(PRWEB) September 12, 2002
FAST LAUNCHES Â‘FAST TRACK TECHNOLOGY PARTNER PROGRAMÂ’ AND EXECUTIVE SEMINARS ON THE BENEFITS OF INTEGRATING & DEPLOYING INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH SEARCH
Program and seminars will assist ISV partners and their end customers in leveraging enterprise search applications to increase revenues, lower total cost-of-ownership and improve customer loyalty
OSLO, Norway-September 2002Â—Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a leading developer of search and real-time filter technologies, today announced the unveiling of its Â‘FAST Track Technology Partner ProgramÂ’. This program is designed to educate independent software vendor (ISV) partners and their customers on how incorporating FASTÂ’s high performance, Â‘under-the-hoodÂ’ search and real-time filter solution improves the flexibility and efficiency of the ISV application, resulting in reduced total cost of ownership and improved return on investment (ROI). The newly launched program empowers FASTÂ’s current and future ISV partners to generate new business opportunities by offering to their customers the most powerful and flexible data management and information retrieval technology. The program allows FAST to further develop and maintain its strong relationships with key partners, and the first educational webinar entitled Â“Win Business and Increase Revenue with Private Label SearchÂ” will take place on Thursday, September 12th, at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Â“At FAST, we focus on building the most innovative and highest quality information retrieval solutions in the world,Â” stated Dr. John M. Lervik, FASTÂ’s chief executive officer. Â“The value of document management, CRM, ERP, and Supply Chain Management applications, and other horizontal and vertical enterprise applications within markets such as e-business/e-tailing, financial services, and media/publishing, can be significantly improved by integrating FAST’s search and real-time filtering solutions. Specifically, our partners can both extend the feature set and improve the cost effectiveness of their existing applications, gaining a unique value proposition through greater competitive differentiation, and providing customers reduced total cost of ownership.Â”
The FAST Track Technology Partner Program offers partners the ISV version of FAST Data SearchÂ™, an enterprise-wide software platform designed for companies faced with the challenges of managing huge volumes of business-critical data being accessed by a large number of users, often with real-time demands. From smaller installations to the most demanding cases where frequent real-time data updates and a large numbers of users exist, FAST Data Search supplies a complete information retrieval solution enabling both the intelligent proactive serving of information and profile-based real-time information distribution (push).
Built with an open and modular API architecture, FAST Data Search ensures partners easy integration with a wide range of enterprise applications, as well as databases, file servers (both open and secure), and Web servers. FAST Data Search is efficiently administered through XML-based configuration files allowing for flexible integration with other admin applications, as well as application monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. Handling both unstructured and structured data, custom processing for each data collection is available through the open modular data processing pipeline framework. The powerful query language fully supports Boolean queries, natural language queries, and parametric queries.
Furthermore, a flexible and powerful relevancy tuning toolkit enables businesses to customize the result ranking presentation according to business needs. Combined with a broad suite of advanced computational linguistics technologies handling orthographical, morphological, syntactical, and syntactic variations, FAST Data Search efficiently connects applications or users to the information they seek. Key features include integrated support for 49 languages (including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean); automatic categorization; dynamic supervised and unsupervised results clustering; dynamic teaser/summary generation; and language-specific processing (including automatic phrasing, lemmatization, and natural language queries).
The FAST Track Technology Partner Program is focused on attracting companies that desire an easily integrated, fully supported search solution. To kick off the program FAST has designed a flexible and aggressive technology program that meets the needs of a wide variety of partner situations. In addition to gaining access to leading enterprise search tools, increasing opportunities for winning new customers and building revenues, the FAST Track Technology Partner Program offers partners numerous benefits, including software, training, joint marketing and promotional support.
FAST Track Technology Partner Program Seminars
FAST will host several online and in-person seminars throughout the year aimed at demonstrating the growing need for industrial strength search solutions, and detailing how these solutions can be used to increase revenue opportunities, provide measurable ROI and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) of existing IT assets.
On Thursday, September 12th, at 2:00 p.m. EST, FAST will be hosting a free webinar entitled, Â“Win Business and Increase Revenue with Private Label SearchÂ”. In this webinar, noted search industry analyst Sue Feldman of IDC and Linda Sonne of BroadVision will join FASTÂ’s executives in discussing the future of enterprise search, the value of deploying search technology within enterprise applications, and real-world examples of successful search integrations using FASTÂ’s technology. Further details about this webinar and information on how to register can be accessed at: http://www.fastsearch.com/Private_Label_Search/.
Additionally, FAST will be hosting live breakfast seminars entitled, Â“Tasting Success with Private Label Search,Â” which will be held in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco on October 23rd, 24th, and 29th, respectively. At these seminars, search technology experts Matthew Berk of Jupiter Research, and Avi Rappoport of Search Tools Consulting, will discuss the growing need for enterprise search and the importance of finding information in a variety of formats and languages. FASTÂ’s Chief Operating Officer, Ali Riaz, will also demonstrate how some of the worldÂ’s largest companies are successfully using FASTÂ’s enterprise search solutions to develop new business opportunities. Further information on these breakfast seminars can be accessed at: http://www.fastsearch.com/eb/.
Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) creates the real-time search and filter technology solutions that are behind the scenes at some of the worldÂ’s best known companies with the most demanding search problems. FASTÂ’s flexible and scalable integrated technology platform spans both Internet and enterprise customers, and elevates search to unprecedented levels. FAST closes the gap between information and action, connecting people to the relevant information they seek regardless of medium, in turn driving revenue and reducing total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure for our clients and world-class partners. FAST search technology is currently deployed by a wide range of global customers and partners including AT&T, BroadVision, CareerBuilder, Chordiant, Dell, Freeserve, IBM, InfoSpace, Reed Elsevier (Scirus.com), Reuters, T-Online, Terra Lycos, and Tiscali.
FAST has operations in the United States (Boston, San Francisco), Europe (Norway, France, Germany, Italy, UK), and Japan, and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol ‘FAST’ on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Please visit http://www.fastsearch.com for more information or see FAST in action at our technology showcase http://www.alltheweb.com.
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