Continuing our series of interviews with the team at Perficient, today I invite George Chang, Solutions Architect, to explain the critical role site search plays in his projects and why he recommends Coveo for Sitecore.
Marie-Michele: George, what role does intelligent site search play in the projects you work on?
George: Site search has become an integral part of every project we do. Regardless if it’s an intranet, an extranet, or a public site, every solution is inherently a collection of content that is published to consumers and search is the best way to locate that content. The search discussion is a larger discussion at its core – by using search as the catalyst, we can create an entryway for discussions about content structure, information architecture, and metadata. This results in a more educated content author that can create more relevant and more contextual content that can then be easily returned by search to the target audience.
Marie-Michele: How does Perficient take advantage of Coveo?
George: We have taken advantage of the Coveo for Sitecore Free Edition quite a bit since its release to provide enterprise-grade search for Sitecore to our customers without extra costs. Additionally, customers are excited to have this foundational building block to expand their intelligent search capabilities in the future, by purchasing an enterprise license and seamlessly index the rest of their content into the same index.
As I mentioned, in my recent post, we’ve been very impressed with the Coveo product as it brings enterprise-grade search capabilities to Sitecore as well as provide a bevy of connectors to other platforms. With Coveo Machine-Learning, the new Pro Cloud edition opens up even more possibilities for customers and developers alike. Due to the advantages of Coveo and the availability of the Free and Pro Cloud Editions, we strive to lead with Coveo as our preferred search platform for our customers.
Marie-Michele: Why would you recommend Coveo over Solr to your customers?
Marie-Michele: Would you highlight any specific customer examples?
Thanks to George for sharing his experiences. For more insights from the Perficient team, read our prior interviews about using site search to drive contextual experiences and implementation best practices.
Coveo for Sitecore is the first and only cloud-based, self-learning site search app for Sitecore that automatically learns from visitor behavior, tunes relevance and recommends relevant content. Learn more about the available editions and try Coveo for free at www.coveo.com/sitecore.