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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”.

The reason why I highlight the word *YOUR* is that each organization is unique with different needs. Therefore each organization needs a different approach and a 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 things to understand are the 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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Webinar - 10 Steps to Be Successful with Enterprise Search

Webinar – 10 Steps to Be Successful with Enterprise Search

Content Panda delivers in-context help, training and support content in the user interface – right where and when you need it.  Answers Where You Want Them.

I am honored to do a FREE webinar with Content Panda’s Co-Founder and CEO, Simeon Cathey on Thursday, April 21, 2016:

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Google Search Appliance Retirement e-book

E-book: Google Search Appliance Retirement Explained – Coming soon!

I am happy to announce that Search Explained’s first e-book “Google Search Appliance Retirement Explained – What’s Next? Analysis by Agnes Molnar” is going to be available to purchase from 10 April, 2016.

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Life Inside a Search Lab – by Martin White, Intranet Focus

Many organizations find that the search application on their intranet, or even a more comprehensive enterprise search, is not providing the expected benefits. Finding a solution to the problem is not easy as there are so many variables. Is the search engine unsuitable for the task, are expectations too high, or is the way that the search engine has been implemented not best practice?

Martin White, Managing Director of Intranet Focus Ltd, will held a workshop on 6th April, 2016 in London, UK. The objective of this workshop is to help delegates analyse the nature of the problem that they are facing, and then to provide a range of solutions for consideration.

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