SLI Systems

SLI Systems is a privately owned company that sells on-demand site search software to large e-commerce websites. The acronym part of the company name stands for Search, Learn and Improve, which refers to the way the software learns from the users' search behavior, and the way the user experience is continuously improved.

SLI has offices in San Jose, California, Christchurch, New Zealand, and London, United Kingdom. The company has over 400 clients internationally, including, Hot Topic, FTD, 7 for all Mankind, ULTA, Folica, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Harry & David, Jelly Belly, and Qantas.

SLI's main product, Learning Search, is not based on algorithms as are many search technologies; instead it uses the behavior of its users to determine the search results. The company also sells a user-generated search engine optimization (SEO) product called Site Champion, and a site navigation product called Learning Navigation. In 2007 the company updated its site search technology to increase the number of pages it can index from 1.5 million to around 5 million.

The brothers Shaun and Grant Ryan started up SLI Systems with technology originally developed at GlobalBrain, a company 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 was recognized as a "fast growing company," by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and was a finalist in the New Zealand Export Awards 2007.

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