History

For over twelve years Concept Searching continues to deliver innovative technology solutions that solve real business problems

Concept Searching was founded in 2002 by industry veterans with over 90 combined years of experience in knowledge management. As experts in the field, they recognized the age old problem of retrieval and organization of content to maximize information assets and drive business value. In 2003, Concept Searching delivered the first customer shipments of product and has continued to achieve exceptional growth year-on-year while remaining highly profitable.

Leveraging its still unique compound term processing technology, Concept Searching offers a full suite of platforms delivering semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management in SharePoint, Office 365, and heterogeneous environments.

Headquartered in the U.S. with offices in the U.K., South Africa, and Canada, Concept Searching solves the problem of finding, organizing, and managing information capital far beyond search and retrieval. Based on Concept Searching’s Smart Content Framework™intelligent metadata enabled solutions are being deployed to achieve intelligent migration, enable effective records management, identify and secure sensitive information, text analytics, Litigation Support, eDiscovery and FOIA, and ensure enterprise information governance.

  • 2013
    • Concept Searching achieves 53% revenue growth for 2012, while maintaining for a fourth successive year an operating margin of at least 63%. Since 2006, Concept Searching has sustained an average 50% revenue growth year over year.
    • Concept Searching was named one of only nineteen partners globally in the Microsoft Business-Critical SharePoint Program.
    • Concept Searching welcomes prestigious new clients in diverse markets including DoD, healthcare, professional services, and manufacturing. New clients include one of top three global audit firms, the largest global supplier of auto parts, the largest healthcare provider in the US, and the largest manufacturer of gas appliances in North America.
    • Concept Searching announces availability of conceptClassifier for Office 365, currently the only solution available that provides integrated Information Governance processes in Office 365 and a hybrid environment.
    • Concept Searching selected for global deployment of conceptClassifier for Office 365 for 170,000 users on Office 365 for one of the top three audit firms.
    • Concept Searching continues to build on its thought leadership and industry expertise through speaking engagements and social networking venues and achieved over 500% growth in blog readership.
    • Concept Searching recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of the 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management by KMWorld.
    • conceptClassifier for SharePoint recognized as Trend Setting Product for the fifth consecutive year by KMWorld.
    • Concept Searching continues to grow its client base by providing the only solution that addresses Information Governance in an on-premise, cloud, or hybrid environment as it applies to unstructured and semi-structured content.
    • Intelligent metadata enabled solutions, based on Concept Searching’s Smart Content Framework™ continue to be a key driver of sales by delivering improvements to enterprise search, records management, data privacy and sensitive information identification and protection, migration, text analytics, and enterprise social networking applications.
    • Concept Searching builds on its Partner Program by obtaining alliances with industry leaders such as Collabware, Protiviti, C/D/H, Discovery Machine, Firstservis, Enterprise Knowledge, Black Blade Associates, and Smartronix.
    • Concept Searching continues to inform and educate information professionals with its highly successful webinar program, reaching over 2,000 registrations.
    • Concept Searching launches metadata survey focusing on organizational challenges impacting business processes through the use of unmanaged, subjective, inconsistent, and missing metadata resulting in a widely read white paper.
  • 2012
    • Concept Searching achieves 32% revenue growth over FY 2011, maintaining 63% operating margin and average top line revenue growth of 50% per year for the past 7 years.
    • Multi-million dollar five year deal signed with the US Army Medical Command.
    • Announced availability of conceptClassifier for SharePoint 2013 and Office 365.
    • Deployment of our technology for a major US government department on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform.
    • Technologies are now available in on-premise, cloud, or hybrid environments.
    • Formed strategic partnership with WAND, Inc. that will combine WAND Foundation Taxonomies with Concept Searching’s award winning conceptClassifier products and will be available for all versions of SharePoint, from 2007 to 2013, and for Office 365, as well as in non-SharePoint and heterogeneous environments. These smartStructures will deliver pre-built industry specific taxonomies to a variety of industries.
    • Implemented ‘Technically Certified’ Partner Program.
    • One of the top three technology research analyst firms successfully deployed the technology on the Solr platform.
    • Concept Searching launched the Smart Content Framework™ that provides the building blocks and best practices in developing an enterprise framework to plan for and deploy metadata driven applications.
    • Concept Searching welcomed a number of new clients from a wide range of industries, including the US Army Medical Command, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Moffitt Cancer Center, IDC, Brailsford & Dunlavey, New Zealand’s Waikato Institute of Technology, and four global oil and gas enterprises, solving unique challenges with proven solutions.
