Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2004 -
Acuity Software today announces its release of Acuity 2.1. This release of AcuityÂs flagship Content Intelligence Software product includes advances in Universal Search, Text Mining and Microsoft Office Integration tools.
Acuity CEO J. Brooke Aker explains this new release as "providing a significant advantage to corporate users who wish to reduce their search, analysis and reporting time with a single integrated browser based product." Company spokespersons explain the technology within Acuity is meant for white-collar office-workers who spend a large portion of their day conducting research over the internet, with news services or internal documentation. Then spend the same or more time analyzing the gathered material and transforming it to address company issues. Finally, time is spent formalizing a memo, report or presentation using Microsoft Office (e.g. Word or Powerpoint) for dissemination to colleagues so that decision-making is informed and improved.
Customers report using earlier releases of Acuity as one of improving otherwise laborious, cut and paste operations in research, planning, strategy and other information intensive corporate functions. Mr. Aker explains that many Director and VP level users of Acuity have expressed their satisfaction with Acuity. To paraphrase them; "We are in a highly complex, fast moving business. It is imperative that we have not only the latest information but the insight about the information to make faster, better decisions."
The central value proposition of the new release of Acuity is its ability to find and mine business events from any source material. Using Natural Language Processing and computational linguistic techniques Acuity accurately finds and catalogs end users desired set of actions or movements by suppliers, customers, rivals, government regulators and the like. It these changes in a companyÂs business environment that present both risk and opportunity.
Unfortunately, the reflection of these events is in web pages, news releases, and other forms of text based materials. This means most users who do not use a tool such as Acuity are left reading for context among hundreds of articles per day.
Mr. Aker says that the most underutilized business resource today is the written English sentence. "The web adds 7 million new pages per day. Managers deal with 178 emails per day. The amount of written information is overwhelming. We created Acuity to cut through the clutter, to be able to 'see' what is happening in the business environment and to act", he said.
Acuity 2.1 compliments Google, Yahoo, Factiva, Dialog and other search and content providers. Each of these popular tools returns lists of pointed content but fails to provide tools to work with or analyze the stories further. Acuity 2.1 adds this important functionality. Providing summarization, clipping of text, images and graphics, mining for business events, analytical charts and graphs of business events users are in effect provided a new set of glasses to understand what the information provided means to their company, department and to themselves.
Customers include Pitney Bowes, Sheetz, and DNE Technologies and other Fortune 500 companies who use Acuity in Innovation, Strategy & Planning, and Corporate Communications.
Acuity Software is a leading Content Intelligence Software provider to businesses in the US and the World. Founded in 2002, the company's technology includes a focus on universal search, text mining and reporting. For additional Acuity information contact:
J. Brooke Aker
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