Mint, one of the country's leading enterprise search specialists, has formed a partnership with US-based Concept Searching to help its clients take enterprise search to the next level.
Concept Searching is a global leader in the supply of advanced enterprise search, classification and taxonomy management technologies, and has mastered the ability to recognise and index compound terms (concepts), as opposed to single keywords in isolation.
Mint, which develops solutions that help people find information faster, is now the African partner of
Concept Searching and will be applying this search technology together with its South African-based skills throughout Africa.
Martin Garland, president of Concept Searching, says: "The partnership with Mint is a significant milestone for Concept Searching in southern Africa. Mint is a trusted Microsoft Gold partner and an expert in delivering
advanced enterprise search solutions. The relationship with Mint entrenches Concept Searching's position as the premier classification and taxonomy management solution for enterprise accounts in South and southern Africa."
Mint MD Grant Hodgkinson says that with the addition of Concept Searching's technology, the company can extend its customers' enterprise searching reach beyond the functionality found in SharePoint, or from any other South African search platform vendor.
"Mint has substantial .Net development and search experience under its belt, along with unbeatable skills in searching taxonomy and query languages," Hodgkinson says. "The partnership with Concept Searching strengthens our enterprise search offering to customers on the continent and will help companies improve their knowledge workers' productivity by making all corporate content findable to anyone needing it."
Hodgkinson says these issues are important as the business world moves from a system of process-oriented to knowledge-based work in which rapid access to information stored in diverse locations and formats is required on a continual basis. If the required information is not easily available to workers, he says, their productivity decreases while costs increase.
"Exacerbating the need to find content quickly and easily, companies are also producing more data faster than ever," says Hodgkinson. "Searching for information currently consumes about 30% of knowledge workers' time. This adds up to a substantial amount of money and productivity lost each day."