Robert Weisman's article in the Boston Globe: In the shadow of Google takes a look at a few Boston search area companies including:
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Endeca, Fast, Northern Light, and iPhrase are also briefly mentioned.
"There's a lot of business to be had in search in the next few years, and it's not all going to Google," said Susan Aldrich, senior vice president at Patricia Seybold Group, a technology research and consulting firm in Boston. "I think several of the local companies have the potential to become wildly successful and get very big."
"Some of the things that Google does so well, like page rankings, are irrelevant in the enterprise," said Sue Feldman, vice president and search analyst at International Data Corp., a research firm in Framingham.