Research Search and Discovery Research 2014

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Key Findings
Search Drivers

  • For 71% of the organizations polled, search is vital or essential, yet only 18% have cross-repository search capabilities.  58% show little or no sign of search maturity.
  • 75% of respondents would not disagree that information is easier to find outside of the organization than within.  65% agree that employees struggle to access internal information from mobile devices. Only 39% have natural language search.
  • Improved search is a priority over big data/content analytics for 73%.  There is some movement (19%) towards a unified search and big data strategy (although 59% have no big data strategy).
  • The IT Department takes responsibility for search in 52% of organizations, although only 25% feel it should be so.  44% feel RM/Compliance/IG would be a better owner, although there is also strong support for the concept of a Head of Knowledge Management (34%) or Chief Knowledge Officer (29%).


Search Tools

  • 25% have no advanced or dedicated search tools.  13% have five or more.
  • Those with advanced search tools are most likely (45%) to acquire them through their ECM product or provider.  42% of users have on-server search products outside of ECM, including 14% using Open Source.  21% are using a dedicated search appliance, and 8% SaaS.
  • 38% have not tuned or optimized their search tool at all, including 8% who have not even switched it on.  Half of responding organizations allocate less than half an FTE to support search applications. Only 12% have used external expertise.
  • Beyond SharePoint, intranet and ECM systems, most content is beyond the scope of the search tools.  Only 19% have advanced search across email, with less than 10% extending to other enterprise systems.
  • 47% feel that universal search and compliant e-discovery is becoming near impossible given the proliferation of cloud share and collaboration apps, personal note systems and mobile devices.  60% are firmly of the view that automated analytics tools are the only way to improve classification and tagging to make their content more findable.
  • Better decision-making and faster customer service are given as the top benefits from improved search tools.  Only 14% were required to make a financial business case for search investment.
  • 42% consider that they have achieved payback from their investment in search tools within 12 months or less.  62% achieved payback within 18 months.



  • 53% of respondents agree that their legal discovery procedures are “ad hoc, manual, disruptive and expensive.”  28% have no policy, process or precedent for legal discovery and legal hold.
  • 29% rely on instructions not to delete, rather than more robust hold procedures.  47% admit that their email retention and hold policies expose them to risk
  • 74% rely on manual processes to manage the downstream legal discovery process.  10% have dedicated legal-case products, and 9% have a discovery workflow as part of ECM.


Spending Plans

  • On the whole, users are likely to increase spend on all aspects of search and discovery in the next 12 months, in particular content analytics, mobile device apps, and consolidation of multiple search