SOURCE: Lucid Imagination

February 04, 2011 03:00 ET

Lucid Imagination Appoints Sarath Jarugula Vice President of Product Management

Industry Veteran Helps Shape the Next Generation of Open Source Enterprise Search

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - February 4, 2011) - Lucid Imagination, the commercial company behind Apache Solr/Lucene search technology, today announced that Sarath Jarugula has joined the company as vice president of product management responsible for product definition, roadmap, and positioning strategies.

Mr. Jarugula has more than 12 years of management experience in engineering, product strategy, and product marketing, with expertise in semantic search, CRM, enterprise and consumer software products. He joins Lucid from InQuira, where he was senior director of product management, responsible for search, user experience, and new product initiatives. Prior to InQuira, he was the director of product management at Knova Software, where he led the product strategy and roadmap efforts for Knova's $30 million enterprise search, collaboration, and knowledge management product line. Before Knova, he was a senior product manager at Microsoft, where he led the effort to create a performance management framework that is recognized as a Top-5 Microsoft management tool and is offered as part of Microsoft's service solutions. Mr. Jarugula also held management positions at eGain Communications, Gandiva and NEC.

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"With the growing adoption of our Solr/Lucene solutions, we expect to dominate the market by delivering an enterprise-class, packaged open source product that evolves rapidly to meet our customers' changing needs," said Eric Gries, CEO of Lucid Imagination. "Sarath has the experience and product vision to lead our team, keep the product development lifecycle laser-focused on solving real-world customer challenges, and create the product packages and strategies that meet our customers' critical business requirements."

"Lucid Imagination has taken the lead in filling a key enterprise requirement for being able to more easily implement the powerful search capabilities of Solr/Lucene," said Sarath Jarugula, vice president of product management. "I look forward to working with the management team to accelerate Lucid's current momentum by innovating around how we deliver this unique technology to the market."

About Lucid Imagination
Lucid Imagination is the commercial company exclusively dedicated to Apache Solr/Lucene open source enterprise search technology. It provides search solution development platforms built on the power of Solr/Lucene 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, Salesforce.com, 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 www.lucidimagination.com.

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