One of the quickest ways to find the information you need is to do a quick Internet search. The Forbes article “LucidWorks: Bringing Search to Big Data” reminds us that though oftentimes overlooked, search is a key factor in the Big Data world. Grant Ingersoll, Chief Scientist of LucidWorks made the followings statement at the IE Big Data conference in Boston.
Anyone on the Internet is familiar with the search box and can find the data they are looking for without knowledge of any programming language. This could make search a key factor in bringing big data to a very broad audience, giving direct access to data and putting analysis tools in the hands of decision-makers. But search is not being talked about in the big data space.
LucidWorks has made a personal goal “to bring search back front and center,” as they seek to become the Google of the enterprise world. Once known as Lucid Imagination the company is focusing on selling licensed technology. Their technology is built on the open search platform Apache Lucene/Solr, which is built on top of the Lucene library. This particular enterprise search platform has the capability to offer full-text as well as other vital search functionality. Lucene/Solr has the distinctive honor of being the most deployed search technology in the world and has already been embraced by companies such as Netflix, Verizon and Twitter Search. LucidWorks has launched a Big Data beta project that brings together all of the Apache open source components that are needed to develop and manage a big data application. LucidWorks is focused on showing that search is the key to unlocking Big Data in the enterprise world and they seem to be on the right track.
April Holmes, October 8, 2012