HIS, GlobalSpec Team on Streamlined Engineering Search Tool

Partners say "no frills" search engine speeds research, boosts productivity

Partners say "no frills" search engine speeds research, boosts productivity

Englewood, CO — January 21, 2005 — Information Handling Services (IHS), a provider of technical content and information solutions, has rolled out a "Dragnet" version of the GlobalSpec search engine for engineers, providing a "just the facts" environment in which to search for products and services by specification using technical attributes and parameters.

The GlobalSpec Enterprise search engine includes no bells, no whistles and no advertising banners, giving engineers, designers and technical buyers in aerospace/aviation, defense and energy organizations and industries direct access to GlobalSpec's SpecSearch.

SpecSearch is a GlobalSpec product delivering a collection of searchable online supplier catalogs. It features 1.2 million searchable product families, representing 78 million parts from more than 12,500 supplier catalogs.

IHS said that the ability to quickly search and evaluate parts by their functional and physical attributes will help multi-location manufacturers and distributors save time by picking the right product the first time. Engineers will also gain access to The Engineering Web, a slice of the Web that focuses on tech-centric content.

"Leveraging GlobalSpec Enterprise and its enormous categorized database of product catalogs and services available today is a natural extension of our own suite of parts selection tools and engineering-oriented content solutions," said Joe Kroog, product marketing manager with HIS.

"The market has needed a solution like this for some time," said Leigh Watson Healy, chief analyst from Outsell Inc., a research and advisory firm for the information industry. "Bringing together the latest of today's content and search functionality with desktop applications like the IHS solution has the potential to exceed customers' expectations for content integration at the users' point of need. We have been predicting and expect to see more deals like this where industry leaders come together to provide a more complete solution for the customer."

GlobalSpec said that the Enterprise solution offers the search functionality and related content that GlobalSpec is known for within the engineering community. "This is a win-win-win alliance," said Scott Virkler, vice president of business development at GlobalSpec. "Together, IHS and GlobalSpec have delivered a customized search tool as well as direct access to information on The Engineering Web and the 'hidden Web,' empowering engineers worldwide in their daily parts search and research activities."
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