The press release on the deal rattles off all sorts of high-profile corporate customers, including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Novartis, and Thomson, but I know Inxight better as an OEM supplier. In fact, Inxight has OEM agreements with IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, and its technology is used by SAS in the area of text mining.
This deal makes good on Business Objects CEO John Schwarz's recent vow, delivered at April's AIIM Expo, to "add e-mail messages, documents and even images and other media content to our information domain, making it possible to search unstructured content and include it in BI analyses in a seamless way."
As both Ventana Research and Stephen Wellman observe this week, the BI-search combo is a hot topic this year, but many practitioners have yet to deploy and forge real strategies for search technology alone. Making use of the combination of BI and search will not be a simple matter of creating a single interface to structured and unstructured content, it will demand careful assesment and development of customer- and revenue-relevant applications.Business Objects announced this morning its intent to acquire Inxight Software, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company specializing in search technology including federated search, entity extraction, natural-language processing, text analytics and data visualization software. The deal, if closed as planned in July, will advance Business Objects' efforts to gain "streamlined access to unstructured information such as e-mail, documents, notes fields and Web content."