Comparison of enterprise search software

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The following tables compare the major enterprise search software vendors in their classes.

General information[edit]

Product formerly k.a. Vendor Stable release Update Platforms API Target Customer Software License Open source Multilingual Website
Lookeen Server[1] Lookeen Server Axonic Informationssysteme GmbH 1.3.1.1118 April 2014 Windows Server .NET  ?  ? No Yes http://www.lookeen-server.com
intergator intergator Enterprise Search interface projects GmbH 5.3 March 2016 Windows Server, Linux Server Java, Groovy und XML/JSON Enterprise Search,Knowledge-Management, Content Analytics, Big Data Yes No Yes http://www.intergator.de
Coveo Enterprise Search Coveo Platform Coveo Solutions Inc 7.0 February 6, 2014 Windows REST, SOAP, .NET Web customer service, customer interaction hubs  ? No Yes, multilingual user interfaces http://www.coveo.com/en/advanced-enterprise-search
Endeca Guided Search  ? Oracle 6.2.2 March 2012  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/commerce/endeca/endeca-guided-search/overview/index.html
EXALEAD CloudView  ? Dassault Systèmes R2014 July 2013 Windows Server, Linux Server Push API (PAPI)  ?  ? No Yes,
125 languages supported
http://www.3ds.com/products-services/exalead/
Datafari France Labs 2.2.1 April 2016 Linux Server, Windows (for test) REST Enterprise Search, Knowledge management, Big Data, BI, Analytics No Yes Yes http://www.datafari.com/en
FAST for SharePoint 2010 (F4SP) Fast Search & Transfer Microsoft 2010 (SP1)  ? Windows Server, SharePoint .NET  ?  ? No  ?  ?
SharePoint 2013 Fast Search & Transfer Microsoft 2010 (SP1)  ? Windows Server, SharePoint .NET  ?  ? No  ?  ?
Google Search Appliance (GSA)  ? Google 7.4 March 2015  ? .NET, Java  ?  ?  ? Yes http://www.google.com/enterprise/search/products/gsa.html
HP IDOL[2] . HPE BigData 11 March 2016 Windows, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris SOAP, REST big data and analytics, Enterprise search, Video, Image or Audio analytics, Knowledge-Management, Info-Governance Yes, licensed by volume. Starting on 250Gb of Metadata No Yes http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/information-data-analytics-idol/
Haven Search OnDemand[3] . HPE BigData 20160329 March 2016 SAAS Offering REST  ? Consumption-based pricing. No Yes http://search.havenondemand.com
Funnelback Search Panoptic Search Funnelback 15.6 June 2016 SaaS Offering, Windows server, Linux server REST Enterprise search, website search, vertical search Document- and server-based licensing No Yes. Multi-lingual support includes indexing, querying and localised UIs https://www.funnelback.com
IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Vivisimo Velocity IBM  ?  ?  ?  ? big data and analytics projects  ?  ? Yes http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/information-optimization/
Swiftype Search Swiftype Swiftype  ? September 2014 Windows and Linux, MacOS REST APIs websites and mobile applications No  ? https://swiftype.com
Lucidworks Fusion N/A Lucidworks Inc. 2.1.4 March 2016 Windows, Linux, MacOS REST APIs Enterprise search, online retail, search-based data analytics Licensed by CPU cores No Yes https://lucidworks.com/products/fusion/
Perceptive Search/ISYS Enterprise Server Lexmark Perceptive Software 4.2  ? Windows, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS, HP-UX and AIX REST, SOAP  ?  ?  ? Yes http://www.perceptivesoftware.com/products/perceptive-search
Secure Enterprise Search (SES)  ? Oracle 11.2.2.2 January 2014 Windows, Linux (Oracle, RedHat and SUSE, 32-bit and 64 bit), Solaris  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/search/oses/documentation/ses-096384.html
RAVN Connect RAVN Systems 3.3 February 2014 Windows Server, Linux Server REST API  ?  ? No Yes http://www.ravn.co.uk/capabilities/enterprise-search/

Features[edit]

Content Collection & Indexing[edit]

This section compares the ability of the products to collect and index content, both textual and non textual, from different data source types and document types (formats).

