About the Enterprise Search Blog

New Idea Engineering has become part of LucidWorks as of December 2012!

This blog was started by Mark Bennett and Miles Kehoe, founders of New Idea Engineering. We wanted to provide a forum to discuss interesting topics and content around the technical and business use cases for enterprise search. Our combined backgrounds include years working at Verity and Fulcrum Technologies, as well as in-depth experience with Solr, LucidWorks, Autonomy, Exalead, the Google Search Appliance, and 'classics' like Verity and Ultraseek. We've strived to maintain a platform independent view, based on our believe that the right search platform varies depending on customer requirements and expectations.

Even as big data is getting the attention from enterprises, we believe that for a large portion of the content that organizations are storing in Hadoop, users still expect quick, easy, and powerful search We'll continue to use our blog to discuss all aspects of enterprise search – vendors, tools, technologies, events, and trends, including:

News and Information

  • Industry Trends and Analysis
  • Research and Evangelism
  • Blogs, newsletter, groups and event speaking

Helping Clients

  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Resources
  • Search Engine Add-On Products

We hope you'll find our posts interesting, helpful, and engaging. Let us know how we're doing.


Founded in 1996, NIE provided professional services for search roadmap and best practices planning for enterprise and customer facing search, as well as search technology evaluation, integration and coding.  We also provide ongoing search activity reviews to improve relevancy over time.

The founders came from Verity and Fulcrum, and had a long history with both fulltext search and traditional databases.  In 1999 NIE successfully spun off SearchButton.com, one of the first hosted search services in the Internet.

We are vendor neutral and work with all of the leading commercial and open source search engines including FAST Search & Transfer, Autonomy IDOL, the Google Search Appliance, Endeca, Ultraseek as well as Lucene, Solr and Nutch.  In fact, most larger companies actually have multiple engines, including legacy engines like Autonomy/Verity K2, Search 97 and Topic Real Time.  We can help you figure out which engines can be salvaged, what your replacement options might be, and how to integrate and federated the various systems.

Learn more about New Idea Engineering and our products and services at www.ideaeng.com