Inktomi, Microsoft tie search to content management

Microsoft and Inktomi on Wednesday announced a product integration designed to provide immediate access to content as it is being published and managed. The integrated offering, dubbed Connect It for Microsoft Content Management Server, bridges Inktomi's Enterprise Search software and Microsoft's Content Management Server via a Java-based connector.

One of the technical challenges of content management is providing timely access to freshly produced content, according to Ron Baumert, senior manager of business development at Inktomi in Foster City, Calif.

When a content management system "produces and publishes information to a Web server ... the information is not always updated in a timely fashion," Baumert said. "One of the key benefits of this integration is that it allows customers to have access to that content once it is published."

Specifically, the connector between the products allows published content to update the Inktomi search index on the fly, providing access to new data instantly instead of hours or days later, he said. The connector is typically deployed by professional services, and Inktomi Consulting Services will be available for integration.

Connect It for Microsoft Content Management Server consists of code that bridges the Inktomi Java API to Microsoft CMS. Also, within the bridge is a publication monitor that listens to Microsoft CMS and responds when new information is published, Baumert said.

"When information is published to a Web server, it fires off an information event that triggers a crawl by the [Inktomi] Enterprise Search," he said.

Inktomi's enterprise strategy is to feed its search technology into a variety of document repositories, databases, content management systems, and portals. The company also has integration relationships with Documentum, Open Text, Interwoven, Stellent, and Vignette, among others.

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