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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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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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News: Yippy to Acquire MC+A in Pursuit of $500 Million Search Appliance Market

Apparently, 2016 is the year of big changes in the world of Search.

Earlier this year, Google has announced the withdrawal of their Search Appliance (GSA).

This step results in significant changes for many organizations. The retirement of GSA is unprecedented. There have been several acquisitions in the world of search engines in the last couple of years (FAST Search & Transfer by Microsoft, Exalead by Dassault, Endeca by Oracle, Verity and Ultraseek by Autonomy, Autonomy by HP, etc.). But this recent decision by Google is different: GSA for on-premises use is going to be discontinued.

As one might have guessed, this announcement had significant implications on the Search market.

Vendors started to react instantly.

So did Yippy as well. The press release says:

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Search Explained Academy

Announcing Search Explained Academy

Just a few weeks ago, we announced our new e-book on SharePoint 2016 Search.

While we work on the last polishes on the book before its public release on June 15, 2016, it’s time for providing some updates on our other exciting projects as well.

While I was on maternity leave in the past few months and could not commit to any customer project, I was continuously working behind the scenes. I wanted to get back with something new, something very exciting. I wanted to create something that provides the best value for existing customers as well as new acquaintances.

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SharePoint home page with activity

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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Search Explained is hosted by BlueHost

Backstage Info: New Hosting Provider for Search Explained

If you are a regular reader of our web site, you probably have experienced (major) performance issues recently. We were trying to solve these problems with our old hosting provider but it didn’t work. The poor performance of our web site was so annoying to our customers and blog readers as well as to ourselves, we had to step forward and migrate everything to a new hosting provider.

We are happy to announce that we have finished this process and our web site is performing better than ever. We happily migrated it to BlueHost (

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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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Top 7 Posts from 2015

As the new year arrived to us, let me share the list of our most popular posts from 2015:

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Enterprise Search - each company has its own culture, content, challenges, capabilities and confines.

Happy New Year 2016!

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Search Explained – The Network is Growing

Two months after our social network, Search Explained was born, I am very happy to announce, we’ve crossed the magic milestone: we have more than 100 members registered and counting every single day!

We have more and more Search enthusiasts and experts around, and having real and continuous discussions about the beauty and challenges of Search. My goal is to expand the network beyond SharePoint Search, as I believe we can learn a lot from each other regardless of the technology. More to come on this very soon.

I truly believe in the power or social knowledge, and this platform is very good for that.

If you’re a Search expert, Search enthusiasts, Search administrator or a Search end user – or if you have any kind of relationship to Search, please don’t hesitate to join!

Announcing IT Unity

I’m very excited to share the launch of IT Unity, the incredible new site that empowers individuals and organizations to solve business problems with technology. IT Unity is a community of trusted experts, users, business decision makers, IT professionals, developers, and industry solution providers–everyone who works with Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 (with more to come!)

IT Unity revolutionizes the way technical content is created, customized, and consumed, and the way individuals and organizations connect with the guidance, expertise, and solutions they need to achieve their business objectives.

At, you’ll find a site where we can all come together to:




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  • CONNECT with world-renowned subject matter experts and peers in community-driven forums. Take advantage of experts’ regular office hours and ask the questions. Gain invaluable insight through lively discussion of issues that community members are facing.
  • SHARE how you’ve solved a problem, created a service or product, or developed expertise. IT Unity’s global audience and network of industry relationships will enhance your visibility and the impact you can make on the broader community.
  • DISCOVER how SharePoint, Office 365, and other technologies can drive innovation and business value. Find best practices, guidance, answers and lessons learned from experts and organizations that have tackled the challenges you face.
  • DEVELOP your knowledge, your skills, your reputation, and your professional network.

With Dan Holme and many others, I have been supporting and developing the vision and goals of IT Unity since well before it even formed, and I am a proud author as well as playing instrumental roles “behind the scenes”.

We’ve got big plans for IT Unity. We couldn’t be more excited to share this news with you. Thank you for becoming a part of this CommUNITY.

with you the launch of IT Unity, the incredible new site that empowers individuals and organizations to solve business problems with technology. IT Unity is a community of trusted experts, users, business decision makers, IT professionals, developers, and industry solution providers–everyone who works with Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 (with more to come!) – See more at:


Search Explained Joins Semantic Web Company as a Strategic Partner

I’m more than proud and honored to announce our fast emerging company, Search Explained‘s (SX) strategic partnership with Semantic Web Company (SWC), a highly reputable semantic technologies provider headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

Joining SWC is a significant leap forward in achieving SX’s vision of providing powerful search-driven solutions for businesses in every industry.

SX provides innovative solutions for businesses via Search-driven intranets, dashboards, and other business intelligence applications.

SWC has been supporting organizations from all industrial sectors worldwide with some of the best state-of-the-art methods and technologies to improve their information management, data integration and enterprise search since 2004.

This new partnership will prove to be a catalyst to both companies’ goals of having a huge industrial impact and delivering a portfolio of innovative and future-proof solutions.


Search Explained

As you likely know, a bit more than a year ago I started my journey of being an independent consultant. I had some ups and downs, great experiences and nice challenges to solve – exactly what I expected and  was looking for when decided to go solo.

But now, it’s time to move forward. During this year, I’ve got several job offers, and sometimes it was really hard to resist. I wanted to build up something that is mine. That is me.

As a next step in my journey, I decided to go to the next level – therefore I founded a new company, Search Explained. My primary goal is to raise the awareness of Enterprise Search and help people and companies to understand it and get its benefits.

What my new company does? Several things:

  • Micro-consultancy – you might have some Search challenges you want to discuss with an expert. You need direction while planning the optimal Search solution to your business. Or you want to validate if you’re driving your company to the right direction. No problem! You can buy even two or four hours of my time to discuss your challenges or questions. You get my time with no further obligations!
  • Workshops – special and customized trainings, workshops and masterclasses on Information Architecture and Enterprise Search, on SharePoint and Office 365. Please see more details here.
  • Events – I am a regular speaker at conferences and workshops around the world. Please check the list of the upcoming events here.
  • Consultancy services – We can also help with planning and implementing your Search solution from the very first requirements gathering steps, through planning and the full implementation. I can also help to create your Search Strategy and Governance Plans.

Tools and methodologies we use at Search Explained:

  • On-site and online trainings and meetings (geographical boundaries and time difference are no problem!)
  • Collaboration via Yammer, OneDrive and Office 365
  • Regular check-ins, agile process


In addition, we have a public Yammer network, with more than 70 members as of today, from around the world. Please feel free to join if you want to be a member of this fast growing and very active group – you can find more details and the full description of this group here.

You might have any questions or want to know more details? Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]!

Don’t forget: The Search has just begun!


SharePoint 2013 Search Training DVD is Available!

This DVD contains the full training I made with SharePoint-Videos last year:

  1. 4-hour training and Search guidance, covering the following topics, with LOTS of demonstrations:
    • What’s new In SharePoint 2013 Search
    • Content processing
    • Continuous crawl
    • Working with metadata
    • Result sources
    • Working with Queries
    • Query rules
    • User Interface customization (Display Templates)
    • Managed navigation
    • Search administration
    • PowerShell and troubleshooting
  2. eBook: “The Essential Guide to Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2013”
  3. PowerShell scripts for crawling, search schema, search administration, troubleshooting and many more
  4. Custom Display Templates
  5. Detailed Step-By-Step guide for troubleshooting

You can order this DVD here. If you might have any question or feedback, don’t hesitate to let me know.


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