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Google, BearingPoint Form Corporate Search Alliance

Google is continuing its drive to open up corporate data to its search engine through a new alliance with BearingPoint.

BearingPoint plans to launch a search solutions practice, headed by Chris Weitz from the systems integrator's Mountain View, Calif., office.

"The idea is to provide the enterprise customization and verticalization in different industries that are possible using Google technology and the [Google Search] appliance and extending that with custom extensions that we can build as a systems integrator," Weitz told CRN. BearingPoint will build plug-ins to bring Google search into corporate repositories, he said.

The deal with BearingPoint represents another push by Mountain View-based Google to make its search technology as ubiquitous inside corporate firewalls as it has become on the Internet. In that quest, it faces off yet again with Microsoft.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has said he feels Microsoft's search is ahead of Google's when it comes to intranet searches. Nevertheless, Google is seen as the overall search kingpin on the Internet.

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