The time spent carrying out data searches has been cut with a new product from Inktomi. The company's Kona next-generation user interface sits on its Enterprise Search engine.
Inktomi is a traditional player in the internet search market space where it powers the web portal search engines for AOL and MSN.
The company said that these tools are important to corporates, and that its enterprise search engine is used to retrieve information at more than 2,500 businesses including 3Com, Fujitsu-Siemens, Reuters and Sun Microsystems.
"Companies now realise that the faster information goes around the more value you can extract from it," said Henrik Hansen, director of marketing at Inktomi.
He added that time and money is wasted carrying out inefficient searches of intranets, and searchers often end up with too much information some of which can be wrong, old or incomplete.
To address this Inktomi is working with vendors and striving to provide knowledge retrieval systems that recognise all applications running on a company's intranet, extranet or web portal.
Dr Panos Ntourntoutis, system engineer, search solutions at Inktomi, said: "Our search engine recognises over 200 different file formats. If it does not recognise an application out of the box we will consult and integrate the new format."
Kona will be released in August and has the ability to present search results in icon form with short previews to eliminate the opening of unnecessary files. By simply moving the cursor over the icon a preview of all files in the results list can be previewed whether it's Powerpoint, Word or a video clip.
An IDC report, published in September last year, said that timely access to critical information separates the winners from the losers in business.
The report stated: "The IT manager of one Fortune 500 communications firm estimates that, by improving search and retrieval systems for just its 4000 engineers, the investment would be recovered within a month and would contribute to a $2m monthly productivity gain thereafter."
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