SLI Systems is an internet company specializing in site search for large content based e-commerce websites. Their solutions learn from the users search behavior. The acronym part of their name stands for Search, Learn and Improve. SLI was founded in 2001 by both New Zealanders and Americans.
SLI’s main product, Learning Search, is not based on algorithms as many search technologies are, but is determined by learning from visitors’ behavior to return the most relevant and popular search results. Other products offered by SLI include a user-generated search engine optimization (SEO) called Site Champion, and site navigation product called Learning Navigation.
With offices in
Christchurch, New Zealand; Silicon Valley, California; San Francisco, California; and London, United Kingdom;Boswell, Wendy [http://websearch.about.com/od/bookandproductreviews/a/slisystems.htm An Interview with SLI Systems] "About.com" November 30, 2006.] SLI Systems has over 25 employees, with the majority based in their Christchurch office. They have over 300 clients internationally, ranging from retail stores to government websites. Some of their clients include Tupperware, Hot Topic, American Bridal, Vermont Teddy Bear Companyand Qantas. Other clients include New Zealand electronics store, Dick Smith Electronicsand the Christchurch City Councilwebsite [ [http://www.sli-systems.com/customers.shtml SLI Systems's customers] ] . In 2006 their revenue was $4 million, which Shaun Ryan expects will be doubled by the end of 2007 to $8 million.Mccrone, John: [http://stuff.co.nz/3930524a28.html Search engine success in Christchurch] " The Press" January 16 2007.]
SLI Systems is a privately owned company. Some of the stakeholders include the
chief executive officer, Doctor Shaun Ryan; his brother Doctor Grant Ryan as the co-founder and chairman; and Steven Marder who is a stakeholder and co-founder of SLI Systems. [http://www.sli-systems.com/board_of_directors.php SLI Systems Board of Directors] "SLI Systems"] Dr Grant Ryan is also the co-founder and chief scientist for Eurekster, another form of search engine. Marder is the CEO and co-founder of Eurekster. [http://eurekster.com/about/management Eurekster management] " Eurekster"]
The brothers started up SLI Systems with technology originally developed at GlobalBrain. GlobalBrain was started in 1998. It was later acquired by the internet arm of US media company, NBC, called NBCi in April, 2000 for US$32 million. However, months later, all their millions "disappeared" with the dot-com crash, Shaun Ryan said.
SLI Systems launched an updated version of their site search technology called Learning Search. This launch saw their technology able to index around five million pages, up from the previous limit of one and a half million.Law, Tina [http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/thepress/4247964a6430.html SLI Systems boosts internet search power] "The Press". Published on October 24, 2007; and accessed on November 15, 2007.]
In an interview with DM News, Shaun Ryan said: "Normally, U.S. customers don’t notice that our technical stuff is done in New Zealand." "We normally don't tell them."Mickey Alam Khan: [http://www.dmnews.com/cms/dm-news/shows-assns/34987.html New Zealand No Disadvantage for SLI Systems] "DM News" December 6, 2005.]
SLI Systems was recognized as a "fast growing company," by
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsurecently. [http://www.sli-systems.com/about.shtml SLI Systems About Us] "SLI Systems"] They were also a finalist in the New Zealand Export Awards2007, among four other Christchurch-based companies recognised at the awards.Law, Tina: [http://www.stuff.co.nz/4274623a13.html Tait's service to the export sector hailed] "The Press". Published and accessed November 16, 2007.]
* [http://www.sli-systems.com SLI Systems]
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