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Open source software and cloud-based services continue to propel businesses into the twenty-first century. For the last 25 years or so, the open source community has been thriving. As there are no signs of this movement slowing, ArnoldIT has released a new information service called OpenSearchNews.

Similar to other services offered by ArnoldIT such as Beyond Search, OpenSearchNews tracks the evolution of any industry related news offering critical commentary and pointing readers in the direction of other credible sources of information. The free service publishes Monday through Friday.
Emily Aldridge, the information service’s editor explains in the press release announcing the service :
“Open source search has become a fast-growing segment of the enterprise search and big data markets. The number of companies competing in this segment is growing. The phenomenon is global with solutions available from Canada, the Danish Library, and entrepreneurs in the Russia. We are reporting on the companies, trends, and products which offer an alternative to the seven figure solutions from proprietary enterprise search solutions.”
Business-minded professionals will be sure to benefit from the wealth of information on open source products OpenSearchNews provides. Discerning fact from fiction often proves difficult amid the massive amount of marketing jargon used to pump up products from some vendors. We expect to see this new information service land above such convoluted language.
Megan Feil, April 16, 2012

HighGain is always seeking news about mobile technologies and enterprise applications that have impact. We are excited to share news about a new venture from Beyond Search that delves  into coverage of the world of apps.

According to Beyond Search:

We pride ourselves on the wide variety of information covered “beyond search”. But the field of search technology increasingly morphs into a larger and larger beast. We have decided to focus on apps in a new information service.That’s why we have created AppRapids. We want to cover the appification of enterprise software solutions. Like SharePointSemantics and Inteltrax, the service is supported by a commercial venture. We are delighted to announce that PolySpot will sponsor AppRapids.


The AppRapids service will cover news, developer information, and business strategies for the exploding world of enterprise applications for search, content processing, and business processes.

This service is run by members of the Beyond Search team. AppRapids’ editor Megan Feil and ArnoldIT editorial coordinator Constance Ard, MLS, utilize the Overflight intelligence system to track important news related to enterprise architecture, search solutions, and apps.

Features of the new service include:

  • Open comments section
  • Social components such as LinkedIn and Facebook presences
  • User-submitted content
  • Open source approach so you can locate a source document and reuse the AppRapids’ content with a link back to the micro-site.

As the PRWeb News Release states, Chief Marketing Officer and PolySpot Founder Olivier Lefassy said:

We believe that the type of information generated by ArnoldIT makes it easy to track important innovations and the companies which are helping create the next-generation enterprise frameworks, architectures, and solutions, including open source. PolySpot is active in this arena, and we want to ensure that a continuous flow of information is available to document developments in open source and proprietary solutions.

PolySpot was founded in 2001. The company designs and sells search and information access solutions designed to improve business efficiency in an environment where data volumes are increasing at an exponential rate. PolySpot’s solutions offer universal connectivity, covering all business needs and ensuring that companies can access the data they need, regardless of their structure, format or origin.


For more information about PolySpot’s enterprise solutions, navigate to

PolySpot’s solutions are based on an innovative infrastructure offering both versatility and high performance, enabling companies to make best use of their assets and rationalizing the strategic costs that today’s businesses and organizations face. PolySpot’s solutions have millions of users worldwide, across all business sectors, with customers including Allianz, BNP Paribas, Bureau Veritas, Crédit Agricole, OSEO, Schlumberger, Veolia, Trinity Mirror and Vinci. For more information about PolySpot, point your browser to

The most notable feature of AppRapids is similar to what we do at Beyond Search: stories include analysis of topics that are usually intentionally muddled by the language of marketing experts. The editors welcome comments for stories and any ideas may be submitted to Point your browser to the About Us page for more information on the editorial policy.

The AppRapids’ team will be attending key events, and we will process news releases sent to us at the email in the news service, We are contemplating a meet up in the near future. Watch AppRapids for details.

