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The Market Layout

To help you keep track of the players, this study contains a market map and a market scorecard. You will be able to see which vendors are in the search tools business. You will learn which vendors provide building blocks upon which you can set up a customized system. There are vendors who provide deep analysis using technology developed for the intelligence community. Other vendors provide a data management or database approach to make manipulation of information useful and informative. Other vendors use advanced mathematics to discern patterns in data and information. Others provide an enhanced search function that blends key word search with specific advanced content processing operations such as on-the-fly classification.

This study contains profiles of 24 systems from several different countries. Dozens more asked me to include them in this first edition, and I had to make some decisions about whom to include and exclude. The 24 profiles provide a representative view of the different methods, approaches, strengths and weaknesses of the systems, and a useful orientation to the dynamic field of behind-the-firewall search. The study provides six to nine page discussions of these companies’ systems:


  

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