Ratings and Reviews Platform for Capital Equipment
Konsiderate is an online platform that provides ratings and reviews on capital business purchases for multiple industries. Think Yelp for industry-specific products and services.
“It took me 45 minutes to drop in the Orchestrate node.js library and start making search queries.”
Add full-text search to a new eCommerce site, fast.
As a ratings and review site, the discoverability of merchandise is one of its most critical functions. During early architecture planning, Konsiderate founder and CTO Matt McLaughlin focused on the best way to integrate search into the site... but having done this kind of thing in the past, he was apprehensive about how long and involved that process would be: “I knew I was in for several days of frustration and hair pulling, but we needed a fast, comprehensive search solution.”
Matt kept putting the project off and researched solutions as he worked on other aspects of the site, until a friend recommended Orchestrate. “A database-as-a-service with a key value store, and integrated search?! My initial reaction was...wouldn’t this create an overhead of HTTP requests when reaching out to my database? It sounded clumsy - but this was the farthest from the truth. After I signed up for a beta account and checked out the site, I began to realize the awesome potential of the service.”
A Powerful Full-Text Search Solution that
Took Less Than an Hour to Implement
“You use a REST API to access their service, but this isn’t so much different than the Elasticsearch solutions I was already considering. Except once I integrated Orchestrate, I had a gateway open to all of their other services – and the search is very snappy. It took me 45 minutes to drop in the Orchestrate node.js library and start making queries.
More Time to Focus on User Experience
and Product Development
“The only configuration you need to do is create an app and bucket on the Orchestrate dashboard, populate it with documents, and boom – search is done! I didn’t have to deal with installing and configuring software, I don’t have to worry about standing up different environments (just set up different apps/buckets!) and I haven’t had to mess with it since. You can even use Lucene search syntax to make some powerful queries. Using Orchestrate really lets me focus on my product without having to worry about my technology.”
Since integrating, they’ve continued to add new features and enhance existing ones. “Having gotten our search solution done in record time, I’m always on the lookout for other uses; auditing, de-normalized document storage, anything that lets me offload the burden of managing yet another service or piece of hardware.”