The Business Case for Enterprise Search

1. Achieve higher employee efficiency levels by providing company-wide, swift access to relevant information

Every business day, employees need to access information stored in various enterprise applications and databases. Enterprise Search addresses this need by providing your co-workers with swift access to relevant information and by consolidating, ranking and presenting it properly. The value proposition of enterprise search is thus to promote core business by enabling co-workers to work more efficiently, to avoid redoing work done elsewhere and to produce better quality as the information they need can be found through one single search solution.

2. Make more money by providing revenue-driving business processes with tailored means to access and act on information

The larger the corporation, the more different information access needs. Besides providing large user groups with general access to corporate information, an Enterprise Search solution can be tailored to meet the specific needs of revenue-driving business processes such as solution sales, business intelligence, patent management and mergers and acquisitions. There might not be that many people working in these areas, but the outcome of their work can have a tremendous impact on the bottom line of your company.

3. Leverage the hidden value of existing IT investments

The return on investment of Enterprise Search is not only a matter of getting your money’s worth for the license and deployment costs of the Enterprise Search solution. As the solution makes all the information hidden in document repositories findable through one search solution, the Enterprise Search solution will in fact help you get a return on investment on content management investments already made.

4. Lower your IT costs by centralizing access to information

Reduce your license, maintenance and support costs by providing one centralized Enterprise Search platform to handle all information access requests. Most companies store information in various information systems such as intranets and web sites, collaboration portals, document management systems, CRM and ERP systems and many other enterprise applications and databases. A typical set-up is to have separate search tools for each of these systems. By using your Enterprise Search platform as a service, you can replace these siloed search functions with one centrally monitored platform that provides search to each of these applications. In this way, you can reduce the annual costs on licenses, maintenance and support for separate search applications.

Comparing Open Source for Search

Even Gartner has talked about open source solutions as interesting search tools. For those of you who needs an introduction, a slideshow comparing Lucene, Solr and Nutch can be found here.