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Ignite 2015 Recap – with SharePoint Search in Mind!

11 May 2015
May 11, 2015

So Ignite is over – and I am pretty impressed how fast the content is available! I followed the first conference (we even had a community hangout during the first keynote) of this style closely via twitter – and the feedback there was quite interesting! Most importantly for me as a SharePoint guy, was of course the announcements of SharePoint 2016. And well, you can be of different opinion of the rescheduled release – but lets focus on the positive side: It’s the first time that we publicly hear what is coming and what will be changed: over a year ahead! I like the new, innovative and open Microsoft – big change!

This post will be about the changes I see in regards to SharePoint Search – and some topics around it – you could call it my Ignite Homework if you want to. I have some long train trips ahead – that helps a lot catching up.

SharePoint 2016 and Search

The next version of SharePoint will be a release that supports and enables the transition to the cloud – others would say hybrid is the cool kid now.

So with that in mind, I filtered the Ignite Video Page and filtered on SharePoint, Search, Development, Delve, Office Graph – and from the 586 session (phew, what a number!) I downloaded ~25 sessions to watch them when my time allows it. And I am somewhat obsessed with level 400 sessions……

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And some of them here as link list, I will update them once I am trough (not chronologically). My comments and thoughts are below.

  1. The Evolution of SharePoint: Overview and Roadmap
    The Evolution of SharePoint: Overview and Roadmap
  2. What’s New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016
    What's New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016

    1. A must see by Bill Bear, very informative what is coming and what we can expect of the new release. He mentions hybrid a lot.
  3. MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility
    MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility

    1. That was the most entertaining session so far with 4.5 smart guys (Bill Baer, Alexandre Cipriani, Chris Givens, Waldek Mastykarz, Mikael Svenson) crafting solutions around Office Graph – even tho I knew that Mikael Svenson would win the challenge Smile.


      All 4 contestants came up with really creative solutions, I like that style of session, must have been good fun!

  4. Transforming Your SharePoint Full Trust Code to the Office App Model
    Transforming Your SharePoint Full Trust Code to the Office App Model
  5. Setting Up Your On-Premises SharePoint Environment for Custom App Development
    Setting Up Your On-Premises SharePoint Environment for Custom App Development
  6. Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search
  7. Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013 | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013

    1. I watched that session last year at SharePoint Conference – this session evolved in one year, very nice!
    2. There are some pretty handy PowerShell scripts in there.
  8. Big Bang: The New Universe of Findability and Discoverability | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Big Bang: The New Universe of Findability and Discoverability
  9. Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search
  10. Adding Search Capabilities to Your Business Applications Using Microsoft Azure Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Adding Search Capabilities to Your Business Applications Using Microsoft Azure Search

    1. That’s an interesting one. For my next talk at this years ShareCamp I will prepare a session with the working title: “SharePoint Search vs. Azure Search” – that ignite session really gave me quick start. Good stuff!
  11. Advanced Analytics: Navigating Your Way There | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Advanced Analytics: Navigating Your Way There
  12. Information Management Strategy with Microsoft Office 365 in Mind | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Information Management Strategy with Microsoft Office 365 in Mind
  13. Building Business Apps Like They Do in the Valley with AngularJS, Node.js, and More | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Building Business Apps Like They Do in the Valley with AngularJS, Node.js, and More
  14. Behind the Scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Behind the Scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals
  15. Office Delve and Office Graph Vision and Roadmap | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Office Delve and Office Graph Vision and Roadmap
  16. Intelligent, Ready-to-Go NextGen Portals in Office 365 | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Intelligent, Ready-to-Go NextGen Portals in Office 365
  17. Troubleshooting Hybrid Configurations and Workloads with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 (video not yet available)
  18. Microsoft SharePoint Server with SQL Server: Now Better Than Ever (video not yet available)
    Microsoft SharePoint Server with SQL Server: Now Better Than Ever
  19. Designing and Applying Information Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365
    Designing and Applying Information Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365
  20. Future-Proofing Your On-Premises SharePoint Development
     Future-Proofing Your On-Premises SharePoint Development
  21. Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application
    Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application
  22. Best Practices for Design and Performance in SharePoint Online
    Best Practices for Design and Performance in SharePoint Online
  23. Search Extensibility in SharePoint 2013
    Search Extensibility in SharePoint 2013
  24. Troubleshooting Hybrid Configurations and Workloads with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365
  25. SharePoint UNPLUGGED! Questions Answered on Anything You Heard This Week
  26. The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365
    The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365

Early Takeaway

Over 25 hours of awesome stuff – that’s awesome! And it really helps me compensating that I couldn’t meet a lot of friends at this years Ignite. The parts where search is covered is quite extensive, so much that I couldn’t have covered them at the conference. One pain point that I miss from last years conference: The questions after the sessions are not in the recording – and I really learned a lot last year by listening to the questions/answers afterwards. Well, a reason to attend next year, right?

