InfoDesk Introduces New Federated Search Solution

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InfoDesk’s new solution tackles the challenges of siloed and inaccessible business intelligence

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Eighty-one percent of the respondents to the survey said their information centers do not provide a federated search function that allows users to search all of their organization's online content resources with a single query.

InfoDesk has introduced a stand-alone federated search solution for organizations that want to provide their users with a fast, easy way to search all their online content resources. The federated search solution allows users to perform simple and advanced searches and even sort and export results. Best of all it can be easily added to an online library or integrated into a portal or Intranet.

“Like everyone else, business people want—and have come to expect—immediate answers,” said Sterling Stites, CEO of InfoDesk. Too often in the workplace, he added, “finding relevant answers is a time-consuming and challenging proposition.”

According to Stites, duplicative and failed business searches are costing businesses thousands of hours and millions of dollars per year in lost productivity. An over-reliance on consumer-oriented search engines, subscription-only publisher sites, and hard-to-search information platforms and company portals all contribute to the problem.

To help introduce the solution, InfoDesk has published a new white paper, ”The Hidden Cost of Siloed Content.” The white paper explores the challenges of finding relevant information in the workplace. It emphasizes the importance of a federated search tool that can search across multiple information platforms and return useful faceted results with just one search. The complimentary seven-page white paper includes an overview and results of a recent survey of corporate librarians on the value of federated search in the workplace. It also details how InfoDesk fulfills the promise of an advanced federated search. Download the white paper.

The survey, conducted by InfoDesk, asked members of the Special Libraries Association (“SLA”) about the value of a “federated search” function that that would allow users to search all of their organization’s online content with a single query. The responses highlight ongoing search challenges members are facing and suggest what an optimal solution might look like. Additionally, InfoDesk reached out to several thought leaders to help interpret the findings in their own words.

Eighty-one percent of the respondents to the survey said their information centers do not provide a federated search function that allows users to search all of their organization's online content resources with a single query. Content resources included all subscription, licensed and free sources, plus eBooks and other content made available through their online information center.

Additionally the survey examined what’s not working, what it’s costing and envisions what a federated search solution would look like.
“The survey clearly indicates a strong desire among corporate information professionals for a powerful federated search tool that can search across multiple sources and platforms and return clear, faceted results with one query,” said Stites. “InfoDesk’s new federated search does just that.”

Stites explained, InfoDesk has been providing information solutions that include federated search for more than 15 years. “We are now offering federated search as a stand-alone tool that can easily be applied to an organization’s online information resources.”
Stites also said that the new federated search solution helps organizations improve access to and usage of online information resources and facilitate sharing with easy export options, including Word and PDF. Additionally it increases productivity by reducing redundant/failed searches and decreases reliance on search engines for research.

To learn more about the new federated search solution, please download the complimentary white paper or contact InfoDesk at info(at)infodesk(dot)com to request a demo.

About InfoDesk

InfoDesk (http://www.infodesk.com) is a business intelligence platform that helps organizations manage, deliver and share all of their content resources. For more than 15 years InfoDesk has helped some of the largest multinational corporations, top government agencies and media companies maximize their information resources. InfoDesk is based in Tarrytown, NY with offices in London and Washington DC.

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