SharePoint Search Query Rule Promoted Result

SharePoint Search Query Rules: Promoting Results (“Best Bets”)

In many cases, customers complain about “Search doesn’t work”. While it is a generic objection, and there are many things to evaluate, one of the recommendations I can give is to consider the usage of search Query Rules in SharePoint and Office 365.

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SharePoint and Office 365 Search in Practice, workshop, Seattle, WA 2017

Announcing Workshop in Seattle, WA: SharePoint and Office 365 Search in Practice

I am super excited to announce my next 2-day workshop “SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search in Practice”, taking place in Seattle, WA, Nov 9-10, 2017.

In this two-day workshop, I will introduce proven steps and best practices of managing, customizing, troubleshooting, and maintaining SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search, 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. Read more…

Webinar: “Quick Fix” Features vs. Enterprise Search Strategy

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Many organizations want to have “quick win” in search: they want to implement changes or enhancements that require minimal effort to drive business value associated with Search in the short term. – On the other hand, Search has to be the part of the company’s business strategy and roadmap, to maximize its long term business value and benefits.

In this webinar, I will provide a practical guidance on where to invest your time and resources. For long-term planning, I’ll provide an overview of industry trends and how to establish a value proposition and sell to the business. For your short-term benefits, we will set up a five-step action plan which you can implement immediately. Read more…

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Search Refiners in SharePoint 2013, 2016 and Office 365

The feature of search refiners has been in SharePoint since the version of 2010. In SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 we have deep refiners, which means each result in the result set is processed, calculated and used when calculating the refiners. I have explained this concept in this blog post earlier. Read more…

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SharePoint crawl types: Full, Incremental, Continuous

Crawling is the process of gathering the content for search. To retrieve information, the crawl component connects to the content sources by using the proper out-of-the-box or custom connectors. After retrieving the content, the Crawl Component passes crawled items to the Content Processing Component.
There are three main types of SharePoint crawl: Full Crawl, Incremental Crawl and Continuous Crawl. Read more…

Search components to configure in SharePoint (and Office 365)

Infographic: Search Components to configure in SharePoint (and Office 365)

When it comes to set up / configure / enhance search, there is no silver bullet action plan that works for everyone. However, there is a set of search components that always can be considered to be configured correctly.

As always, everything connects to everything else. This is the reason why I’ve created this infographic about SharePoint’s search components and their relationships. Read more…

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 of how to get to the classic search UI from a modern Office 365 page. 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. This webinar with Fredric Landqvist 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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Classic vs. modern search experience 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 search 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?

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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…

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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