Elastic’s recent and very specific move into the Enterprise Search market and availability of their beta product has put some serious energy into the ever-present, business productivity problem. It remains as challenging as ever despite many vendors providing core search technology now for decades.
On Elastic’s Q2 earnings call last year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Analyst, Kash Rangan, mentioned that their own survey found that more than 90% of current Enterprise Search respondents were still on legacy technology. They were built to address a problem that has likely worsened. Elastic’s move is smart. Now is the time for legacy systems modernization, to re-think how Enterprise Search can be modernized, re-focused and re-imagined in today’s cloud-first, mobile, remote working and always-on world.
After being involved in this space for two decades, I have experienced a variety of Enterprise Search’s capabilities. Through highly focused mobile search applications in tight and very specific use cases, to global-scale billion+ document mega-platforms supporting all employees, languages and multiple security models, I have taken away key learnings and opportunities.