Pervasive Pairs Search Software, Embedded Database

 
 
By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-07-03
 
 
 
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.

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