Open source continues its march from the fringes into the heart of the enterprise. Debates continue about what’s fueling the advance. There are of course the well-known pillars of lower cost and speedy innovation driven by the sheer number of developers contributing code. But perhaps other reasons are coming to the fore.

With the merger or acquisition of enterprise software vendors being all too common, customers find themselves left to deal with the repercussions of sunsetted products, required upgrades or unexpected rework. Given that the future of open source is not at the mercy of corporate M&A-related decisions, it has emerged as a stalwart solution, standing steadfast with a huge pool of developers to work on the code and provide support, even as other solutions change hands or go away entirely. Some may say open source has become the default, “safe” choice for enterprises.

Or perhaps it’s because open source technologies are becoming the new best of breed. There’s a meritocratic structure to open source innovation. Apache Lucene/Solr provides the perfect example showing how thousands of developers create, improve upon, and then vet code via a cadre of committers before it even gets released. What better way to ensure that only the best and most advanced technologies end up in the enterprise?

Whatever the reasons, open source enterprise search is no exception to the rule. We agree with BeyondSearch that open source is making a big difference in enterprise search and its newest frontier, Big Data. Apache Solr seems primed for takeoff if the slant on Google Trends is any indication.  And the good news is that the job market is on a similar trajectory.

So what does all this mean for you? Whether you’re new to the Lucene/Solr job market or a veteran, Lucene/Solr Revolution will help attendees hone their skills and be the smartest kids on the block, to help take advantage of the continued success of open source. The event will host two packed days of trainings, on April 29 and 30 – the most comprehensive trainings available in one place. Take a look at what’s in store.

Using Solr with Big Data

This two-day training course is designed for Solr developers who want to:

  • Learn how to use key open source tools such as Hadoop, Cascading and Mahout.
  • Process big data using workflows to generate large search indexes.
  • Use Solr 4 as a scalable NoSQL database and analytics engine.

A Hands-On Workshop for Building Killer Search Apps

Having consulted with clients on Lucene and Solr for the better part of a decade, we’ve seen the same mistakes made over and over again: applications built on shaky foundations, stretched to the breaking point. In this two day class, learn from the experts about how to do it right and make sure your apps are rock solid, scalable, and produce relevant results.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Solr

This two day class is designed to turn Solr developers into Solr rock stars. You’ll be learning from the team that has committed more code than anyone else to the Solr project – so if you want to do it right, get the skills here.  Just make sure you come in to the class with a solid understanding of Solr’s features and functionality.