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Wherewithal Airs Enterprise Web Directory Solution

Community search provider Wherewithal Thursday rolled out an intranet search product geared to help corporate workers maintain a Web directory.

Built on the strength of its advanced search algorithms, the Enterprise Web Directory makes it possible for customers to create an internal Web directory.

The tool allows a company to build a "Yahoo-like" Web directory that includes links to every Web site on the intranet. Integration tools that allow the product to blend with the existing design of the intranet site are also featured in Wherewithal's new product.

"Intranets continue to explode in size, and companies are waking up to find out that a lot of their knowledge assets reside there," said David Siegel, author of "Futurize Your Enterprise." "Companies that neglect the taxonomy are going to find that they have a big pile of useless information, not a working knowledge base."

Research firm IDC also stressed the importance of knowledge management through intranets, noting that spending for knowledge management will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41 percent, from $2.3 billion in 2000 to $12.7 billion in 2005. Basically, knowledge management products, such as Wherewithal's enterprise search tool, will save employees time, allowing for a more productive work environment.

Features of the Enterprise Web Directory Include:

  • Web Directory Building and Maintenance Tools -- tools for collaborating among potentially thousands of contributors and dividing up the work, to time-saving tools for taking submissions and managing the taxonomy
  • The Hierarchical Search Algorithm -- A search algorithm designed to optimize searches on a Web directory and taxonomy
  • Open, Service-Based Architecture -- Using a standard XML-based interface, enterprise developers can build a variety of applications based on the corporate taxonomy knowledge base. Includes support for SOAP, PHP, Perl, ASP, and many other platforms
  • Flexible Installation Options -- Install on a variety of UNIX-based platforms, or as an ASP-style service.