Scalable Search Auto-Complete

For us search integrators, auto-complete is one of our most enjoyable challenges.  But make no mistake, implementing scalable search auto-complete can be a challenge. Search Auto-Complete (aka instant search, find-as-you-type, look-ahead, predictive search, and many other names) is becoming more popular because if done right it can be great for end users, but the performance […]

MarkLogic? A “NoSQL” Database? YES!


The NoSQL movement had been garnering a lot of attention recently. It’s a trend largely facilitated by the changing demands of the transactional web. Today, the web is bidirectional and much more content oriented than it was in years past. The amount of user generated content has increased exponentially and relational databases are not tailored […]

Solr in 5 Minutes at Denver Open Source Users Group


Tomorrow night (Feb 2) I’m excited to participate in the Denver Open Source Users Group’s (DOSUG) first “Lightning Talk” night where I will be presenting an overview of Solr, a leading open-source enterprise search engine. The event is an O’Reilly Ignite style event.  There will be 14+ short 5-minute presentations on various topics. If you’re in […]

Social Media is a means not a strategy!


Clients regularly ask me what they should be doing with relation to public social networks like Twitter and Facebook. This is usually a frantic behind the eight ball type discussion generated by social media hype evoking a sense of urgency and haste. I generally respond with a question- what is your marketing and brand strategy as […]