Oracle Corp is unveiling a search engine that it claims is better suited for internal enterprise scenarios. Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g, to be available as a standalone product, adds the ability to introduce policy to enterprise search.
We have created the industry’s most secure search engine, claims Sandeepan Banerjee, product manager. Unlike popular web search engines, Oracle’s will differentiate results based on who you are.
Oracle is providing ways to embed security, such as permissions spelled out in directories, applications, or databases, or access control systems or access control gateways, so only the right people or roles get to see the right information.
For instance, the controller or CFO will be able to search for items not available to most back office or field staff.
The product begins with Oracle’s text search capabilities, which it has offered with its core database products for well overt a decade. To that it adds integration with user authentication systems, such as LDAP directories, access control, or single sign-on systems. And it stores search results in a hardened repository inside the Oracle database.
And you could configure the system to track search requests, especially for sensitive items that might be subject to corporate governance mandates covering fiduciary reporting or privacy protection.
Like web search engines, Oracle uses a pure web client, although Oracle says you could deploy it as a portable toolbar. Nonetheless, given the wealth of Oracle’s application portfolio, it’s surprising that Oracle doesn’t package more direct, or context-sensitive integration with its application or BPM capabilities.
Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g is scheduled to be generally available by the end of Oracle’s fiscal year which concludes in May.