Last week, Mondosoft announced the acquisition of Navigo.  This is significant for SharePoint and a great strategic move for Mondosoft.

 

Mondosoft has been providing a search engine for Windows for quite a while now.  This engine was very useful for our customers that had external CMS-based web sites.  For internal web sites, it competed with SharePoint search, and so that was always a touchy engagement... 

 

A couple of years ago, Mondosoft also added a Behavior Tracking product to their mix, which enables a web site to remember what a visitor has seen, and could enable personalization of site content and search results.  Microsoft does not have a good solution (other than custom code) for behavior tracking at this time.

 

Navigo provides Taxonomy support for SharePoint sites.  What is a Taxonomy?  It is a method of categorizing content in a multidimensional way.  As an example, the Dewey Decimal system is the taxonomy for most libraries. 

 

Adding a taxonomy system to an information repository, such as SharePoint, provides for a detailed categorization and organization of the data within the repository in many ways beyond the navigation that is designed into the site.  This also provides support for unique ways of retrieving data from a site.

 

Mondosoft and Navigo have been partnering for a while and have a number of joint customers, already. 

 

Thanks for the pointer, Mark!