Taking the blinders off your search engine...

How much time are we spending trying to find information? I have read numerous reports and analysis using more or less complex methods... But a simple and conservative answer is way too much !!

Whatever our job are, from engineer to maintenance personnel to back office employee, information has become the nerve of our business and finding it in time, is the difference between winning and losing.

Many companies have made a living out of selling very powerful search engines able to crawl our data. They keep extending the reach of the searches to include our personal files, emails, accounts on enterprise systems, communities we are members of and so on and so forth...

The problem though, is that those systems can only find what they can read and interpret, mostly textual information contained in emails or office documents. For most users, this is probably enough... but what about if you are working for a company whose bread and butter is around designing, building, maintaining or administering complex products and assets?

In that case, your most valuable information will be scattered across many different documents created by many different applications ranging from Office to 2D, 3D or EDA. Searching on purely textual data will only return the tip of your knowledge iceberg ... the rest, this huge amount of information stored inside those technical documents will stay undiscovered, unaccessible and unleveraged...

Best case scenario, this lack of context will transform into an unoptimized decision.. Worst case, it will result in wrong business moves with potential disastrous results on anything from the asset, the business or the environment.

Discussing their search challenges with customers during several Customer Advisory Boards, we realized that our technology could provide a unique solution to this problem - AutoVue can already read data from 100s of formats to render the content visually. We defined a Text Extraction web service call that basically returns all the textual and metadata information contained in a file, whatever its format. It is not in itself a search engine but a simple call that extends the reach of existing search solutions to the overall data used by an organization and enables users to find the data they need to run their business efficiently...

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