"We come up with a flexible and true solution instead of just
building new layers on top of an existing product."
Terabase uses a set of proprietary tools to fashion
precise - yet flexible - solutions to meet our clients' needs. We use
Terabase®/SRF - or Search
and Retrieval Facility - a system that reads and searches information
using separate indexing and data-storage components.
Data doesn't have to be stored within SRF for it to work
efficiently, explains Terabase's president, Thor Olson,
although it can be if a solution requires it. "SRF
isn't designed to be a complete answer to all things," says Olson.
"But it's a cornerstone to our approach of building fast and flexible
"We look for a true solution instead of just building
new layers on top of an existing product," says Wendy
Koenig, the company's vice president. "We're not constrained
by the tool - we're building the tool." When combined with Terabase's
methodology and core programming talent,
the dynamics of Terabase's tool set allow it to develop products that
efficiently search large amounts of information, sometimes billions of
Indeed, the adaptability of the tool set, and of SRF itself,
allows Terabase to create features that don't exist in other tools or
environments. While many search and retrieval systems are built to address
the issues of MIS departments, Terabase creates solutions that can satisfy
both the data center's staff and a product's end users - without making
unpalatable trade-offs. Because most usage stems from querying and retrieving
data, the company designs solutions that address that dynamic, and bring
to bear its core team's experience in creating
large, commercial databases.