Last week our Google Search Appliance practice team attended the Google Global Partner Summit in San Francisco, CA with over 600 fellow partners worldwide. In addition, more than 200 Google employees were there to present, facilitate, or answer questions and provide their view on the future of Google Enterprise and the technologies they are creating.
Themes that emerged from the conference:
- Google’s focus on innovation is being recognized by the CIO. According to a recent Gartner CIO agenda 2014, leaders Google and Amazon will be among the most influential in enterprise innovation over the next decade and Google is working hard to innovate, internally and externally.
- Google Search Appliance (GSA) 7.2 is rich with features that enable easier content acquisition, improve support for languages, improve usability and enhance reporting functions. Additionally, the new connector framework (version 4.0) will make it easier to deploy, will better leverage GSA functionality and will enhance Perficient’s connector development process.
- Google’s solutions are taking center stage and they are working with the partner community to take their technology and create repeatable, deployable solutions that add immediate value.
Perficient’s deep enterprise content management experience combined with Google’s universal search capabilities provides clients a compelling and comprehensive support for these three themes.
While there were many highlights of the event, the one that made me most proud, was to have Perficient recognized as the Google Enterprise North America Search Deployment Partner of the Year for the second year running. The award recognizes Perficient for its technical understanding of enterprise search and proven track record of deploying the Google Search Appliance (GSA) for customers.
Upon Amy Shavor, Chad Johnson and Jaspal Singh’s return they have admitted to being reinvigorated and full of ideas to help our clients make the most of search!