Indexing and connectivity[edit]

This is about indexing pipeline tools and processes; included connectors, support for connectors, etc.

Web-based[edit]
Description Lookeen Server[4] HP IDOL[5] Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[6] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Swiftype Search Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search[7] RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
HTTP For crawling of Web servers.  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
HTTPS For crawling of secured Web servers.  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XML For indexing any XML-compliant data source.  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
File-based[edit]
Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search 6.2.2 Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
Netware file systems For incremental indexing of Netware file systems.  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Samba/Unix file systems  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Windows file systems, Windows NT Filesystems (NTFS) Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archiving/Directory[edit]
Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[8] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
LDAP For indexing a company directory stored on a LDAP (v2 or v3) server.  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Active Directory Supports Microsoft Active Directory. Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Symantec Enterprise Vault . Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Messaging[edit]
Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Akonix .  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Facetime .  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
IBM Lotus Connections .  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
IMAP For indexing e-mail messages and attached files stored on an IMAP server. Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
IBM Lotus Notes For indexing e-mail messages and attached files stored on a Lotus notes server.  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes
(trigram:CLN)
?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Exchange Ability to retrieve and index e-mail messages and attached files
(Mailboxes, Public Folders).
Yes Yes Yes,
Exchange 2003/2007/2010/2013 Servers
 ? Yes Yes
(trigram:CXG)
Yes  ?  ? Yes
(via Adhere Solutions partner)
 ?  ?  ? Yes,
Exchange 2003 Servers
Yes Yes
Microsoft Exchange Online . Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes . Yes (IMAP)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
NNTP For real-time indexing of Usenet news groups.  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes
Gmail .  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes . Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
CMS, DMS & Social[edit]
Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL[9] Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[10] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Alfresco . Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes, but no native support Yes  ?  ? Yes (via Incentro partner)  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes
EMC Documentum Server .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes
(trigram:CDO)
Yes  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
EpiServer .  ? Yes Yes  ?  ? No ?  ?  ?  ?  ? No  ?  ?  ? Yes
IBM Content Manager .  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ? Yes
(via Adhere Solutions partner)
 ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
IBM FileNet .  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes (P8)  ?  ? Yes
(via Adhere Solutions partner)
 ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
IBM WebSphere .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes, Informatica PowerCenter 9.x connectivity ?  ?  ? Yes (via Adhere Solutions partner)  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Jalios .  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
(trigram:CJA)
?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
SharePoint .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes
(trigram:CXG)
Yes  ?  ? Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server
Microsoft SharePoint Services
 ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes
SharePoint Online .  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Dropbox .  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes
Windows File Share . Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes
Google Docs .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes
Jive .  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes
Plumtree .  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ? No  ?  ?  ? Yes
Lithium .  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?
Confluence .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes (via partner)  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes
Twitter .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes
Facebook .  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?
LinkedIn .  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?
Databases[edit]
Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[11] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
IBM DB2 .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes,
ETL:Informatica PowerCenter
DB2 for Linux
Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
JDBC  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes,
translates SQL database fields
into XML documents
than are then indexed together
with the document metadata
Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft SQL Server .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes,
ETL:Informatica PowerCenter
Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
MySQL .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
ODBC .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes,
ETL:Informatica PowerCenter
Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Oracle RDBMS .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes,
ETL:Informatica PowerCenter
Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes ?
Sybase .  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes,
ETL:Informatica PowerCenter
?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes No
CRM, ERP, PLM, BI[edit]
Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance[12] IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Salesforce .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes
(trigram:CSF)
Yes (via partner)  ?  ? Yes (via partner)  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ?
SAP .  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Siebel/Oracle .  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes, ETL:Informatica ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Dynamics .  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Business Object .  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
IBM Cognos .  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Informatica PowerCenter .  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes
(trigram:CJA)
?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
MicroStrategy .  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes (via partners)  ?  ?
PTC Windchill .  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes
ENOVIA Support for MatrixOne/Enovia data.  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes
(trigram:CEN)
?  ?  ? Yes (via partner)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes
Miscellaneous[edit]
Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search 6.2.2 Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Jira .  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes
GitHub .  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Slack .  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Mantis .  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes
JD Edwards/Oracle EnterpriseOne, World.  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes
ETL:Informatica PowerCenter
?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
PeopleSoft/Oracle .  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes
ETL:Informatica PowerCenter
?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Coming soon  ?  ?

