by Barry Murphy
In the tech world, everyone is on the lookout for the next big thing. Everyone wants to be at the edge of innovation. In my role here at X1, I talk to our partner ecosystem about myriad issues and topics, constantly taking the temperature of the market. A lot of topics have good traction right now:
- There is huge interest in the Social Discovery product and that business continues to grow. In fact, I would argue that social media discovery is the most exciting topic in the eDiscovery world and generating far more business and activity than any other segment of the market.
- Customers deploying virtual desktop (VDI) environments are excited by the Search 8 Virtual Edition, which allows them to provide great search experiences for business workers while also disabling Windows indexing (a best practice in desktop virtualization in order to conserve virtual resources).
- With the growth of the Cloud and more and more enterprises storing active data in Cloud-based repositories, the ability to search data in the cloud is a hot topic. But, as I wrote about previously, cloud search is not necessarily as simple as just creating a connector. We continue to see X1’s ability to deploy in the cloud as a driving force behind deals.
No topic, however, turns as many heads as hybrid search. When I talk to people about our product set, heads nod and they see the value. After a few minutes, the “aha moment” occurs. I don’t even have to say the term – my conversation partner will say to me, “wait, so you can enable search across both on-premise and cloud environments…you can do hybrid search.” It feels to me like hybrid search is one of those “next big things.” To have so many diverse people, from different business sectors really dig in to a conversation on hybrid search gives me all the proof I need to know that we are on to something here.
Take a look at the following screenshot. The beauty lies in the simplicity – one single pane of glass to a business worker’s most critical information assets.
No need to switch around between applications. No need to search Outlook for email, then log into Box to search for files stored there. It is a single interface to search for information, no matter where it lives. And that kind of interface fits the workflow of business workers. That drives tremendous value – that is why everyone gets the importance of hybrid search, and why it is the next big thing as far as I am concerned.