Trends and Futures in Search Technology; Impacts on Knowledge Initiatives

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Microsoft, 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451. Directions.

SPEAKER: Leslie Owens, Research Director and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

TOPIC: We will be exploring announcements, predictions and commentary heard at the 2012 Enterprise Search Summit (ESS 2012)  in New York (being held earlier in the week of our meeting). This annual meeting is often the site of new product announcements, case studies and analyst discussions on the state of enterprise search and content technologies. Our meeting is the perfect opportunity to learn about the state of the search industry and hear Leslie Owens’ reactions to those highlights of ESS 2012. A highly respected analyst on content and search, Leslie will give us great perspectives on where these technologies are benefiting enterprise knowledge initiatives and share guidance on how to get maximum leverage when implementing them.


Clarkson, Mark. Effective enterprise search strategy more than a technology problem, March 29, 2012, TechTarget: Search Content Management.

Cramer, Theresa. IBM, Vivísimo, and the ‘Big Data’ Buzz, May 7, 2012, IT Newsbreaks

Owens, Leslie. SharePoint Partners Can Plug Taxonomy Gaps, by Leslie Owens with Matthew Brown, Anjali Yakkundi. Forrester research, 01/13/2011.
BIOGRAPHY: Leslie Owens is Research Director and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research where she leads a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services to Enterprise Architects on emerging technology, application consolidation, information strategy & architecture, data management and content management. Leslie covers information access topics like enterprise search, text analytics and taxonomy. Before joining Forrester, Leslie managed the enterprise search program at Abbott Laboratories. In this role, she developed the enterprise search software strategy and guided the selection of ontology management software. In addition, she advised on the development of file plans for records management and built taxonomies for enterprise digital asset management and web content management systems. Prior to Abbott, Leslie developed metadata schema and retrieval aids as an independent consultant for Fortune 500 clients. Leslie holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a focus on cataloging and classification. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Duke University.

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