Endeca, a next-generation search and information access company, announced that it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,035,864 covering the company's hierarchical data-driven navigation system and method for information retrieval, widely known in the search and information access markets as the Guided Navigation experience.

Invented in 2000, the Guided Navigation experience is made possible by a fundamental breakthrough in search and information access technology. It helps people using Web or enterprise applications to find relevant information by guiding them in an interface that always keeps information in context. The context is created by dynamically exposing the dimensions, attributes and other relationships in the underlying data set. This experience helps people navigate content, analyze information sets, refine search results lists, and combine search and browse behaviors. Guided Navigation encourages exploration and discovery because people no longer have to guess the perfect search query or anticipate the specific classification schema of the underlying data.

Since its introduction, the Guided Navigation experience has helped people using information access applications to complete their goals more predictably. This led to business benefits across a wide array of existing solutions, and enabled entirely new classes of solutions. Endeca customers are running hundreds of mission-critical deployments today, including applications throughout the Fortune 500 and in dozens of government agencies. These range from:

  • Human intelligence analysis applications at federal intelligence agencies
  • Next-generation employee portals and knowledge management applications at companies such as HCR Manor Care, Ace Hardware and BHP Billiton
  • Parts reuse and strategic sourcing applications at F500 manufacturers
  • High-traffic eCommerce applications for multi-channel retailers like Barnes & Noble, The Home Depot, Office Depot and Wal-Mart.com
  • A radical human capital management solution at IBM

This unparalleled commercial experience with Guided Navigation has given Endeca the unique vantage point to learn precisely what enterprises need to build, maintain, and improve Guided Navigation solutions; and to understand how its tens of millions of end users behave, informing improvements to the Guided Navigation experience. Endeca has used this knowledge to continually innovate in the field, leading to eight further patent filings since 2000.

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