IBM and Yahoo will together offer a free enterprise search product, a move designed to challenge Google's Mini search products priced between $2,000-$30,000 and similar midrange products from Microsoft, SAP and Oracle. "IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition" will combine Yahoo internet search with a scaled-down version of IBM's proprietary OmniFind, which helps workers at businesses and organizations find internal files. IBM appears to be making the move to convince small to midsize businesses of the power of enterprise search, while Yahoo appears interested in increasing its web-search marketshare in the workplace. While the challenge will certainly impact Google, the company receives less than 1% of its revenue from its enterprise search products.
• Sources: Associated Press, TheStreet.com, WSJ
• Related commentary: IBM: You Don't Need a Computer to See Its Growth Potential, coverage of enterprise software • Conference call transcripts: IBM Q3 2006, Yahoo! Q3 2006, Google Q3 2006
• Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), IBM (NYSE:IBM) Competitors: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), SAP (NYSE:SAP), Oracle (NYSE:ORCL)
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