Sue Feldman of the International Data Corporation (IDC), a global provider of market intelligence for the information technology sector, recently published the second vendor profile as part of an open source search series called “Polyspot: Unified Information Access Vendor Offers Flexibility and Performance.”
The white paper includes IDC’s opinion of Polyspot, an overview of the company, its management, and its strategy. The profile explores the future outlook for the company and provides essential guidance about the privately-held firm.
Stephen E. Arnold, of ArnoldIT, co-wrote the report with assistance from Dave Schubmehl, Constance Ard, and Dr. Tyra Oldham. ArnoldIT offers an open source sector analysis which compares the functionality of open source search technology with that of proprietary search vendors.
When commenting on the state of open source search, Arnold said:
“The emergence of open source search is one of the more notable developments in information retrieval. In the last two years, acquisitions of proprietary search vendors have created an opportunity for open source search solutions. Traditional vendors of closed search systems now face innovators such as LucidWorks and Polyspot. These and a dozen or more other commercial firms offer the cost and technical benefits of open source software as well as robust professional services. Open source search vendors provide viable alternatives to such solutions as HP Autonomy and Oracle Endeca. The many small, Independent vendors of proprietary search technology now face the formidable task of competing with with such companies as IBM Vivisimo and Microsoft Fast as well as solutions from fast-growing open source search providers.”
This report provides a comprehensive overview of Polyspot as an information access provider as well as some insights into the open source market that are worth checking out.
Jasmine Ashton, August 22, 2012