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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!

2015 Recap: The king is dead – long live the king!

02 Jan 2016
January 2, 2016

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.

Events

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 2015

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.

ShareCamp Sessionvote

 

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.

http://www.pussersbar.de/en/pussers-bar.html

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!

Conferences

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.

My blog

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 2015

blog stats for 2015

 

Countries 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:

  1. Installing SharePoint 2013 SP1 with SQL Server 2014 on Windows Server 2012 R2 – Picture Love Story (~14.000 views)
  2. #SharePoint 2013 – Create a Search Service Application and Search Topology with Powershell (~10.200 views)

  3. Install Office Web Apps 2013 for SharePoint 2013 – with PDF Preview (9.700 views)

Contributions

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 🙂

just hanging there

Happy new year!

With that said, I wish you all the best for 2016, health, prosperity, lots of excitement and fun!

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!

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