Enterprise AI Search: Revolutionizing information retrieval for optimal business efficiency

Emrecan Dogan

Head of Product

With vast amounts of data housed within corporate systems, ranging from intranets to databases, the demand for advanced tools that facilitate efficient information discovery has never been more critical. Fast information retrieval not only saves time but also plays a pivotal role in empowering organizations to make informed decisions promptly, fostering innovation, and facilitating agile responses to challenges. In this article, we will explore the significance of Enterprise AI Search and its transformative impact on business efficiency.

The significance of enterprise AI search

Enterprises grapple with the management of extensive datasets encompassing HR records, financial transactions, customer interactions, and project details. The efficiency of information retrieval becomes paramount, allowing employees to access relevant data promptly and eliminating delays associated with navigating complex structures or manually searching through vast repositories. This enables:

  • Enhanced productivity
    Swift information retrieval directly correlates with increased productivity, as employees spend less time searching for data and more time on value-added tasks.
  • Informed decision-making
    Quick access to relevant information empowers organizations to make informed decisions promptly, leading to a more agile and competitive business environment.

Why enterprises need AI-powered search solutions

Traditional search methods often fall short when confronted with the intricacies of modern enterprise data landscapes. The adoption of AI-powered workplace search solutions becomes imperative due to the following challenges:

1. Complex data structures

Enterprises typically manage multifaceted intranets, intricate websites, and diverse applications, making manual navigation time-consuming and prone to errors. AI-driven search solutions simplify this process by providing a unified interface for swift and accurate information retrieval.

2. Diverse content repositories

Organizations store data across various platforms, from databases to knowledge management systems. AI-powered search seamlessly integrates and queries these disparate repositories, ensuring comprehensive access to information.

3. Enhanced user experience

In the contemporary workplace, employees expect a search experience similar to popular online search engines. AI-driven search solutions not only meet these expectations but also offer intelligent suggestions, natural language processing, and personalized results, enhancing overall user satisfaction.

4. Data analysis and insights

Beyond retrieval, AI-powered search facilitates advanced data analysis by identifying patterns, trends, and relationships within enterprise data, unlocking valuable insights for strategic decision-making.

Enterprise AI search in action: Examples of applications

Effective search functionality is indispensable in navigating the complexities of large datasets and intricate systems within enterprises. The following examples illustrate AI enterprise search applications:

1. Knowledge management:

Content examples:

  • Proposals, pitch books, RFPs, RFIs, contracts, legal documents
  • Internal and external research, sales, and marketing materials
  • Documentation, guides, training resources

Search queries in knowledge management help users access specific insights within the vast sea of enterprise content, leveraging automated information extraction for precise answers

2. Corporate portal/intranet

Content examples:

  • Corporate functions (timecards, expenses, payroll, IT, CRM, etc.)
  • Policies, procedures, FAQs, support documentation, ethics, and forms
  • Organizational details, personnel information, office locations
  • Products, parts, projects, customer details
  • HR benefits

Search queries in this context aim to answer practical employee questions, simplifying information retrieval and eliminating the need for users to navigate complex structures.

3. Data catalog

Content examples:

  • Data sources from data lakes and data warehouses
  • Business system APIs, MasterData, etc.

Search queries for data catalogs aim to facilitate the identification of datasets for analysis, efficiently pinpointing relevant tables and subsets within the enterprise data infrastructure.

Case study – How Confluent built a complete company knowledge base

AI search seamlessly integrates with enterprise conversation platforms such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Cisco Webex to provide a more efficient search experience. For instance, Glean offers integrations with these platforms, enabling users to search for information directly within the conversation interface. This integration saves time, increases productivity, and eliminates the need to switch between different applications.

The challenge

Confluent grew from a team of 250 to 2,000+ employees in a matter of years and had an influx of distributed/hybrid teams. As they grew, it became increasingly difficult for employees to find the information they needed to do their jobs quickly. When an annual employee survey produced low scores in response to the statement, “The information needed to do my job is readily available”, it was clear that information sprawl was a challenge.


As an early adopter of Glean, an advanced search solution that would act as a connective tissue between information sources, Confluent quickly worked to solve the challenge expressed. They promptly launched Glean to search across their 20+ existing systems and unlock enterprise-wide information access. Implementing required minimal lift yet had a significant impact.

Read the full case study here – The Confluent Customer Story


By centralizing information, streamlining access, and providing powerful search capabilities, Glean empowers companies to make the most of their internal knowledge. It ultimately leads to higher productivity and enhanced corporate culture. Embrace the future of knowledge management with Glean and unlock your organization's full potential. Get a demo today.

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