What do you think the future of 'search' will look like?
I just posted a blog about the answer our CEO/CTO, John Challis, provided for an article. The question was, What is your assessment of today’s enterprise search industry? A second question asked was ‘What do you think the future of ‘search’ will look like?
John’s answer to “What do you think the future of ‘search will look like” was as follows:
The future of enterprise search seems destined to continue with simple keyword and Boolean searching, augmented by faceted navigation based on metadata. The main driver for this is the World Wide Web. Virtually every e-commerce web site today offers guided navigation based on metadata. When you enter a simple text query into Amazon or eBay, or virtually any other shopping site, you see filters for “vendor”, “price range”, “colour”, “size”, etc. This ubiquitous model now appears in most of the leading enterprise search products and users immediately understand how a simple text query can quickly be focused to a specific domain by clicking on a metadata filter. This updated search model is increasing demand for auto-classification products which can generate descriptive metadata automatically based on an analysis of the document’s unstructured content.
What do you think about this statement? Disagreements accepted!