How to get to the classic search UI from a modern page in Office 365?

As a follow-up to my recent post (Modern vs. classic search experiences in Office 365) I’ve got this questions from several people, both as a comment on the blog and social media, and also by e-mail. So here is a quick step-by-step. Read more…

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Create and Configure Search Centers and Search Pages

When working with Search, I often get the question how to set up the Search Center, and how to configure and customize its Search Pages. In this blog post, I am summarizing the basic configuration steps to follow.

Please note, these steps can be applied in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016 on-premises as well as in Office 365 / SharePoint Online.

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Fredric Landqvist webinar

Webinar with Fredric Landqvist: How to create sustainable organising principles to the emerging digital workplace

Most enterprises, companies and organisations struggle with getting a sustainable practice to all information both in-side and outside the corporate walls. The obvious answer, is search, but reality check states that regardless of engine, SISO (shit in, shit out) prevails. Today we see hybrid solutions of software as service, and on-premise legacy content corpuses used in any business.

The talk will cover emerging new content practices (internal or external) where adding some sense making will improve the utility of search. Read more…

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Modern vs. classic search experiences in Office 365 – Are you confused?

If you use Office 365, you must also know the feeling of confusion when it comes to the various Search experiences. We still have the “classic” search center, but also more and more “modern” experiences. We have different user interfaces. Different ways of getting content suggestions and people recommendations.

Sounds exciting, but in practice, it can be very confusing.

When to use which one?

How to explain to the end users? Read more…

Upcoming Events

SharePoint Search is alive and well, as the market changes – by Jeff Fried, CTO of BA Insight

See the first part of this series here: Is SharePoint Search Dead?

 

Despite all these signals, there has continued to be a quite healthy investment from Microsoft in search, and SharePoint search is a remarkably capable and very affordable product.    The search market was commoditized for quite some time, due largely to Microsoft and Google.

The market is changing, though.    And there are a lot of positive signs for Microsoft in Enterprise Search. Read more…

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It’s time again to ask you what content you need the most. Please help me to set up the right priorities and make my upcoming content as helpful as possible by answering the questions below. It takes no more than five minutes.
With this small survey, my primary goal is to be able address your challenges as much as possible and maximize the benefits you can get from my upcoming workshops, articles and blog posts.

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Is SharePoint Search Dead? “- by Jeff Fried, CTO of BA Insight

I’m asked regularly whether Microsoft has abandoned the Enterprise Search market.   This was a frequent question in 2015, and less frequent in 2016, but there’s been a recent uptick, and I got this question 10 times last month.   As a long-standing search nerd that lives close to Microsoft, I know the answer is NO.   But I was baffled about why this question keeps coming up.

So I decided to investigate.   This blog takes you through what I’ve found and how you can answer the question when it comes up.    Search Explained is the perfect place to publish it. Read more…

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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…

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