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Version 8.5 of Sinequa ES Available Now

Paris, February 20th 2012 - Sinequa, one of the leaders in the Search and Unified Information Access (UIA) announces the general availability of version 8.5 of its solution Sinequa ES. The new version offers enhanced functionality on multiple levels, additional connectors to data sources, and a complete integration with Microsoft SharePoint.

This new version of Sinequa ES offers a whole range of new functionality in key areas like Content Analytics, integration of additional content sources – in particular Microsoft SharePoint 2013 – mobility and geo-localization. Sinequa ES 8.5 also offers more powerful tools to create, package and deploy Search Based Applications (SBA) or “InfoApps” as IDC now calls them. The new version offers a much stronger user experience by geo-location functions including a map interface, the possibility to define a “search scope”, and auto-completion taking into account this scope and the business context of the user. In addition, Sinequa ES 8.5 offers the possibility to influence the relevance of search results according to business rules.

I am impressed with the overall analytic strengths of the Sinequa Unified Information Access (UIA) platform and the strides they are making with version 8.5 around SharePoint integration, geolocation capabilities and mobile support.  All of this points to a mature and impressive UIA offering. All of the new features can come together to build  InfoApps (Information Applications) that deliver functionality, user experience and just in time information in one package”, says David Schubmehl, Research Director, Search and Content Analytics at IDC.

New features:
  • Connectors:
    20 new connectors are delivered with Sinequa ES 8.5, amongst them those for SharePoint Online (Office 365), SharePoint 2013 (Beta), Blue Kiwi (new version 2012), Salesforce Chatter, Jive, Newsgator Social Sites, Google docs / Google drive, Google mail, SAP Netweaver, IBM Filenet 5.1. At the same time, 20 existing connectors have been updated to take into account new versions of application software. In total, Sinequa ES 8.5 now offers 120 connectors at no additional cost.
  • SharePoint Integration:
    Sinequa ES 8.5 provides a SharePoint "solution" in Microsoft terms. It can easily be installed as the "native" search engine in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and 2013, presenting the familiar interface to users while extending search to sources outside SharePoint and provide additional powerful content analytics functionalities.
  • Content Analytics and Dashboards:
    With Sinequa ES 8.5 customers can create in just a few minutes graphical dashboards that display statistics, trends and simple dashboards, paving the way for a growing number of "light" BI usages.
  • Relevance Transformation:
    With Sinequa ES 8.5 it is possible to influence the relevance of search terms by applying formulae based on business rules of the user organization. These calculations transform the "natural relevance" obtained by semantic analysis and provide search results that take the business environment of the user into account.
  • Federated Search:
    Pursuing the goal to provide unified access to ever more sources of data and information, Sinequa federates the work of other search engines. It is now possible to integrate search results from most search engines within the user interface of Sinequa ES 8.5, including results from Web search engines, professional data bases, or complex application engines.
  • Languages:
    Language detection has been extended from 18 to more than 150 languages.
  • Geo-location:
    Sinequa ES 8.5 can take into account a geographic location at query time and, for example, restrict search to a certain perimeter around a location, and rank the results according to the distance to this location. As a result, the user of an e-commerce Website or someone using Sinequa ES 8.5 on his mobile device can find the shops closest to his location that have the product of his choice in stock. This method can dramatically reduce the number of relevant results, since localization acts as a filter on the global result. Customers can visualize the locations directly on the map of their region.
  • Search Scope:
    The user can limit the search perimeter, for example to his personal selection of Websites or Intranets, emails, social networks, or business data sources like those of the HR department.
  • Secure Auto-completion based on context:
    Sinequa auto-completion has taken into account access control rules and has provided structured sets of proposals for some time. In Sinequa 8.5, auto-completion also takes into account the search scope defined by a user as well as the user's role. This further increases the relevance of search results delivered to users in their business context.