    • For the fifth consecutive year Concept Searching was acknowledged by KM World Magazine as one of the ‘100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management‘.
    •  The Smart Content Framework™ was selected as a Trend Setting Product by KMWorld.
    • Maintained enterprise wide Authority to Operate (ATO) within the US Air Force and its Enterprise Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) within the US Army.
    • Concept Searching achieves 32% revenue growth over FY 2011, maintaining 63% operating margin and average top line revenue growth of 50% per year for the past 7 years.
    • Multi-million 5 year deal signed with the U.S. Army Medical Command.
    • Concept Searching invited into Microsoft Technology Adopter Program (TAP) for SharePoint
    • Concept Searching named by KMWorld as ’100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management’.
  • 2011
    • Concept Searching achieves 38% revenue growth over FY 2010.
    • Taxonomy Workflow announced as an optional component that can perform an action on a document following a classification decision. A number of pre-configured actions are available (send an email; move, copy, delete a document; change Content Type; generate additional metadata) as well as the ability to define custom actions to implement a wide range of unique requirements.
    • Concept Searching named one of the ’100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management by KMWorld for the third year in a row.
    • conceptClassifier for SharePoint the only third party solution to integrate natively with the SharePoint 2010 Term Store and fully support Managed Metadata Properties.
    • conceptClassifier named one of the ‘Trend Setting Products’ by KMWorld for the third year in a row.
    • conceptClassifier for SharePoint native integration with SharePoint 2010. conceptClassifier for SharePoint consistently applies conceptual metadata to content and auto-classifies to the Term Store metadata model solving the challenge of applying the metadata to thousands of documents and eliminating the need to depend on the end user community to correctly tag content.
    • Concept Searching achieves Microsoft Gold ISV certification, Silver Search certification, and Silver Content Management certification under the new, stringent Microsoft Partner Program.
  • 2010
    • Concept Searching achieves 42% revenue growth with the addition of customers spanning Government and Regulated Industries, Defense and Intelligence, Professional Services, Legal, Manufacturing and Chemical, Digital Media, and Financial Services.
    • conceptClassifier named one of the top ‘Trend Setting Products’ by KMWorld.
    • Launched as the first and only application natively integrated with the SharePoint 2010 Term Store and fully supporting Managed Metadata Properties.
    • Concept Searching maintained as a Microsoft Managed Partner for the third year in a row.
    • Availability of conceptClassifier for SharePoint for Windows Server R2 FCI.
    • conceptContentTypeUpdater for SharePoint made available. conceptContentTypeUpdater works with conceptClassifier for SharePoint to automatically apply correct content types when organizationally defined descriptors and vocabulary reside within documents. As a result, the combination of the technologies delivers a unique and powerful solution leveraging SharePoint content types.
    • Microsoft Federal funds Concept Searching to integrate the contentTypeUpdater into SharePoint 2010 to drive information rights management and automatic content type updates for federal and DOD clients.
    • Concept Searching named one of the ’100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management by KMWorld.
    • Concept Searching announces availability of Distributed Taxonomy Management functionality for organizations that have many taxonomy operators, extremely large collections of documents, and where taxonomy management is a critical business process.
  • 2009
    • Concept Searching achieves 40% revenue growth over FY 2008.
    • Concept Searching elevated by Microsoft to managed status as a part of the High Potential group which is limited to less than 1% of all U.S. based ISV’s.
    • Concept Searching certified by the US Army with an enterprise certificate of Networthyness (CON).
    • Concept Searching named one of the ’100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management by KMWorld.
    • conceptClassifier named one of the top ‘Trend Setting Products’ by KMWorld.
    • Concept Searching achieves Microsoft Gold partner status.
  • 2008
    • Concept Searching continues to show positive revenue growth over FY 07 in a particularly tough market growing by 20%.
    • Concept Searching asked by Microsoft to join the ‘Open Borders Program’.
  • 2007
    • Concept Searching achieves 72% revenue growth over FY 06.
    • Concept Searching joins the Microsoft Partner program.
  • 2006
    • Concept Searching achieves 100% revenue growth over FY 05.
  • 2005
    • Concept Searching achieves certification by the USAF with an Enterprise wide Authority to Operate (ATO)2003
  • 2004
    • First Enterprise wide implementation of the technology at the U.S. Air Force Medical Service to improve search, auto-classify content, and implement taxonomies to support the mission critical objectives of the organization serving some 70,000+ end users.
  • 2003
    • First implementation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    • Concept Searching releases the first search technology delivered as a SOA Service.
  • 2002
    • Management team formed. Core technology developed.