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Workshop: SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search in Practice

I am happy and super excited to announce Search Explained Roadshow 2017! The first stop is Amsterdam, Netherlands with a 2-day workshop SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search in Practice.

Search and findability have evolved over the past several years into a new form. Search is no longer simply about “Search”. While Information Overload is the new reality of our lives, findability of relevant content gets more and more critical. The “old school” Search Center experience is outdated – we need something different, something better, something that is more efficient, more user friendly and more helpful.

In this two-day workshop, I will introduce proven steps and best practices, as well as common mistakes to avoid, demonstrated by live demos and exercises. The training provides you the guidance and action plan to take if you want to succeed with Search in your organization.

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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.

“For years, I’ve been skeptical about search indexing in SharePoint, especially in SharePoint Online in Office 365. The fact that we can’t know when a search crawl has run – thus updating the indices – is a huge part of the problem. In the early days, before Content Search Web Parts (CSWPs) were available in SharePoint Online, we routinely saw delays between content creation and that content showing up in search results of days or even weeks. Later the CSWP was enabled on SharePoint Online, and it is a fantastically powerful tool, far better than the Content Query Web Part (CQWP) which it nominally replaced.

But the value of any search-driven mechanisms in SharePoint is directly tied to the recency and frequency of updates to the search index. While the CQWP is quite inefficient – since it actually goes out to look for content at the source every time it runs (though there may be some caching) – the CSWP uses the search index and can thus return results using fewer server resources in some cases. (One downside is that you can only retrieve up to 50 results with the CSWP.) Since we don’t know when the search crawls run in SharePoint Online, and we often seem to not see the results we expect, we tend to blame to indexing for the problem.”

Read the full post on Marc Anderson’s blog.

 

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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 is too general for most of the businesses. However, it can be enhanced even 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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Workshops, Trainings and Roundtable discussions

10 Steps to be Successful with Search – Webinar Recording is Available!


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Document Information Panel is gone in Office 2016 – What to use instead?

Document Information Panel (DIP) was a great and important feature, introduced in Office 2010 clients. With its help, users were able to edit the document’s properties in-context:

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However, this feature is gone in Office 2016. You cannot view and edit the document properties in this panel right under the ribbon anymore.

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Search Processes

Search Processes

Autumn season is here, with so many events again: the calendar is full with workshops and conferences again.

One of my sessions I do this season has the title “Findability in YOUR Organization”.

The reason why I highlight the word *YOUR* Organization is that each organization is unique with different needs. Therefore each organization needs a different approach and different solution. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to search.

To be able to serve the organization’s search needs, the first thing to understand is the three Search processes:

  • Crawl & Index
  • Query
  • Analytics

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Webinar by Agnes Molnar, Search Explained

10 Steps to be Successful with Enterprise Search – FREE webinar

This week I am supposed to speak at one of my favorite events, Unity Connect SEF as well as Findability day in Stockholm, Sweden.

Unfortunately, one of my children got sick, and his conditions have been getting worse during the last few days, therefore I had to cancel the trip to Stockholm. My heart hurts, but health first.

If you’re attending this week’s events, I am sure you’ll find great sessions there. If you planned to attend any of my sessions, I apologize, and I hope you understand my decision. However, I’ll do a live webinar next week, on November 3, 2016 on the topic “10 Steps to be Successful with Enterprise Search”. You can check the agenda, timing and all the details HERE. Read more…

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Custom Document Search Experience (Display Template)

When it comes to Search Experience, the look-and-feel of the search results is always a big question. In most cases, the out-of-the-box “ten blue lines” experience is not enough, we need (more or less) customization.
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Important Alert, Please Read! – Companies Started to Use My Name without my Permission

Providing high-quality services to my customers has always been my primary priority. I’ve always been doing this with open communication: with clients as well as partners.

I got notified recently that some vendors have started to use my name. In some cases, they refer to me as “our Agnes.” In other cases, they present a suggestion, or even solution as “discussed with Agnes” and “validated by Agnes.”

Hereby I declare that I don’t have any “hidden” connection or relationship to any of these companies. If you, as a customer don’t see my name in any written format, if I am not added to the official e-mail communication, then please double-check these references.

Ask back, or even better ask me.

My work e-mail address has always been public: [email protected]

I appreciate it.
Agnes


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[Search Terminology] Web Search, Enterprise Search, Real-Time Search, Semantic Search

In the second part of the Search Terminology series, let me explain some very common, widely used expressions: Web Search, Enterprise Search, Real Time Search and Semantic Search.
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#MSIgnite 2016: No Search Improvements but Better Findability

Microsoft Ignite is here this week! More than 20,000 people are expected to gather in Atlanta, GA to hear Microsoft’s latest announcements about SharePoint, Office 365 and many more.
The main focus of the week is on People, Content and Process – now let’s see the keynote’s announcements from the perspective of search and findability.

Major announcements

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[Search Terminology] Search, Find, Discover

Welcome to the Search Terminology series! In this series, I’m going to explained the most important words and expressions related to Search and Information Findability.

Let’s start with three basic expressions: Search, Find and Discover.

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YOUR Search Success

“YOUR Search Success” Coaching Program

During most of my career, I’ve been working as a consultant.
My 10+ years experience is that being responsible for Search is a huge challenge in every organization. First and foremost, because Search is challenging itself. Second, because each organization is unique, therefore needs a unique approach. There are too many components to make fit together.

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