Friday, 10th October 2008
Federated search is a powerful tool for organisations with multiple databases and content sets, but it is often misunderstood. In this clear introduction, expert Jill Hurst-Wahl lays out what federated search does and does not do well and identifies characteristics of organisations 'ready' for federated search. If you've been fielding questions (or have your own) about a search solution that works 'like Google' but inside your firewall, this is a great piece to share with colleagues.
Since every federated search software product is different, it is important for an organisation to understand what features are required, what benefits the organisation is seeking, and how it will be impacted by the shortcomings. It is also important for the organisation to understand the industry, since the industry - companies, products, and features - is in flux.
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