Supported Formats[edit]

File type Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[13] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView[14] Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
Adobe PDF Includes Adobe Acrobat or other PDF documents. Yes Yes Yes,
Version 1.0 to 1.7
 ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web pages HTML, XHTML, etc. Yes Yes,
versions v.3, 4, 5
.asp, .aspx, .cgi, .col,
.dochtml, .dothtml, .fphtml,
.hta, .htm, .html, .jsp, .php,
.pothtml, .ppthtml, .shtm,
.shtml, .xlshtml
 ? Yes Yes,
versions v.4.01 and above, and XHTML
Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
XML Extensible Markup Language (.xml) Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes,
any DTD
Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Text Raw text. Yes Yes .ascx, .bat, .cmd, .config,
.csv, .dic, .exc, .inf, .ini,
.js, .jsl, .log, .nfo, .scp,
.sdl, .sln, .txt, .vbdproj,
.vbs, .vdp, .vdproj, .vjp,
.vjsproj, .vjsprojdata,
.wsdl, .wsf, .wtx, .xsd
ANSI, ASCII, Unicode
 ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel Charts (.xls),
Microsoft Excel XML (.xlsx, .xltm, .xltx)
Others (.xlam, .xlb, .xlm, .xlsm)
Yes Yes
Version 5.0, 95(7.0), 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010.
Indexes Excel 2010 attachments.
Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Word Microsoft Word (.doc)
Microsoft Word XML (.docx, .dotx, .dotm)
Yes Yes
for Mac, Windows (multiple versions)
Version 6.0, 6.0 (for MAC), 95 (7.0), 97, 98 (for MAC), 2000,
XP, 2003, 2007, 2010
Indexes Word 2010 attachments.
 ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft PowerPoint .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam,
.pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt,
.pptm, .pptx
Yes Yes Yes,
Indexes PowerPoint 2010 attachments.
 ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Access MDB  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Project MPP  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Visio VSD  ? Yes
(multiple versions)
 ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Microsoft Outlook Message, archives, and templates (.msg, .oft, .pst) Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
MIME documents Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension. Yes Yes,
Microsoft Outlook Express Mac and PC (multiple versions) (.eml)
.email, .eml, .ews, .mime
MIME converter available with CES 7.0.5935+
 ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Sun StarOffice .  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes No
Lotus 1-2-3 .  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Lotus Freehand .  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Corel WordPerfect Corel WordPerfect Linux (.wps)
Corel WordPerfect Macintosh (.wps)
Corel WordPerfect Windows (.wo)
Corel WordPerfect Windows (.wpd)
 ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes,
version 6 and 7
Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Archive files .  ? 7Z, DMG, HQX, BIZIP2, GZ, ISO, JAR,
EMX, BIN, BKF, CAB, LZH/LHA
ZIP, RAR, RTFD, TAR, Z, UUE
multiple versions.
 ?  ? Yes RAR, ZIP Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
RTF Rich Text Format Yes Yes,
multiple versions.
 ?  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Image files
(text extraction)
Yes  ? Yes,
.bmp, .jpeg, .max, .pcx/.dcx,
.pdf, .png, .tiff, .tiff-fx
requires the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) module.
 ?  ?  ? Yes (via partner)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Images
(metadata extraction)
Creation of thumbnail. Yes Yes .bmp, .emf, .exif, .gif,
.icon, .jpeg, .png, .tiff,
.wmf
 ? Yes Yes,
JPEG, PNG, GIF, PNG
Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Audio
(text extraction)
 ?  ? .aif, .aifc, .aiff, .asf, .au,
.cda .mid, .midi, .mp1, .mp3,
.mpga, .rmi, .snd, .wav , .wma
Requires the Coveo Audio Video Search (CAVS) module.
 ?  ?  ? Yes (via partner)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Audio (metadata) Creation of thumbnail.  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes,
MP3, OGG.
Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Video  ? .264, video/3gpp, .3mm, .4mp ...
.avi, .m1v, .mov, .mp2, ...
.avi, .m1v, .mov, .mp2, .mp2v,
.mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2 .qt,
.rec, .rm, .rnx, .wm, .wmv
Requires the Coveo Audio Video Search (CAVS) module.
 ?  ?  ? Yes (metadata)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes. Metadata extraction.
MacroMedia Flash .  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes,
MacroMedia Flash text section and hypertext links
 ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes No
Autovue 2D & 3D CAD files .  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes,
Open CAD files directly inside Autovue
 ? Yes No
AutoCAD Drawing AutoCAD Drawing (DWF), AutoCAD Drawing Exchange (DXF)  ? Yes,
(multiple versions)
 ?  ?  ? Yes ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
CATIA versions 4 and 5 Drawing document (CATDrawing), Part document (CATPart),
Assembly document (CATProduct), Model (V4 only)
 ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes,
any 5 version
?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes No
SolidWorks v1 Drawing (.slddrw), Assembly (.sldasm),
Part (.sldprt)
 ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes,
2003 to 2013 releases
?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Pro/ENGINEER Part (.prt), Assembly (.asm)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes,
any release from R16 to 2001, from WF1 to WF5
?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes No
CAD Open formats .  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes,
IGES version 5.2 and 5.3, STEP-File
Yes (metadata from the DWG CAD format)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes. Metadata from DWG CAD

