REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – March 27, 2012 — LucidWorks [formerly Lucid Imagination], the commercial company for Apache Lucene and Apache Solr search technology, today announced it has named software development luminary Michael Moody the company’s new senior vice president of engineering. Moody brings more than 30 years of software engineering and development management experience to LucidWorks.
“The rise of Big Data presents enterprises of every size and type with major search and retrieval challenges,” said Paul Doscher, CEO of LucidWorks. “LucidWorks is meeting these challenges with bold solutions delivered on an accelerated development cycle, and Mike has the perfect background and leadership qualities to help us expand our efforts and stay ahead of rapidly evolving market needs.”
Prior to joining LucidWorks, Mike held the positions of senior vice president of development and operations at Spigit, a leader in the social innovation space, and senior vice president of development and support for Jaspersoft, a leading commercial open source business intelligence company. At Jaspersoft, Mike managed a global team spanning six countries and 12 different products. He drove the growth of both the commercial business and the open source community, which reached 15 million downloads and nearly 250,000 registered developers. Prior to JasperSoft, Mike held executive positions at CenterBoard and Portal Software.
From 2010 to 2011, Mike served as a board member of OW2, an open source middleware consortium, and is currently a board advisor for zAgile, an information collaboration company. For five years, Mike has been actively involved in the Silicon Valley VPE Community of Practice, a group of leading Silicon Valley VPEs and CTOs investigating best practices in software development and management. Mike and other members of this team recently co-authored “Leading and Managing in Silicon Valley,” a book now available on Amazon.
“Thanks to LucidWorks, companies will be able to meet the challenge of analyzing their big data before the rapid adoption leads to operational chaos, lost opportunities, and reduced competitiveness,” said Moody. “We have the technology, business model and people in place to help drive a complete transformation of enterprise search and retrieval that will lead to phenomenally better and faster decision making.”
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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 LucidWorks Search Platform 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, the LucidWorks Search Platform 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.