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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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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…

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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…

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…

Search Processes

Search Processes

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

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

There is a reason why I highlighted the word “YOUR”. Each organization is unique and has a different need than the others. Therefore, each organization requires a different approach and 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 things to understand is these three search processes:

  • Crawl & Index
  • Query
  • Analytics

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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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Four Dimensions of Enterprise Search Success – Read my latest article on CMSWire.

Four Dimensions of Search Success: Business, Applications, Data, Technology

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Search Metrics

Search Quality Management – Part II: Metrics

In the first part of this series, I introduced why Search is like gardening.

Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s see how to measure the success of any Enterprise Search implementation. The appropriate metrics have to be identified and defined in advance. Designate the team members who have a responsibility to analyze each of these metrics regularly, create reports, and decide on follow-up action plans.

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Search is like gardening.

Search Quality Management – Part I: Governing Your Search Garden

While planning and implementing Search, keep in mind that it should be governed and managed, even long after implementation is complete. We usually say that Search itself never can be “done.” Consider it like gardening. You set up your garden, plant the trees and flowers, water them, and enjoy a beautiful first blossoming. However, the work has not ended at all. If you do not water it regularly, if you do not prune the trees, fertilize and weed the garden, or mow the lawn, your lovely garden can rapidly turn into a barren field or a chaotic jungle.

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The Future of SharePoint – Search and Discovery

Today, at the Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco, Microsoft unveils the new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, along with new innovations that empower people and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate.

Unfortunately, I cannot attend the event in person, but I’m sharing my thoughts in this post.

The vision for unified access and intelligent discovery are very exciting . On modern intranets, “findability” takes place of “search“, “discovery” becomes more and more valued in the age of information overload.

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E-book: SharePoint 2016 Search Explained: SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search On-Premises, Cloud and Hybrid for Search Managers and Decision Makers

SharePoint 2016 Search Explained – E-book is Available for Pre-order!

SharePoint 2016 comes with major changes in how Search works, including a new and enhanced Hybrid Search model.

I am happy to announce that my next e-book, SharePoint 2016 Search Explained: SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search On-Premises, Cloud and Hybrid for Search Managers and Decision Makers is available for pre-order now!

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Book Review: Enterprise Search – Enhancing Business Performance by Martin White

One of my recent read has been Martin White’s Enterprise Search book, 2nd Edition.

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Google Search Appliance Retirement e-book

Google Search Appliance Retirement Explained – E-book is Here!

We are happy to announce that our new e-book

 

Google Search Appliance Retirement Explained –
Analysis by Agnes Molnar

 

is available on Amazon now!

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