The Perfect Search

Intelligent Enterprise (IE) is one of my favorite database-oriented trade magazines. It was created through the merger of “DBMS” and “Database Programming and Design” about ten years ago. About one year ago, “Transform” (a content-oriented publication) was merged into the magazine, thus expanding its focus beyond traditional data. I’ve known IE’s editor-in-chief David Stodder since I was a product marketer at Ingres (more than 15 years ago) and find him a very knowledgeable and thoughtful journalist.

This month’s issue features a nice overview piece on enterprise search, which includes one of my favorite (self) quotes:

Google’s search engine creates page ranks based on how frequently people link to a given piece of content. The downside to this is that most companies’ documents and data sources have little or no record of content linking. “That this is lost on most people is a triumph of branding and makes page-rank-free Google somewhat akin to caffeine-free Jolt as a product,” says Dave Kellogg, CEO of Mark Logic.

Overall, it’s a nice overview, worth reading. I do think it gives IBM’s UIMA (pronounced you-EEM-uh) a bit more coverage than it deserves based on presence in the market, but I’d also say that:

  • UIMA aims to address a real problem in the market; specifically, its artisan, early-stage nature which requires customers/service-providers to integrate products from multiple specialist vendors into a single solution.
  • IBM is IBM. That’s good for a paragraph at least in most stories.
  • MarkLogic can be integrated with a UIMA framework for customers who want to use a UIMA backbone for integrating various content software technologies.

I should add that MarkLogic integrates pretty well, out of the box, with most pure XML products. For example, if an entity extractor produces enriched XML markup, you can load that enriched XML easily and directly into MarkLogic.

What’s more, with the MarkLogic content processing framework (CPF), you can automically invoke such utilities via a triggering mechanism from within the server. So either way, we’ve got you covered.

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