Scientific Software, Inc., a developer of enterprise content management, business process management, and compliance solutions, has announced a new federated search engine for the desktop. Scientific Software FUSION Search provides database-driven searches across multiple content sources via a single query. FUSION Search was designed to help users search disparate content such as emails and other data they generate.
FUSION Search focuses on finding information where the bulk of it resides--on user's desktops, corporate shared drives, and other knowledge worker and peer PCs. It also indexes and searches email and attachments, Google, the Scientific Software Enterprise Content Manager (ECM) repository, and other third party databases, applications and content repositories. Search options include Quick (on-box style), Smart (for key-value pairs), and Advanced, which allows users to build complex queries.
FUSION Search leverages a standards-based, grid computing architecture. Instead of maintaining and updating a master index, FUSION Search incorporates a central Web service that receives and processes requests from remote computers. Each remote computer has its own FUSION Search database index which reports these results sets to the central Web service via XML over HTTP/SOAP messaging. Search results can be copied and pasted onto the desktop, and files from federated searches can be viewed and quickly retrieved. The product is targeted for release in Q4 2004.