Did You Mean Katia?

The first time I heard about Exalead was when the company was recently acquired by Dassault Systemes to “provide a new class of search-based applications for collaborative communities“, in the words of CEO Bernard Charles. So you can imagine my surprise when a search for “CATIA” on the Exalead World Wide Web search engine asked me “Did you mean katia?“. Furthermore, the first entry on the first page pointed to www.catia.ws, a domain name held by a cyber squatter trying to earn money hoping that search engines like Exalead will drive traffic to his one page web site containing advertisements. And there is more. The official home page of CATIA was nowhere on the first page of Exalead search results. Neither was a link to the CATIA Wikipedia page. So I looked on the second page of search results and couldn’t find links to 3ds.com either. Absolutely amazed I continued to the look at the other pages of search results. I stopped looking on the 10th page when I found links to LinkedIn pages of people named Catia.

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Needless to say, a search for “CATIA” on Google listed the CATIA home page and Wikipedia page right on top of the search listings. Come to think of it, the Google Ads appearing on Exalead search result pages were more helpful that Exalead’s own search results. Some search engine this.

I guess this is 135 million Euros ($195 million) well spent by Dassault Systemes. Especially considering that they bought SolidWorks for about $310 million back in 1997.

  • That's hilarious.

  • Disturbing would be more like it. 😉

  • Ruedavallejo

    hilarious, if they (Dassault) read your blog, they must be worried right now! haha

  • Rob Rodriguez

    If they'd like to throw away $195 million again I hope they contact me. I can find uses for it 😉

  • Greg Furst

    Josh M, you are correct – this is hilarious. And sad. And pathetic. Can someone say 'gunshot marriage' ?

    The only thing funnier would be to search for 'exalead' at Exalead's search engine and it came up blank !!!! That would be a hoot.

  • $195 million for such poor search is somewhat more!!! But nice to see 'SolidWorks' official site on the top, but showing India's small SW reseller at no three…when searched for 'SolidWorks'. Other products from Dassault seen at long distance from home page.

  • Deelip, I think they fixed CATIA search. At least for me it returns CATIA V5 web site first. Best, Oleg

  • I don't think so. Just tried searching for “catia” again and got the same results as the image in the blog post above.

    BTW, in the screen shot you sent me by email, I noticed that Exalead asked you as well whether you meant “katia”. So even if both of us are seeing different localized search results, Exalead has not indexed “catia” as a keyword in its database, which is shame.

    Anyways, something is seriously wrong here and I hope they fix their search algorithm before any of this is anywhere close to Dassault's PLM solution, CAD software or whatever this is supposed to plug into.

  • cadguy

    Its more like $165 Million. The Euro is very weak lately. When DS bought SW for $310m, SW was ahead of the game in MCAD on Windows. So the price – even thought steep – was justified.

    Exalead will not make money for DS (like SW has). It will work out only if the technology is nicely integrated into the V6 eco system.

    You should not compare Exalead Web Search with Google (you compare $165m with $165B!!). Exalead specializes in enterprise search (smaller in scale to web search).

  • I get your point. But a web search for “catia” pointing to catia.ws and no sign of the CATIA home page for 10 pages of search results! Come on. That is just ridiculous.

    I can only hope that their Enterprise Search is better than their Web Search.

  • They seem to do a pretty good job with “Deelip Menezes” 🙂

  • That is a huge depreciated amount.

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