Aptas partners with FAST for advanced local search

Fast Search & Transfer(TM) (FAST(TM)), the leading developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, and Aptas, Inc., a leading provider of innovative solutions for the online directories and Yellow Pages publishers, have signed a technology and business partnership agreement naming FAST as Aptas' new preferred partner for search technology.

Fast Search & Transfer(TM) (FAST(TM)), the leading developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, and Aptas, Inc., a leading provider of innovative solutions for the online directories and Yellow Pages publishers, have signed a technology and business partnership agreement naming FAST as Aptas' new preferred partner for search technology.

With this agreement, FAST's enterprise search platform technology (FAST ESP(TM)) will be integrated into Aptas' new Destination Search platform, which combines advanced content integration, search relevance and navigation, and ad content presentation. FAST ESP offers online directories the most comprehensive combination of powerful real-time search technology, business search management tools, and information analysis capabilities. This agreement enables Aptas to extend the benefits of FAST's enterprise search capabilities to its wide range of customers.
 
Aptas chose FAST after a comprehensive evaluation of enterprise search technology companies that combined a detailed ranking of search functionality, system architecture and development platform, performance, and corporate stability. FAST ESP demonstrated high scalability and the ability to support key Aptas innovations in search relevancy and personalization. It also demonstrated FAST's quality design to support a wide range of content-rich applications.
 
"FAST ESP could be considered the obvious choice on technical merit alone," says Perry Evans, CEO of Aptas. "FAST's search technology uniquely supports our development of next generation local relevance, interactive search, and shopping applications. Beyond technology, FAST has demonstrated a meaningful commitment to the online directories market and to successful business partnerships."
 
"Aptas' approach to local search delivers greater value and functionality to both consumers and advertisers," explains Ali I. Riaz, FAST's chief operating officer. "We are confident that this collaboration will allow us to expand our presence with leading Yellow Pages publishers while providing Aptas with the most scalable search offering to support their new Destination Search platform. We look forward to building a solid business relationship with Aptas."
 
FAST is transforming enterprise search from a powerful, yet narrowly perceived function into an enterprise-wide strategic and tactical capability of pivotal importance. FAST ESP and the FAST portfolio of solutions are the latest in a line of FAST technology that marries a no-technical-boundaries approach with a clear understanding of real-world requirements, including extraordinary performance, precise accuracy, broad reach, and high return on investment.
 
FAST ESP is offered through the FAST Data Search(TM) suite of enterprise search solutions, which supplies a complete information retrieval solution ideal for key vertical markets and applications including e-Commerce and Internet Portals, Financial Services; Government; Life Sciences; Media and Publishing; and Telecom.