After giving a brief talk at the November 2013 Enterprise Search Summit in Washington, DC, a VP at a large, publicly traded information company asked: "What's ahead for enterprise search in 2014?" The author's research has verified that enterprise search has fostered some disillusionment in organizations. For decades, organizations have tried to find systems that made it possible for an employee to locate the specific information needed to complete a work process. Over the last 20 years, companies have invested not in one search system but multiple system. Over the next year there will be more attrition among search vendors. Some outfits will just fade away. Fast Search & Transfer, now owned by Microsoft, looks to him like an "end of life" product. In 2014, interface and design considerations will trump nuts-and-bolts search technology. The type of predictive analytics behind Google search for mobile devices makes unnecessary the impedimenta of desktop search.
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