Attivio upgrades enterprise search engine

UPDATED: Attivio today released version 1.5 of its Active Intelligence Engine (AIE), which is designed to deliver better enterprise search results, especially in the handling of unstructured data.

The AIE upgrade improves security, speed, error handling, and adds three new modules. The OCR Module (define) handles text in images, such as handwritten memos. It is also able to identify and input tabular data from .PDF docuements.

The AIE Classification Module uses a variety of algorithms to parse data into a virtually unlimited number of potential categories. “For example, in the media industry, information could be classified by news categories (local, world, business) or classified ads (community, housing, for sale), etc.,” said an Attivio representative in an e-mail to

The AIE Sentiment Module is designed to help companies learn what their customers think about them. The module is able to parse sentences that refer to multiple companies, Attivio said. “In most text there tend to be ‘hot spots’ of concentrated sentiment, either positive or negative, sometimes more than one in the same sentence, and with opposite polarity. In these cases it is important to have a higher granularity to the specific location and relationship of the sentiment,” the company said in a statement.

“AIE is 100 percent Java and runs in its own JVM container, making it highly portable and easy to integrate. AIE supports Java, HTTP/REST and .Net APIs and can process hundreds of content formats including all common office formats, email, text, PDF, CSV, RDBMS, HTML, XML, graphics, audio, scanned documents (via OCR) and more. Attivio provides connectors for crawling and extracting information from databases, email and collaboration systems, ERP, content management systems (CMS), file directories and the web,” Attivio said.

“All information is secure and controlled with user access rights,” Attivio added.

Attivio also announced it is now accepting applications for participation in the Beta program for its industry-first AIE SQL engine, which launches in September.

The new AIE SQL Module will let customers write and execute SQL queries against AIE directly or from existing enterprise BI tools and applications. The module will also include AIE query extensions that serve the full spectrum of enterprise information, from ad-hoc search queries to structured reports and a new frontier for true unified information access queries.

Pricing is “value-based” and therefore varies widely, the company said, but the average price is $300,000.

Update corrects information concerning the beta program and the AIE SQL Module

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