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IEEE GlobalSpec, Inc.
Type of businessSubsidiary
Founder(s)John Schneiter and Thomas Brownell
Key peoplePatrick D. Mahoney, CEO
IndustryInformation technology
ServicesSoftware and technology services, vertical search
RevenueUS$10–50 million
ParentInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Edit this at Wikidata

GlobalSpec is a technology services company which provides a search engine of engineering and industrial products, indexing over 180 million parts divided into 2,300,000 product families, from over 24,000 manufacturer and distributor catalogs.[2] GlobalSpec is a domain-specific (or "vertical search") tool, in that its focused domain allows for optimized results. Within product families, searches can be narrowed by selecting values for parameters that are specific to that product type.[3]

The website has over 8 million registered members, and as of 2009, membership was growing at a rate of 20,000 per week(membership required to view simple product specifications). In 2007, the company achieved 35% revenue growth, the sixth year in a row that the company achieved double-digit revenue growth.[4] The website has approximately 1.3 unique million visitors a month with 2.8 million page views and an average of 4.9 minutes time spent.[5] GlobalSpec has partnerships with several well-known companies, including:

SolidWorks has embedded access to GlobalSpec's search engine inside its computer-aided design software.

Warburg Pincus sold GlobalSpec to IHS in 2012.[10]

The IEEE acquired GlobalSpec from IHS in 2016.[11]

See also


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  3. ^ Battelle, John (March 30, 2004). "GlobalSpec: Domain Specific Search and the Semantic Web". Searchblog. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  4. ^ Devin, Amber (Jan 22, 2008). "GlobalSpec Achieves Record Results in 2007". Reuters. Business Wire. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  5. ^ a b "GlobalSpec Partners with McGraw-Hill Professional". Submit Express. August 23, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  6. ^ D'Errico, Richard A. (August 7, 2001). "GlobalSpec partners with AltaVista". The Business Review. American City Business Journals, Inc. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  7. ^ Deis, Louise (November 27, 2007). "GlobalSpec Announces Expanded Partnership with the IEEE". Engineering Library Blog. Princeton University Library. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  8. ^ "ISA Announces Partnership With GlobalSpec". International Society of Automation. October 25, 2005. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  9. ^ "SolidWorks Corporation embeds 'The Engineering Web' in 3D mechanical design software". SolidWorks Corporation. Feb 14, 2005. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  10. ^ "M&A: June 13, 2012".
  11. ^ "IEEE Acquires GlobalSpec and the Engineering360 Platform from IHS to Create Powerful New Resource for the Global Engineering Community". IEEE. April 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
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