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
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
- Flexible Installation Options — Install on a variety of UNIX-based
platforms, or as an ASP-style service.