Last week it was announced that EPiServer has acquired 200OK AB. As one of the founders, but also as a developer often working with EPiServer products, I think this is great!
While providing a great search and content retrieval solution for EPiServer products wasn’t our only goal it certainly was an important one. For me personally, having previously worked on Page Type Builder, it seemed like a logical next step to offer a strongly typed way to build querying and search functionality for EPiServer CMS. Having built such a solution we of course wanted to bring the Truffler goodness to every single EPiServer site out there. And what could be a better way of doing that than making it an EPiServer product? :)
I also believe that this is great for our existing customers. While we’ve certainly enjoyed building the product at a rapid pace EPiServer will bring stability and credibility. EPiServer will also be able to offer more in terms of service level agreements than we could being a small company hosting on Amazon.
As for EPiServer I think it’s great that they will now be able to offer a modern search and content retrieval solution for its product that reaches beyond the crawler based search engines that have been dominating the market thus far. I strongly believe that this will enable both EPiServer and partner developers to build some truly great things. For developers, for editors and for end users.
One question that I’ve gotten a lot since the announcement is whether we, the founders of 200OK will continue to work with the product, and whether I’ll now work for EPiServer. The other two founders, Henrik and Marcus, will be working for EPiServer. As for me, I won’t be employed by EPiServer.
While I’d certainly enjoy working with the many very smart people at EPiServer I recently started running my own consulting company working as a freelancer, and that’s an exciting journey that I’d like to continue on for a while. With that said I’ll continue working on Truffler for a while, ensuring a smooth transition for it into the EPiServer product family. And given my history in the EPiServer eco system I think you’ll believe me when I say that I’ll continue to be involved in one way or another :)
- Introducing Truffler – Advanced search made easy
- Meet Truffler – Upcoming Presentations
- Truffler update – dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s
- EPiServer Find Training
- Highlighting should be easy too
- New in EPiServer Find – Unified Search
- Find greatness with EPiServer Find
- Building a search page for an EPiServer site using Truffler - Part 2