadership and customer-facing strengths in sales, support and professional services, all under one corporate banner,” said Anthony J. Bettencourt, Verity’s chief executive officer. “The combination will make available to each company’s customers next-generation technology and a more advanced suite of functionality while protecting investments in Verity’s products.”

This looks interesting. The presure of low cost alternatives will cause more consolidation.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

French Software Firm Brings First Unified Search Technology Platform to U.S.; Introduces New Desktop Search Software

Exalead Declares Search Now Easier, More Affordable for American Businesses

French Software Firm Brings First Unified Search Technology Platform to U.S.; Introduces New Desktop Search Software

After five years of success and wide-scale customer acceptance in Europe, Exalead, an innovative provider of search software designed to simplify all aspects of information access, today announced the availability of its unified search technology platform – exalead one:search – for American businesses. The exalead one:search platform serves as the foundation for Exalead’s portfolio of integrated search products, from desktop to enterprise and the Web. Additionally, Exalead today announced the general availability of exalead one:desktop™ professional edition, the first software solution from the exalead one:search family of products.

While organizations of all sizes have come to recognize the value of search for critical decision making, many find today’s search solutions to be too complex, costly and that they don’t bring together results from different information sources on one desktop screen. Further, most solutions force users to adjust to them, not the other way around. The exalead one:search approach addresses these issues by providing business users with a more natural, simpler and satisfying way to find information. The company has also made the process of buying enterprise-level search software less complicated and more affordable.