Posts Tagged ‘Google for Work’

Perficient Adds 6 New Google Apps Deployment Specialists

  Cloud-based productivity solutions are becoming more and more prevalent in the enterprise. Perficient’s consultants are keeping pace by adding new skills and certifications in this area to better assist our clients. This month six Perficient technical architects achieved their Google Apps Deployment Services Specialist certification, empowering them to work with our clients as they transition critical business […]

Google Search Appliance Sunsetting: Week One Reactions

It has been exactly one week since Google announced that it would be sunsetting the Google Search Appliance over the next three years. And what a week it has been. I have had the opportunity to speak with media representatives at Fortune and CIODive, I have spoken with several current and prospective customers of the Google Search […]

Google Search Appliance Change Brings Opportunity

Google is a visionary and a cloud-first organization. In an announcement today, Google has decided to sunset the hardware-based Google Search Appliance (GSA) and focus their engineering efforts on cloud-based solutions. The GSA will remain supported for the next three years, giving you plenty of time to evaluate the future of your enterprise search investment and continue to […]

Meet a Google Search Appliance Architect: Chris Cook

Chris Cook joined our Google practice as a Solution Architect in 2013, arriving with over 25 years of IT experience, including technology deployments, network and security systems, and enterprise search solutions.  Chris has architected and deployed some of our largest and most complex Google Search Appliance implementations, including an aggressive project that indexed a multi-million document SharePoint repository and […]

What’s New in Search Solutions – People Search 2.0

For many years, People Search with the Google Search Appliance was essentially a glorified phonebook lookup.  Our customers could search for colleagues by name or title, and retrieve basic information like phone numbers or addresses.  Even the advent of ‘Expert Search’ did not tangibly change the situation — it just made the phonebook-style lookup easier […]

How Big is 1.5 Billion?

Sadly, I did not win the Powerball Lottery (I admit it is hard to win when you don’t play) so I am still here writing blog posts. Oh well, I kind of like my job. The frenzy did get me thinking about how big is a billion. A little back of the napkin math suggests […]

Meet a Google Search Appliance Architect: Alok Gupta

Alok Gupta joined our Google practice in 2013 and has quickly become one of our go-to Technical Architects for complex implementations and custom connector development. Alok has worked with a wide variety of clients, including high-tech support organizations, major airlines, and retail food giants. It was a pleasure to talk to him about his experiences […]

Meet a Google Search Appliance Architect: Shruti Sundaresh

In 2009, our Google Search Appliance practice was a practice of one – me.  By the end of the year, Shruti Sundaresh had joined me as a co-developer on our first large project.  Her programming skills and experience with web content management systems and data migrations were invaluable.  Shruti has recently started to transform our GSA practice […]

What is the Timeline for a Typical GSA Implementation?

I’ll get this out of the way quickly — there is no such thing as a typical GSA implementation. With that said, I have been involved in scoping and delivering around 250 GSA implementations, and some averages and trends have emerged.  Most projects involve the same five core phases: Design and Requirements, Hardware and Security, Content […]

How to Script GSA Configuration Changes

Google includes a comprehensive, HTML-based Admin Console for making changes to the Google Search Appliance configuration.  Adding KeyMatches, changing crawl URL patterns, exporting reports, etc.  This works very well during development and for making minor changes thereafter.  But in a large, complex deployment, it is often desirable to script changes or write code to do them automatically. […]

Nobody Ever Got Fired For Implementing Google Search Appliance

  You’ve heard that saying before, right? Okay, it’s slightly different than the original one, which refers to IBM (one of our partners, too). But it’s true: to our knowledge, no client has ever regretted their implementation of the Google Search Appliance (GSA) solution. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. We consistently hear positive feedback […]

Google Search for Work 101: Guide to Security

Well, I am probably going to kick myself for trying to do this, but I have finally decided to write an overview of Google Search Appliance security.  I realize this is a bit like trying to write an article on how the Internet works – the topic is broad, it has been covered by many people […]

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