Stephen Arnold
Managing Partner

Mr. Arnold is a technology and financial analyst with more than 30 years of experience. Stephen has extensive operational and entrepreneurial experience, able to bridge the gap between new ideas and the financial implications of a technology. His most recent search project is writing the open source search profiles for IDC, one of the world's leading consulting companies. Profiles will appear every 10 through the end of 2012. (Information about one of the profiles appears at

His professional career has spanned 40 years. In 2000, he worked on the cost analysis, security, and technical infrastructure for the US government's Web site. After 9/11, he worked on the US government's Threat Open Source Intelligence service. In addition to performing technical and business analyses about search and content processing companies, Stephen wrote three monographs about Google's technology: The Google Legacy, Google Version 2.0, and Google: The Digital Gutenberg. He writes a monthly column about Google for IMI Publishing's Enterprise Technology Management and columns for Information Today (search), KMWorld (content analytics), and Online (open source search technology). He was the author of Enterprise Search Report, a 600 page encyclopedia of search published between 2004 and 2007. With co-author Martin White, he wrote Successful Enterprise Search Management in 2009. In 2011, he wrote The New Landscape of Enterprise Search.

Mr. Arnold worked at Halliburton Nuclear after college. He then joined Booz, Allen & Hamilton in 1976. He was vice president, online, at the Courier Journal & Louisville Times in the firm's database unit. He worked at Ziff Communications until starting his strategic information Services business in 1991. Since 1991, Stephen has worked as an advisor to organizations worldwide. In 1993, He and Chris Kitze founded a search system, Point (Top 5%) of the Internet, selling that property to Lycos, Inc. in 1996. He was a member of the planning team for USWest’s electronic yellow pages. He has worked for a number intelligence and enforcement organizations, including the US Senate Police, the General Services Administration, among others.

He is the recipient of the following awards: ASIS Eagleton Lectureship, 1986; Online Best Paper Award, 1989, the Malcolm Hill Award, 2003, the OSS Golden Candle Award in 2007. He is the author of more than 70 journal articles. A partial list is available on LinkedIn at

Mr. Arnold's Web log “Beyond Search” is a widely read collection of critical commentary and opinion about information systems and methods available at He also publishes online information services about analytics and content intelligence. See and


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