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What’s Next After the
Google Search Appliance?
February 2018
2
About Perficient
Perficient is the leading digital
transformation consulting firm serving
Global 2000 and enterprise cus...
3
Perficient Profile
• Founded in 1997
• Public, NASDAQ: PRFT
• 2017 revenue ~$500 million
• Major market locations:
Allen...
4
Speaker Introduction
ERIC IMMERMANN
Director, Search
Perficient
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Agenda
What’s Going on with the GSA?
Considerations for Replacing the GSA
Options for Replacing GSA
Overview and Demonst...
6
What’s going on with GSS
and the GSA?
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What’s Going on with GSS and the GSA?
• Customers can only extend support through 12/31/18
• After support is done, cust...
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Considerations for
Replacing the GSA
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Considerations for Replacing the GSA
• What role does search play in your
organization?
• Should the use of search be ex...
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Considerations for Replacing the GSA
Budget
Environment &
Implementation
• What are your budgets for licensing and
impl...
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Options for
Replacing the GSA
12
Search Engines
Build-it-Yourself Search
Free, Open Source search engines that provide first-class search and indexing
f...
13
Environment Ideal Use Case
Straight forward, quick-to-implement, public website search-as-a-service
Integrating traditi...
14
Perficient Nero
A low cost, quick-to-implement solution
to rip-and-replace the GSA
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What is Nero?
Crawls and indexes
websites and file
systems out of the box.
Installation is easy and
typical customers a...
16
Why Nero?
Easy-to-Use, Scalable, Cost-effective, Powerful Search
Crawls a very wide
variety of sources to
ingest data f...
17
Nero Open Source Roots
Brings Together the Best and Latest in Open Source and Proprietary Tech
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Demonstration
Questions
Type your question into the chat box
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Next up:
Elastic{ON} 2018
Event Sponsor & Speaker
February 27 - March 1, 2018
Keep Up with Perficient
• Perficient.com/...
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What's Next After the Google Search Appliance?

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Google plans to sunset the Google Search Appliance (GSA) at the end of 2018, leaving organizations that depend on the GSA for enterprise search and for search functionality on their public-facing websites to find a new solution.

Combined with the increasing demand for cloud-based deployment models, this presents a unique challenge for those looking to replace GSA with like-for-like search functionality deployed in the cloud.

If you’re unsure about the future, our informative discussion covered life after GSA, including:

-Strategies for transitioning search solutions
-Best practices for search platform replacement
- Key components necessary for a successful cloud, hybrid, or on-premises solution
-Demonstration of Perficient's cloud-ready, search solution built combining Elasticsearch and the GSA framework

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What's Next After the Google Search Appliance?

  1. 1. What’s Next After the Google Search Appliance? February 2018
  2. 2. 2 About Perficient Perficient is the leading digital transformation consulting firm serving Global 2000 and enterprise customers throughout North America. With unparalleled information technology, management consulting, and creative capabilities, Perficient and its Perficient Digital agency deliver vision, execution, and value with outstanding digital experience, business optimization, and industry solutions.
  3. 3. 3 Perficient Profile • Founded in 1997 • Public, NASDAQ: PRFT • 2017 revenue ~$500 million • Major market locations: Allentown, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, Boston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fairfax, Houston, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York City, Northern California, Oxford (UK), Southern California, St. Louis, Toronto • Global delivery centers in China and India • Nearly 3,000 colleagues • ~95% repeat business rate • Alliance partnerships with major technology vendors • Multiple vendor/industry technology and growth awards
  4. 4. 4 Speaker Introduction ERIC IMMERMANN Director, Search Perficient
  5. 5. 5 Agenda What’s Going on with the GSA? Considerations for Replacing the GSA Options for Replacing GSA Overview and Demonstration of Perficient Nero 01 02 03 04
  6. 6. 6 What’s going on with GSS and the GSA?
  7. 7. 7 What’s Going on with GSS and the GSA? • Customers can only extend support through 12/31/18 • After support is done, customers get a 30-day grace period, then GSA devices turn off like lightbulbs. Google Search Appliance • Customers can only extend support through 3/31/18 • After support is done, GSS falls back to Google Custom Search • Google Custom Search is effectively public Google search embedded into a website • Clients have no control over what results are shown Google Site Search It’s generally not possible to extend support of these platforms
  8. 8. 8 Considerations for Replacing the GSA
  9. 9. 9 Considerations for Replacing the GSA • What role does search play in your organization? • Should the use of search be expanded or is this a ‘rip and replace’? • Can new technologies such as contextual search, natural language search, or machine learning provide value? Strategic Direction Timeline • Can you realistically migrate to your desired scenario by the end of 2018? • Should you consider an interim search solution? • Do you have resources and implementation partners lined up to make it happen?
  10. 10. 10 Considerations for Replacing the GSA Budget Environment & Implementation • What are your budgets for licensing and implementation of your replacement solutions? • Do your budgets match with your plans? • Are you looking for cloud or on-premises search? • What is your comfort level with building out your own solution? • What is your comfort level for supporting and tuning your search solution long term?
  11. 11. 11 Options for Replacing the GSA
  12. 12. 12 Search Engines Build-it-Yourself Search Free, Open Source search engines that provide first-class search and indexing functionality, but no standard index structures, connectors, or user interfaces Capable of being excellent search solutions, but require large implementation efforts.
  13. 13. 13 Environment Ideal Use Case Straight forward, quick-to-implement, public website search-as-a-service Integrating traditional secure and anonymous search into websites and portals Organizations with existing Solr investments Integrating natural language and cognitive search into websites, portals, and bots Advanced content analytics Integrating machine learning- and usage analytics-enhanced search into websites, portals and bots GA July 2018 Integrating machine learning-enhanced search and information into internal portals and secured environments Search Platforms
  14. 14. 14 Perficient Nero A low cost, quick-to-implement solution to rip-and-replace the GSA
  15. 15. 15 What is Nero? Crawls and indexes websites and file systems out of the box. Installation is easy and typical customers are up and running in 30 days or less. Quick Setup Relevant Results Modern Display API Access Tunes results for relevance based on usage and provides intuitive configuration tools for easy biasing, synonyms, and custom stemming. Includes everything users have come to expect when it comes to search, resulting in a seamless user experience with robust performance. Enables a quick transition off GSA with direct API access available through JSON, GSA-compliant XML results, and Elasticsearch REST. Fast, Simple, Website Search
  16. 16. 16 Why Nero? Easy-to-Use, Scalable, Cost-effective, Powerful Search Crawls a very wide variety of sources to ingest data from everywhere. Built-in APIs enable easy customization and expansion. Flexible Open Source Scalable Enterprise Grade Leverages open source technology including the popular Elasticsearch engine in order to deliver advanced features at a competitive price point. Built with scalability in mind, Nero allows a virtually unlimited number of indexed documents and content sources without compromising on performance. Cloud-ready and compatible with leading cloud platforms like Google Cloud, AWS, and Azure. Can be deployed on premises or in a hybrid-cloud model.
  17. 17. 17 Nero Open Source Roots Brings Together the Best and Latest in Open Source and Proprietary Tech
  18. 18. 18 Demonstration
  19. 19. Questions Type your question into the chat box
  20. 20. 20 Next up: Elastic{ON} 2018 Event Sponsor & Speaker February 27 - March 1, 2018 Keep Up with Perficient • Perficient.com/SocialMedia • Facebook.com/Perficient • Twitter.com/Perficient • Blogs.perficient.com/DataAnalytics
  21. 21. Thank You

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