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Inktomi eyes better enterprise search results

Inktomi has rolled out a new version of its Enterprise Search software along with tools designed to automate the preparation of content for search engine indexing.

The company said Enterprise Search Version 4.3 has been enhanced with tools designed to create a comprehensive search index and improve the relevancy of search results across the enterprise.

New features include Content Assistant, an application programming interface that enables software developers to index metadata from content management systems and content classification applications with the corresponding source document. Inktomi said this capability improves search results by allowing additional metadata to be inserted in a document any time during the indexing process.

Rahul Lahiri, Inktomi's director of product management, said the Quick Links feature enables links to popular documents to be inserted into search results based on keywords, which can help users narrow down searches.

"Search relevance is great but is there is not a way to integrate business logic directly into the relevance algorithms," he said. "Quick Links allows the integration of business logic into the search results page, which is very helpful for enterprises."

Another enhancement, called Binary Large Objects support, allows the search engine to index non-text items from databases such as images, spreadsheets and PDF files.

To address the problem of preparing enterprise content for search indexing, Inktomi has unveiled Search Architect Edition, which combines Inktomi Enterprise Search with a third-party product, Watchfire Enterprise Solution.

The combined offering automates the process of refining content before it is searched and allows an administrator to add additional intelligence to the content before it is indexed, Lahiri said.

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