Tag Archive for: hybrid

Empower discovery in SharePoint 2013/2016 with Hybrid Search, Delve and the Office Graph #BRK3034

28 Sep 2016
September 28, 2016

I’m reading Search, Search and Search in the description of the session by Neil Hodgkinson (@Nellymo) – so what could go wrong? 🙂


Why hybrid?

Everything in one search index is a great solution for global spanning enterprises. No more spinning up VPNs to connect and search for company data is of great value.

Line of Business (LOB) data can be indexed, too  – and you dont have to migrate the entire application to make the data available.


Datatypes, Enable access, Compliance, Availabilty.

Fact is that data is created on a massive scale and the business have very high expectations (mobile!) while respecting corporate regulations. Demand for hardware in classic environments is very high, too.

Hybrid Search

Unified search index is awesome. Access to all your onPrem data no matter where in the world it is stored (hidden) once indexed can save so much money and creates measurable values.

The next picture pretty much sums that up:


Refiners work across onPrem and online results.


You can have multiple search service applications and mix cloud and classic search service applications depending on your requirements.

Its distinguishable where the item is coming from by its url – actually I do not care where its stored – but you could change it with a simple display template and refiner or group them in  verticals.


Hybrid Search, I can’t stress it enough, is a great way to start every hybrid engagement. If you want to read more, you might like my full article about hybrid search experiences here.



Neil created a simple flow to collect tweets from twitter and persist them in a sharepoint list onPrem. After that he started a crawl in the cloud search service application. One or two minutes later the tweets were searchable via the SharePoint Online Search Center and through Delve



Things that are planned and might come in regards to hybrid:



Solid show, good insights by Neil – room was almost full, so there is definitely a hugh interest about hybrid scenarios!

Search all the things!

Dive into Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Hybrid Scenarios

27 Sep 2016
September 27, 2016

Session with Bill Bear and Rick Taylor about all things hybrid.


Here are my notes:

Hybrid Scenarios

Bill started with hosting scenarios from traditional, private and public cloud options:


If you are in doubt check if there is a bigger company in your area that moved to the cloud

Business Needs

Different view to meet business needs is to look at the time to deliver:


and your application needs: dynamic scale required? uptime sla?

Why hybrid?

There are special scenarios where hybrid is a good idea e.g. limited bandwidth.


More hybrid functionality is coming

Unified Managed Metadata (yeah!!!)
Unified Auditing

Hybrid Workloads

  1. Search: Index onPrem data storages and unify them in the SharePoint Online Search Index.
  2. Business Connectivity Services: Complex to setup because of two-way authentication, only OData datasources
  3. OneDrive: redirect to the online service
  4. TeamSites: The site app shows tiles from both onPrem and SPO
  5. Social: basically Bill showed Yammer-embed here
  6. Auditing: Hybrid auditing unifies login, view of documents and more in a single place.


Room was packed full, Bill and Rick did a very solid session with tons of infos – good stuff!

If you start with hybrid, you might like my hybrid search post – hybrid search is a very good starting point and key for a sucessful hybrid strategy.

Enterprise Productivity & Search in Munich

03 Feb 2016
February 3, 2016

Yesterday we met at our monthly “Search Stammtisch / Meetup” in Munich in one of the most charming locations. Like every month, the scope of discussion was broad and this led also to a short discussion of Brand.  As a result we are  rebranding the meeting and giving it a proper and more precise name: Enterprise Productivity & Search

Why the name?

Because it sounds cool – and because we do not only talk about (SharePoint) search, but we also touch so many topics that boost and affect productivity within an enterprise.  Much, of course, includes search.  To make the diversity clear I want to briefly summarize topics that we talked about yesterday and some topics from previous meetings. I am sure this is far from complete!:

  1. Social Enterprise and Yammer, challenges, benefits and drawbacks.
  2. How to have an impact and boost productivity? Where to start?
  3. Common scenarios for enterprise search. Special scenarios, hybrid options. Custom & 3rd party connectors.
  4. What are good arguments against “we always do it like that” aka. “my grandmother’s mother did it that way…”
  5. Hybrid options and SharePoint 2016
  6. Azure? How to increase productivity with it. Chances of the cloud, cloud first and all that.
  7. Azure Search, Elastic, Lucene
  8. IASA and IT Architecture
  9. Driving adoption and how to measure it.
  10. How to properly measure and do analytics?
  11. We had really good drinks – my favorite is “Painkiller”. Discussing in a pleasant environment is really helping. Go try it! 🙂
  12. Major events & conferences this year (e.g. Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta)
  13. IaaS, Saas, Paas and all the new options available in a “cloud first, mobile first” world.
Painkiller - one of the best drinks in the world!

Painkiller – one of the best drinks in the world!

The list could go on and on because we are a really diverse group of IT professionals, IT vendors, partners and customers – and the mix makes the fun!

Join us!

So if you are lucky enough to live close by Munich or travel to Munich – we meet every first Monday and organize the meetings via meetup. Go join the group!

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