SOURCE: Lucid Imagination

May 12, 2011 08:00 ET

Lucene/Solr Industry Surveys Find Open Source Search Applications Cut Costs by Half

Two Independent Studies Show Organizations Achieve Faster, Better, Cheaper and More Flexible Results Over Commercial Alternatives; Analysis Presented in May 19th Webcast

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) - Lucid Imagination, the commercial company for Apache Lucene/Solr open source search, will co-host a webinar with Aberdeen Group May 19th discussing survey results around the cost and flexibility benefits enabled by Lucene/Solr technology. Two surveys -- conducted independently by Aberdeen, and by customer research firm TechValidate -- show that users of open source search applications report better, faster results with greater flexibility, at half the cost of commercial search software. David White, senior research analyst, Aberdeen Group, and Marc Krellenstein, CTO of Lucid Imagination, will present survey analysis in an executive webinar entitled "Open Source: Changing the Economics of Search," on Thursday, May 19th at 1:00 PM EDT/10:00 AM PDT.

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In the first quarter of 2011, Aberdeen Group surveyed 167 organizations using either commercial and/or open source enterprise search applications. Among the results in the Aberdeen survey, participants reported that:

  • On average, costs for search applications -- across software licenses, hardware utilization, external and internal services -- came in at 50% lower for organizations using open source;
  • Reductions in internal support costs accounted for over 40% of the cost savings;
  • Open source search delivered improved application effectiveness, delivering the most relevant results 23% more often than commercial alternatives;
  • Constant indexing of new content is twice as common with open source search than with commercial search applications.

The TechValidate survey, available at, demonstrated similarly significant results. The survey of Lucid Imagination customers, conducted also in the first quarter of 2011, showed that:


"Aberdeen's research data shows that open source search has achieved widespread use in all types of organizations Open source is a very viable and cost effective alternative to commercial search in many situations."
David White, senior research analyst, the Aberdeen Group

"In an environment of cost challenges and rapidly scaling data growth, open source search Lucene/Solr has been an effective choice for a broad spectrum of organizations. Over the last several years, the functional capabilities of open source search have closed the gap with commercial software, and given the cost and flexibility advantage, it opens up new projects that were previously impossible for a wide range of applications."
Marc Krellenstein, CTO and founder of Lucid Imagination

About Lucid Imagination

Lucid Imagination is the commercial company exclusively dedicated to Apache Lucene/Solr open source enterprise search technology. It provides search solution development platforms built on the power of Lucene/Solr open source search via enterprise-grade subscriptions. The company's latest offering, LucidWorks Enterprise, makes the power of Solr/Lucene open source search more accessible to the broad range of application developers and slashes the learning curve for search solution development. Unlike "black box" products, LucidWorks Enterprise allows organizations of all sizes and types to continuously tune their search to fit the ongoing needs of their users and achieve a consistently lower cost of growth. Lucid Imagination also offers free software for developers, documentation, commercial-grade support, high-level consulting, and comprehensive training. Customers include AT&T, Sears, Ford, Verizon, Cisco, Zappos, Raytheon, The Guardian, The Smithsonian Institution,, The Motley Fool, Qualcomm, Taser, eHarmony, and many other household names around the world. Lucid Imagination is a privately held venture-funded company. The investors include Shasta Ventures, Granite Ventures, Walden International, and In-Q-Tel. Learn more about the company at

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