Interview: Reflecting on 10 years of MC+A

Michael Cizmar (@michaelcizmar) started MC+A ten years ago — before Big Data was used in daily conversation, and  before knowledge management became part of the business lexicon.  We sat down with him to reflect on the past 10 years. Why did you start MC+A? “ I wanted to “flatten” the company structure so that the organizational distance between employee and …

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Bringing Better Search Experience to Chicago Suntimes

When the Sun-Times Media Group wanted to improve the search functionality on suntimes.com, they turned to locally renowned search experts MC+A for help. MC+A, a Google Enterprise Partner, accepted the challenge and developed a search platform roadmap for the project. CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) JUNE 24, 2014 When the Sun-Times Media Group wanted to improve the search functionality on suntimes.com, they …

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When it comes to search, it can never be fast enough

SRCH2 in-memory database search provides compelling speed advantages when compared to Solr. SRCH2 recently announced the results of some in-house benchmark testing, and they are impressive.  In comparing their in-memory search (SRCH2 4.3.2) solution to SOLR (Apache Solr 4.8.0), the results pointed to SRCH2 performance throughput increase.  The details of the report can be found here on their website. Highlights …

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MS Walk 2010 Chicago

People living with MS overcome challenges everyday to do things we all take for granted, walking, going to the store, and on. It is important to us at MC+A to support the mission of the National MS Society through fundraising and raising awareness, supporting research for a cure.

MC+A 5 years old, a time for reflection

It’s been 5 years since the current MC+A organization was formed (When we relocated from San Francisco to Chicago, we reorganized).  In that time many changes have begun to surface.  We’ve seen the explosion of Microsoft SharePoint into the once Java dominated portal market.  We’ve seen the Google Search Appliance become the defacto intranet search tool and we are now seeing the extension of portals into commercial SaaS platforms (i.e. mash-up and web 2.0).

Justifying an Enterprise Search Purchase

Why is finding what you need so difficult? I have been thinking about why always seem to be the case. Large enterprise rarely just pop up overnight, actually often growing organically, adding functionality and hardware as demands increase.

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