This month, the Fishbowl team presented two webinars on integrating a Google Search Appliance with a WebCenter or Liferay Portal. Our new product, the GSA Portal Search Suite, makes integration simple and also allows for customization to create a seamless, secure search experience. It brings a powerful, Google-like search experience directly to your portal.
The first webinar, “The Benefits of Google Search for your Oracle WebCenter or Liferay Portal”, focused on the Google Search Appliance and the positive experiences users have had with incorporating Google search in the enterprise.
The second webinar, “Integrating the Google Search Appliance with a WebCenter or Liferay Portal”, dove deeper into how the GSA Portal Search Suite and how it improves the integration process.
The following is a list of questions and answers from the webinar series. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to the Fishbowl team!
Q. What version of SharePoint does this product work with?
A. This product is not designed to work with SharePoint. Google has a SharePoint connector that indexes content from SharePoint and pulls it into the GSA, and then the GSA Portal Search Suite would allow any of that content to be served up in your portal.
Fishbowl also has a product called SharePoint Connector that connects SharePoint with Oracle WebCenter Content.
Q. Is Fishbowl a reseller of the GSA? Where can I get a GSA?
A. Yes, we sell the GSA, as well as add-on products and consulting services for the GSA.
Q. What is the difficulty level of customizing the XSLT front end? How long would it take to roll out?
A. This will depend on what you’re trying to customize. If it’s just colors, headers, etc., you could do it pretty quickly because the difficulty level is fairly low. If you’re looking at doing a full-scale customization and entirely changing the look and feel, that could take a lot longer – I would say upwards of a month. The real challenge is that there isn’t a lot of documentation from Google on how to do it, so you would have to do a lot of experimentation.
One of the reasons we created this product is because most customers haven’t been able to fully customize their GSA with a portal, partly because Google didn’t design it to be customizable in this way.
Q. What versions of Liferay does this product support?
A. It supports version 6.2. If you have another version you’d like to integrate with, you can follow up with our team and we can discuss the possibility of working with other versions.
Q. Do you have a connector for IBM WCM?
A. Fishbowl does not have a connector, but Google has a number of connectors that can integrate with many different types of software.
Q. Are you talking about WebCenter Portal or WCM?
A. This connector is designed for WebCenter Portal. If you’re talking about WCM as in SiteStudio or WebCenter Content, we have done a number of projects with those programs. This particular product wouldn’t apply to those situations, but we have other connectors that would work with programs such as WebCenter Content.
Q. Where is the portlet deployed? Is it on the same managed node?
A. The portlets are deployed on the portlet server in WebCenter Portal.
Q. Where can we get the documentation for this product?
A. While the documentation is not publically available, we do have a product page that includes a lot of information on the Portal Search Suite. Contact your Fishbowl representative if you’d like to learn more about it.
Q. What are the server requirements?
A. WebCenter Portal 11g or Liferay 6.2 and Google Search Appliance 7.2.
Q. Does this product include the connector for indexing content?
A. No, this product does not include a connector. We do have a product called GSA Connector for WebCenter that indexes content and then allows you to integrate that content with a portal. Depending on how your portal is configured, you could also crawl the portal just like you would in a regular website. However, this product focuses exclusively on serving and not on indexing.
Q. How many portals will a GSA support? I have several WebCenter Content domains on the same server.
A. The GSA is licensed according to number of content items, not number of sources. You purchase a license for a certain number of content items and then it doesn’t matter how many domains the content is coming from.