CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 24, 2006 -- Endeca, a next-generation search and information access company, today announced that it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,035,864 covering the company's hierarchical data-driven navigation system and method for information retrieval, widely known in the search and information access markets as the Guided Navigation experience.
"The ease of use of the Guided Navigation experience belies the complexity of the underlying technical challenges. The requirements of next generation information access applications have outstripped the capabilities of legacy information management architectures. Endeca assembled a strong interdisciplinary team of researchers to address these technical problems from the ground up, which resulted in the invention of our revolutionary Guided Navigation approach and supporting architecture," said Adam Ferrari, chief technology officer of Endeca and one of the key inventors. "This innovation is representative of Endeca's emphasis on research and development since its inception, and is a great confirmation of Endeca's role as a pioneer in information access."
Invented in 2000, the Guided Navigation experience is made possible by a fundamental breakthrough in search and information access technology. It helps people using Web or enterprise applications to find relevant information by guiding them in an interface that always keeps information in context. The context is created by dynamically exposing the dimensions, attributes and other relationships in the underlying data set. This experience helps people navigate content, analyze information sets, refine search results lists, and combine search and browse behaviors. Guided Navigation encourages exploration and discovery because people no longer have to guess the perfect search query or anticipate the specific classification schema of the underlying data. See a demonstration of Guided Navigation.
Since its introduction, the Guided Navigation experience has helped people using information access applications to complete their goals more predictably. This led to business benefits across a wide array of existing solutions, and enabled entirely new classes of solutions. Endeca customers are running hundreds of mission-critical deployments today, including applications throughout the Fortune 500, and in dozens of government agencies. These range from:
- Human intelligence analysis applications at federal intelligence agencies
- Next-generation employee portals and knowledge management applications at companies like HCR Manor Care, Ace Hardware and BHP Billiton
- Parts reuse and strategic sourcing applications at F500 manufacturers
- High-traffic eCommerce applications for multi-channel retailers like Barnes & Noble, The Home Depot, Office Depot and Walmart.com
- A radical human capital management solution at IBM
This unparalleled commercial experience with Guided Navigation has given Endeca the unique vantage point to learn precisely what enterprises need to build, maintain, and improve Guided Navigation solutions; and to understand how its tens of millions of end users behave, informing improvements to the Guided Navigation experience. Endeca has used this knowledge to continually innovate in the field, leading to eight further patent filings since 2000.
Endeca is a next-generation search and information access company. Combining patented intellectual property, breakthrough science and a deep focus on user experience, the Endeca Information Access Platform helps people find, analyze and understand information in ways never before possible. Leading global organizations like ABN AMRO, Bank of America, Boeing, Costco, Cox Newspapers, The (US) Defense Intelligence Agency, The Home Depot, Hyatt, IBM, John Deere, Lehman Brothers, The Library of Congress, Texas Instruments, and Walmart.com rely on Endeca to power business-critical applications that increase revenue, reduce costs and streamline operations.
Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Endeca is a private company with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information: www.endeca.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.