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SharePoint 2016 Just Got A Whole Lot Less UglyBack in March I did an analysis of “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of SharePoint 2016 (you can see our recorded webinar on this here).   This was just after the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of SharePoint 2016. I went through it in four areas: Infrastructure, User Experience, Compliance, and Hybrid.   There was a lot more Good than anything else, but there were definitely some Ugly points.   Here’s a summary slide from that Webinar...

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Success One of the things I get asked most often is “What Makes Good Enterprise Search”? Every enterprise is different, so there is not a universal solution, but there are things that are common across every successful Enterprise Search project I’ve encountered.

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SharePoint And Intelligent IntranetsThe Microsoft Ignite conference was a whirlwind - vastly broad in the range of content, and full of news.  One of my favorite areas is the Mobile and Intelligent Intranet introduced as a theme in the Future of SharePoint.   At Ignite, Mark Kashman and Adam Harmetz had a great session titled Discover what's new and what's coming to the SharePoint Mobile and Intelligent Intranet.  You can view it on the Microsoft Technical Community site here.

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Intranet -- Love it or hate it?Working at BA Insight I talk to customers and prospects every day about the challenges they face in providing an intranet experience that users really like. I pulled together some notable stats on intranet usage across multiple enterprises, as well as the characteristics of intranets that users either love or hate. Here they are in a new infographic:

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SharePoint And Intelligent IntranetsIntranets may seem like an old concept, but they're having a resurgence.  The number of intranet "renovation" projects is up, and many of these projects are "teardowns" looking to leapfrog into a much better employee experience by starting fresh.  There has been a rash of new products coming on the market touting "ready to use" intranets in the last year, most of which are frameworks from intranet consultants and integrators who know that the appetite for long, custom projects is gone.
What's going on?

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state of enterprise search

During my tenure at BA Insight, which is approaching three years, I have read lots of articles and research reports that illustrate the challenges that enterprises of all sizes are experiencing with users not being able to find and/or access critical information within their organizations. Information that is vital to these users effectively performing their jobs.

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SharePoint OlympicsI love sports, no matter what sport it is. I love watching them and playing them, especially global sporting events like the footballing World Cup and the baseball World Series to name but a few, and they don’t come bigger than the Olympics.  

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Elastic and SharePointI’m not an IT guy. There, I said it. I’m not a programmer or a developer. When I look at SharePoint, I’m not seeing it from the perspective of someone who can dig into the guts of the code and make it dance for me. I’m thinking about the business problems it can solve for my customers.

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Elastic and SharePointIn my role as Chief Customer Officer at BA Insight, my team and I are often asked which metrics should be used to measure the effectiveness of an enterprise search implementation and the values that represent success.  So, based on data from hundreds of our enterprise customers, we developed the following infographic to illustrate the minimum benchmarks required for success.  Achieving these metrics will make your employees happy, and you will receive accolades for success as they become more productive and can easily find the information they need when they need it.

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Elastic and SharePointThe folks at the European SharePoint Conference (ESPC) not only put on an excellent conference every fall, but they also do a great job soliciting high-quality content about SharePoint and distributing educational materials to the community. I've enjoyed working with them and speaking at ESPC the last couple of years, and now I've started contributing content for the European SharePoint community more actively.   

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SharePoint ExitIf your users were asked to vote on a “SharePoint Exit”, would they vote “YES”?
We’ve all heard the impact of the recent Brexit vote and impending consequences for the UK, the EU, and the rest of the world. This got me thinking…what if we asked SharePoint users to vote on staying with or leaving SharePoint?

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Elastic and SharePointIf you haven’t already heard of Elasticsearch, or Elastic, you’re in a dwindling minority.  A year ago there were 20 million downloads of Elasticsearch, and now there are 50 million, so the word is definitely out. Elasticsearch is an open-source search stack, started in 2010, that has since grown exponentially and provides users with the power of enterprise search and the flexibility of customizable software. 

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Springboard, a new search facility within Google Apps, was announced Monday along with an update to Google Sites. Springboard provides a unified search facility that ties together Google Apps for Work, and will also uncover files located in any Google business app, including Google Drive, Gmail and contacts. 

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The news last week of Recommind's acquisition had me singing "It's a new dawn". Why?Although the acquisition was undoubtedly motivated first and foremost by Recommind's e-Discovery technology and business, I think there's a strong chance this will be good news for their Enterprise Search customers. OpenText has the resources to succeed with search in a commodity market, a market focus that complements Decisiv's differentiators, and a track record of making acquisitions successful.

 
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ILTA’s SharePoint || Office 365 Symposium is being held in Baltimore this week and our own Sean Coleman will be presenting there, along with Ted Theodoropoulos of Acrowire.  Recently Joanne Kiley, ILTA’s content curator, spoke with Sean and Ted about their session, “SharePoint 2016: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.  In their conversation, Sean and Ted provided a few hints as to what attendees could anticipate learning at the breakout session.You can read the full interview at ILTA’s blog.

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