Fast offers search alternative to data warehouses

Fast Search has unveiled an alternative to data warehouses based on its enterprise search platform

Fast Search & Transfer has developed an enterprise search system that it says improves on the benefits of data warehouses while cutting down on implementation time, cost and complexity.

Called the Adaptive Information Warehouse (AIW), the system includes a tool to "clean" data to put it into a uniform format and a tool to analyze the data and generate reports.

The Data Cleansing Solution tool allows for the creation of a single master index of corporate data, regardless where it is located: databases, business applications, content management systems, CRM software, intranets and the like.

Meanwhile, the Radar software is a ROLAP (relational online analytical processing) tool to analyze data, generate reports and create dashboards. Radar can work in tandem with other data analysis tools such as data mining software.

For companies with a data warehouse, AIW can initially complement it and eventually replace it, while companies without a data warehouse won't have to build one if they implement AIW, said Davor Sutija, vice president of strategic market development at Fast.

AIW is suitable for companies that don't have any Fast Search enterprise search products, because it brings everything needed to index their data. Companies that already have a Fast Search platform can simply add on the new tools in AIW, such as the data cleansing and analyzing tools, he said.

The full AIW package, including the search platform, Radar and Data Cleansing, starts at US$300,000 and goes up from there, depending on size of implementation.

Setting up an AIW system will take significantly less time than building a data warehouse, cost less and provide more agile access to corporate data, Sutija said. An AIW system can be set up in eight to 10 weeks, while a data warehouse can take 18 months or longer, he said. Meanwhile, AIW indexes data that is much more granular than is usually available in a data warehouse, where data is usually consolidated into weekly or monthly results, he said.

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