A few months ago, I was quoted in a Forbes JargonSpy column, helping to explain why Google isn’t enough for the enterprise. Apparently that hit a nerve, since, shortly afterward, Google Enterprise Search product manager Nitin Mangtani published a sponsored “commentary” on Forbes that some viewed as an advertorial (though Google objected to that characterization).
But the story doesn’t end there. Ron Miller of FierceContentManagement wrote to Mangtani to follow up, and published a Q&A about his reason for publishing the Forbes piece, as well as his rebuttal to Google Search Appliance critics.
Melodrama aside, I feel that these discussions are useful. Enterprise search has been misunderstood for a long time, and conversations like these at least advance understanding. And hopefully they make for fun reading.