Enterprise search made easy ? and free ? from IBM and Yahoo!

Earlier this year Yahoo! and IBM got together to ask a simple question — how can we make enterprise search easier to install, use, and maintain. The result of that question is IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition which we believe will enable employees, partners or customers to find answers that they know are sitting on their file-systems, their intranet, or their public website. And because an answer to your question may be on the Web, we have integrated Yahoo! Search directly into the search results. So, if you are searching the enterprise, the Web, or looking for a local business you can do that in one unified experience.

Beyond creating a product that was super easy to use we don?t believe that small and mid-sized businesses (or even large enterprises!) should need to spend $1,995 or more to get a reliable and robust enterprise search solution. Anybody can install and use the IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition product and get access to a wide set of features for no charge. For those who are curious, here are a few of the many features worth mentioning:

? Indexes up to 500,000 documents and over 200 file types in 30 different languages.
? Customizable search results interface I.e. it doesn?t need to look like the screenshot above. But it is not just about changing the background color, you can also hide certain features.
? Add new synonyms. Companies big and small love acronyms and shorthand speak so you can use these features to handle your common and not so common acronyms?. Hmmm?. what did TFBO stand for again
? Create your own featured links. Yahoo! Search includes many useful shortcuts, but within your company there are likely some high use applications and content that you may want to provide one-click access for. For example, a search on ?expense reports? may include a featured link directly to your Expense Report system.

You can learn more (http://omnifind.ibm.yahoo.com) about the product, but we would encourage you to install it and give it a try.

Making enterprise search simple and accessible is something we are very excited about here at Yahoo! and IBM, so let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Ariel Seidman ? Yahoo! Search Product Management
Sean Johnson – IBM OmniFind Product Management

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