The way in which the installation and implementation of the search application is conducted will be very specific to a particular company. The milestones for an open source project will also be somewhat different to those for a commercial application. In this chapter, a distinction is made between installation and implementation. Installation covers the provisioning and testing of servers and networks, loading all the modules of the search application, checking that user authentication is being managed correctly, and undertaking user acceptance tests (UAT) that confirm that the base performance criteria are being achieved on a test collection.
Implementation is the process of extending the application to work on live servers and content, and moving the acceptance testing to the search support team and a small group of testers. Overall this could take at least a month to achieve and may require additional time for more complex federated search implementations.
The basic principles of search implementation are the same for a commercial or an open source search application, though the approach to project management may be a little different. The term vendor in this chapter applies to any external supplier of search software and development services. Some specific issues around the development of the open source search application itself are covered in Chapter 8.
Installing and implementing an enterprise search application ...