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For years, companies have had the technology to store data; what they lacked was an efficient and comprehensive way to sift through the reams to support business performance management (BPM) dashboards. Now, Hyperion Solutions Corp. and Google Inc. are teaming up to offer the first corporate store and search solution, called Smart Search, aimed to expedite BPM.

Smart Search is designed for use with Google’s OneBox enterprise appliance. Like the consumer version of Google, Smart Search allows for searches based on key words, but that kind of search is insufficient to support an intricate BPM system, which depends on constant feeds of real-time information from a variety of sources within an enterprise. With Smart Search, a user is able to search the company’s internal data, using not only key words but also company terms. “You might type in ‘fourth-quarter cost of goods sold’ and Smart Search will find items labeled COGS Q4,” says product manager Vijay Lal. “It will look for office documents, spreadsheets and other structured data.”

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