Text Analytics[edit]

Linguistics Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance[15] IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search[16] RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
Language detection Ability to identify the languages at indexing time.  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Synonyms/stemming Ability to treat as synonyms variations of keywords.  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Named Entity Extraction Ability to automatically extract entities such as persons, locations and organizations from indexed content.  ? Yes
named "Eduction"
Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes
With automatic entity linking
Yes Yes
Stop words Ability to exclude stop words (e.g. 'an', 'the') in order to improve relevance. Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes

Audio & Video Analytics[edit]

Multimedia Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search 6.2.2 Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Audio analytics Ability to understand topics being discussed, genders and emotional tones of speech, music, etc.  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ? No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes
speech, topics, music, keyword spotting
 ?
Video analytics Ability to understand the content of the video without relying on metadata (e.g. key framing, facial identification, logo recognition, etc.)  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? ? No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?
Image analytics Ability to detect patterns in image (e.g. faces, bodies, gender, age range, expression, etc.)  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes (via partner)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes

Search Experience[edit]

This section compares the ability of the products to :

  • Enable the user to enter and execute the query
  • Present the data to the user within seconds after the query is parsed and processed so that the user can find what he seeks quickly and act on it.

Search Language[edit]

Query Parser Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[17] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect[18] intergator Funnelback Search [19]
Wildcard search Does the system use the asterisk ("*") and question mark ("?") character as a wildcard? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fuzzy search Does the system offer phonetic and approximate spelling search? (distinctions of syntax and semantics)  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exact phrase search Does the system enable to find words as a phrase? Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Proximity search Support for advanced proximity operators - NEAR, BEFORE, AFTER.  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Range search Ability to match all terms which are lexically between square brackets ("[]") and curly braces ("{}").  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Boosting a term Automatic bigram and trigram relevancy boosting.  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Boolean search Does the system interprets Boolean operators? Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graph search Does the system keep relationships between fields and allows searching for them (while enabling full-text search)?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No

Usability[edit]

Search Query[edit]

This is the process of searching (querying).

Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[20] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
Auto-complete Does the system provide an automatic query guidance in the search box while typing?  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes[21]
Spell-checking Does the system checks if the words in the query are spelled correctly and suggest corrections?  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes [22]
Federated search The ability to send the same query simultaneously to several searchable sources. Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[23]
Advanced search page Does the system allow users to perform complex and sophisticated queries? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Result-list[edit]

This is the process of scanning the content of any document directly from the result lists.

Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL[24] Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance[25] IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Relevance ranking Ability to find the highest quality and most relevant documents and bring them to the top of a search results list.  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Site Search factors in more than 100 variables
for each query
 ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes
Find similar Ability to find similar links. Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes
Hit highlighting Ability to highlight query key terms within the document in search result. Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Summarization
(view as HTML)
Does the system offer content preview in the search result, so that users can judge relevance of results? Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes *only available for Office file types (Powerpoint, Excel, Visio, etc.) Partial Yes
converts over 220 file formats into HTML
 ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Does the system enable to copy/paste from within the preview? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Thumbnails and preview Ability to generate thumbnails for a large amount of different file types.  ? Yes
100+ doc types
Yes  ? Yes Yes, but low resolution for CATProducts
no thumbnails for Pro/E assemblies
Yes *only available for Office file types (.DOCx, .PPTx)
First page thumbnail preview
Partial  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Full document graphical preview Ability to access the content of any document without having to open a windows client application.  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
regardless of the file's original application
Yes *only available for PowerPoint file types Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes
Asynchronous loading
Yes
Document comparison Ability to compare.  ? Yes
for version management, signature identification, among other features
 ?  ? Yes Yes ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Clustering Ability to dynamically organize search results into groups.  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes
group search results by topic
 ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Sort by fields Ability to sort all results by order of date or other attribute. Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes,
„hard sort‟
Yes Yes

Faceted Navigation[edit]

This is the process of browsing the content by narrowing search results quickly in clicking filters that refine results based on related categories, so that users extract more meaning and insight from the content.

Facets Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[26] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Multiple filters Does the system enable the user to filter results in selecting multiple facet values? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes
Facet values and counts Ability to display the term and the number of documents containing that term in the search results. Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Hierarchical- and range facets .  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Date, number and string types Ability to filter by date/time, number and string data types. Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes

Social and collaborative[edit]

This is the process of asking social network.

Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010[27] SharePoint 2013[28] Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search[29] Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
Search result tagging Ability to improve relevancy by creating or adding existing tags.  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Real time
Yes No. Deprecated in v14.0.1
Tag searching Ability to search for a tag.  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Personalization/ Audience targeting Ability to deliver more accurate targeted results.  ? Yes,
browse histories, content contributors, and interactions, etc
Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes,
source, date, metadata and entities biaising
 ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes
Expertise location Ability to find experts in users organization by searching on related keywords.  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes
with SDK
Yes  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Saved search Ability to save searches. Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes
with SDK
No No No  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes
Saved alerts Ability to save alerts in order to notified when new content matching your queries has been added to the system.  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? No  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Saved RSS feeds Ability to save RSS feeds.  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? No  ? No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes

Mobile support[edit]

Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari ! FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
Mobile search Does the system support mobile device access and search? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Mobile UI Does the system detect the user device (desktop, smartphone, tablet, etc.) and adapt itself based on it?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes. Admin UI and Default Public UI use responsive designs.
Geolocation Does the system enable from the end-user’s geolocation to provide additional context to filter?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes
Compatibility Is the system compatible with iOS.  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Is the system compatible with Android?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
Is the system compatible with Windows Phone?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?

