Don’t Hesitate: You Need a GSA Replacement Plan Now

Do you have your GSA replacement lined up? The gold standard of enterprise search, Google Search Appliance, is reaching end of life in 2019. Now is the time to start thinking about your next solution so you can make a seamless transition.

In February 2016, Google announced to all of us that the Google Search Appliance (GSA) would reach end of life in 2019. In March 2019 or sooner depending on when your GSA license expires, your GSA will no longer crawl new content. And, it will cease to serve up results.

You need to take action now. While you’ll have to do some prep work and planning and then make a change, there is good reason to be excited; 2018 marks a turning point in enterprise search.

As Google launches its new cloud search platform in lieu of GSA, you face a big decision: move to Google Cloud Search or migrate from the Google Search Appliance to another enterprise search solution outside of the Google realm.

Determining which path you’ll take comes down to understanding what you need from search, how you want search to work for your organization and whether you are ready to move to the cloud.

Here are three key things to keep in mind as you transition your search journey away from GSA.

You Can Elevate Your Search to the Cloud.

If you’re ready to move to the cloud, great. You already know where the next stage on your enterprise search journey will take you.

All you need to do is connect with an experienced partner like our team here at Onix. We can help you determine what you need for a successful migration from one of these industry leaders: Coveo, Lucidworks or Google Cloud Search.

Then, we’ll help you develop and deploy a search implementation plan.

But, if the idea of moving your search index to the cloud strikes fear in your heart, relax.

Cloud-Based Search Isn’t Your Only Option

Numerous search providers, including our partners Mindbreeze, Lucidworks and Coveo continue to offer different enterprise search solutions, including on-premise or cloud-based alternatives.

We know this because we’ve done the homework for you. We’ve conducted customer research, evaluated multiple search solutions and performed in-depth product testing.

We want our clients and soon-to-be clients to move seamlessly through this transition in their enterprise search journeys.

Your Search Solution Shouldn’t Be One-Size-Fits All

When we help our clients develop a search solution for the first time, we have an open dialogue about how we can make search work for them. But this discussion isn’t limited to first-time clients. It's also an important step for those of you seeking a GSA replacement.

If you called us today, and said, “Help! My company uses the Google Search Appliance, and I don’t know what our next step will be,” we wouldn’t immediately offer you an out-of-the-box solution. When it comes to search, one doesn’t exist.

Instead, we’ll use our unique, no-cost, independent consulting methodology to walk you through a search assessment. We'll identify your needs and then develop a transition plan and a budget based on your organization’s search needs.

And, throughout this process, from assessment to search solution deployment and beyond, we’ll answer all of your questions along the way.

The Right GSA Replacement for You is Out There

The next-generation enterprise search offerings will provide the same level of simplicity and functionality you and your organization enjoyed with your Google Search Appliance, with one key enhancement — machine learning.

Our search technology partners now use machine learning to enhance the ability to understand your users’ search intentions through technology. This includes natural language query understanding to automatically improve the relevance of results — and help users get answers to their questions.

Whether you decide to take your search to the cloud or remain on-premise with a new solution, we want to make sure your new solution helps your organization return to “business as usual” as seamlessly and as cost-effectively as possible.

Change isn’t easy, but in the long run, it will be good. In fact, we can guarantee that when you get to the other side, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Looking for more information to start your post-GSA journey? Browse our new eBook.

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Bryan McKay, Practice Lead - Enterprise Search in the Cloud PS Practice

Bryan McKay, Practice Lead - Enterprise Search in the Cloud PS Practice

Bryan leads Onix’s Enterprise Search practice, helping customers find what they are looking for faster. He implements enterprise search technology to help customers grow their business, leverage information in systems and silos across the organization, tap into the network of expertise in the organization to improve collaboration and innovation, and deliver an enhanced customer experience.

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