Ever imagine gathering a whole bunch of Google partners under one roof? Interested in learning more about extending Google-quality search across your corporate network? Want to take home some colorful Google swag? Together with AIIM, the world's largest content management tradeshow, we've created a Google Enterprise partner pavilion at AIIM's annual shindig.

Dave Girouard, VP & GM of Google Enterprise, will deliver the May 17 keynote. In our partner pavilion, attendees will be able to see presentations from us and our partners on topics ranging from integration with CMS to enabling enterprise desktop search. What are you doing May 16-18? Ever been to Philadelphia? We hope to see you there.

There's a common misconception that the single factor in Google's relevancy algorithms is link structure (also described as PageRank). And since the enterprise environment doesn't typically have the same link structure found on the Web, the presumption goes, Google search must not work well in the enterprise environment.

Let's set the record straight. Google's enterprise search algorithms rely on hundreds of factors to determine relevancy. PageRank is one of a number of document quality variables that, combined with factors that measure how well the query matches each document, determine the right result for a user. By no means is PageRank the only (or dominant) factor in determining which results are the most relevant. Those of us on the quality engineering team have been coming up with new ideas since 1998; the best of them have ended up in our ranking algorithms.

But we're not comfortable with theoretical arguments, so don't take our word for it. We surveyed the customers of our yellow box, the Google Search Appliance, and here's what they had to say:
  • About 75% of customers responding switched to Google from another search provider's product
  • Over 50% of customers responding switched to Google due to poor relevancy from their prior search provider
  • Over 90% would recommend the Google Search Appliance to another company like theirs
In case you missed it, some Raytheon search experts presented their findings on an enterprise search evaluation at the Semantic Technology Conference. They ultimately chose Google to provide integrated enterprise search across their desktop and network content repositories. Most impressive was the response from their user base who participated in the survey: 84% found the "right" answer (the answer they were looking for) in the top 3 results.

Let's be clear - there's plenty more to do. We're happy to see that a large majority of users are easily finding what they're looking for. It's just that we believe we can do better. Eighty-four percent still means 3 out of 20 queries aren't optimal, and we're not satisfied with that. But we also believe that asking each customer to write their own relevancy algorithms would amount to surrendering and saying "here, you try!" Instead, we're working closely with customers and partners to assess where and when our algorithms work best, and where they need improvement. We welcome you to join us and help improve enterprise search for everyone.

David Elworthy, Lead Engineer
Enterprise Search Quality Team


Why do I look so smug? No, it's not because I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance. In fact, I just figured out a way to save you a bunch of money on a Google Mini.

OK, in all seriousness (if you can take me seriously now), I'm happy because we're releasing a lower-cost version of the Google Mini that indexes up to 50,000 documents for $1995.

When we launched the Google Mini last year, our vision was to make Google-quality search available to businesses everywhere at an affordable, transparent price. We believe that search is critical for every business, both for customers finding information on a public web site as well as employees finding documents within an organization. Users are now used to navigating information via search, so they tend to expect great search wherever there is information.

Since our launch, we've strived to cut costs and continually pass these savings on to our customers. But, in keeping with our goal to satisfy our users, we've made this change without affecting the quality of the product or services we deliver. Customers will get the same great software, hardware, and support that they have come to expect from us, but at a lower price.

So for the price of a good office chair, you can get great search for your office. Learn more here