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!:
Social Enterprise and Yammer, challenges, benefits and drawbacks.
How to have an impact and boost productivity? Where to start?
Common scenarios for enterprise search. Special scenarios, hybrid options. Custom & 3rd party connectors.
What are good arguments against “we always do it like that” aka. “my grandmother’s mother did it that way…”
Hybrid options and SharePoint 2016
Azure? How to increase productivity with it. Chances of the cloud, cloud first and all that.
Azure Search, Elastic, Lucene
IASA and IT Architecture
Driving adoption and how to measure it.
How to properly measure and do analytics?
We had really good drinks – my favorite is “Painkiller”. Discussing in a pleasant environment is really helping. Go try it! 🙂
Major events & conferences this year (e.g. Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta)
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!
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!
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!
3 times and you have a pattern, right? This is not the first time I write a recap for the past year, (2014, 2013) – and it is always good fun to reflect the last one and plan the next one.
The Past aka 2015
2015 was a super busy year for me – both work, community and private live was packed and very intense.
I attended so many events this year, without my outlook calendar a reflection would not be possible anymore. Lets start with my favorites:
SharePoint Saturday Belgium / Antwerp
That was my first SharePoint Saturday ever – and it was epic. The spirit of the Belgium SharePoint Community is awesome, speaking there was really rewarding for me! Maybe I cant attend in 2016, but if I have the chance I probably will.
ShareCamp is totally unique, I totally love the open style of the conference – everybody can speak there, beginner, experts, customers, everybody. I totally like the mix, especially when there are topics that are outside of the “SharePoint box”, I learned a lot there and for me that is perfect infotainment.
Search Stammtisch Munich
We are only few, but dynamite comes in small packages 🙂 Every first Monday we meet in my favorite cocktail bar. It is the best place to talk about SharePoint Search and everything around it, from 3rd party to hybrid, to Azure Search – we covered everything. I hope to see more people this year, but well, Search is a niche and won’t attract hundreds.
taken from http://www.pussersbar.de/en/pussers-bar.html
SharePoint User Group Munich
I think I attended very SharePoint User Group Meeting in Munich (that should be 5-6) and organized one. Always good fun!
I had the chance to speak at 2 commercial conferences about SharePoint Search this year: SharePoint Days and ShareConf – for 2016 I will try to speak more, maybe I try a different conference, too. Let’s see how it goes.
From a content producing side, 2015 wasn’t my best. I only crafted 16 posts, but well some of them took really a lot of time. Cloud Hybrid was one of them – and as a premiere I blogged about my new hobby: Paragliding. As one of my new year resolution is “fly more!” the chances are high that I will blog about it again.
Facts and figures
I like figures and statistics and all that – 89.000 page views is not that bad for my tiny blog, isn’t it? I have nothing to compare too, but I am quite happy with it. +12% from last year!
blog stats for 2015
180 countries – I say “hello” from Germany!
My most visited blog posts are apparently from 2014 – luckily two are about search and that makes me happy:
On the contributions part, I tried to commit some time to my favorite tool – SharePoint Search Query Tool – and it is totally worth it. I use that tool so often, so why not improve it to make it even better?
Additionally I started my own tool – Azure Search Tool – I have to admit that I haven’t put any time into it recently, but it’s still fully functionally. I will block some time soon to give some more love because its a cool and useful util.
The Future aka 2016
2015 was a shift year – I saw a lot of clients migrating to SharePoint Online and I think even more will do in 2016. With that move I learned a lot about migration to the cloud, SharePoint Apps and Azure – and I think that will be my business focus for 2016. Maybe we launch a SharePoint App as a product – that would be fun!
Lots of work a head, many challenges to be solved – there is a good year ahead of us! And we will see SharePoint 2016 RTM very soon. I am not as excited as I was for SharePoint 2013 – but the platform matures with every release and I hope to see many many Search challenges and projects. Even more as with 2013 because SharePoint Search is business critical, right?
Main goals for next year: SharePoint Search, Apps, Azure, Community, SharePoint Search, Hybrid, Azure Search, Paragliding. I am a simple man 🙂
Happy new year!
With that said, I wish you all the best for 2016, health, prosperity, lots of excitement and fun!
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……
And some of them here as link list, I will update them once I am trough (not chronologically). My comments and thoughts are below.
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!
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!
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