Today's cloud embraces the old-school approach of time-sharing and adds a number of up-to-date features. The core idea of using applications, memory, and servers located elsewhere is essentially intact. But the access devices include smartphones, iPads, and autonomous software. To estimate your fees, you will need to know details about some arcane throughput for data transfer and load balancing. The future of enterprise search may be dependent on perceptions of security; access to service and support personnel; and the ease with which the findability application can be set up, deployed, and extended. The actual technology used to deliver information retrieval may be of secondary or tertiary interest. Now enterprise search may face the curse of commoditization in a new guise. Open source technology and agile innovators may reach the clouds because pricing and service provide a fast-rising thermal. But clouds often herald storms. Keep that in mind when converting content, dealing with indexing issues, and trying to get sentiment analysis to deliver useful results.
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