Oslo, Norway (ots/PRNewswire) -
- AskMe to Integrate the FAST InStream(TM) OEM Enterprise Search
Solution for More Efficient and Effective Employee Knowledge Networks
Fast Search & Transfer(TM) (FAST(TM)), the leading developer of
enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, today
announced an OEM partnership with AskMe, the leading provider of
Expertise Management solutions, under which FAST will serve as the
search foundation for AskMe Enterprise, the most widely deployed
solution for creating and managing Employee Knowledge Networks (EKN).
AskMe Enterprise will be integrated with FAST InStream(TM), an
OEM-specific enterprise search solution developed to meet the complex
application-based search requirements of independent software vendors
FAST InStream is designed to increase the value of enterprise
applications and boost ROI for the partner's customers by leveraging
the power of FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP(TM))
technology. Supporting both structured and unstructured data, FAST
InStream provides unique value across all types of software
applications, including enterprise portals and intranet sites,
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems, Customer Relationship
Management (CRM) solutions, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
solutions, Business Intelligence (BI) suites and applications, as
well as storage and archiving solutions.
AskMe is used by leading companies to drive greater innovation,
increase productivity, and accelerate speed of execution. In many
organisations, the needed expertise is often hidden by geographic and
organisational boundaries while lessons learned remain undocumented
or unaccessible to the broader organisation. AskMe solves this
problem by connecting employees with the most relevant internal
expertise faster to solve problems, share ideas, and collaborate.
Resulting lessons learned are automatically disseminated to other
employees to promote organisational learning and also captured by the
system into a comprehensive knowledgebase for future reuse.
"To facilitate better people-to-people connections and to deliver
highly relevant content, we needed to build upon an effective search
technology," said Udai Shekawat, CEO, AskMe. "The contextual insight
offered by FAST's search technology will help our solutions reach the
next level of performance and users will benefit greatly from the
improved speed and accuracy. This partnership fulfils AskMe's
strategic commitment to maintain a leadership role in the marketplace
by delivering best of breed technology to our customers."
"AskMe's solutions have transformed the way corporations capture
and utilise employee expertise and have facilitated the development
of some of the world's most innovative products," said Ali I. Riaz,
FAST's chief operating officer. "This partnership validates FAST's
vision of using FAST ESP to enable a range of innovative solutions.
We are confident that with the integration of FAST's enterprise
search technology, AskMe customers will be delighted with reduced
latency as well as efficiency and productivity enhancements."
FAST has transformed enterprise search from a powerful, yet
narrowly perceived function, into an enterprise-wide strategic and
tactical capability of pivotal importance. FAST ESP, FAST InStream
and FAST's portfolio of solutions and Search Derivative Applications
(SDAs) supply a complete information retrieval solution ideal for a
growing number of key vertical markets and applications including
e-Commerce and Internet Portals, Financial Services, Government, Life
Sciences, Media and Publishing, and Telecom. For FAST, the search
AskMe Corporation is the world's leading provider of Expertise
Management software solutions for Global 2000 companies. The
company's flagship product, AskMe Enterprise, connects employees with
problems to employees with solutions. By using AskMe Enterprise,
large companies are dramatically improving the quality and speed of
execution throughout their organisation. AskMe's solutions been
deployed by a robust list of blue chip companies that includes
Honeywell International, Intel Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Gerber
(a subsidiary of Novartis) and CNA Insurance, among others. Founded
in 1999, AskMe is privately held with headquarters in Seattle,
Washington. Additional information available at www.askmecorp.com.
FAST creates the real-time search and filter technology solutions
that are behind the scenes at the world's best known companies with
the most demanding search problems. FAST's flexible and scalable
integrated technology platform elevates the search capabilities of
enterprise customers and connects people to the relevant information
they seek regardless of medium. This drives revenues and reduces
total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure.
FAST's powerful enterprise search technology solutions are used by
more than 2,000 global customers and partners, including America
Online (AOL), AT&T, Cardinal Health, CareerBuilder.com, Chordiant,
CIGNA, CNET, Dell, Factiva, Fidelity Investments, Findexa, IBM,
Knight Ridder, LexisNexis, Overture, Rakuten, Reed Elsevier, Reuters,
Sensis, Stellent, Tenet Healthcare, Thomas Industrial Networks,
T-Online, US Army, Virgilio (Telecom Italia), Vodafone, and Wanadoo.
FAST is headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the
ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The FAST Group
operates globally with presence in Europe, the United States, Asia
Pacific, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. For further
information about FAST, please visit www.fastsearch.com.
(c) 2005 Fast Search & Transfer ASA - Fast Search & Transfer,
FAST, FAST ESP, FAST Data Search, FAST Marketrac, FAST AdVisor, FAST
InStream, FAST ImPulse, FAST mSearch, FAST ProPublish and the FAST
four-coloured logo are trademarks of Fast Search & Transfer ASA. All
rights reserved. FAST disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks
and names of others. All other trademarks mentioned in this document
are the property of their respective owners.
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+47-48-01-13-47 (Mobile). AskMe, Daniel Teeter, +1-425-564-9017,