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Technical analysis of content-processing company Autonomy now available

Report is part of a free service that provides technical descriptions of important players in enterprise search and content processing market from 1986 to the present day

Louisville – WEBWIRE

Stephen E. Arnold, enterprise search industry expert and author of the Enterprise Search Report and the New Landscape of Search, has announced the release of a free analysis of Autonomy plc: 1996 to 2007, as part of a free series of enterprise search vendor profiles.

The 25-page report is available at www.xenky-com/vendor-profiles and highlights the importance of Autonomy’s “automatic” approach to content processing. Arnold, author of the report, said: “Many of the search vendors marketing information retrieval ignore the importance of Autonomy’s innovative approach to search and analytics. I wanted to capture some of the details before they fade away.”

The report covers Autonomy’s rise from work stemming from Dr. Michael Lynch’s and Dr. Robert Gaunt’s work on signals processing. By 2007, Autonomy IDOL had become the de facto leader in the search and content processing market.

As Autonomy’s marketing matured, important details about the underlying technology of IDOL and the company’s Digital Reasoning Engine received less and less attention.

Arnold started posting these search, content processing, and analytics vendor profiles in October 2013. Versions of these profiles may have appeared in monographs, articles, or books. Additional profiles are now being added every ten to fourteen days.

The Autonomy report is number 10 in the series. Other search and content processing vendors profiled include Convera, Entopia, Fulcrum, Verity (which Autonomy acquired in 2005), and other vendors.

These profiles are a valuable intelligence resource because significant information about previous search and retrieval systems is no longer easily available. The information has been deleted or the new owners of the search companies have replaced earlier documents with ones that are expressed in terms of Big Data, social media, and other current buzzwords.

“I want to make these profiles available because many of today’s vendors are marketing their technology as new and revolutionary. The reality is that in many cases, the vendors are recycling search methods that have been in use for decades,” Arnold said. “But these profiles—particularly the descriptions of such innovators as Fulcrum and iPhrase—make it clear that search innovation is moving at a very slow pace compared to other technical fields.”
About Stephen E. Arnold, ArnoldIT

Stephen E. Arnold is a technology and financial analyst with more than thirty years of experience. In addition to “Google: The Digital Gutenberg,” he is the author of more than 60 journal articles and a number of other books, including “The Path to the Total Network,”  published in 1993, and the first three editions of the 600-page encyclopedia of search called “The Enterprise Search Report.” His newest studies of open source search are available from one of the global leaders in technology consulting, IDC, at

Since January 2008, he has published a free daily search and content processing newsletter at For more information about Mr. Arnold, navigate to


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