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IBM Announces Enhancements to Free Enterprise Search Software


ARMONK, NY - 27 Nov 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled a new release of the free IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition enterprise search software with Web search services powered by Yahoo! that enables users to further customize and personalize their searches to quickly and easily find, access and capitalize on information stored inside organizations and across the Web.

The new version of IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition offers the ability to easily separate content into different searchable document collections, an improved administration console that simplifies set-up and management of the search tool, and enhanced search support based on the latest open source Lucene indexing library. Other enhancements improve the performance, indexing and custom search field capabilities, as well as support for additional browsers.

IBM introduced IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition last December to address the growing need for a no-cost, full-featured search product that eliminated financial and technology barriers to information access. Since its launch, nearly 25,000 users have downloaded IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition and global organizations of all sizes are using it to improve their enterprise search experience. In addition, numerous ISVs and businesses have developed new offerings that integrate with or support IBM's free search platform.

Consistent with its commitment to advancing open software solutions, IBM and Yahoo! were the first major search vendors to offer a full commercially supported version of advanced enterprise software based on open source technology.

"Last year, IBM and Yahoo! came together to change the rules of enterprise search, defining a new market standard for search as a core capability that should be ubiquitous and free," said Joff Redfern, senior director of product management, Yahoo! Search Distribution. "We're committed to helping enterprises -- both large and small -- get more value out of their information quickly and inexpensively, and providing them with an on-ramp to leveraging the power of all their information."

Prior to the introduction of IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition, enterprise search capabilities were out of reach for many companies who were unable to afford thousands of dollars on a search platform. Customers of all sizes have rapidly adopted IBM's free enterprise search software, while other vendors have followed IBM's lead.

German Knowledge Management company USU Corporation is using IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition along with IBM OmniFind Enterprise Edition and USU LIS as a search platform to support its USU KnowledgeCenter suite of knowledge management software. "Enterprise search is the cornerstone of knowledge management," said Myriam Weber, sales and marketing representative, USU Corporation. "IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition provides a powerful search tool for USU KnowledgeCenter helping address a wide variety of information management, document and knowledge management challenges."

The new version of IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition provides the ability to create a number of collections, each indexing a different set of documents. This allows the user to limit the search to only the documents from a specific source, providing more accurate results.

It also provides the ability to define additional custom fields in the index allowing field values to be mapped from HTML meta tags, extracted from the document's own metadata, or pushed in from the push API. For example, OminFind Yahoo! Edition can now allow the user to search within content intended for a specific country by specifying a custom country metadata field as part of the search request.

Additional features in the new version of OminFind Yahoo! Edition include added support for detecting and removing "near-duplicates" from search results, further improving the accuracy and usefulness of searches. The new version of the software can also be more easily installed as a Microsoft Windows service.

Earlier this year, IBM announced localized language support to meet expanding worldwide demand for the product in Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish. IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition can search websites and local or remote file systems up to 500,000 documents per instance and search the Web all from a single search user interface.

IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is available at no charge and can be downloaded at http://omnifind.ibm.yahoo.com. Worldwide, enterprise-class phone support is available from IBM.

About IBM

For more information on IBM Content Discovery Solutions, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/data/enterprise-search/.

Contact(s) information

Holli Haswell
IBM Media Relations
512-286-3265
hhaswell@us.ibm.com

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