Ixxus Consultant Dan Tuffery Takes Home the Gold in Alfresco Dashlet Challenge 2012

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Ixxus consultant Dan Tuffery has just been announced as the winner of Alfresco’s 2012 Dashlet Challenge; an annual contest pitting “dashletes” against each other to prove their technical know-how.

Ixxus consultant Dan Tuffery has just been announced as the winner of Alfresco’s 2012 Dashlet Challenge; an annual contest pitting “dashletes” against each other to prove their technical know-how.

Dan’s winning entry was a Search Terms dashlet (http://addons.alfresco.com/addons/search-terms-dashlet) which can be used to show search terms which have been executed in Alfresco, along with a number of filters which give users improved control over which search terms are displayed. Search terms are represented in a tag cloud, and are weighted by how many times a search has been executed.

"The Search Terms dashlet makes great use of the Solr search engine which is new in Alfresco 4,” said Jeff Potts, Chief Community Officer at Alfresco, “It gives valuable insight to anyone running an Alfresco Share-based sites because it allows them to see what people are searching for, including what people searching for and not finding. These kind of insights make it easier for knowledge managers to tweak and tune their Share sites which makes everyone more productive."

Ixxus has a strong pedigree in the world of enterprise search, and is the only UK authorised SI partner for LucidWorks, the first commercial entity exclusively dedicated to Lucene/Solr. With client demand growing for incorporation of additional search functionality in Alfresco implementations, the company is investing time and resources in creating trail-blazing search solutions.

In his role at Ixxus, Dan has carried out a number of Lucene/Solr projects this year, including developing a powerful faceted search feature which improves discoverability in Alfresco 4 by allowing users to apply multiple filters to search results. Those attending Alfresco DevCon on 5-7th November in Berlin will have the opportunity to see Dan speak about his search experience and expertise, in his talk on Implementing Faceted Search Using Share and Solr (http://devcon.alfresco.com/berlin/sessions/implementing-faceted-search-using-share-solr).

The Dashlet Challenge is an annual competition run by Enterprise Content Management experts Alfresco, which this year ran from August-September. With its strong open source community and user base, the Alfresco Add-Ons store contains over 175 extensions and plug-ins for the Alfresco platform, all of which are freely contributed by the community, and freely available for download.

About Ixxus
With headquarters in London and offices in New York and Romania, Ixxus is an experienced global consultancy and systems integration organisation. The company specialises in the design, development and operational support of enterprise content management and search solutions, with a modern and innovative approach to project delivery.
Ixxus is an Alfresco platinum partner with unrivalled implementation experience. The company has worked across all industry sectors; including publishing, finance, higher education, government, legal and manufacturing. Customers include Yell.com, Virgin Money, Amnesty International, Clifford Chance and 118.com.

About Alfresco
Alfresco is the open platform for social content management. With nearly 2,000 customers in 55 countries, Alfresco is the world’s most trusted open platform for highly scalable, enterprise-class content management. Boasting over 250 partners, a vibrant open source community, and customers including Home Depot, Michelin and the New York Philharmonic, the Alfresco ecosystem is driving innovation across the globe. Headquartered in London, with US headquarters in Atlanta, Alfresco was founded in 2005 by a team of content management pioneers including CTO, John Newton, and CEO, John Powell. For more information, visit http://www.alfresco.com/

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