Constance Ard, December 6, 2011

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To oversimplify the data-fiction of our world, let it be said that in the 1970s and 1980s data began growing.  It has grown exponentially since then causing the birth of several new industries.  One of which is ‘search’.  The search industry exploded onto the mainstream in the 1990s and according to Stephen Arnold, author of   Beyond Search,  is fizzling out like a dying star.

His recent post “Enterprise Search: Fish Floundering Out of the Water” presents a brief history of the all-stars of search beginning with IBM, Oracle and Autonomy and cruises on through to Google and Exalead in the early 2000s.  All the companies he mentions were novel in their time and made gobs of money to prove it.

The problem with the current attempts at recreating the search boom is that open-source is redefining the field, or more accurately, what is left of search.  As Mr. Arnold has said – search is dead. Also, the current economic situation cannot be ignored.  Money is scarce and great think tanks are struggling to fund the next big thing.  Also, the demands of the search user have changed in the last thirty years, expecting free or low-cost search.

A sucker is born every second and for those labeled as such the search industry is still alive and kicking.  The article predicts, however, that the current search boom and promise of an easy buck (as proven reliable by past performance) is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

Several observations and predictions are made in the article:

The big name search systems which have generated lots of money are now going to be like snow globe scenes. I just don’t see the resources required to reengineer, enhance, and beef up these systems becoming available over the long haul. The focus is on quarterly earnings, not on research which may or may not pay off in a 12 week window…Most of the buyers of these “big name” search engines will follow standard operating mega-corporation procedure. The technology will be bundled, wrapped, embedded, and repurposed.

While Arnold won’t commit to a list of top-picks in the search industry, the article does give several guide points to help those watching current search events navigate the field.  First, those who care about such things need not be fooled by catchy marketing schemes.  Next, they should look outside the red, white and blue box to other countries leading the way.  Lastly, to reiterate Mr. Arnold’s infamous quote – search is dead.  The world is moving on and so should investors.

Catherine Lamsfuss, October 27, 2011

Numerous outlets covered the announcement concerning Zynga’s registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the first of July. We felt “Zynga IPO: Social Gaming Company Files S-1 With The SEC” at delivered a rather straightforward account of this initial stage in the company’s path toward a public offering.
Following other social media companies that have gone public recently, and ahead a few that continue to flirt with the idea, the San Francisco based game development firm has clearly captured the collective attention, at least for the moment:
“Though the filing claims that the company aims to raise $1 billion, TechCrunch suggests that this number could simply be a placeholder. Sources told Reuters that the company could raise as much as $2 billion, placing its value between $15 and $20 billion.”
With first quarter numbers for 2011 hovering around two hundred million, Zynga seems poised to have its most successful year to date. If the valuation holds with predictions, it also places them near the head of the queue in terms of investment potential.

This however has failed to impress everyone. The corporation’s close, some could say symbiotic relationship with Facebook has been drawn into question. As has the often pointed criticism of their well worn game design. Pair this with the random lawsuit and the naysayers will have all the ammunition they need to, well naysay. Forbes contributor Eric Jackson penned an interesting piece on the subject if you have the time.

With more and more companies entering the public sphere and the debate raging on whether or not we find ourselves inside a new bubble, it can at times seem overwhelming to even a seasoned investor. Seeking the advice of a professional analyst like Michael Onghai, who specializes in the tech markets, can help investors process the wealth of data.
Micheal Cory August 1, 2011


The marriage of the television and the Internet looks to be a done deal. So says CNBC’s “Half of TVs to Have Internet Connectivity by 2015,” which predicts that about 47 percent of total flat-panel televisions shipped in four years, approximately 138 million units, will be Internet-ready.


“The rapid adoption of TVs with Internet access will further complicate the battle for the living room taking place among many players. Content providers will have to balance the desire for more choice demanded by consumers between delicate negotiations with their largest customers: the cable companies.”


The numbers should catch the attention of investors with an eye to the future. Investments in streaming media companies and the products that deliver the service look to be a real opportunity for those wanting to get in early. Luckily, there are investment advisors like Michael Onghai who are well-versed in this sector and who can help you find good value plays.

Rita Safranek July 27, 2011