According to a recent IDC study, information access applications will drive growth for the business intelligence (BI), search and discovery markets. The study finds that organizations have discovered wide gaps in their business intelligence, and increasingly require unified access to all of their information. The recent rise in demand for unified access to information has spawned the creation of new, innovative software applications that combine data and content from multiple sources.

"The content markets took off in 2005, growing at over 35 percent," said Sue Feldman, IDC's vice president for Content Technologies research. "Organizations now realize that they must have a complete and up-to-the-minute view of the state of their business. Responding to this need, search and discovery application vendors have developed new approaches that unify access to both data and content. In the process, they have begun to muscle their way into the business intelligence market. It will be interesting to see who will dominate this new unified access market."

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