SAP Announces Enterprise Search

LAS VEGAS—After a lot of media hype and speculation, SAP has finally announced its namesake Enterprise Search, an application that allows SAP users to leverage search capabilities across their enterprise and provides contextual information to boot.

The announcement was made at the company’s annual TechEd conference here Sept. 12-15.

While a lot of software companies have search functionality that enable users to suss out data in their systems—SAP does that now as part of its NetWeaver platform—SAP is looking to differentiate its Enterprise Search engine in a couple of key areas: by enabling users to search data contextually not only in SAP but in other systems as well; and by using in-memory technology to speed up search all together.

In-memory technology does what it says: It keeps data in memory rather than stored on disk. Because information is virtual in a sense, querying is much faster than it would be tapping data that’s stored in a standard relational database. SAP is using in-memory technology with its business intelligence accelerator (functionality within NetWeaver) and negating the need for a separate database and a database administrator.

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