Interesting to see the leading doc mgmt, content mgmt, and search vendors striving to complement SharePoint
In addition to supporting 80 languages, FAST ESP will enable Office SharePoint Server’s users to employ advanced navigation capabilities to refine results and find facts, leveraging the power of FAST’s Contextual Insight® technology to enrich the customer experience. It also uses Office SharePoint Server as a platform, extending Web Parts capabilities to expose customers and industry partners to more relevant information. “FAST and Microsoft understand that in today’s world it’s not just about searching for information, it is about connecting people with the right information quickly in a security-enhanced environment,” said John Markus Lervik, CEO of FAST. “The market’s rapid acceptance of Office SharePoint Server is a phenomenon. By extending Office SharePoint Server’s content management, collaboration and search capabilities with FAST ESP’s advanced analytics dynamic navigation capabilities, we are enabling users to derive even greater value from Office SharePoint Server 2007. Together with Microsoft, we are enabling organizations to maximize their existing information assets, putting the data to work for them and positioning them for future growth.”
The search business is in a bit of a chaotic state these days, with Autonomy's acquisition of Verity, Open Text's acquisition of Hummingbird (which had in turn acquired Fulcrum), Google seeking to dominate enterprise search, and specialists such as FAST building very impressive customer and partner momentum.