Anatomy of a Search Based Application
At an anatomical level, search based applications can be grouped according to the type of content they process:
1. Structured data
2. Unstructured data
3. A mix of unstructured and structured data
In the case of the first, a search platform is used to provide more scalable and user-friendly access to RDBMS content. In the case of unstructured data, the SBA platform aggregates multi-source content and makes it exploitable by giving it a uniform structure. The latter hybrid category is the most common, with the SBA platform used to federate, contextualize and normalize heterogeneous data from diverse systems. This aggregation may be a ‘stable’ one that takes place at the index level, as is the ...