Inktomi wants its customers to be able to search everywhere in their networks, rather than having to use search engines in each app. The company is trying to integrate with a variety of software vendors. Inktomi got into the corporate search business last June when it bought Ultraseek Corp. from Go.com, the failed Web portal closed earlier this year by the Walt Disney Co. Paul Karr, Inktomi's director of alliances, says relationships like the one forged with BroadVision are crucial. "There's a need for people to find information wherever it's located, without having to know where it's located," says Karr.
Hadley Reynolds, a Delphi Group analyst, says BroadVision has similar integration arrangements with Verity Inc., but that Inktomi's less-expensive, pared-down engine may have offered BroadVision with sought-after pricing flexibility. Reynolds says search capabilities are crucial to companies that have implemented sophisticated content-management apps, and that companies using BroadVision's One-To-One as the architecture behind their corporate portals benefit from employees being able to use that portal to search for content companywide.