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Information Retrieval Services - Global Outlook

  • ID: 1089924
  • January 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 56 Pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc

The global outlook series on Information Retrieval Services provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report offers an aerial view of the global information retrieval services market, identifies major short to medium term market challenges, and growth drivers.

The report also recapitulates recent noteworthy mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic developments. Regional markets briefly abstracted include the United States and China. Market discussions in the report are punctuated with a number of fact-rich market data tables. Also included is an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 236 companies worldwide.

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Information Retrieval Services - A Curtain Raiser 1
Global Information Management & Retrieval Services Market 2
Information Retrieval in Social Networks 2
Information Retrieval over Sensor Networks 2
Semantic Search Technology to Manage Next-Gen Data over Internet 3
More Behavior Metrics in Google's Algorithm! 3
Competitive Landscape 3
Areas to Focus 4

Enterprise Search Will Offer High Growth Opportunities 5
Table 1: Global Enterprise Search Software Market: Annual
Revenues in US$ Million for the years 2010 through 2015 5
Rise of Electronic Medium for Information Delivery 6
B2B Media and Information Services Sector Offer High Growth
Potential 6
Government - A Key User of Information Retrieval Services 6
Search Engines Masks Distress in Traditional IR Service Industry 6
Table 2: Global Online Search Market: Annual Revenues in US$
Billion for the Years 2010 through 2015 7
Customer Service and Value Additions Are Key for Traditional
IR Service Providers 8
Spate of Online Search Engines Creates Need for Advanced
Solutions 8
Tagging - A Panacea for Traditional Keyword Search 8

Information Retrieval Services - An Introduction 10
Organization, Structure and Types 10
Measurement of Performance 11
Delivery Mediums - Pros and Cons 11
History and Evolution 12
Major Research Studies - Historic Timeline 13
Down the Memory Lane: Early 2000s through Mid-2000s 14
Technological Advancements 15




Information Retrieval Services Industry - An Overview 26
Conceptualization in Post World War II Period 26
Growth Fueled by Governmental Needs 26
Role of Telecommunications Advancements 26
Advent of Personal Computer and Data Storage Devices - Effects 27
Impact of Legislative Regulations of 1990s 27
Legal Issues and Legislative Environment 27
Key Statistics 28
Table 3: US Spending on Information Search & Retrieval:
Annual Revenues in US$ Million for the Years 2010 through
2015 28

2. CHINA 29
Electronic Information Market of China - An Overview 29
Domestic SDI & RS Search Service Based on Foreign Databases 29
International Online Searching Services 29
Services of Domestically Built Database 30


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A perpetual quest for information sharing and the ability to quickly skim through large texts has led business organizations to turn towards Information Retrieval Services. Information retrieval solutions power a wide range of mission-critical applications within government entities and commercial enterprises across the world. These applications include intelligence gathering and analysis, enterprise portals, knowledge management, law enforcement, safety and national security, regulatory compliance, research and discovery, as well as customer service. The information retrieval industry traditionally serves academic researchers, government entities, corporate, and librarians that pay a premium for professional quality data. However, with the advent of free online Search Engines, the traditional retrieval business model has been largely undermined.

Presently, Internet search engine is considered the cornerstone for information retrieval system among a large base of geographically dispersed population. As organizations and individuals, Internet users are confident of its utility as a key information retrieval resource and look forward to exploit its interactive capabilities, specifically as a training tool. As more number of people use computer and Internet to access information, there is a growing need for superior search and retrieval technologies to facilitate indexing, searching, categorizing, and linking information.

Demand for enterprise search products is driven by the need of enterprises to gather and integrate unstructured information assets, mitigate business risk, and continuously monitor and navigate mission critical information to achieve business objectives. The shortage of appropriate and affordable information retrieval systems and services has forced business enterprises across the world to seek services of online search engine providers, such as Google.

With rapid advancements in Internet, changing reader habits, and changing buyer habits, B2B publishers are transitioning from current online presence to more interactive media-rich content, that would encompass editorial, web-based content as well as search based advertising. Information retrieval industry derives a substantial portion of revenues from sales to government agencies. While majority of the nations have increased spending on information systems, defense, and homeland security initiatives, certain government agencies are subject to budgetary reductions, which adversely affect their purchasing decisions as well as timing

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