Yahoo and IBM jointly introduced free software that businesses
could use to find information stored in their own computers or on
IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition was billed as a "no-cost, entry-level
enterprise search product" and went up against offerings from
Google and other competitors in a growing business data search
"Organizations of all sizes are faced with the problem of too
much information residing in different locations and in different
formats, making it nearly impossible to quickly extract meaning,"
said IBM general manager Ambuj Goyal.
Enterprise search systems typically cost thousands of dollars.
Google has offerings selling for as much as 30,000 dollars (US)
in what is considered the low end of the business market.
IBM already markets OmniFind versions for corporations. The free
offering was tailored for small businesses and included Yahoo
The Yahoo-powered IBM offering can be downloaded for free and
easily installed on existing computer hardware, according to the
OmniFind can handle as many as 500,000 pages per server and can
scan documents in more than 30 languages, according to IBM.