Co-founder and Leading Open Source Technologist to Advance the Search Market and Shape Company Direction
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 4, 2011 – LucidWorks [formerly Lucid Imagination], the commercial company for Apache Lucene and Apache Solr search technology, today announced the promotion of Grant Ingersoll to Chief Scientist. Ingersoll will drive key development and strategic leadership initiatives for product architecture and engineering, setting a research agenda that focuses on shaping the future of the search ecosystem and delivering a cutting edge platform that accelerates the development of highly accurate, scalable, and cost-effective search applications.
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“Companies are drowning in massive amounts of information, seeking solutions that can make that data work for them,” said Mr. Ingersoll. “I believe the innovation of Lucene/Solr open source and other Apache Software Foundation technologies like Hadoop and Mahout provide the most compelling answer to challenges of delivering results from big data. Through the commercial platform of LucidWorks Search, open source search application development lowers the cost of growth, with the scalability to address ever-increasing volume and the flexibility to tackle continuous change and diversity of content. I look forward to helping LucidWorks set the agenda for adoption of scalable open source enterprise search and accelerate innovation.”
Ingersoll’s work at LucidWorks began as one of the founding members of the company in 2007. He has been a key contributor in positioning LucidWorks as a respected commercial vendor in the open source enterprise search industry and in sales and development initiatives around the company’s LucidWorks Search platform. Mr. Ingersoll has been a committer on the Apache Lucene Java, Solr and Mahout projects, vice-president of Apache Software Foundation, and chairman of the Apache Lucene Project Management committee.
“We are excited to have Grant Ingersoll as Chief Scientist at LucidWorks, and I believe the whole industry will benefit from his expanded role,” said Frank Calderon, President and COO of LucidWorks. “His technical expertise and industry recognition are invaluable in our efforts to establish LucidWorks at the forefront of search technology, but more importantly, he’s a driving force behind the creation and expansion of one of this decade’s most critical technologies. There’s no doubt that enterprises across the globe will benefit from the solutions Grant and this team deliver.”
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LucidWorks 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 Search 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. LucidWorks 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. LucidWorks 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 lucidworks.com.