Well, another GTEC has finished. We definitely had a great time attending this years government technology conference, and thoroughly enjoyed camping out in a booth there for a few days. We met a lot of really interesting people, from just about every possible business spectrum. All Canadian government departments seemed to be in attendance, and the people we met definitely made these departments shine.
From an enterprise search point of view, we received questions from all over the search space. There were definitely a few re-occurring themes however, such as:
Outside of the above areas of questioning we received, we were a little surprised by a few search related areas that people weren’t talking about. For example, mobile search based applications. These days we are quite used to hearing people talk about mobile platforms and applications, but we did not receive a single question concerning mobile search based applications. Quite interesting, given that this is a hot area right now in the private sector. Due to public demand, Government departments will need to adapt and start considering mobile platforms more seriously, sooner than later. Another area that surprised us, relates to how some government departments spend millions on a new search infrastructure, then tend to forget about it. After the system is live, they’re done. Some groups don’t seem to be concerned with knowing how the people the search system was built for are actually using the system after it has been launched. We are definitely search analytics nerds so we might be biased, but to us the idea of watching how people use your search system, so you know what to do to make it better, is absolutely necessary.
GTEC was a great opportunity for us to introduce our new Government of Canada enterprise search forum. A lot people were interested in the idea of sharing and talking about search. Hopefully this will help all departments implement search faster, repeat success stories, and avoid failure.
That should just about do it for our GTEC recap. We could definitely ramble on for quite a bit longer about the great search discussions we had, but we should probably take a break from talking everyone’s ears/eyes off. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by, and put up with us talking about our “search” passion.
Last, but definitely not least, we’d like to congratulate Michael from CRA on winning a new Norconex branded iPad! We hope you enjoy the device as much as we do Michael. Thanks to all who participated in the draw, and another thanks to Eloise O’Riordan from Curam Software for picking the lucky winner.
See you next year!