IBM and Yahoo double team Google from Reuters covers how IBM and Yahoo are to offer free enterprise search to businesses. The story talks about this as a challenge to Google and others, but Google remains itself very much a challenger in the enterprise search space (see here and here). Google’s enterprise search solutions cost money, unusual for most Google products. A free IBM-Yahoo product should put pressure there, assuming the free version. I’ll update with more information from IBM and Yahoo when released.
Postscript: You can find the software, IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition, here. Press release is below:
IBM and Yahoo! Unveil Free Enterprise Search Software
New Solution Helps Organizations Find, Access and Use Information on Demand
ARMONK, New York and SUNNYVALE, Calif., December 13, 2006 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDQ: YHOO) today introduced new, free enterprise search software with Web search services powered by Yahoo! that enables departments and businesses of all sizes to quickly and easily find, access and capitalize on information stored within organizations and across the Web.
IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is a no-cost, entry level enterprise search product developed to help eliminate financial and technology barriers to intranet and Web search. Unlike other enterprise search solutions that can cost thousands of dollars to purchase and implement, the new offering from IBM with Web search services powered by Yahoo! can be downloaded for free and is simple to install and use with existing hardware.
“Together, IBM and Yahoo! are delivering on the promise of making information easier to find, use and share while providing a better search experience for users,