Electronic Supply Chain industry research from the Z2Data Team

3 Reasons for Engineers to Ditch the Search Engine

A tailored experience can't be found with traditional search engines. Time and money are saved with vertical search databases.
Chase Correll
March 23, 2021


  • A thought experiment on vertical vs horizontal search engines
  • Increased electronics search efficiency
  • Customized experiences for engineers

Traditional horizontal search engines such as Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, etc. are used by many electronics engineers to search for parts, LTBs, PCNs, and more. By using one of these horizontal search engines, an engineer sacrifices the following:

  • Greater precision due to focused index
  • More efficient searches
  • A more customized experience curated for them

Google et al. referred to as "horizontal" search engines for good reason. They aggregate so much information on so many subjects. They offer a wide scope. Yet when it comes to electronic parts, the search terms don't need to reach far and wide. The search terms require a narrow depth. A well of information to easily descend. A "vertical" search.

Vertical search engines are prominent in that they allow users to view in-depth specifics on defined subjects. Electronics engineers and procurement teams don't need an ocean of information to find a cross for their integrated circuit or capacitor. They need a well-defined area of data relevant to their industry—a comprehensive database reaching full depth on electronic parts and suppliers.

The advantage of a comprehensive database with vertical search allows teams to cut costly work hours, increase efficiency, and reduce the frustration created by combing through countless, pointless data.

Focused Index for Greater Precision

Here's a thought experiment:

Compare and contrast a pool—

And a well—

They both hold water, yes, but a pool is wider and shallower. Meanwhile, a well offers greater depth and is narrower.

Z2Data's Vertical search database is the well.

It's focused—it's precise—and it runs deep. You're not having to navigate across a large surface to find the information you need. It's all right there, in front of you, and you can go as deep as you'd like.

All of this allows you to complete your searches more easily and efficiently, which leads us to our next advantage.

Greater Search Efficiency

Let's continue with the pool and the well:

Fill the well with 1,000 leaves, grab a net, and see how quickly you can scoop them all up. Fill the pool with 1,000 leaves, grab a net, and say goodbye to your weekend.

Z2Data allows you more depth in a smaller space: allowing you to discover more meaningful data in a much faster way.

Think about the hours you've spent fishing for data on a specific part. Now, think about entering the specific part's number into a database and immediately accessing the necessary information on the part, as well as potential drop-ins, lifecycle analyses, compliance documents, and more.

All of the data necessities are in one space. You don't need to track from website to website to find everything you need. Z2Data offers a well of information at your fingertips.

Faster searches in vertical search engines are also enhanced by a third and final advantage.

A Customized Experience for Engineers

Finding everything you need in one place is as curated as it gets. And Z2Data's vertical search engine only enhances this experience by using the following:

  • BOM management
  • Cross-reference tools to find drop-in parts
  • Multiple advanced search options and filters to quickly find essential parts
  • Compare tools to see the differences between two or more similar parts
  • Lifecycle updates warning of current or future product obsolescence

The list goes on...

Through vertical search, you're able to narrow everything down in advance. You can find more essential and precise results in a quicker way.

You're trading the pool for a well.

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