Enterprise Search

What Does Enterprise Search Mean?

Enterprise search is a system that facilitates enterprise data research through one or more sources.

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Techopedia Explains Enterprise Search

Enterprise and Web search technologies are similar. For example, each provides Web or desktop search capabilities from one computer.

Enterprise search systems have the following unique characteristics:

  • Arranged and archived data retrieved from varied sources, including file systems, databases, document management systems (DMS), intranet and email
  • User permissions defined by security access controls
  • Combined structured and unstructured data search results
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