How far can search engines go in replacing database technology?

For information management, databases offer precise, controlled access to data.
But, they do not offer the easy-to-use search capabilities that most knowledge workers manipulate daily on sites such as Google. Access to information contained in databases is more difficult, and more restricted. One solution to this information bottleneck is to let search engines support the brunt of the work, by offloading information from the database into alternative infrastructures, such as that provided by search engine technology.
Many business applications such as search, report generation and data analysis might be performed more efficiently on the replicated data without involving the native database technology, e.g. transactions. These offloaded databases, retaining some of their structure, can be recombined, mashed up, creating one-off, possibly disposable, databases, while the primary data is safe in the original database.

Exalead has taken the lead in organizing a scientific workshop to examine the limits and potentialities of use information retrieval and search engine technology for information management (IM) applications.

Come see the results at “Using Search Engine Technology for Information Management (USETIM 2009)” Aug 24, 2009 Lyon, France.
This workshop is being held during the 35th International conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB09)

The call for papers for USETIM 2009 is open until May 10, 2009 just here!
http://www.wikicfp.com/cfp/servlet/event.showcfp?eventid=5101&copyownerid=3906

  • I would suggest that advancements in this technology could revolutionise analysis in the future. Further advancements in topic based search latitude could also bring access to parallel markets that have hitherto been to complex to explore.

  • I am not sure if Search Engines will ever be able to replace database technology. Both these applications have there specific pros and cons. I have had exposure working with huge transactional and analytical databases and I am not sure search engine technology is there yet.