Today is a wonderful day for Endeca and Oracle! Oracle has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Endeca, bringing together two of the powerhouses of information access. Quoting from the announcement: “The combination of Oracle and Endeca is expected to create a comprehensive technology platform to process, store, manage, search and analyze structured and unstructured information together. ”
As part of Endeca’s founding team, I am very proud to see this day. My ten years at Endeca were a formative experience that established my professional identity and inspired my passion to pursue the vision of human-computer information retrieval (by happy coincidence, the 5th annual HCIR workshop take place on Thursday). Reading Oracle’s presentation about the acquisition, I’m excited to see how Endeca’s technology will play a key role in unifying structured and unstructured data management and analysis for Oracle’s customers.
I take pride in my contributions to Endeca — I still slip sometimes and refer to Endeca as “we”. But the real heroes here are the folks — and especially the leadership — who have seen this journey through from start to finish. In particular, I am grateful to Steve Papa, Pete Bell, Adam Ferrari, Jack Walter, Keith Johnson, Nik Bates-Haus, and Jason Purcell for everything they have done to bring about this extraordinary outcome.
Finally, excited as I am about this event, it is only the beginning. I am excited to see Endeca’s people and technology powering one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies. Looking forward to the next play!