Response to Slashdot post “How to Manage Hundreds of Thousands of Documents?”

Recently Ajmcello78 posted a question on Slashdot that we hear from our customers all the time: “How to Manage Hundreds of Thousands of Documents?”That simple question usually introduces a cavalcade of issues about how a company handles accessibility, performance, and findability/searchability around vast quantities of documents.


12 June 2009

Recently Ajmcello78 posted a question on Slashdot that we hear from our customers all the time: “How to Manage Hundreds of Thousands of Documents?”

That simple question usually introduces a cavalcade of issues about how a company handles accessibility, performance, and findability/searchability around vast quantities of documents.

The answers are not simple, but they certainly are numerous. (A host of them are mentioned in the comments of the original Slashdot post.) In all fairness, many third party solutions offer both advantages and pitfalls in certain areas depending on a company’s needs.

But with our users – more than 750,000 of them since Intralinks emerged in 1997 – we’re constantly receiving feedback on what companies really need to be able to “manage hundreds of thousands of documents.” Without listing all of the ways we help companies store, manage and search large numbers of documents in a secure environment, I want to talk about how we’re innovating our technology to help folks like Ajmcello78 create a truly streamlined, efficient business process.

For instance, we recently partnered with with Attivio to enable powerful search capabilities that save users time and energy. This means that documents uploaded to an exchange are indexed in real-time, so there is no latency in search results. And once it’s uploaded, the document is searchable and tagged with meta-data in order to help filter results. We will be posting more details about our search capabilities soon, so stay tuned!

Ajmcello78’s situation is both a process and technology challenge – we can help with both.