I really like where Office Graph is heading – from Org View, Discovery, Relevancy, Context – the product is so versatile that I really want to see more of it. The potential of it goes through the roof! And with the Cloud Search Service Application and extensibility it can totally rock. Looking forward for future projects here!

Last sentence: Search is everywhere!

What are your favorites?

I am always open to new stuff – maybe I missed an awesome session – if so, please leave a comment!

It’s not too late! Attend SP24 – The free 24h worldwide SharePoint conference!

16 Apr 2014
April 16, 2014

This is a last minute call for SP24 – The free 24h worldwide SharePoint conference – the free 24h worldwide SharePoint conference starts today/tomorrow and I am presenting!

STARTING TODAY

Register for FREE now (it is not too late) and skip lunch, breakfast – or what every you are doing and be part of the great community event! 1 month ago you had to pay at least $1,500.00 to see some of the speakers – again SP24 is free!

FACTS FACTS FACTS!

  • SP24 lasts for 24 hours and will follow the sun from New Zealand to Hawaii.  It will begin on April, 16th 2014 at 10 pm GMT and will end 24 hours later.
  • SP24 will feature speakers that are voted for by the community (Note: some slots are already reserved for experienced speakers and world-renowned SharePoint experts) – you can see the agenda here.
  • SP24 sessions will be hosted live and you will have the possibility to interact with the speaker and other attendees through integrated chat.
  • SP24 has 2 tracks, one to appeal to Business Users and one for Technical Users such as developers and administrators.
  • SP24 is going to be held entirely on-line.
  • SP24 is completely FREE!

My Session: Search-First Migration for SharePoint 2013 – Benefits / Disadvantages

I was lucky enough to grab a session – you can watch the teaser here for it:

Official Start:
GMT time: 17.04.2014 11:00 AM GMT
German time: 17.04.2014 01:00 PM CEST

I will be in the chat during my session and answer question!

So, who stays up the whole time?

SPC14: Best practices for Information Architecture and Enterprise Search

05 Mar 2014
March 5, 2014

Information Architecture (IA) for a large organization is often as complex as a twisting labyrinth. In this session, we will explain, and demonstrate, why a good IA design is important for search and also provide best practices on how to plan, maintain and govern. We will also demonstrate how search provides the building blocks (entity extraction, metadata processing, etc..) for improving knowledge management and discovery scenarios for people and content.

Session “Best practices for Information Architecture and Enterprise Search” by Agnes Molnar at SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.

Another session by Agnes – really looked forward to this session, here are my notes.

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Information Overload

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant – Mitchell Kapor

Everything is connected – we get much more information than we can process, example 63000 words on average we read today – in relation an average size of an amazon book is ~64000 words, so we read a book a day.

And “social” does not make this any better – it gets “worse” because you get more information.

Search

You have SharePoint – you have Search!

Search is not only a technology problem – the challenge is to have a good search, where users can find the right information. Project Oslo helps tackle that, increase findability, discover relevant information around me.

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Users

Analyze what your users want and do – profile them. Then

Content

Analyze what you have (Inventory), review the content (Audit), gather what Metadata and Taxonomy you have and analyze the structure. Do this with a “golden set” – a well defined small set of your data.

Targeting / Semantic Search

With SharePoint OOTB (out of the box) you can interpret the query and correlate it to the current users profile – with this you can control what the user will get, even with the same search query. Sales Manager search for “presentation” and will get sales presentation. Consultant search for “presentation and get consulting presentations – very powerful tool in SharePoint.

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Metadata and Properties

Map inconsistent fields from lists and sites to consistent, recallable properties. You can increase the quality of your metadata with auto-tagging. Take in mind that changing Properties require a full crawl – this can take time and consume resources.

Summary

More of this, please! Good stuff – very good structure of the presentation, I could totally follow it. If you don’t follow Agnes blog – she shares very good information there – follow her!

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