If there is a popup warning allow them always and rerun the script.
6. Click on save until all files are downloaded.
Slides Slides Slides!
The introduction of Project OSLO – for me as a Search guy was a really pleasant surprise – in my opinion the end users will like it because of its simplicity and you will get the relevant documents, not just everything.
My “wow” moment was when the presenter showed the OSLO app and then switched back to the SharePoint document library containing a couple hundred of documents and folders – you don’t want everything, right?
I always try to take notes and summarize every session for me on my blog – sometimes it’s a “fast publish” and contains not that much information, but I hope the gist is understandable. If not, feel free to comment or wait 30 days until the recordings are published on Channel 9.
I did not miss one single session – but the schedule was so full, sometime I had 5 sessions in parallel and had to choose just one of them. That’s the problem when you are interested in very broad area (ITPRO; DEV; Search). Additionally there was not that much room for me to explore the exhibit hall – but that’s not something I really miss.
In the case you want to read it – I created 19 posts for the conference:
Additionally to the sessions, the concluding Q&A part was really worth to follow – the questions that were raised there were sometimes really challenging – and the responses of the speaker were good to know.
Ask the Experts was a great opportunity to meet the experts and members of the SharePoint product team – I asked some special questions and received some free advice – good stuff! I have never seen so many SharePoint Experts in one place – impressive!
That was the part that was amazing for me – I met so many people I know only via Twitter, from SharePoint StackOverflow or from contributing to Open Source projects like SharePoint 2013 Search Query Tool. Connecting with others, facing the same problems challenges was really worth to attend – lets keep in touch!
But – there were too many of them – even on the last day I met “new” attendees, I could have promised that they were not at the conference at all.
Is the Venetian a hotel? That place was huge! The session rooms were great, friendly staff to help you where to find the rooms – and coffee, drinks, snacks the whole time – really a perfect managed event.
Floor in the Venetian
Pictures are worth a hundred words – Las Vegas was really special:
Water show in front of the Bellagio
Metalogix “Best of Breed” Party – that was a good one.
Fake daylight – this really affects your mood.
Las Vegas View
Wish List for SPC2015
There is not much to change for SPC2015 – basically it boils down to three things:
More options to charge my batteries – I really had problems creating my session notes after 4 hours because the session were so dense that there was not enough time to recharge my notebook.
The Level 300/400 sessions most of the time started with basic stuff – I wanted it to go deeper, but for this you need time. Spending 15-30 min on basics is not the way to go. Maybe an increased “deep dive” sessions with 2 hours would be something.
I want attend again – maybe as speaker, lets see how the next year goes.
I really liked the event – from crazy Las Vegas to sessions – it was the best SharePoint event I ever attended. That’s something!
Improve the value of search results by managing Relevance. SharePoint 2013 and O365 provide a comprehensive set of tools to manage Search Relevance. SharePoint 2013 and O365 combine and improve upon the best tools available for Fast Search and SharePoint 2010, and introduce the notion of Query Rules that allow administrators to influence relevance for a single query or sets of queries using a straightforward user interface. In this talk, we will explain how ranking works under the hood, and give hands on demonstrations of how to use query rules, result sources, XRANK, federation to external search providers, and use the rank tuning tool to improve relevance and the value of your search solutions. We will explain the Relevance Lifecycle, the iterative process of finding problem queries and fixing them that is essential to optimizing relevance, and discuss which tools are most appropriate for various situations.
My notes for “Managing Search Relevance in SharePoint 2013 and O365” by David Louis Hollembaek and Mikael Svenson.at SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.
15 years of search experience on stage
Standard search results lack personal relevancy and the result presentation is not that good – this can be done better.
What can you adjust? Query? Content? Ranking? User Interface? You can adjust everything.
Goals? What do you want to achieve? Set targets.
Golden set: Create a reference set that is optimized and show that to end users. This motivates users to increase the quality – this was also part of the IA Best Practices session.
Establish a relevancy cycle to adjust the ranking and gather feedback how that worked. Then plan what to adjust, gather feedback and improve.
Query Rules: reformate/transform query
Dynamic Ranking Rules: reorder the result ranking
Rank Model Tuning App: a new tool by Mikael
Custom Rank Model: not covered in this session – there is some Technet articles out there.
Capturing Intent: done with Query Rules.
Demo 1: add a result block
Demo 2: add user context / segments to query rule
Search Query Tool v2
New functionalities where added in v2: XRANK freshness generator (new documents are ranked higher than older documents):
Explain Rank feature (why is this result ranked like this)
and much more. I contributed to the project – there was much more added, go try it and provide feedback!
It is a very essential tool when you do something search related – for ITPRO and DEVS.
Mikael showed us the ranking app for O365 that was released in January – wow, good stuff. To modify the ranking in O365 you add the app to your tenant, then you need to add 11 search query and manually rank the results – than the magic happens. It autotunes the ranking set based on your feedback and this could result in a better relevancy for your users. It is O365 only so far – but there will be an on-prem version “later”. Really an interesting approach – I would love to see that in the general search results – you don’t like your results, please down/up-vote them – that would cool.
Search was my expectation – Search was delivered. Solid presentation, good slides – I am happy with that. Roughly 400 people attended in the very last session, there is a demand for that. Very good message they transported – very good one!
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