Pervasive Pairs Search Software, Embedded Database

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-07-03 Print this article Print

Pervasive Software Inc. is pairing full-text search software with its Pervasive.SQL embedded database.

Pervasive Software Inc. is pairing full-text search software with its Pervasive.SQL embedded database. The company is expected to announce on Monday that it has licensed the technology from Abacus Research A.G., of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Pervasive, of Austin, Texas, plans to release the search software as a separate product sometime this year and also plans to incorporate it into the next release of Pervasive.SQL when that iteration—Version 9—ships sometime next year. Abacus software lets users perform advanced searches into application and Web portal data. The searches allow partial match, wild card and fuzzy logic. According to Pervasive officials, the search capability consistently provides sub-second responses across large databases.
Abacus, a longtime Pervasive customer, markets financial software and has been selling its search software to its own customers. Other software applications that might benefit from sophisticated search capabilities include those used in accounting, health care informatics and retail point-of-sale systems, according to Mark Shainman, a senior research director at Meta Group Inc. who was quoted in a release.
"With only minimal coding required, tremendous productivity gains can easily be accomplished with this type of technology, leading to improved overall customer satisfaction," he said in the release. Initially, the search feature will be available for integration by independent software vendors into applications or Web portals to search across application data stored within the embedded Pervasive.SQL database, as well as application data stored in documents and files outside the database. Pervasive will at some point offer a heterogeneous search capability that will be able to search across multiple databases and applications through a single interface. Pricing has not yet been determined.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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