Administration & Architecture[edit]

This section compares the flexibility in the underlying architecture, application development, the scalability and the administrative services of the products.

Management & Search analytics[edit]

This table is about the ability to report on usage and activity (most popular queries, documents not found, etc.)

Search analytics Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search[30] Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
Web based administration interfaces
(HTML)
.  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Search statistics Does the system collect search statistics?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search reports Does the system enable to report search statistics?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes,
most popular queries
Yes Yes Yes
Portal usage reports Does the system enable to report on portal usage?  ?  ?  ? Yes,
popular navigation
Yes Yes
with SDK
? No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Document storage reports .  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes,
for documents not found
 ? Yes Yes
Custom reports .  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes
with SDK
Yes No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes
Click Scoring Ability to improve relevancy by enabling to track which results are most often clicked.  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes

Interface flexibility[edit]

This is about tools to customize the interface,so that it adds value to any industry or business process.

Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator Funnelback Search
Standard based open interface Does the system support all client platforms?  ? Yes,
HTTP and XML/JSON
 ? Yes Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes,
XML, JSON and HTTP
 ?  ? Yes Yes Yes. HTML, JSON, XML, RSS and OpenSearch.
Page Layout Helper Ability to change easily to global attributes (logo, fonts, header, and footer) and to the look of the Search Box and Search Results.  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes No, action menu on search results not configurable  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes No
Stylesheet editor Ability to make more extensive changes using XSLT stylesheet.  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes
Full customization with CSS or Java API & XML
Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes
XSLT stylesheet editor
 ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes. Full results customisation via FreeMarker[31] and CSS/JS. Cached copies of XML templated via XSLT[32]

Scalability[edit]

Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search[33] Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Index capacity How many total documents can be indexed into the system? up to 10 Million  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ? Up to 100 Million Up to 100 Million  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Scalable to billions Scalable to billions
Indexing rate How rapidly documents can be added or reprocessed into the index? real time  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Depends on setup and hardware  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? per requirement, scalable  ?
Query-processing speed How many queries per second (QPS) the engine can process?  ? 2,000
across all indexed data with sub-second response times
 ?  ?  ?  ? Depends on setup and hardware  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? scalable Depands on the datasource. (sub)-second times

Platform readiness[edit]

Search analytics Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
General system requirement Minimum of available disk space. 100 MB  ?  ?  ?  ? 25 GB ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 10 GB 25 GB
Minimum RAM. 8GB  ?  ?  ?  ? 8 GB ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 8 GB 4 GB
Hard drives to store the data files.  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? SCSI, SAS, SAN, over FC or SSD disks
(as opposed to SATA disks)
?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? optimised for throughput
SCSI, SAS, SAN
SCSI, SAS, SAN, SSD, HDD

Vendor Intangibles[edit]

This section compares each software investment.

Investment Description Lookeen Server HP IDOL Coveo for Advanced Enterprise Search Endeca Guided Search Sinequa Enterprise Search EXALEAD CloudView Datafari FAST for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 Google Search Appliance IBM Infosphere Data Explorer Lucidworks Fusion Perceptive Search Secure Enterprise Search RAVN Connect intergator
Hardware costs Total costs of servers. 0  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Depands on the base licence
Installation costs .  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
License costs .  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 0  ?  ? 500,000 Documents – $28,387
1 million documents – $66,236
Upgrade from 1 million to 2 million documents – $1,971
2 Million documents – $123,010
2 Million documents – $123,010
3 Million documents – $113, 548
3 Million documents – $158,967
5 Million documents – $433,766
10 Million documents – $305,066
10 Million – $423,913
15 Million documents – $533,896
15 Million documents with hot backup – $615,053
30 Million documents with hot backup – $993,548
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Annual Maintenance Annual Maintenance fees.  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Per server  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?

References[edit]

First version[edit]