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How to make sure your user profiles show up in search

In my many years of working with enterprise search, the one thing which companies want solved first is finding people. They might have an employee directory or they might already be using SharePoint user profiles, but there are always tweaks to be made to make it better.

It’s not rocket science from a technical perspective, as the hard part is figuring out which pieces of data about a person should be stored in the SharePoint user profile, where does it come from – the age-old question about master data, and how do you want to use this information in a findability scenario around your employees. Read more…

Mikael Svenson webinar: How to make sure your content is searchable the way you want - with Mikael Svenson

FREE Webinar with Mikael Svenson: How to make sure your content is searchable the way you want

It’s been a challenging few weeks here, with family emergencies as well as project challenges, and getting ready for my upcoming workshop in NYC.

The good news is, the emergency is over, and although I am still in late with some writing tasks, I am also happy to let you know that the next webinar of Search Explained is scheduled. My next guest will be my search guru friend, Mikael Svenson, CTO of Puzzlepart. He has worked in the search field for over 15 years implementing solutions for major international corporations and for several Nordic governmental institutions.
Mikael is an international speaker as well as an Office Server and Services MVP for the past six years. He is a Microsoft P-TSP, and he is also involved in a lot of SharePoint community work in Norway. Mikael has worked with media monitoring software, developed an Enterprise Search Engine, and developed for Office 365 and SharePoint in general. He has authored “SharePoint Search Queries Explained” and “Working with FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint”.

Webinar title: How to make sure your content is searchable the way you want
Date/time: May 24, 2017 5pm CET / 11am EST / 8am PST

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Webinar with Laura Rogers

FREE Webinar with Laura Rogers: PowerApps for Mobile Efficiency

PowerApps is Microsoft’s technology for building no-code forms, not only for SharePoint lists, but across many LOB systems. This session teaches you how to create forms, and how to get around in the design interface, in order to make your job and processes more efficient for workers on the go. PowerApps can also be used as an InfoPath replacement for forms, and Laura draws parallels and comparisons for those moving from InfoPath. In this session geared towards business users, the components of a form are demonstrated, as an app is built and deployed. The management of PowerApps from an admin perspective is also covered.

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The Five C's of Enterprise Search - ebook

New e-book: The Five C’s of Enterprise Search

By definition, Enterprise Search is a business solution that is owned and controlled and controlled by your organization, and connects people to the information they need to get their jobs done.

However, the challenges vary from organization to organization. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for Enterprise Search. Read more…

SharePoint 2016 Office 365 Search in Practice workshop New York City, NY

Workshop: SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search in Practice – New York City, May 2017

The next stop of Search Explained Roadshow 2017 is New York City, NY!

Date: May 15-16, 2017
Venue: Avanade Innovation Center, 155 Avenue of the Americas, 6th floor, New York, NY

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Live webinar with Matthew McDermott: Implementing a Content Search Project – Start to Finish

Live webinar with Matthew McDermott: Implementing a Content Search Project – Start to Finish

You have heard that SharePoint can find anything, but you are not seeing those results. You have important content that you want to find in the SharePoint Search center either in Office 365 or SharePoint on-premises. In this presentation Matthew will demonstrate how to run a search project for a specific kind of content, like Invoices, Templates, Sites, Contracts, Resumes, or whatever it is that you need to find. This session will outline the steps required for a successful search project and then demonstrate how to configure the content, the site, and the search center to deliver actionable results for your end users.
Come spend an hour and discover what you have been missing in SharePoint Search.

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Create a Search Service Status Dashboard

Last year I was introduced to the amazing work of Brian Pendergrass, Russ Maxwell, Brent Groom and Eric Dixon in the form of the SRx Core the SharePoint Search Health Reports. This suite of reports was created to help evaluate, monitor and maintain on-premises SharePoint farms by providing DEEP feedback and analysis of the SharePoint Search Service Application. The core is a set of “tests” that you can run collectively or independently and in detail to determine the overall health of your SharePoint Search Service Application (SSA).

Running the Tests

Running the tests starts with initializing the reports. Run:

. .\InitSRx.ps1

This will build a local cache and do some initialization of the object needed to run the reports.

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Search is more than technology

Search is more than Technology

When talking about search, most people only consider technology: the search engine is a huge black box, which does something invisible, something magic, and expected to provide the relevant results.

However, it is important to understand that search is a complex process – with a great deal of human involvement. Read more…

Personalized Search in Office 365 Delve

Intelligence-powered, personalized search in Office 365

In today’s demanding business climate, it is common for people to get overwhelmed by the ever-growing volume of data and information. In Office 365, Microsoft Graph and intelligent Machine Learning (ML) techniques provide personalized, new-wave insights. These features make it possible not only to search and re-act, but also, do personalized search and pro-actively find and discover content.

Earlier this week, Microsoft has announced several major updates in Office 365’s insight engine:

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Free webinar with Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

Free Webinar with Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

We’re happy to announce Search Explained’s FREE webinar with Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft on February 22, 2017 at 8am PST / 11am EST / 5pm CET Read more…

Agnes Molnar - Search Workshop

Workshop FAQ: Why Two Days?

The most common question I get about my upcoming workshop, SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search in Practice, is why I’ve decided to choose a two-day format.

I know it could be one day. Also, it could be three days, or even up to five.

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SharePoint Online Search Isn’t Displaying What I Expect – Trimmed Duplicates [by Marc Anderson]

Marc AndersonMarc Anderson, Co-Founder and President of Sympraxis Consulting, LLC. provides a good overview of an issue (challenge?) in Office 365 (and SharePoint) search: how to identify and manage duplicates in the result set, especially when you don’t know the reason of your issues is having duplicates. Very good post, with a lot of great details and suggestions. Read more…

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Configuring Advanced Search in SharePoint 2013 and 2016

“Advanced Search” is a great feature, although not utilized in many cases. Out-of-the-box, it provides a default set of available options, which are too general for most businesses. However, it can be enhanced with some easy customizations.

In this post, I’m going to demonstrate one of the most powerful configurations of “Advanced Search” in SharePoint 2013/2016 and Office 365: how to add our custom property filters.

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Holiday Greetings from Agnes & Search Explained Team

Now, that the end of 2016 approaches, it’s time to do a retrospection. While early 2016 was still a kind of slow for me, with having a new baby in the family, I can tell you I’ve achieved more by the end of the year than I expected:

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How to embed SharePoint columns into document templates

Besides the missing document information panel, another common question about document properties is how to embed properties which come from a SharePoint column to a document template. This can easily be solved by using content types and site columns. Follow these steps:

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